Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles

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Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles
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Ideal for ounce-counting hikers and backpackers, versatile Black Diamond Women’s Distance FL Z-Poles offer streamlined, adjustable performance. Innovative construction enables Women’s Distance FL Z-Poles to collapse down smaller and weigh far less than traditional aluminum trekking poles.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Innovative folding Z-Pole system offers simple, compact and reliable support with a concealed inner cord, single push-button release and speed cone deployment

Weather and Wind:

  • Inspired by snow probes, speed cones at the end of each pole section ensure strength, stability and superfast deployment; each speed cone guides a pole section into place


  • Single FlickLock® mechanism near the grip of each pole offers 8 in. of adjustable length
  • Z-Pole technology allows the poles to have an extremely short pack length and makes them very compact.
  • Available in two different adjustable lengths


  • Aluminum construction

Lining and Layers:

  • Lightweight, women's-specific EVA foam grip and plush-lined, moisture-wicking strap


  • Right- and left-hand-specific straps are light, breathable and moisture-wicking; they feature breathable cut-out windows and easy rip-and-stick adjustability

Traction and Grip:

  • Light, non-slip EVA foam grips feature foam extensions that allow poles to be held lower on the shaft, a convenience for your short side during hill traverses
  • Quick pull on the grip and the first pole section snaps and locks the 3 pole sections into place; flexible tube ends protect the Kevlar® center cord when folded


  • Integrated wrist straps


  • Import.


  • Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Pole trekking poles come with interchangeable, nonmarking rubber tips, carbide tips and a stow bag
  • Easily replace and solidly secure pole tips with WaveLock™ tip connections
  • 3-section Z-Pole folding design with speed cone deployment and FlickLock Pro adjustability
  • FlickLock Pro is 20% smaller and 30% easier to open than its predecessor and offers twice the holding force
  • The FlickLock offers simple, easy pole adjustment. To adjust the pole you "flick" the lock open with your finger, slide the section to where you want it and press the lock closed for solid and sure adjustments.
  • FlickLock Pro external locking mechanisms
  • Stopper basket with shaft catcher secures folded sections
  • Sold in pairs
  • Aluminum shafts are superlight and durable
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Built with durable lightweight aluminum and featuring both their compactable and FlickLock® adjustability, the Black Diamond Distance FL defines versatile support. Ideal for everything from backpacking to short day hikes, the Distance FL's 20 cm of adjustability lets you tweak the length for sidehilling and changing inclines. Much like their avalanche probes, their speed cone deployment employs a coated inner Kevlar cord and conical shaft ends for quick and strong alignment. You 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. They also have a lightweight EVA grip with mini extension for quick choke-ups on steep inclines and interchangeable tips for variable trail surfaces.

Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles are built with durable, lightweight aluminum and feature compactible Z-Pole technology and FlickLock Pro adjustability. They are versatile and ideal for everything from short day hikes to week-long backpacking trips. The Distance FL's 20 cm of adjustability lets you tweak the length (especially nice for sidehilling or for use with a tarp shelter). Employing a coated inner cord and conical shaft ends, the speed cone deployment provides quick and rigid alignment in seconds. A lightweight EVA grip is complemented by a mini-extension for choke-ups on steep inclines and interchangeable tips for variable trail surfaces.


The Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Pole trekking poles for women combine a revolutionary folding design with FlickLock Pro adjustability, offering support for backpacking and stream crossings.

Specifications for suggested height range are as follows:


FEATURES of the Black Diamond Women's Distance FL Trekking Poles - Pair.

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The Distance FL from Black Diamond is a highly packable light weight trekking pole perfect for hiking and backpacking.
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
105 - 125 cm:5 ft. 4 in. - 5 ft. 11 in.
95 - 110 cm:5 ft. - 5 ft. 7 in.
Basket Type:Standard
Camera mount:13.4 inches
Collapsed Length:14.6" / 37 cm
Color:Gold and Silver
Extendable Range:41-49 inches
Features:Flick Lock, Interchangeable Tips
Grip material:Aluminum
Item Weight:110 cm: 15.2 oz/pair 125 cm: 15.7 oz/pair
Large:Usable Length 120-140cm (47-55 in.), Collapsed Length 40cm (15.7 in.), Weight 470g. (16.6 oz/pair)
Length:37-43 in / 95-110 cm (95-110 cm), 41-49 in / 105-125 cm (105-125 cm), 47-55 in / 120-140 cm (120-140 cm)
Locking mechanism:37 - 43 inches
Maximum Length:110 cm: 43" 125 cm: 49"
Maximum length (cm):Yes
Maximum length (in.):Foam
Medium:Usable Length 105-125cm (41-49 in.), Collapsed Length 37cm (14.7 in.), Weight 445g. (15.7 oz/pair)
Minimum Length:110 cm: 37" (13.4" collapsed length) 125 cm: 41" (14.6" collapsed length)
Minimum length (cm):Yes
Minimum length (in.):Foam
NOTE:3-season Z-Poles do not accept, or have fittings for snow or powder baskets
Number Of Poles Included:2
Number of Sections:3
Packed Size:13.4 in / 34 cm (95-110 cm), 14.6 in / 37 cm (105-125 cm), 15.7 in / 40 cm (120-140 cm)
Recommended Use:Trail Running, Ultra-Lightweight Hiking and Backpacking
Sections:3 Section
Shaft Material:Carbon Fiber
Shock absorbing:41 - 49 inches
Small:Usable Length 95-110cm (37-43 in.), Collapsed Length 33.5cm (13.2 in.), Weight 430g. (15.2 oz/pair)
Strap Material:Moisture-wicking
Tip Material:Rubber / Carbide
Usable Length:41 x 49" / 105 x 125 cm
Warranty:1 Year
Weight:15.5 oz / 440 g (Pair: 95-110 cm)
Weight per pair:14.6 inches
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Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Does the job

I originially bought these trekking poles thinking I would probably use them backpacking, but primarily as a means to pitch the tent I had just bought. I had never used trekking poles before, but I am so glad I have them now! My first backpacking adventure I somehow got off the trail and had to hike uphill through a foot of detritus to get back on the trail and my trekking poles made it so much easier!

I love how easy they are to adjust, probably my favorite thing about them. They are super comfortable to hold and sturdy. When I'm not using them they fold down and I can easily strap them on my pack.
frogmonkey at REI on 04/04/2013

Cancel previous review--very good poles

In a previous review (that I'll delete if I can) I criticized these for collapsing easily. Turns out I missed the specifications on how to lock them in. With that taken care of they are great poles--I used them on a 300 mile trek and they held up wonderfully, are light and comfortable. Only criticism is that BD tries to get too fancy with the straps, but it's not a deal breaker. Only concern is whether I'll be able to switch out the tips when they wear out--there is some ambiguity on that.
Go hike with your dog! at REI on 07/07/2013

Adjustable and Compact

Black Diamond really shines with the Distance FL Z-Poles. They combine the strength, weight savings, and compact size of fixed length poles and add just the right amount of adjustability. Perfect for hikers who camp with tarps- you can tension your shelter without hassle. They also excel when transitioning from uphill to downhill - just extend the upper segments and keep hiking.
Rob Pudner Staff at ProLite Gear on 09/28/2011

great poles, tiny wrist straps

My favorite poles, ever. Incredibly easy to adjust, super light weight, fold small enough to fit in my day pack or a tote bag. The one drawback: the wrist straps are too small to fit over winter gloves. Way too small. Next time I will try the men's model.
chandrika at REI on 01/01/2014

love these poles

easily snaps into place, single adjustment, folds up to put inside daypack. Just used them on the haute route in tha alps; only problem was in deep snow where lack of a basket hurts performance
Ian the hiker at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

Good design idea, failed implementation

These poles are based on a great idea--several segments of pole that fit together (like tent poles) with only one segment adjustable for height. That way they can fold very small and are still fully adjustable. They put together easily and are light and comfortable to use...til you use them. The problem is that there is nothing but the aluminum pole shaft overlap where they fit together holding the poles together! That is, unlike tent poles there is no tension line to hold the pole segments together so as soon as you put any weight on them or stick them in soft ground the segments come apart as you retract them. These are useless for any surface more demanding than pavement. What a pathetic failure--were these never field tested, or did Black Diamond market them knowing they were useless?
Go hike with your dog! at REI on 06/06/2013