Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles
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Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles Review

Recently my in-laws bought me a pair of Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles. I struggle with my balance and coordination on hikes. Let’s just say I don’t look like a natural hiker. Ben breezes up and down the mountain side; boulders, steep terrain, creek crossings, ledges, not much throws Ben off. Not me. Especially carrying Morgan on my front in our LillieBaby carrier while we hike. One of our concerns with me carrying Morgan in front is that if I fall and land forward, she may be the first thing that hits the ground, or a rock, or I may land on top of her. On our last trip I got to test our my new Black Diamond Distance FLZ Poles!

Black Diamond Distance FLZ Women's Trekking Poles

 

First Impression

When we were in Ouray, we stopped into Ouray Mountain Sport sporting goods store and looked at some poles. The sales associate told us about the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Pole and sold us on it! She herself uses them so it was nice to talk to someone who was knowledgable about the poles. We were impressed with how lite and how comfortable the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles were looking at them in the store. But that was in the store. I was interested to see how they did on the trail.

Hiking with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Women's Trekking Poles

Terrain

In Marble, CO this past weekend, my mother-in-law and I tried them out the 4 wheel drive road in Lead King Basin and on Raspberry Creek Trail. The road and the trail both had steep inclines, rocks, uneven ground and a creek crossing. On Raspberry Creek Trail we were able to try the poles on a down hill section.

Hiking Raspberry Creek Trail with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Using the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

I felt as though I was able to keep up a decent pace using the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles, a better pace than I would have had if I didn’t have the poles on the trail. The poles felt effortless since they are so lite and comfortable. Since these poles are specific to women, the handles fit better in my hand.

Hiking in Marble, CO with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Hiking in Marble, CO with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

The poles were easy to adjust for uphill and downhill sections. I am 5’6” and use the 105-125 cm poles. During these hikes I started with the poles at 110 cm. I adjusted the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles to 115 cm when going downhill and adjusted the poles to about 107 cm on the uphill section.

Hiking with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Hiking raspberry Creek Trail using Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Hiking with Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Overall Impression

The Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles fold up nicely and come with a velcro strap to keep them together. You can store them under the seat of your car or in your backpack. I felt much more comfortable hiking and am excited to do more hiking with my Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles. I would defiantly recommend these poles to hikers of all abilities.

 

Happy Trails…..

2 Responses

  1. My Bride and I hike every weekend except during the summer and hiking poles are a must! They make us much more stable when on unstable ground, so we don’t hike without them.

    1. Tim,
      Do you use your poles snowshoeing as well? Glad to hear your poles are working well for you. We underestimated the benefits of them before this summer.

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