Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
Based on 39 reviews
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- Great for hiking and running
- Lightweight and durable
- Comes with a wrist strap
- Occasionally breakable
- Good value for the price
Trekking pole upgrade - worth it?
(I've also lost a pair because I stupidly left them outside my car while packing up at a trailhead. At $30 that hurts a lot less than it otherwise could have!) I currently have a pair of Leki Cristallos and well as a pair of Black Diamond Distance Zs and I do like them both, particularly the Lekis; I know the Leki poles are heavier, but it's just a personal preference as I just really like the feel of them out here on the desert trails. On both of the Leki and BD poles, I didn't pay anywhere near full price, as I got the Lekis in about new condition at a gear swap and the BDs at a secondhand store, still in their packaging.
2 years ago
Strap broke on third hike
Unfortunately the wrist strap broke on my third hike. I also found the pole sections to come apart sometimes while hiking. This would happen if the pole got stuck in rocks and you had to pull it out a little bit. (The sections wouldn't slide out completely, maybe just a quarter inch, but it was a bi...
3 years ago
I've used both the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z and Cascade Mountain Tech Ultralight 2 piece carbon. I greatly prefer the Cascade Mountain Tech poles as they are sturdier and far less expensive. The Black Diamond poles are nice in that they can fold up, but I have no issues holding the poles in my hands even for hours at a time like when running downhill.
1 year ago
Not as strong as you’d expect.
Broke them on my first challenging hike. On the descent, I slipped and the tip of the pole was a bit lodged between rocks. They snapped like a dry bone. Have since purchased the aluminum version and have been much more happy. Summited Mount Rainier with aluminum version, with no issues.
4 years ago
Light weight and compact
Pay attention to the size you need based on your height. I know some aren’t a fan of the “z” style compact form factor but I wanted an option that travels well, via airplane or car and this seems to be the best option. Very light weight. TBD on durability and quality.
2 years ago
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