User Review: Black Diamond Ultra Distance
Source: received it as a personal gift
If I could rate a 5 I would! The Black Diamond Z Pole Ultra Distance is supremely light and comfortable.
- Super lightweight.
- Collapses quite small.
- Super comfy wrist straps and grip
- Cannot be used in snow as there are no baskets.
- A tad pricey but soooo worth it.
I used to hike with inexpensive poles from Walmart. I liked them just fine. Until....one day I was at Clair Tappaan Lodge in the Sierras and they were offering Black Diamond Poles to demo.
These poles are made from a super lightweight Carbon material. The poles came in fixed lengths and I chose the 110 cm based on my height. I am 5'4". The guide states for heights of 5'1" to 5'7" the 110 cm is the length of choice. What struck me first was how LIGHT they are. Each pole weighed just 4 and 3/4 ounces on my kitchen scale. Ultra lightweight.
When hiking, the poles swung from my wrists as if there were feathers. Not an iota of fatigue. Next was how soothing it felt when my palms were nested against the foam grips. The wrist straps (designated left and right) were equally soft and comfortable, with a Velcro piece to adjust the length of the strap.
To collapse the poles, just push in the metal button just under the foam handle and slide the handle down, then pull part each of the two sections to fold up. Easy peasy. When collapsed, they are a scant 15 inches long. Very easy to stow away in a side pocket of a pack if you need both hands free for scrambling. Would also be a great size to fly with in a pack or carry-on luggage.
I longed for these poles. I dreamed of these poles. I knew that I just HAD TO HAVE these poles!! I put these poles at the very top of my Christmas list.
This may not be the pole for you if you like an adjustable length to hold up a tarp, or if you like to adjust your poles to different lengths when hiking uphill or downhill. This also may not be the pole for you if you like one all-season pole to also use in the snow as there are no attachable baskets. And if you are squeamish about spending $150 on poles when you are used to the $24 poles at Walmart, this may not be the pole for you.
BUT, if you want to experience near weightlessness and mind boggling comfort in a pole, then put these bad boys on your gift wish list.
And did I mention how incredibly LIGHT they are??