Black Diamond Distance Trekking Poles Review for Trail Runners – Plus 10 Reasons Why You May Want to Consider a Set
I’ve never written a review on trekking poles. But then again, I’ve never owned poles in my life, unless those poles are for cross-country skiing. Even with alpine skiing, I prefer to tuck mine under the arms and scream downhill freely. I am just not much of a poles user.
But in the last decade or so, it seems that you can’t go to a mountain ultra race without seeing a few folks using them. At first the rule was – poles for anyone over 60. But as years progressed, more and more folks had began carrying them. At first in races like Hardrock 100, where the climbing is steep, long and at altitude, and even the best of the best power-hike the uphills. But soon after, any race that is on mountainous trails experienced the surge in runners utilizing poles.
To see what the buzz is all about and if they really help, yet not take away from the experience of a purist mountain runner and hiker, I managed to try out one of the best on the market, Black Diamond Distance Trekking Poles. The official use of these poles ranged from trail running to fast packing to day hiking and backpacking, to trekking and snowshoeing and even backcountry skiing.
Can it be more versatile?