Black Diamond Distance Z Poles

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Black Diamond Z Pole Sizing


Height Range Height Range Suggested Z Pole Length
<5 ft="" 1="" td=""> <154 cm="" td=""> 100 cm
5 ft 1 - 5 ft 7 154 - 171 cm 110 cm
5 ft 8 - 5 ft 11 172 - 182 cm 120 cm
6 ft + 183 + cm 130 cm


For Walking, hiking and backpacking: Stability and support matter most. Size up if you're right on a size cusp.

For Running: Uphill propulsion matters most. Size down if you're right on a size cusp.

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The Black Diamond Distance Z is a versatile pole designed for everyday use by trail runners, day hikers and backpackers, the BD Distance is the most affordable model in the Z-Pole range.

Whether a classic ridge run is calling your name or a spicy day hike beckons, Black Diamond’s Distance Z can answer the call. It features aluminium construction and a three-section foldable design that allows for fast-response deployment, so you’ll never miss out on a mountaintop sunset because you’re fiddling with your poles. Non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and a lightweight, EVA foam grip lend the Distance Z comfort and practicality.

Lightweight, EVA foam grip with breathable, moisture-wicking grip
Non-slip EVA foam mini-grip extension
Three-section foldable design with speed-cone deployment
Aluminium construction
Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and carbide Tech Tips
Stopper basket with shaft catcher to secure folded sections

Z-Pole Rapid Deployment System

  • Concealed inner cord
  • Single push-button release to collapse the pole
  • One-pull, Speed Cone deployment

Speed Cone technology comes from BDS expertise in avalanche probe design—a key component of Z-Poles' stiffness and fast deployment. Simply grab the grip and the first shaft section, and pull them away from each other. The pole will snap into place and lock. Each Speed Cone guides a shaft section into place, and stiffens the joint when the pole is locked. Protective, flexible tube ends cover the pole’s Kevlar® centre cord when folded.

  • Manufacturer: Black Diamond
  • Size chart: sizechart_blackdiamond_poles
  • Trekkingpole baskets: Running,Trekking
  • Trekkingpole collapsedlength: 100cm - 33cm | 110cm - 36cm | 120cm - 40cm | 130cm - 43cm
  • Trekkingpole fulllength: 100cm | 110cm | 120cm | 130cm
  • Weight: 100cm - 340 g | 110cm - 350g | 120cm - 360g | 130cm - 370g

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Mary W.
United Kingdom

Black Diamond Distance Z Poles

excellent Easy to fold and strong in use.

Paul D.

Good product, exactly as described.

Good product, exactly as described. Delivery very quick and well packaged. Very pleased all around.


Happy with my purchase, first

Happy with my purchase, first time user of poles, practice makes perfect, had cramp in my thumb and tricep after completing my event!!!

Mathew B.

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I bought these poles from because the price was significantly cheaper than anywhere else. I am delighted with this purchase and won't hesitate to shop from here again. The poles are fantastic- very quick and easy to fold and unfold especially as I don't have to fiddle with any flick locks. They are much lighter than I would have assumed and I'm glad I did not pay extra for carbon fibre. Only taken them on one 12 mile hike so far but they were invaluable. The "low profile" baskets are great when the poles are folded and attached to my pack but during use bigger baskets would be more practical to push brush out of the way as these barely do the trick. Whatever, I'm still extremely happy with these.