Hi Everyone! This is Michole with my review of the Women’s Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles. If you are just trying to decide if you want or need trekking poles, check out Logan’s post To Trekking Pole or Not To Trekking Pole.

 

If you decide that trekking poles are for you, I suggest checking out the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles.

Size and Weight

 

The Distance FLZ Poles are extremely light and very packable. When the poles are collapsed, I can easily hold them in one hand. The women’s poles come in two different lengths, while the men’s poles come in three different lengths. Since the poles are adjustable, each size has a different range of lengths. At 5’6”, I opted for the longer of the two because my standing flat ground length is 115cm.

Women’s

Short:

  • Usable length 95-110cm
  • Collapsed length 34cm
  • Weight per pair 440g (15.52oz)

Long:

  • Usable length is 105-125cm
  • Collapsed length 37cm
  • Weight per pair 455g (16.05oz)
Men’s

Short:

  • Usable length 95-110cm
  • Collapsed length 34cm
  • Weight per pair 440g (15.52oz)

Medium:

  • Usable length 105-125cm
  • Collapsed length 37cm
  • Weight per pair 455g (16.05oz)

Long:

  • Usable length 120-140cm
  • Collapsed length 40cm
  • Weight per pair 470g (16.57oz)

These weights are about as light as you can get for adjustable, aluminum poles. This means that the Distance FLZ Poles are pretty much a best value for price to weight ratio. Since the poles are so light, it is very easy to swing the poles forward with every step. Even after a 16-mile hike, I hardly notice them in my hands. They are also among the most packable trekking poles available.

Both Poles Collapsed and Held in One Hand.

Comfort and Usability

 

The handgrip is made of lightweight EVA foam that is very comfortable. The wrist strap is a little less comfortable but it is very breathable and it wicks away moisture. The straps are also easily adjusted with the Velcro strap on the outside. For now I have left my wrist straps, but it would not be a problem to replace them with a more comfortable pair.

 

The fact that the poles are adjustable is a huge factor for me. This gives me the opportunity to adjust the height depending on the terrain. We typically hike in the mountains, so I love being able to shorten the poles for climbs, and lengthen them on the descents.

Break Down and Assembly

 

I was surprised at how easy the poles are to assemble. To assemble: just hold the grip and the first shaft section, and pull them apart until they snap into place. The snap is the button locking in place. The whole process takes about one second, and is one of the key features in Black Diamond’s Z-Pole Series. To adjust the height, there is a lever towards the top of the poles. Pull back on the lever and slide the poles to the desired length. To break down the poles, simply press the button and slide the first section in. Then, pull apart the other sections. It is as easy as that! The cord that holds the poles together is covered in a flexible tubing that protects the cord when the poles are folded.

Lever and Button on the Poles.

Flexible Tubing Covering the Cord.

Overall

 

The Black Diamond Distance FLZ poles have been a wonderful set of poles for me. They have helped me try to keep up with my type one muscle fiber having husband! But seriously, they have helped me climb steep ascents with terrible footing and helped me keep my balance climbing to and descending from snow-covered peaks.

 

I love the light weight, packability, and adjustability of these poles. The assembly process helps me hit the trails earlier, while the break down process leaves me with little work when I need to stow them. My one and only complaint is the comfort of the wrist straps, and this would not hold me back from purchasing these poles again.

If you want to check out another amazing trekking pole, here is Logan’s review of the Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Trekking Poles.

 

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