Easy to pack and light as a feather.
When fast and light is the name of the game, grab the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole. The 100% carbon fiber construction provides an ultralight weight of just a half pound per pair, and the compact three-section design collapses to just 15 inches long for easy packing. Plus, the innovative Z-Pole system allows you to collapse or assemble the poles almost instantly, helping you maintain a quick pace for trail runs or summit-in-a-day adventures.
- 100% carbon fiber construction provides durability and a ultralight weight of just over a half pound per pair
- Z-Pole speed cone deployment uses an interior KEVLAR® cord which allows you to instantly assemble the three-section pole by pulling the grip and first shaft section away from each other
- Z-Pole system allows you to collapse the pole with a single push of a button
- Collapsed length of just 15.7 inches (for the 120cm pole) provides compact packing
- Includes a stopper basket with shaft catcher for securing pole sections
- EVA foam grips with moisture-wicking straps provide all day comfort and support
- EVA mini-grip extension allows you to quickly choke-up on the pole on steep sections of trail
- Includes both Flex Tech carbide tips and rubber
- Pole does not have a fitting for snow or powder baskets
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Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I bought a set of these for both my parents and they are lighter than I would have thought possible for a trekking pole. The z-pole design allows them to fold up in to a very small and easy to transport size, and so far they've been a great. They do seem a little fragile, and might not be good for difficult scrambles (where much sturdier poles have been broken).
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my top choice when hiking. They are resistant and SUPER light. because they are carbon fiber, they tend to not vibrate so much if you hit something hard (like a rock on the trail).
They are also really inexpensive for a carbon fiber pole.
Does anyone know what changed between the...
Does anyone know what changed between the 2012 and 2013 version of this? The 120cm pair weighed 9.5oz in 2012, but now weighs 10.2oz...
Did they decide they were too fragile and strengthen them or something?
Great question, I would like to find out about the difference between 2012 and 2013 model as well. Cheers
Ultra light poles that are perfect!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Add to the review the following: I just completed 225 miles and over 35,000 in total elevation gain doing the Coast to Coast in England. The poles were perfect. A fixed size is all you need. I never see anyonae adjust poles depending on terrain, you just move your hands on the grip. PLus the Z feature means they stow easily on the pole holders of my Osprey Manta 36. Everyone else struggles with where to stow their long adjustables, while I just folded mine them and stowed them on the pack. GREAT feature!! (Prior review follows) I've used these now on several hikes, from Montana winding up and down trails, to wet Brothers Wilderness trails, from ridiculously steep goat paths to rough traverses. Up and down the trail they are great support and assistance. Their lightness means you hardly feel like you are carrying anything, but there is no question they provide great support. My only issues are that the wrist straps seem to be wearing out pretty quickly and they rattle a bit with each pole plant. But I can live with both, because their ultra-light nature puts them way ahead of anything else I've used on the trail, from REI brand to others.
Be wary of lightweight poles
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Before I left for my 30-day hiking expedition through Scandinavia, I researched trekking poles and fully understood that "lightweight" can also mean "delicate." I'd like to reiterate this for anyone considering using this product for longer expeditions. I purchased these poles because I was set on going lightweight. Unfortunately, my right pole snapped in three places after a fall on Day 4 of my trip. No problem, I thought, as I'm still happy to use one pole. Finally, on the last day of the expedition, I lost my footing on some rocks and snapped the remaining pole in half. Don't get me wrong, it's a great product for what it's designed to do. Just keep in mind what you plan on using it for!
Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Po
Hi, my partner is exactly 5'1" (154cm);...
Hi, my partner is exactly 5'1" (154cm); should I get the 100 or 110cm Ultra Distance Trekking Pole for her? It will be used for hiking in Patagonia and the Inca trail next year. Thank you!
Thanks for the question! This will involve a little bit of measuring.
Check out this quick how to:
You may also want to consider adjustable poles, I've found it helpful to shorten poles when hiking uphill, and then lengthening them back up for walking on flatter terrain.
There is some personal preference involved here but probably the 100cm. Better to be on the short side for the uphills. If you are using them as crutches going downhill for the most part, go for the 110cm. And I would suggest the distance instead of the ultra distance for an additional 2 oz or so. I am 5'5", 112 lbs (I use a 110cm) and snapped one of these last year with little force...broke it off at a joint. This is designed more for trail running. If you break it, your support crew has a spare or you finish the race without. I walked 10 days with one of these duck taped...worked better than expected. Again, for the travel you suggest go with the BD distance model...if you are unsure about the length, there is an BD adjustable women's distance FL. I think it ranges from 105-120 cm. Adds some weight though. BC has them. When I bring sticks, I tend to use them all the time. If you carry your sticks in your pack...dead weight...most of the time, then maybe these make more sense. BTW, seems to me that Skurka dissed this for long distance back packing...too fragile.
Ultra Distance poles got me up here
Ultra Distance Poles
I only use poles when the trail gets steep or rough. So in my pack much of the time. This was the pole I had to get. They are so easy and even fun to deploy, and just as easy to break down.
I am used to adjustable poles for skiing and debated if i needed it. Plenty happy without. I am 5'10" and got the 120cm , perfect.
I am careful with them . Try to avoid jamming into Granite boulders in talus slopes.
Another great BD product.
Love these poles, and BD!!
Have been using these for 3 backpacking seasons. They have almost ZERO swing weight, collapse down to nothing, and are the envy of my hiking companions. I did manage to snap one on my last backpack. We rigged it up with some duct tape and a couple tent pegs, and it finished the trip. I just got the replacement from BD - they could've told me that I shouldn't have fallen down, but just replaced it. No questions asked. Would I buy these again? Yes!!
BD Ultra Distance Trekking Poles Rock!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
In the past, to keep my gear to a minimum, I swore off trekking poles. Unfortunately, my aging knees were taking a beating on alpine backpack trips. Last year I broke down and bought a set of Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles and I'm a trekking pole convert! I'm nearly 6' tall and went with the 120cm version. For me, the 120cm length feels great on ups, downs and levels. These are non-adjustable poles but that feature has not been an issue. In fact, not fiddling with length adjustments is probably an asset. On varying terrain, I simply adjust my grip between the "choke down" position (uphill), my palm on the top of the grip (downhill) and standard grip (level). These poles break down and deploy with ease and the light weight (9.95 oz for my pair) makes for a sweet benefit/cost ratio. The carbon fiber construction does require some TLC - a small tradeoff for (one of) the lightest trekking poles on the market. Highly recommended.
Pic shows Black Diamond's UDTP's in use at 11,800' in Colorado's Mt of the Holy Cross Wilderness.