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Scott Jurek Interview: Gear For A.T. Speed Record

Lightweight Trekking Poles – Black Diamond Z-Poles

black diamond z poles

Many ultra runners don’t use trekking poles, but for long distances, they can greatly reduce fatigue on the legs.

“These poles were like part of my arms and my hands. I never did any sections without them,” Jurek said.

The Z-Poles weigh just 4.5 ounces apiece. They are made of carbon fiber and fold up super small when not in use.

“I used poles not only on the uphills but also on the downhills, to slow me down, so I wouldn’t destroy my quads and my legs. Downhills are the place you are going to get the most injuries. They were indispensible on the uphills to provide propulsion, they’re almost like handholds if you use them right.”

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Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.