Ideal for ounce-counting thru-hikers, trail runners, or any outdoor enthusiast looking for streamlined, but durable performance, aluminum Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles are lightweight and packable.
The Z-Pole Rapid Deployment System consists of a concealed inner cord and a single push-button release. Borrowed from Black Diamond's tested avalanche probes, a center cord provides surprising strength and stability. Similar to tent poles, the sections snap securely into place, resulting in weight savings and increased collapsibility that enables them to take up far less packed space than traditional poles.
NOTE: Though collapsible, Distance Z poles are only available in fixed lengths (100 cm, 110 cm, 120 cm, or 130 cm lengths) and do not provide an adjustability range.
Non-slip foam grips maintain the minimalist profile while serving as secure hand holds. A short extension to the grip provides a place to choke up on side hill traverses and compact straps help to relieve stress on the wrists.
Two sets of tips are included. Carbide tips deliver solid traction for trails or soft ground. Non-marking rubber tips can be used to prevent trail damage and provide grip and durability. Narrow trekking pole baskets are included, but optional broader-diameter Z-Pole Snow Baskets (sold separately) are available to equip the poles for use in winter or alpine conditions. An included storage bag protects your poles and includes an integrated pocket to house whichever set of tips you aren't using.
Black Diamond Distance Z poles are sold in pairs.
- SlideLock technology
- Lightweight EVA foam grip and breathable, moisture wicking strap
- Non-slip EVA foam mini-grip extension
- Three-section foldable shaft with speed cone deployment
- Aluminum construction
- Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and carbide Tech Tips included
- Stopper basket with shaft catcher to secure folded sections
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Running/Fitness Item Weight 100 cm: 11.4 oz/pair
110 cm: 12.1 oz/pair
120 cm: 12.8 oz/pair
130 cm: 13.4 oz/pair
Warranty One Year Limited Type Trekking Poles (Pair) Minimum Length 100 cm: 13" collapsed length
110 cm: 14" collapsed length
120 cm: 16" collapsed length
130 cm: 17" collapsed length
Maximum Length 100 cm: 39"
110 cm: 43"
120 cm: 47"
130 cm: 51"
Real Customer Reviews
- Lightweight, helps during long runs
Likes: I started using poles hiking a few years back so using poles for ultra running wasn’t that awkward. But using my hiking poles for the task, was definitely clunky.
These are very lightweight as could be expected. They pack well, I can attach them to the straps of my running pack and basically don’t notice they’re there. So far I’ve used them for a 35 mile training run and a 50 mile race, I have no reason to believe they won’t last for years. The locking mechanism seems solid, as does the build quality/materials. It’s aluminum, so it’s not going to survive chopping a tree down, but I’ve put my full weight on one pole (on accident of course), it held me up fine and I didn’t go down mid run, so they’re good in my eyes.
As always, take care of your gear. Wipe them down, clean them, and let them dry as need be. Trail dust, salty sweat, happy (or sad) tears, grit, it all plays poorly with hardware, keep it clean and it should last for a long bit!
(and I’m not in a place where I can yet justify several hundred dollars for high end carbon fiber, nor do I feel the need)
Dislikes: None so far.
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