In this review, some essential features of 3 great Black Diamond trekking poles for women are presented. The list includes the following trekking and hiking poles:
- Black Diamond Trail Pro trekking poles for women.
- Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock trekking poles women version.
- Black Diamond Distance FL Z pole for women.
I start with the following table which summarizes some of the most important properties of these 3 poles, it may be useful to you to see them side by side:
||Trail Pro Shock||Distance FL Z*|
|Weight/pair, oz (gr)||17 (482)||19 (539)||16 (454)|
|Packed size, inches (cm)||23 (59)
||24 (62)||14.6 (37)|
|Maximum length (cm)||125
|Materials, shafts, grip||aluminum, foam||aluminum, foam||aluminum, foam|
|Number of sections||3
|Number of locks, type||2, external
|Interchangeable tip’s end||yes||yes||yes|
*FL Z model is made in two different lengths; here I use the model of 125 cm maximum length for comparison.
Now a few more details missing in the table, about each of the 3 models.
Black Diamond Trail Pro trekking poles for women
These are high-quality 4-season poles, perfect for backpackers, hikers, and for expeditions. They have the length adjustability from 23 to 49 inches (59 – 125 cm). The 2 FlickLock Pro external locking mechanisms give you a lot of length adjustability, in fact too much.
In my view, one single lock would be enough, and this would reduce the weight as well. There are reasons why the FL Z model in the table is the lightest.
The grip is foam, perhaps the best material. It performs great in any conditions, it is never slippery and it wicks away the sweat. Some prefer cork, and there are good reasons for that, but experience shows that cork may crumble after some time. So foam is definitely more durable.
The extended grip is indeed long, almost twice the size of the main handle. This is a great feature which you will use a lot on switchbacks and on uneven terrains.
The wrist strap is nicely padded and easily adjustable.
On the bottom, you have press-fit flex-tips, replaceable if damaged. The carbide peak at the bottom is also replaceable, and you can put the rubber end instead (sold separately).
The low profile basket (see it in the picture) is replaceable and you can put winter basket as well (included in the package). This is what makes them different from the FL Z model presented below.
You will notice, the color is blue. The only thing that makes them a ‘women’ model is the length. But if you are a shorter man, you would better have shorter poles, and these might do the job. In this way, you avoid the unnecessary lengthy overlapping of the telescopic shafts (when you reduce the length to fit your body), which only adds to the weight.
I have searched a lot of sites and did not see any serious objection to these poles. Though, somebody was complaining about the weight.
Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock trekking poles women version
These poles have all the same features as the Trail Pro model presented above, except for the anti-shock mechanism added to this model. The women version is just the shortest variant of the longer version for men. So both versions can be used by men as well. No worry, there is no pink color in the women version, so it completely suitable to men as well.
The length adjustability for women version is from 24 to 49 inches (62 to 125 cm).
The anti-shock mechanism (shown below) is a true Black Diamond innovation in view of its position: it is in the middle of the grip, between the main handle and the extension. But it is so nicely designed that you will not have a problem in putting your hand over it.
The reviews of users are exceptional, hard to find any negative experience with these poles. I have checked several sites, and in the picture above you can see how it is with the users on Amazon.
Black Diamond Distance FL Z pole for women
These poles are ideal for backpackers, hikers, alpine climbers, and trail runners. They are extremely collapsible and foldable. This is the reason for the letter Z in then name, because they are presented in pictures collapsed to shape the letter Z, see the picture.
The FL describes FlickLock, the single external lock, and the associated length adjustability. This is the feature which makes them different from the usual Z series.
The poles can be collapsed due to a cord which runs through the sections. The grip is non-slip EVA foam design, and it continues with a quite short extension of the same material. I think they should have made it much longer. The wrist strap is adjustable and very lightweight.
These poles have two different basic lengths (due to this feature, the weight and the packed size of the two types are slightly different), but they still have an additional length adjustability of around 8 inches (20.3 cm).
This is achieved through a telescopic section inside the upper section of the pole (this is why I put 3+ for the sections in the table above), and with the help of one single external lock.
The tip of the pole is one single piece together with the basket. This means you do not have an option to replace it with a snow basket. In other words, these are 3-season poles.
But the bottom of the tip allows you to replace and interchange the carbide and rubber tips, both are included in the package.
Here are a few numbers:
- Weight for two different maximum lengths/pair:
L1 = 43 in (110 cm): 15 oz (425 g)
L2 = 49 in (125 cm): 16 oz (454 g).
- Packed size:
L1 → 13.4 in (34 cm)
L2→ 14.6 in (37 cm).
– for L1: from 105-125 cm (41-49 in)
– for L2: from 95-110 cm (37-43 in).
- Weight for L1: 440 g (15 oz).
After searching several sites for users’ reviews, I have not seen any negative comment about these poles.
The reviews at Amazon are also all positive, as you can see from the picture on the right.
This Black Diamond Distance FL Z pole for women is definitely my favorite as well. I like the fact that you have a single lock and a single place for the length adjustability. You do not need yet another one, it would only add the unnecessary weight.
My only real objection to these poles is about the extended grip. It is made so short that it almost has no purpose. Nevertheless, my feeling about these poles I express through this:
Here is a video about FL Z poles, by an actual user, which in facts presents the poles for men. But the only difference is the length of the poles, so have a look:
Thank you for reading this review of Black Diamond trekking poles for women, I hope it was useful to you. Please note that there is one more Black Diamond model for women presented in my separate post.
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