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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spine fusion x5 I have five fused vertebrae, and have been using these trekking poles consistently for physical therapy walks, they making a huge improvement in posture, mobility, balance, endurance and confidence. Before my back injury I relied on Black Diamond gear for all my climbing and hiking expedition's...since then, its no different. Very stable, easy to pack. To interchange the tips that come with it I think they could do a better job; with my weak grip strength it's hard to change them out. It be cool if they integrated with small wrench built into the strap of the handle in each unit to take out the tip of the opposing unit. My 2¢. I love'em though.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4th set of poles and buying a second set for my so I am an avid back packer when work allows it. For example, I did 82 miles last summer in the Rockies and plan to do 100 miles (10 days) and 20ish miles (4 days) this summer across two trips. This is my 4th attempt to find the perfect poles for me and I did. I have had trouble with the twist locking poles (3 previous sets across 3 different brands) coming loose during treks. These poles cannot come lose, handle my weight (210) plus full pack ascending, rock hopping, and descending. In fact, I am buying a second set for my teenage son. I love these poles.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Design / Not Durable My "Distance Z" poles failed in the exact manner as Camino Z's. The piece inside the tube that provides stability to the pole became loose. I'd be walking along and every mile or so the top section of the pole would collapse making for a most dangerous hike. I was able to stop, push the support back into place and continue until gravity caused it to fail again. I should add that I was able to get two hikes or a total of about a hundred miles of use before they failed. Perhaps these are OK for gentle trails around town, but I wouldn't recommend these if you need a reliable pole for intermediate or advances hiking.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Propelled Me to New Heights I bought these poles as my first-ever set of trekking poles. I am a fairly regular hiker, typically in the 5-8 mile range for day hikes, occasionally stretching to 12-15. I decided to do a week-long backpacking trip on the AT in the Smokies this fall and knew I would need some support carrying a decent size pack. These poles came recommended and did not disappoint. I found the BD fit guide to be fairly accurate. The poles themselves proved durable and lightweight over my 5 days and 50+ miles; I can't see myself hiking without them now, regardless of the distance. The extra stability in both ascending and descending is tremendous; I wouldn't have believed it had I not experienced it first-hand.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed when I needed them most I bought my first pair of these poles in 2013 to walk the 800 km (500 mi) of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They fit in my backpack so I could use them as carry-on, were light weight and easy to collapse. I loved them. Unfortunately the inner cord snapped while hiking South mountain in Phoenix 24 months after purchase so they weren't covered under REI return policy and could not be repaired. I replaced them with a 2nd pair of z poles in March 2015 to walk the 750 km of the French portion of the camino. Two weeks into the 30 day hike, the silver "connector" that keeps two sections joined slid inside the pole collapsing the pole. I was very disappointed as we averaged 1500 feet of elevation gain each and every day. REI did provide a credit as it was less than 1 year since purchase. My friend who walked both caminos with me still has her original z poles. I'm trying Leki brand this time and hope they will be more reliable and durable. I just turned 60, weigh 135 pounds and carried a 16 pound pack with water so I don't think I was exceptionally hard on my poles.
Date published: 2016-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light as a feather can take a beating I was hesitant to buy trekking poles because I viewed them as unnecessary. As a novice backpacker, I consulted a few experienced hikers who suggested using them to negotiate uneven terrain and take some stress off my knees and ankles. Turns out this was the best piece of equipment I could have purchased for my 3 day trip in the AT. I chose the distance Z poles because they were light and were fixed. I read too many reviews where other locking poles failed. If you know your height, check the sizing chart and get the appropriate length. I'm 5'11" and got the 120cm. They were the perfect size and were great in helping negotiate rocky trails along with the incline and declines. My wife is taking back her store brand and picking up a pair of these. The nice thing is they pack down very well. I strapped them to the outside of my pack when I wasn't using them and didn't notice they were there. If you are looking to save weight without breaking your wallet, give this pair of poles a shot.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for hiking I purchased these for travel to Newfoundland and also the Olympic National Park. As an older woman with balance issues, these were just what I needed. Easy to assemble and collapse to fit into my suitcase. They are light weight but sturdy, My one difficulty was getting the pin to push in which allows the poles to collapse and finally used a small stone to push it in and then the poles collapsed easily. Stones are available when hiking so I don't have to carry anything extra. I definitely recommend these.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad So I bought these for a hike I was preparing to do. It was flat iron hike in Arizona, 6 miles round trip, nothing too serious. Except the last mile is a straight 2,000 foot incline. This hike can be bad on my knees so I thought I could use the extra support. These poles served me very well for the most part. It gave me the support I needed, and really helped me where I needed it. I would say these poles are good for flat ground to trails with a slight incline. The only downside to these poles in the durability. They flexed and bent very easily, and if I wasn't careful I probably could have bent them in half. So if you are on a steady trail you should be good to go.
Date published: 2017-03-20
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Questions & Answers

Can I use these poles for Glacier walk? If so, do I need purchase special tips?

Asked by: Hli62
These poles are not designed to be used in the snow.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-13

My poles tend to come apart if I've used them in something soft, such as mud. Is that normal?

Asked by: AwesomeAng
We recommend pulling the handle until it locks into place. This should prevent the poles from separating in mud or soft ground.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-30

I usually set my adjustable poles right to 125cm. Would you recommend the 120 or 130 length?

Asked by: cschaaf
We recommend rounding up to the 130cm length in the Distance Z-Pole Trekking Poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-10

I bought these poles to hike the Elk Mountain Traverse in the Tillamook Forest. They were amazing! I'm planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in September and want to ensure these poles will be able to handle the altitude. Any concerns? Thanks!

Asked by: KScofield
The Black Diamond Distance Z-Pole Trekking Poles should perform just fine at that altitude.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

Is there a significant advantage of the carbon poles over these?  From what I can tell it is a difference of 2 oz. for the 110 cm pair.  

Asked by: issyflikes
The advantage to the Carbon Distance Z-Pole Trekking Poles will be the savings in weight compared to the aluminum version.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

I have 6' 1" what size pole do I need?

Asked by: nationhiker
​Based on your height, the 130cm poles are the best option.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

There appears to be inconsistent information regarding snow baskets for these. Which, if any, snow baskets are compatible with these?   Thanks!

Asked by: NWHiker82
​The stock baskets on these poles are not removable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-26

What kind of poles do you recommend for trail running? I own black diamond teal fliplock for women-5'2-109 lbs, but fell in love with purple Black Diamond FLZ for women. Read reviews where they bend easily and I take some wicked falls trail running.

Asked by: Madmc
We recommend a lightweight pole for trail running. The Distance Z-Pole Trekking Poles are very lightweight and they are sturdy in case you fall.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07
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