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Black Diamond Distance Z
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award 
Price $159.95 at REI
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Pros Rad cork handles, packable design, durable locking mechanism, relatively versatileLightweight, packs compactly, comfortable grip, easily disassembledComfortable, easy to adjust, small packed size, light, versatileTough, comfortable, great locking, several tips and basketsLightweight, short collapsed length, surprisingly durable
Cons Heavier than averageExpensive, may be less durable than some aluminum modelsExpensiveNot as light or packable as other polesNo length adjustability, average grip comfort
Bottom Line This is a great packable pole that features Black Diamond's "Z" style design with cork handlesThis pole made of lightweight carbon is our top-ranked trekking poleWith its short size, lightness, easy adjustability, and cozy grip, this pole is an easy Editors' Choice winnerThis is a comfortable pole that will last a long timeThis is the best value in a lightweight pole, though it lacks the ability to adjust the length
Rating Categories Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Leki Micro Vario Carbon Women's Micro Vario Carbon Alpine Carbon Cork Black Diamond Distance Z
Comfort (20%)
6
10
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10
6
Weight (20%)
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9
Locking And Adjustability (15%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Durability (15%)
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Versatility (15%)
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Specs Black Diamond... Leki Micro Vario... Women's Micro... Alpine Carbon Cork Black Diamond...
Measured Weight Per Pair (ounces) 20.2 oz 16.4 oz 16.0 oz 17.0 oz 12.5 oz
Shaft Material Aluminum Carbon Carbon Carbon Aluminum
Min Length (inches) 14/15/16 in 15.5 in 15.5 in 24 in 13/14/16/17 in
Max Length (inches) 43/49/55 in 47 in 51 in 51 in 39/43/47/51 in
Pole Design Foldable Foldable Foldable Collapsible Foldable
Grip Material Cork Foam Foam Cork EVA foam
Locking Mechanism FlickLock Pro Speed​​Lock 2 Speed​​Lock 2 FlickLock Pro Speed Cone deployment
Shock Absorbing? No No No No No
Baskets? Tip Attachments? Yes, only baskets Yes, tips and baskets Yes, tips and baskets Yes, carbide tips, trail baskets and snow baskets (sold separately) Yes, rubber and carbide tips
Size Tested 105-125 cm One size One size One size 110 cm
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