Whether a classic ridge run is calling your name or a spicy day hike beckons, the Distance Z can answer the call. Our most affordable Z-pole features aluminum 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. Boasting new SlideLock technology, the Distance Z is now easier to lock your poles into position. Plus, we've improved joint support by 30%. Non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and a lightweight, EVA foam grip lend the Distance Z comfort and practicality.
Features: SlideLock technology improves ease-of-use when locking your pole Improved joint support and stiffness Lightweight, EVA foam grip with breathable, moisture-wicking grip Non-slip EVA foam mini-grip extension Three-section foldable design with speed-cone deployment Aluminum construction Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and carbide Tech Tips Stopper basket with shaft catcher to secure folded sections. Series : Distance Weight Per Pair : [100 cm] 342 g (12.1 oz) [110 cm] 355 g (12.5 oz) [120 cm] 370 g (13.1 oz) [130 cm] 402 g (14.2 oz) Usable Length : [100 cm] 100 cm (39 in) [110 cm] 110 cm (43 in) [120 cm] 120 cm (47 in) [130 cm] 130 cm (51 in) Collapsed Length : [100 cm] 33 cm (13 in) [110 cm] 36 cm (14 in) [120 cm] 40 cm (16 in) [130 cm] 43 cm (17 in)
Bought these this summer after a lot of research; now buying a second pair for my spouse. We both love them. I use them for hiking in rocky Vermont; he likes them for stability while walking. We love the fact that they can fold tidily into either my hiking daypack or his rolling suitcase for travel. Highly recommended.
The trekking poles were exactly what they should be, but they only have two height adjustments. This matters when you are choosing between the three sizes. I actually chose the mid-size without measuring carefully and they were a little too high for me. Luckily my son-in-law used them and let me use his multi-level poles. So just order carefully. These are excellent poles that fold up very small for easy packing.
Summering one of the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia.
I had some of the original aluminum z-poles. I took a fall and bent one of them. I bought a new set. The new set is much better than my old ones. The aluminum is heavier gage and appears much stouter. The new sliding ring locking mechanism is also easier to operate especially with gloves. It is considerably stronger than the old push button system.
Bought these for my first trail half marathon, and they saved my bacon on the long rocky descents! I wish the length could have some adjust-ability, but they saved my 200+ lb frame from falling, so seem really durable and break down and strap to my vest nicely when not in use.
I bought these to use for my first 50k race. The course had 5500 feet of elevation gain, and I'm definitely glad I had them. I used them both hiking and running during the course. They fold down pretty easily. I can fold/unfold them while running. The Left and Right labels can be a little hard to see, so I put a different color of tape just below each handle. I will probably get the Distance Z carbon poles at some point, but for my first ultra I think the durability and cost of the aluminum were worth more than the weight saved in the carbon poles.
I've used these poles on a VT Long Trail thru hike, long runs, and on a couple ultra races. They're sturdy, light, and compact.
I've definitely given them a beating, but they're holding up well. I appreciate the grip allowing for several holding points, which gives options for how tall the pole seems even though they have a fixed length.
I bought these as I had knee replacement surgery about a year ago and they preformed perfectly as we hiked Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Only problem was I had them in my backpack as I went thru TSA in Jackson Hole and they would not let me take them thru. Unfortunately we had already checked our luggage.... I gave them to a local you man who was leaving the airport.....already bought a new set of poles...
These are basic poles but are light, strong and well designed. Just got back from a trip to Canada and they performed perfectly. Several of the mountain guides were amazed with the weight and wanted a pair :
Bought these poles as I was going to the mountains to hike for the first time. Once I figured out how to lock the poles I thought they were great! I used one pole most of the time and it gave me the support I needed.
I have had a pair of z-poles for several years---I use them for travel--- to climb all those sites on high hills, to take the hikes that other seniors are skipping, and keep up with the walking tours. I bought them because they fit in most luggage. They've been on countless adventures with me. I had to buy another pair when I lost a pole to a sleeper wave walking on the edge of the surf. Great for birding. Next stop: Mont St. Michel, France.
I've probably taken 15% of my hiking times esp. uphills with these poles. They've also greatly aided my safety in STEEP downhills as I can palm control both poles in one hand at full extension as a third leg on an adjacent wall or step down. Carbide tips saved me from a recent slip-out on a wet off-camber rock ledge traverse.
I am a barefoot/ sandal runner with a high elevation 50K in August. I purchased these for my training. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The plastic tips are safe but I found they slipped quite often. I switched to the carbide tips before my weekend run, where it ended up snowing! These were a literally a lifesaver on the edge cliffs (see photos. Cannot recommend enough!
I lost my hiking poles, and needed a replacement. Because of arthritis in my fingers my old poles were difficult to open. With these just pull back the ring, slide the poll in and it folds up extremely easily. I no longer need to ask for help!! They are light, strong, and effective hiking poles. Love them!
I used these on the GR20 in Corsica, and I loved them. Quick to assemble/disassemble, lightweight enough that I could just lift them up with my wrists instead of holding them in the center, when walking through tight spots. Super strong. A few times I lost my balance, carrying a 16kg pack, and put all my weight on one of these poles, and they took all the weight just fine. Walking up very steep sections, I could use the bottom part of the handles and it was actually really comfortable. Really happy with these poles.
I've been through several pairs of trekking poles and these are the only ones I've ever bought a second pair of. They are awesome! The folding systems makes them super-compact and they are much lighter than telescoping models. Even when I've had telescoping poles in the past, I found that I didn't use that feature. I can get all the length range I need by just changing my grip and they stash away much more conveniently when I don't need them.
I bought these poles for some of my mountain runs. They deploy and fold up very fast and fit perfectly into my Raidlight hydration pack. I did purchase the optional carbide tips and would highly recommend them to anyone purchasing these poles. I am not quite to the pro level of mountain racing, so I bought the aluminum instead of carbon fiber because I don't really care about a few extra ounces.
I just backpacked through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail, Maryland is very rocky, these trekking pole performed better than I expected. The temps were in the 90’s and I was able to maintan a good grip with sweaty hands.