Ounce-Saving Gear for Stage Races - Page 5
To use or not to use poles? The field is split, but I am adamantly in favor. The Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles are my carbon-fiber secret weapon for supporting the pack weight, lessening my exertion and finding little bits of traction under the ever-sliding sand. In comparing carbon vs. non-carbon options, you’ll instantly feel the difference (about five ounces) and that little bit of weight savings will have a cumulative effect with each stride over the course of a week. The beauty of the Z-Poles is that they are light enough to sprint with or quick to collapse and stow.
Bonus Tip: Multi-day expert Jason “UltraPedestrian Ras” Vaughan often laminates his pace chart or elevation profile and uses clear packing tape to affix it to his poles—an easy way to have quick access to important stats. In a stage race, this might also be a great spot for a picture of a loved one or a motivational phrase.