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Collapsible, stowable trekking poles for going the distance.

The Black Diamond Distance Trekking Pole is a stable trekking pole that is ideal for three-season backpacking and hiking trips. The Distance's Z-Fold design lets you fold it up small to fit in your backpack for peak ascents or when you want your hands free, to take pictures.
  • Foldable Z-Pole packs down to store in your pack or even pocket when you don’t need it
  • Non-slip lightweight foam grips with a mini extension for quick choke ups
  • Moisture wicking straps are comfortable against your skin
  • The Distance has rubber and carbide tips that are interchangeable and replaceable

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I'm 5'2", are the 100 cm long enough for...

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I'm 5'2", are the 100 cm long enough for me?

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Hi Nik,

According the the BD Size Chart for the Distance's, the 100cm are for people *up to* 5'1". So you're technically 1 inch too tall for the 100cm.

Being right on the border, even the height of your shoe, or whether you are on trail vs. road, can affect if you should be on 100 or 100 cm.

The important thing is your comfort, and part of comfort is the price you pay.

Look at the attached size chart, and hopefully that can help you make a decision. Not that it's important for your elbow to be bent at a near 90 degree angle.

Hi Nik, <br/>  <br/> According the the BD Size Chart for the Distance's, the 100cm are for people *up to* 5'1".  So you're technically 1 inch too tall for the 100cm. <br/>  <br/> Being right on the border, even the height of your shoe, or whether you are on trail vs. road, can affect if you should be on 100 or 100 cm. <br/>  <br/> The important thing is your comfort, and part of comfort is the price you pay. <br/>  <br/> Look at the attached size chart, and hopefully that can help you make a decision. Not that it's important for your elbow to be bent at a near 90 degree angle.
4 5

Great for big climbs and miles

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 5'2 and found the 110cm size to be a good fit. The poles pack down really compact and reassemble pretty quickly and are very light. These features make it a decent tool if you're going for big elevation change and/or big miles because you can use them when you need them, stow them when you don't, and it's not a huge weight penalty.

Hi, I like to check which size I should...

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Hi, I like to check which size I should choose for Black Diamond Distance Trekking Pole. I'm a female, height 153cm and 49kg. Should I go for the shortest 100cm size?

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Hi there,
Yes, a 100cm will be the size for you!

Would be the overseas delivery cost
This...

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Would be the overseas delivery cost
This is what happens in the Republic of Korea is the shipping cost

Shipping cost is simply what happens to Korea

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yoojaehun,
Unfortunately Black Diamond does not allow us to send their Distance Trekking Poles to S. Korea.

I really like these but really find the...

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I really like these but really find the lack of adjustability a concern.
I am 5'11 and have heard I should go with the 120 and others who say 130.
Is there another lightweight BD pole that is similar with adustable length?

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Strongbow26,
The lightest option we carry from BD in an adjustable pole is the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole which comes in at 17.2 oz. More than the distance trekking pole obviously but still a great weight for what you are getting in durability and adjustability.

4 5

Super light but not adjustable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these poles a month ago because I need new poles for an upcoming trip and because they were on sale. They are super light weight and sturdy. The only draw back is that they aren't adjustable, so you have to order the right size (I didn't the first time, had to send them back, and still don't have the optimal size). However, I do like that they fold down small, include an internal tensioner in case they start to loosen over time, and also include interchangeable tips. I'd say they were definitely worth the price!

5 5

Great for air travel in carry ons

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

The BD Distance (Z-pole) trekking poles are ideal for people like me who travel with no checked bags. I took my folded up poles in my small backpack, showed them to TSA at the airport, and they waved me through. I chose aluminum over carbon for strength but either would probably be OK and the carbon might be even less of a problem if security gets tighter. Two suggestions: First, measure which poles you need before purchase. These are not adjustable. I was sloppy and guessed wrong: 120 CM. Backcountry was great about exchanging them for the longer 130 CM poles but I felt foolish and fumbled at getting the 120 CM poles back in the original packaging for shipment. Thank you Backcountry! You have made me a very loyal customer. The second suggestion: Buy the BD tip protectors. I did. When going through airport security, with tip protectors on, the poles look more benign (no sharp points). And when I was in Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru, the officials will not allow poles with sharp points. My use so far has been light and I am counting on the durability mentioned by the reviewer who said he used one set of these poles to trek the entire Pacific Coast Trail!

5 5

Great Poles

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

Great poles! Super lightweight and sturdy. Fold down tiny! Love the bag they come with. I was recommended the 100 cm (I'm 5'2), but it was several inches too short! I'm bummed :/

5 5

Great buy

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight and collapsable but solid and sturdy. The engineering of these poles is innovative and the construction is even better. After being collapsed, they fit well into my backpack which is convenient for traveling and storage. My only complaints are that the foam handles could be more durable and the wrist straps are flimsy. Also, for some reason, the wrist straps were upside down upon arrival so i had to flip them around. The rubber tips lasted about 200 miles until they wore through to their metal cores. I am yet to use the carbide tips that they came with.

4 5

Nice trekking poles.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, the 1st set of these that I got had a wrist strap break on the 1st hike. BackCountry sent me replacements right away and the 2nd set have proven to be good. I have hiked 8 Colorado 14er's with these and they are light and strong. I really like the way they fold up for storage when not in use.

5 5

Great Trekking Pole For Only $60 Shipped

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these after finding out they were on sale for About $60. They were originally $100 and I was impressed with them then but at $60 they are leaps and bounds above everything else in their range.

I've used them for about 40 miles so far and they've held up marvelously. Mostly used for forest and chaparral backpacking trips. These come with both rubber and carbide tips with the rubber tips pre-installed which is perfect for most terrains. They seem too light to be sturdy but I've put a lot of weight on them with no bends. I've even had it stuck in a few nooks and crannies with no bends. Surprisingly sturdy for about 5-6oz each.

As an aside: my friend bought $120 Lekkis and they were heavier, bulkier, and didn't come with rubber tips.

5 5

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fantastic purchase. Completed the Trans Rockies 6 day stage race. This was my; first use of any poles for trail running, they are light weight, easy to assemble and fold up quickly.
Worth every penny for sure.

3 5

Solid poles but some problems

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hiked 1,400 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with these poles. I'm not sure when the metal tips filed off, but at some point around 700 miles in, I looked down and noticed the tips were just completely gone. At mile 900, the poles both broke, in the exact same way, but fortunately I was able to get them replaced for free by Black Diamond.

It's nice that they fold up, although I found that since I used them every step while hiking, I basically never took advantage of that. It was still nice for the times when I had to get in a car, though.

A few other things: I bought these poles because they were so lightweight. But I never ended up carrying them in my pack. If I were buying new poles, I wouldn't really consider weight as much of a factor. Also, whatever material from the handle would always melt into my sweaty hands and turn them black. I didn't much care since I was already so dirty but I could see that bothering some people.

All that said, for the most part, they did the job, and I put a crazy number of miles on them. The replacement poles have done great through 400 miles.

And if you're curious about sizing, I'm 5'5" and I used 110 cm poles. They were perfectly sized.

What is the right size?

I am about 171cm...

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What is the right size?

I am about 171cm tall. Whats the best size for me? and how is size calculated?

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I would go for the 115cm or 120cm depending on how long you prefer your poles (you're in the middle of those two sizes.

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There is no 115...unfortunately. I am a 65 cm female with typical vertical proportions (30-31 in inseam) and I use a 110...it is on the short side. I think you would want at least the 120 for general use. It is nice to have adjustable sticks for walking in the mountains but I can't be bothered with the fuss. These rock. I fell lightly against a BD ultralight distance pole and it snapped at a joint. I expect these to to hold up a bit better but if you are especially demanding on your sticks, you might want something a bit sturdier. The straps are well designed to create a comfortable "platform".

5 5

Great stuff from BD!

I bought these and followed by another pair for my friend. These things just looked cool and great for our weekly trekking in our local tropical jungle!

5 5

Good Poles

I'm a short woman, and I found myself needing poles to keep up while hiking. These are pretty awesome, and they're very light so they don't hurt my wrists. I've used them on weekend trips, but I'm planning to put them to the test this summer.

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I am a short woman too and have never used trekking poles. How do I decide what size? Do I just go with the shortest?

5 5

Easy to handle trekking poles

This is my first pair of trekking poles, nut so far I like them. They are very light, which I think I'll appreciate when I take my big 18 day trek in November in Nepal. They fold up and reassemble very easily. I've used them on 10-mile hikes but fairly level terrain, just to get used to them, and it has gone well. I've not stressed them, so I'm not sure how durable they are, but so far, I like 'em.

4 5

Not battle tested.

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

I have a pair of Leki Khumbus, which I love, and I got these to have a lighter and more compact alternative. I was finding that even though my Lekis have adjustment, I really wasn't adjusting them. The wrist straps have velcro, which I can see annoying me on a long trek (Lekis have awesome straps). These are super light and compact, easy to setup and break down,and seem as durable as any other thin aluminum trekking pole brought up a mountain might be. I think these will probably end up being my go-to poles. Comes with a little storage bag that actually seems pretty useful. 4 stars until they prove themselves. I'm 6'2" and the extra lg./51in./130cm is perfect (why is the sizing so inconsistently measured?)

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Hey hat size of these poles would you...

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Hey hat size of these poles would you recommend for me? 120 cm or 130 cm? I'm 177 cm that is about 5'10"

Is it worth the money to get Carbon Ultra distance over these? The carbon cost twice the price and are not that much lighter. Are the regular alu Distance like much less durable or something?

The description says "pole" but the photo...

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The description says "pole" but the photo shows 2 poles. Is the price displayed for a single pole, or a pair? In general, it would be nice if this info was explicitly stated for ALL trekking poles offered. A few explicitly say "1 pair" or "single", but most don't.

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