Black Diamond Ultra Distance Poles

Ultralight, quickly expandable/collapsible trekking poles for trail running.



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Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles are a remarkable feat of engineering. More important, they are far and away the best collapsible trekking poles we’ve ever seen for running.

Reminiscent of avalanche probes, their three-piece design snaps in place simply by pulling both end pieces. It takes only a fraction of a second. To collapse the poles, you push a small button below the base of the handle, push the handle down toward the shaft, and then pull the shaft apart at both joints. While that might sound complicated, it takes less than a second.

The carbon-fiber poles are stiff and the joint construction minimizes energy sapping vibrations. Oh, and these are the lightest collapsible poles we’ve ever used, coming in at 10.2 ounces for the 120 cm version. The height of poles is not adjustable, but they do come in four lengths: 100 cm (9.9 oz/280 g), 110 cm (10 oz/285 g), 120 cm (10.2 oz/290 g), and 130 cm (10.4 oz/295 g).

Sizing (based on user's height):

  • 100 cm poles: < 5'1" (154 cm) tall
  • 110 cm poles: 5'1" (154 cm) - 5'7" (171 cm) tall
  • 120 cm poles: 5'8" (172 cm) - 5'11" (182 cm) tall
  • 130 cm poles: 6'0"+ (183+ cm) tall

From after-work trail runs to speed record attempts on the Appalachian Trail, the reliable, 3-season Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking pole is our premier lightweight pole featuring 100% carbon fiber construction and our innovative Z-Pole technology. Providing the ultimate in packability, the revolutionary 3-section design features a coated inner cord, a single push-button release, and our speed cone technology for lightning-fast deployment-even while on the move. The lightweight EVA grip features a non-slip extension for quick choke-ups on steep terrain, and the interchangeable tips provide multi-surface versatility.

  • 100% carbon fiber construction
  • 3-section Z-Pole folding design with speed cone deployment
  • Lightweight EVA foam grip with breathable, moisture-wicking strap
  • Non-slip foam mini-grip extension for secure choke-ups
  • Includes interchangeable, non-marking rubber Tech Tips, carbide Tech Tips and stow bag
  • Stopper basket with shaft catcher secures folding sections
  • NOTE: 3-season Z-Poles do not accept, or have fittings for snow or powder baskets

Z-Pole Technology

Our Z-Pole Technology was born from our expertise in avalanche probes—by using a three-section shaft, a concealed inner Kevlar cord and innovative speed cones, our collapsible Z-Poles snap into place and lock with a single pull.
When not in use, a single push button releases the pole for compact storage.

Weight Per Pair

  • 100 cm - 280 g (9.9 oz)
  • 110 cm - 285 g (10 oz)
  • 120 cm - 290 g (10.2 oz)
  • 130 cm - 295 g (10.4 oz)

Collapsed Length

  • 100 cm - 33.5 cm (13.2 in)
  • 110 cm - 36.5 cm (14.4 in)
  • 120 cm - 40 cm (15.7 in)
  • 130 cm - 43.5 cm (17.1 in)

Sizing (based on user's height):

  • 100 cm poles: < 5'1" (154 cm) tall
  • 110 cm poles: 5'1" (154 cm) - 5'7" (171 cm) tall
  • 120 cm poles: 5'8" (172 cm) - 5'11" (182 cm) tall
  • 130 cm poles: 6'0"+ (183+ cm) tall