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Ultra Distance Trekking Poles



The ultimate in lightweight, folding pole technology, the Ultra Distance is optimized for endurance runners, fast packers and adventure trekkers.
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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
  • Three-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



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.


Tech Specs

Series :   Z-Poles
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)
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] 33.5 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)

Recommended Use


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How To Video: Black Diamond Z-Poles


Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by light, durable, compact These poles are an essential part of my ultra-running and fast-packing kit. They have seen me through tons of hard miles, including two Wasatch finishes. They are so light that it's another no-brainer to bring along on long runs and backpacking trips. They also have worked well when split between myself and a climbing partner used on longer climbing approaches. I had a little bit of a durability issue with one of the straps, but BD sent me a replacement, no problems. The poles deploy super quickly, no fiddling with adjustments at all. They pack away and stow easily on the outside or inside of a pack. I've had them for almost 3 years and they have a lot of life still in them. No other pole compares. October 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Perfect for Camino! Great poles. Lightweight and very easy to use. When folded, they're small enough to put into a backpack and not stick out (perfect for air-travel). On the way, I felt very smug next to all the telescopic pole owners who could not quickly stow / open their poles on a whim! They lose a point because after only 400km one of the rubber tips had worn through to the metal. I would expect it to have lasted longer (I am quite light!) October 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great light weight poles, be careful on sizing These light weight poles are easy to deploy, easy to fold and store on your pack and provided me good support and stability on a recent backpacking trip in the mountains of Colorado. Overall they are great light weight poles. Since these poles are not adjustable I would suggest being careful with the recommended sizing. I am 6 ft tall and went with the products recommended sizing of 130 cm length which appeared to be appropriate at first. However when using the product while backpacking the length often seemed cumbersome, particularly on uphill climbs. After using this product on a 30+ mile wilderness backpacking trip, and putting these poles to the test, I would have preferred to have poles at least one size, maybe two sizes smaller. Great poles, just watch out on the size. September 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by An outstanding Trekking pole I used these poles for my first race this weekend on 08-09-14. This race had 5800 feet of elevation gain over 17 miles and topped out at 11,000 feet and the poles were a life savor since I went into the race not in the shape I needed to be in for such a tough race. They allowed me to climb much faster and use less energy in doing so; they were very light easy to use and light enough to run with them without any trouble. I ran 16 miles without having to put them away. I highly recommend this product. August 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Every Guide has a pair This super compactible and light pole seems to be used by every Exum Guide in the Tetons this summer. And so far no word of issues. August 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Light and comfortable I'm very pleased with Ultra Distance Trekking Poles. They are very light weight yet are holding up to trail abuse well. Comfortable grips and straps make them my go to three season poles. March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Adventure Travel Trekking Poles Having just returned from a 5 week expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic peninsula the UDT Poles are the best I have ever used! The ultra lightweight and super small folded size make these poles the best for adventure travel trekking! Amazingly durable for the weight. With airline checked baggage weight and size being critical for travelers these poles are the best. Kudos! February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A must for mountain running Last year I had a nagging leg injury, but I'm too cheap to not run a race that I've already paid to run. My brother gave me a pair of these poles to try out. They were awesome. Saved my legs on the steep downs of the Pocatello 50 and the El Vaquero Loco. Now I would not run a race or even complete a long training run without a pair of these ready for use (I'm a middle of the pack kinda guy, only concerned with finishing). I have also found these extremely handy when running trails where people don't control their dogs. February 8, 2014
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