Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles
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- EVA Foam Grips - Provides cushioning and comfort for your hands.
- Moisture Management - Wicks away the excess sweat and moisture.
- Mini-grip Extension - Prevents slippage.
- Foldable Shaft - Easy to pack away.
- Stopper Basket - Helps to secure folded sections.
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Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles (130cm) Black Diamond's lightest Z-Pole is ideal for mountain endurance runners and weight conscience adventure athletes. The Distance Carbon is the ultimate in folding-pole performance. These trekking poles from Black Diamond contain lightweight, EVA foam grips with breathable and moisture wicking properties. The EVA foam works to provide exceptional cushioning to keep your hands comfortable as you clock up the miles as well as minimising the risk of getting blisters or sores. The moisture wicking properties actively and efficiently wick away the inevitable build up of sweat to leave you feeling cool, dry and comfortable. The EVA foam also contains a mini-grip extension which prevents slipping so you remain focused on your exercise without distraction or discomfort. A three-section foldable shaft comes with speed cone deployment to meet the requirements of a wide-range of people. The adjustability means you can either increase or reduce the length to suit your own personal needs. Folding into three parts means the poles are easy to put away or place in a backpack for convenience. A stopper basket with shaft catcher helps to secure folded sections so they do not become unattached while you are not using them. Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips provide durability and stability to further improve the quality of the walk or activity. In addition to durability and stability, the Tech Tips offer optimal grip and traction, even on difficult or arduous terrain.
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These poles are awesome, they totally saved my knees from utter destruction this weekend in Shenandoah. I can't believe I hiked so many years without trekking poles!
Fit and Construction: I'm just over 5'4" and these poles are only a TINY bit too tall, but only on the order of about an inch or so. They still fall within the recommended 10 degree difference when held vertically when standing. They come with foam grips but they are pretty comfortable. They are thinner than you would think though. I would have liked to see them a bit thicker honestly. Larger hands may not be comfortable in them but I find them to be what I consider 'adequate'. The poles are separated into three sections which slide into each other to form one longer piece, they collapse well and don't feel like they're going to fall apart when engaged or disengaged. The rubbery material that connects each section is robust and doesn't feel flimsy at all. They have a slight bump out at the bottom that will prevent your hand from sliding too far downward as well. This isn't as 'bumped out' as I would have liked also, however it's presence at leasts informs you when you need to choke up a bit and readjust your grip.
The grips also collapse downward as well, to save even more space. When you want to engage them, simply slide the grip upward to lengthen it, and it will click into place via a small tab that holds the grip at it's fullest height. Brilliant design and it works very well. I never once felt as if the grip was going to collapse under weight or stress.
Basket Compatibility: The poles come with baskets which CANNOT be interchanged. You snow-hikers will have to buy a second set of poles if this capability is something you want in addition to a lightweight summer option like me.. They do however come with both plastic and metal tips that screw into the permanently attached baskets so you can change these out if you wish. Replacement parts are readily available for purchase.
Grips: The grips have attached loops made of half mesh type material that is decently comfortable I would say. I thought about removing them but halfway through the process outlined in the instructions included, I gave up as I couldn't quite get the pin to dislodge far enough to take the section out on either side. It's a pain to take them out so I simply left them on. I prefer cork, however these are fine for the price point and work well.
Weight: The poles are made of aluminum and are super light, in fact, they are only 2oz heavier than the carbon model. This weight to price difference is pretty astounding and personally I don't see the benefit to the carbon model. I count ounces like most hikers, however 2oz isn't going to kill me when it comes to something that is this important for my stability, to prevent injury and has a variety of useful applications on the trail.
Overall Impressions on Trail: These poles supported my meager weight extremely well. They showed now signs of bending, breaking or anything else. They are ultralight and I didn't even notice they were on my small daypack when packed away. I just can't get over how light they are! Excellent purchase and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. I don't expect any issues with them and whatever issue you may have Black Diamond is a well-respected brand that stands behind their gear and will take care of you. They're absolutely worth your money.
-------So, should you go for the carbon or is aluminum well enough? Well, for an extra ~80 bucks at the time of my purchase for the carbon's, I couldn't see the value in the carbon version, they're more prone to breaking, and being stiffer they will transfer a bit more impact shock to your wrists.
I didn't want to be adjusting the pole length up and down every time the terrain changed, so I got these fixed length poles and had no trouble uphill or down - just change your grip slightly. These are great for going uphill especially over wet or loose rocks - you can really plant them and feel secure. They are even better for going down steep, narrow, rocky paths - again plant, and step with confidence. I had not used hiking poles regularly before a multi-day hiking trip, but feel that except maybe walking on gentle grassy meadows, I won't be without these Black Diamonds in the future..
These z poles are easy to put together and lock in place.THey fold up into a small package, all while being very lite. The grips are very comfortable ( just hiked over 8 hours with no blisters in very humid/wet conditions), I like the size for a large size hand. The straps(when worn properly) work very good to help reduce the load and stress on your wrists. These poles did make a little more noise that poles others were using in terms of creaking but nothing unacceptable.
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