Why we chose them: Comfortable, tough, durable, reliable and portable
For many, a good pair of trekking poles are an essential bits of kit for multi-day trips in the mountains. Not only do they serve as support for when you’re carrying heavy backpacking backpacks, they can also double as a prop for your tarp or tent, and some can even be used to create a frame for a stretcher for emergency use.
One company that’s consistently built solid trekking poles is Black Diamond; and they haven’t dropped the ball with these, the Alpine FLZ Z-Poles.
Who Is The Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Z-Poles For?
Whether you’re planning a multi-day hiking trip or backcountry skiing mission, a pair of reliable poles are an essential bit of kit that’ll be able to take on a wide range of activities. While many poles feature a cutting edge carbon design, we’re big fans of the simple and durable construction of the Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Z-Poles – a set you can certainly rely on.
These come in three different lengths by the way, including 95-110 cm (511g), 105-125 cm (552g) and 120-140 cm (587g).
You’ll see that each pole is split up into four sections; two that collapse into each other and two bottom sections that are loose but linked by a tough wire. All of these sections are made up of 7075 aluminium.
Due to the nature of carbon, once bent it’s impossible to bend back into its original position. This is different to the aluminium used here which, if bent or damaged, can be carefully bent back into shape. This choice in material will be appreciated when you’re three days into your multi-day backpacking trip and reliant on your poles.