When the first generation of the Black Diamond Distance FLZ came out it was the most innovative pole we have seen in a long time. It primarily filled a small niche well: it is the perfect pole for people who want a lightweight pole and are obsessed with having the most compact pole when collapsed. Now the Distance FLZ or FlickLock Z pole is the marginally adjustable version of the Black Diamond Distance Z and the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z. While it doesn't offer as much range of adjustment as most telescoping poles, it does offer a length adjustment range of 20 cm which is fine for most folks who adjust the length of their poles depending on the angle of the terrain they are traveling on.
They and not as versatile as our Editors' Choice award winner, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork, but they are lighter and pack down smaller. This isn't a pole that can do everything. If, however, you are looking for an innovative, light and compact pole, give this a try.
This product is part of the new Z-Series line of poles. Unlike a traditional two or three section pole that collapses one section inside another, the Z-Series poles pull apart and break down similar to a tent pole, locking together by one of their tried and true FlickLocks and a spring loaded button. The biggest advantage of the Distance FLZ is the packability, being 9+ inches shorter when broken down than any other pole we looked at. This feature makes it a great choice for climbers who might want trekking poles for the descent but have to stow them for the climb up. The Distance FLZ has 20 cm of height adjustment per size and comes in three sizes, 95-110cm, 105-125 cm, and 120-140 cm.