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Black Diamond
Distance Z Trekking Poles

4.72972972972973 out of 5 stars
37 Reviews


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Why We Like The Distance Z Trekking Pole

The Distance Z Trekking Pole is Black Diamond's value-packed trekking pole that doesn't slack. Its strong aluminum design is light, weighing well under a pound per pair. Breathable EVA grips and adjustable straps make it easy to clutch while ensuring it won't slide away if take a tumble. Plus, the Distance Z features the same collapsible design as the other Z-series poles—a button releases the sections for stowing, and an avy-probe pull grip slides it back together when we're ready to set off.


  • Reliable 3-season trekking pole for every adventure
  • Rugged and light aluminum shaft will go the distance
  • Airy EVA foam grip allows a tight and secure grasp
  • Strengthened joints mean a durable collapsible design
  • SlideLock tech makes collapsing your poles quick
  • Includes interchangeable carbide and rubber tips
  • Item #BLDZ9IM
7075 aluminum
100cm, 110cm, 120cm, 130cm
Collapsed Length
[100cm] 33cm, [110cm] 36cm, [120cm] 40cm, [130cm] 43cm
Locking Mechanism
carbide, rubber (both included)
Claimed Weight
[100cm] 12.1oz, [110cm] 12.5oz, [120cm] 13.1oz, [130cm] 14.2oz
hiking, trail running, touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 37 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
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5 Stars - 32 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

July 6, 2024

Love these poles

Took these poles on a three day backpack in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and they were great!

Hillary T.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

July 1, 2024

Really good for a short time

I've had two sets of poles that become almost impossible to fold or extend. They aren't super expensive, but if you have to buy a new pair each year...So disappointing.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 29, 2024

Could BD add a whippet attachment

I really like how this pole fits in my pack when collapsed. And it's light weight. But I often have need of an ice axe for fall prevention. I could buy a whippet but then would lose the packability and light weight. This pole with a whippet handle and pick would be the perfect tool?


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2024

Great trekking poles

I decided to switch from carbon to aluminum poles for extra strength now that I am an older hiker. The aluminum Distance Z Trekking poles have been great in the 4 hikes since my purchase. They are stiff and almost as light as my older carbon Z poles. The interchangeable tips and the new locking button are upgrades from prior Black Diamond models. My only (slight) gripe is that there was no way to remove the straps without cutting them off.

Theodore C.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 2, 2024


Lightweight and sturdy. Quick to assemble on trail.

Cristina I.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 24, 2024

Great poles

I feel a lot of people look over these poles because they are aluminum and not carbon fiber, but these poles are not to be looked over. The light weight and durability of the distance Z come at an affordable price, and I am not looking to break another pair of carbon fiber poles mid race. The distance z are ultra light and durable so that won’t happen again. Great but!

Chase S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Simple and effective

The right weight and durability for daily training runs. Simple to open and close.

Aaron D.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 28, 2023

Just right

These poles are exactly what I wanted them to be. No messing around with adjustable locks, no shortening of poles while using them, and they are super light. Love the grip and the stability they provide on any terrain.

Justin J.

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

December 27, 2023

fatal flaw

These poles have a fatal flaw: the straps do not work for heavy use. When poling hard with full extension behind, the straps loosen. This is because the straps are designs to be loosened by pulling them upwards. When extending the poles fully behind — like nordic skiing — the straps loosen a bit with each stroke. I have experienced this with two sets of new poles of this model. These straps are used on many other models. Everything else about this pole is very good but they are critically limited by the strap design which is crucial for some users.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 19, 2023

Great poles

I haven't used these poles yet, but I already have another set and I really have always liked the Z Poles. I find the grip is comfortable and I use them weekly without any issues. The reason I go aluminum is due to the fact that they tend to bend instead of break (carbon). I fell down a hill on one hike and my poles took the brunt of it. They didn't break and I was able to bend them back somewhat straight...hench why I chose aluminum after researching it. This is my third pair. My original pair finally broke last year after i'd say 8+ years of constant use. They wouldn't lock and apparently I pulled too hard trying to get them to lock and the one pole broke (the small chain mechanism inside the actual pole broke apart). I was sad...ha...but they got a lot of hard use and served me well. Hence, why I continue to purchase these poles.

Jeff P.

Originally reviewed on