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).
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The Distance is the entry-level version of Black Diamond's all-new Z-Pole series, which revolutionizes fast-and-light travel by bringing superlight construction, compactibility and reliable support to fitness hikers, thru-hikers, runners or endurance athletes.
Z-Poles’ Rapid Deployment System consists of three key components: a concealed inner cord, a single push-button release to collapse the pole and one-pull, speed cone deployment. Speed cone technology comes from our expertise in avalanche probe design—a key component of Z-Poles’ strength, stability and fast deployment.
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Key Features of the Black Diamond Distance PolesAluminum construction3-section Z-Pole folding design� EVA foam grip with moisture-wicking strapNon-slip foam mini-grip extensionInterchangeable rubber Tech Tips� Carbide Tech Tips� Stow bagStopper basket with shaft catcherBlack Diamond Distance PolesThe Black Diamond Distance Poles are the most versatile option for the winter sports that we all love. No matter how long the trail is, this awesome pole is more than adequate to fit the job and gives you 100% performance. It is constructed using a durable aluminum, which makes them even more light weight and easy to carry. The lightweight EVA foam grip is designed to be breathable and with a moisture-wicking strap for a cool and firm hold. These poles include interchangeable non-marking rubber Tech Tips, carbide Tech Tips, and a handy stow bag so you can choose the best option for the trail. The Black Diamond Distance Poles are a must-have accessory for any trail.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond Distance Trekking Pole - Pair DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Distance Trekking Pole - Pair Lightweight EVA foam grip and breathable, moisture-wicking strap Non-slip foam mini-grip extension 3-section foldable shaft with speed cone deployment Aluminum shafts Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips, carbide Tech Tips and stow bag Stopper basket with shaft catcher to secure folded sections The SPECS for 39in. / 100 cm Weight: per pair: 11.6 oz / 330 g Usable Length: 39in. / 100 cm Collapsed Length: 13.2in. / 33.5 cm The SPECS for 43in. / 110 cm Weight: per pair: 12 oz / 340 g Usable Length: 43in. / 110 cm Collapsed Length: 14.4in. / 36.5 cm The SPECS for 47in. / 120 cm Weight: per pair: 12.3 oz / 350 g Usable Length: 47in. / 120 cm Collapsed Length: 15.7in. / 40 cm The SPECS for 51in. / 130 cm Weight: per pair: 12.7 oz / 360 g Usable Length: 51in. / 130 cm Collapsed Length: 17.1in. / 43.5 cm
A versatile, extremely stable pole with our game-changing Z-Pole technology, the Black Diamond Distance meets the everyday demands of day hikers, backpackers, thru hikers and trail runners. The sturdy 3-piece aluminum shaft aligns in a flash thanks to our speed cone deployment, which secures like an avalanche probe for increased rigidity. The Distance features a lightweight EVA grip with a mini-extension for choking up on steep terrain, and interchangeable rubber and carbide tips.
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The Distance s from Black Diamond meets the everyday demands of day hikers, backpackers and trail runners. The Distance Z-Poles features a lightweight EVA grip with a mini-extension for choking up on steep terrain, and interchangeable rubber and carbide tips. All aluminum construction lends durability on the trail and the innovative Z-Pole technology with a coated inner cord and speed cones makes transitioning the Distance from packed to deployed a matter of mere seconds.