Is the length stated include the grip or do I add length for the grip? I am trying to decide what length to buy
The length stated *includes* the grip. You don't need to too precise about the length, though. I have two friends who I hike with and we are of different heights (one is about 2" and other is 3" taller than me), but we all use 110cm poles. It works well for all of us.
I believe it includes the grip. I suggest going with a longer, rather than shorter, estimate. That's because you need the length coming downhill. When going uphill, you can always move your grip lower if you need to.
The grip is included in the lenght
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The length stated includes the grip. I've been really happy with the poles. I had to tighten them up a little bit out of the box, but that was very easy with the included instructions.
you should buy based on height:
HEIGHT RANGE SUGGESTED Z-POLE LENGTH
< 154 cm < 5 ft 1 in 100 cm
154 - 171 cm 5 ft 1 in - 5 ft 7 in 110 cm
172 - 182 cm 5 ft 8 in - 5 ft 11 in 120 cm
183 cm + 6 ft + 130 cm
Hi, I purchased these poles a year ago. I believe the length stated is just the pole length, but I'm not certain. For reference, I am 5'4" height. I actually ended up buying and returning two sizes--first bought the 120 cm length, which was a bit too long, then I tried the 110 cm length, which was a bit too short. I finally ended up with a similar model, the Black Diamond FL Z-pole, which has a single adjustment lever at the top of the pole so I could set it to the exact length. The FL poles are just a bit heavier (by a few ounces) because they have this adjustment lever, however--but if you happen to "fall between" the set lengths of the Z-pole they are an excellent choice and I have used mine extensively for nearly a year. Having your trekking poles at the right length is very important to reap the benefits of using them.