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Strong, lightweight, and wicked fast.

The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole is the lightest collapsible pole that Black Diamond makes, which means it's perfect for long-distance treks, speed hiking, and even ultrarunning. As you'd expect, it's made of 100% carbon fiber, which keeps the weight down to a microscopic nine ounces per pair, and the collapsible shaft assembles with a quick pull so you can whip it out of your pack and be ready to go in half a jiffy.

The lightweight EVA handle and foam extension give you a comfortable grip and the ability to choke up on tricky or steep terrain, while the padded, breathable, and moisture wicking strap provides lightweight support during long, arduous days. The Carbon Z also comes complete with interchangeable carbide and rubber Tech Tips, so you can confidently cross anything from rocks to snow to mud to ice without your poles letting you down.

  • Carbon fiber construction
  • Collapsible shaft with speed-cone deployment
  • Lightweight EVA grip with foam extension
  • Padded, breathable, and moisture-wicking strap
  • Interchangeable carbide and rubber Tech Tips
  • Trekking basket

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5 5

Save your knees, get these!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these poles for ultra-distance trekking and trail running after doing some longer adventures with professional ultra runners and getting suggestions. I found that they don't make me faster but are extremely useful on steep training runs because the day after I can tell there was less impact on my knees. They collapse and build easily even while walking and yes, are super lightweight. Tips are great on rock and dirt but the summer baskets do snag on low brush especially when running single track. For trail racing, I also (per pro suggestion) removed the straps because I never use them. This is easily done with a small screwdriver. Make sure you get the right size! First pair I got was too short for me so use the sizing chart carefully.

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After coming off an aluminum set of BD trekking poles, the Distance Carbon Z poles feel like feathers. I'm not sure if I like the new grip design with the rib cutouts in them but they have not caused any blisters like they did for a customer below. Compared to the aluminum poles, the carbon are quieter upon strike and absorb shock a little better. Most notable of course is the weight....rather lack thereof. If you are in the market for lightweight trekking poles, take a look at the BD Distance Carbon Z.

5 5

Great Poles

I love these trekking poles. The collapsible aspect makes them super easy to pack up and only use when needed on technical routes. The size they pack down to easily fits in my pack and adds minimal weight for a LOT of extra benefit when I need them!

3 5

Not for me - New Grip caused blisters

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are great poles, but Black Diamond changed the grip design from previous versions. This grip is now ribbed, which increases hold but also causes more friction which caused blisters on my hand. Also, compared to previous versions, the small storage bag is not included anymore. Both of this might not be an issue for others, but especially because of the blister issue, I returned these and got the old version on sale.