Rating: 5 / 5
I've used these poles for nearly a year now and am smitten. For less than a Benjamin you've got a fantastically reliable and ergonomic pole that weighs only 2-3 ounces more than the majority of adjustable carbon poles on the market costing $50+ more. The wrist straps really take the load off your hands, allowing a looser grip with less friction. The quick snap adjustment system has never failed me and I feel is much faster than the twist-lock alternatives that I've tried.
I'm intrigued by the GG LT4S's, since they weigh ridiculously little, but at $175 can't splurge simply to experiment, and the UL straps they've tacked on don't look as comfortable as those on mine, which would slow me down and reduce my mileage. They also lack the low foam grips that allow climbing steep portions without readjusting the length every time.
Bottom line, the BDs aren't the lightest thing out there, but the weight is spent on valuable features that will get you farther down the trail in greater comfort, and isn't that what UL is about after all?
Edit: Got hands on with a pair of Black Diamond Distance (aluminum) Z-Poles today. WOW. At 130 cm they're 12.3 ounces for the pair and only $90. The carbon ones are 9.7 oz for the same size, but $25 per ounce saved (carbon model is $150) is too much. Curse C and Ti for costing so much Au.