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Easily adjustable backcountry tools.

The Black Diamond Distance Flick Lock Trekking Poles combine the compactibility of a Z-Pole with the ease of Flick Lock adjustability to offer up to 20 centimeters of adjustment for hiking and skiing.
  • Flick Lock offers up to 20 centimeters of easy adjustment for side hilling or for changing pole length when descending
  • Non-slip lightweight foam grips with a mini extension for quick choke ups
  • Foldable Z-Poles pack down to store in your pack when you don’t need it
  • Moisture wicking straps are comfortable against your skin
  • Z-Pole rubber and carbide tips are interchangeable and replaceable

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With the adjustments are you able to adjust...

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With the adjustments are you able to adjust higher, extending the pole to 130 cm, or just shorter?

5 5

Great, lightweight, durable poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these because my other Black Diamond poles were too long to fit in my travel bag. I took these poles up to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal and they were great! Very sturdy/strong and easy to adjust. I never needed them to be fully extended so the length was perfect (I'm 5'8" female), and the way they pack down is awesome - they fit very conveniently in the side pockets of a backpack. I used at least one (sometimes both) poles every day of my 11-day trek and they were very useful - never had any blisters w/ the handles, they're comfortable to hold. Great poles to have!

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Never ever used poles, but it appears that maybe my knees could use a bit of help if I ever need them. I did a lot of research and ended up getting these because of its compactness due to its ability to Z fold. The ability to adjust 20 cm up or down is great for going up or down, or just lending them to a friend who is slightly taller or shorter.

The durability is yet to be tested but not surprised if they break because they are lightweight

3 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

- Lightweight
- Compact
- Adjustable (kind of)

- A little wobbly
- No cork
- Not very versatile

While these are light, they sacrifice some stability for the design. They can't be used to pitch some tarp designs which require a truly adjustable pole.

4 5

Ajustability rocks

I used to think trekkig poles were for oldies...not anymore.

4 5

Good trekking pole

This is a light weight pole with great Flick Lock action. This pole is adjustable on the walk and is collapsible enough to disappear into a side pocket when not in use. Despite the light weight, it felt solid enough to bare my weight when leaning up against.

My problem with this pole was the size of the basket. The basket is permanently attached and is pretty small. There were multiple times when the basket slipped between two rocks and was lodged in there as I walked past. I would also have liked to have the ability to put a bigger basket on for travel over snow. This is a minor complaint, but something to think about. If you know you are going to be traveling primarily on snow then I would find a pole with bigger baskets.

Overall though, I loved traveling with this pole.(Note: I hike with only one pole to cut weight even further)

Write your question here...I'd like to use...

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Write your question here...I'd like to use these in training for ultramarathons. I'm 5'4" -- what size should I get?

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Make a fist and hold it above the ground so your elbow is at 90 degrees and your forearm is parallel with the ground. Measure the distance between your fist and the ground and you'll have an idea of which size range you fall into...but I'd guess you'd be a small.

4 5

Neat, but not essential

These are great trekking poles. I like how small and light they are and the fact that they're still adjustable. Pretty sturdy like most aluminum poles as well. However, I wouldn't necessarily run out and trade in your old poles for these. It does look like it will be easy enough to replace a section (with a special order from BD) if/when it bends or breaks. One draw back is the size of the basket. As of yet, I don't believe there are any larger baskets designed for the pole, but we'll see what BD comes up with this fall when the snow starts falling!

Wondering whether you can change the baskets...

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Wondering whether you can change the baskets on these poles to hike in the snow?

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Currently, there are no bigger baskets designed for these poles - possibly in the coming fall months though.