Black Diamond Z-pole Wading Staff

Tread with confidence in any water with our folding wading staff.


Three-section Z-Pole wading staff with FlickLock adjustability. Three key components: an inner cord, a push-button release to collapse the staff, and one-pull deployment. Foam grips with mini extension for quick choke-ups. Wading staff features rubber and carbide tip for traction. Aluminum construction, neoprene sheath, and attached retractor. Length 47" adjustable to 55". Weighs 1 lb.


Overall: 3.8/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 3.8 / 5 based on 26 reviews

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18 of 26 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Easy once you know - 2/19/2014
    By: from Damascus, PA

    I had to look up the mfg directions to figure this one out but once I did I love it. Incredibly easy to use and so far takes a beating with no problems... I especially like that it can be totally adjusted for fit and even easily for different river conditions.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Not worth the money if it doesn't work - 1/27/2014
    By: from Honey Brook, PA

    Have to admit to loving this wading staff in pretty much every way until it stopped working after about 15 days of fishing. Honestly don't know what caused the problem. Probably a one off kind of thing, but out of the blue I couldn't separate one of the sections to collapse the whole staff. Nothing out of the usual happened to the staff while fishing. It wasn't bent or dinged or hurt in any way that I either remembered or could see after the fact. Couldn't separate the sections, even with two strong guys pulling on each end. Tried and tried to lubricate and pull, pull and lubricate again and again. Almost gave up and let the staff just sit for months and tried one last time by submerging the whole staff in WD-40 for a day. Finally separated the sections. Only thing I could see wrong was that one of the connecting rubberized links (see attached photo) had deteriorated and cracked. Not sure if that caused the sections to stick, but considering how little use it had and how expensive it was I'd never buy one again. Wend with a new Simms model. Great staff concept, but not worth anything unless you get years of service out of it.

  • 2/5 stars 2/5

    Product design - 1/24/2014
    By: from CO & FL

    Great product for several months. Did what it was intended to do. Then, bingo, it froze and there is no way I can pull the sections apart. So you are stuck with a long straight pole. Not like Orvis, the BEST in quality and design.

    Response from: Orvis Customer Service
    Posted: 1/29/2014 10:04:47 AM

    Thank you for your feedback regarding this product. Ideally, poles should be stored in the collapsed position, as this allows them to fully dry. In this particular model, it is possible the nylon tighteners will absorb moisture and swell, making them difficult to separate. Black Diamond is moving to a new material for this piece that will eliminate the issue, and will readily warranty any poles currently experiencing this issue. Again, we appreciate your feedback. As always, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our products.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Black Diamond Wading Staff - YES! - 1/7/2014
    By: from Pasadena, CA.

    I was looking for a lighter yet stronger wading staff as a replacement for my Folstaff wading stick. Black Diamond is first class Hi-Tech equipment used for mountain climbing and trekking. I am purchasing a 2nd one to double as a hiking staff. Note to Orvis - it may be a good idea to provide better product instructions. I visited the BD website for all the details that Orvis product packaging did not. Just a thought.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    works well for me - 9/19/2013
    By: from Kings Mountain, NC

    I purchased this item @ six months ago and have used it several times a week since. The staff has functioned flawlessly and i have relied on it in Green River which is consistently high flows and dangerous to wade w/o a staff. Hard and frequent use and no issues yet. The carbide tip is the one i use and it sticks to anything.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Love it - 9/15/2013
    By: from Worcester, MA

    I've read the other reviews with some folks having problems with this staff, but I have nothing but praise. I've been using it for 6 months of frequent fishing. The staff fits together in under 10 seconds, and folds up in about the same amount of time. It is light, so when it is in it's holster, I barely am aware of it being there. I have not experienced any failure of the staff, tip, rubber or had any problem getting it together or apart. I am a smaller person, so perhaps I do not place the same amount of stress on it during use. The rivers and streams I have been fishing have not exactly been raging torrents either (it's been a pretty dry summer here). If I lost this staff, I would purchase another without hesitation.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Excellent wading staff - 9/10/2013
    By: from Superior, Colorado

    I used this on a recent fishing trip and really liked it. It snaps into place easily, Also folds easily if you relieve the tension, and it kept me from falling several times. One small complaint - the extra tip came in miniature sandwich bag which I immediately lost. Should have a pouch on the holster for the extra tip.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Mine failed after a few uses - 8/19/2013
    By: from Steamboat Springs, CO

    I like the design, and used it a few times. I always folded the pole up and kept it in the sheath. However, I experienced the same failures as others. The lower connection got so I couldn't plug the pole back in to extend it. This occurred in the middle of a rushing river. I got a screwdriver and pushed the nylon bushing down so I could push it together, but then I can't pull it apart! There is nothing I can do except throw it away and buy another brand. Too sad, because when it works, it is a great design. Get caught in a river once, and you'll never go back to it again.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Worst Orvis product I have ever purchased - 8/10/2013

    In the store I really liked the design of this wading staff. It is compact and light. I purchased two and they have been nothing but problems. One of them currently will not separate (this has happened to both) despite two grown men trying to pull it apart. The other simply collapsed in the middle of a fast moving stream when the piece that connects two of the pole sections slide completely into one of the sections. You can imagine how pleasant that was. In truth this is the only Orvis product I have ever purchased that I did not like so I was qutie surprised especially after the positive comments by the sales person.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5


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