Black Diamond Distance
Price Paid: $83
These trekking poles are awesome! Perfect for those ounce counters!
The foam handles are very comfortable and you can still grip them when your hands are sweating. The straps are very comfortable and well designed.
They are so convenient because they fold up so small. They fit in your pack easily and are the perfect size for taking on a plane. They are extremely stable for their weight.
My only complaint is that there are no snow baskets and no way to attach snowbaskets.
Price Paid: $79
I broke these in over the course of a weekend car camping trip—so nothing over the top, but I managed to use them over a variety of terrain over the course of about 6-7 miles. This included grass, pavement, volcanic rock, river rock, stream crossing, a wood planked bridge, and good old dirt.
First off, they are very lightweight and fold up to a very compact size. It would be difficult to not find a Place to pack these. They deploy and collapse very simply and the snap lock insures a mechanical stop to keep them deployed. The rubber tips were easily changed to carbide tips by simply screwing them with pliers.
The foam grip provides adequate feel and the mini grip extension was somewhat useful on ascents, although a larger extension would be even better. My only drawback regarding the foam grips, were that they became a bit slick with excessive sweat, but adjusting my grip to allow air flow seemed to dry them out quickly enough.
The straps (which came sized S/M) seemed a bit too short and were not the most comfortable. However, they were not so uncomfortable that I had to unstrap them, I just rather ended up getting used to them. Even at their largest adjustment, I found them too small to adequately adjust my grip when quickly moving from flat terrain to an ascent or descent.
I did not encounter any soft terrain, so I was not able to evaluate the size of the cups. Although, their small size allowed me to fit the poles in small crevasses between loose river boulders which provided me the stability needed at the time.
All in all, I am satisfied and would recommend them, especially if you are looking for a shorter pair of poles (100 cm).