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Black Diamond
Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

4.833333333333333 out of 5 stars
72 Reviews

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Why We Like The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

Stripped down to the bare essentials, the Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles are our top pick for trail running and ultralight backpacking thanks to their featherweight design. The collapsible shaft lets you pack the poles down into your pack or vest when the terrain opens up and its time to lock in that PR.


  • Lightest-in-class trekking poles for speed hiking and ultra runners
  • Foam grips and straps are easy to grip even when damp
  • Included carbide and rubber tips let you adapt to the terrain
  • Carbon shaft keeps weight to a minimum yet remains durable
  • Standard baskets work well in dry environments (snow basket sold separately)
  • Item #BLDZ9IJ
100cm, 110cm, 120cm, 130cm
Collapsed Length
[100cm] 13in, [110cm] 14in, [120cm] 16in, [130cm] 17in
EVA foam
carbide and rubber included
Claimed Weight
[100cm] 9.6oz, [110cm] 10oz, [120cm] 10.5oz, [130cm] 11.1oz
trail running, hiking, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 72 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 4 reviews
5 Stars - 66 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

February 15, 2024

Good Running poles

These are decent running poles that fold up. I much prefer the Distance Carbon are because of the weight.

Alan M.

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5 out of 5 stars

February 5, 2024


Use these for trail running year round in the coast mountains of British Columbia. Have been working well in all conditions so far.

Andrew M.

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5 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2024

Super Light

These were even light than expected. I've been using them on my long distance hill runs and they've been great!

Jacob W.

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5 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2024

Extra Light

I bought these because I go on long backpacking trips to the Sierras and weigh every item in the pack. These are super light.

John B.

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5 out of 5 stars

January 10, 2024


Fold up very compact. Going to have to be careful about getting the tips stuck between rocks because the carbon fiber may not like getting laterally torqued on. Super light. Assembly very easy. I'm fine with no adjustability. Been using ski poles for years for backcountry hiking/AT.

Denny W.

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5 out of 5 stars

December 29, 2023

Carbon Z poles

Long time trail runner. Historically without the aid of hiking poles. Occasionally I would use Garmont poles in rough terrain but cumbersome and heavy. Getting a little older and finding that the agility is not what it was. I am absolutely impressed with the carbon Z poles! Very light and easy to manage. Concerned with the carbon strength, but after using them that has disappeared-feel strong. Nice to have the extra stabilization especially on scree and snow/ice trail conditions. They are surprisingly nice on down hills and power uphill. Nice to fold up in an instant and hands free. If you have the extra $$’s these are nice!

Don R.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2023

Quality Trekking Poles

Recently had to replace a set of trekking poles that I’ve had for many years. I started looking at various brands and really focused on both user reviews and overall specs. After trying an older pair of the Carbon Z poles I realized the reviews were right on. The Carbon Z trekking poles have exceeded what I was hoping for. My son and I have both used the poles for both general hikes and backpacking trips. The compact storage, lightweight, and comfortable use were as advertised. The numerous option for length also allowed me to get exactly the size I desired. I’m now looking forward to using these on a multi-week trip across the Southern Rockies next spring!

Brian A.

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5 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2023

Carbon Z trekking poles

Greatest poles for trekking and hiking ! Light, foldable and stylish! After using it for 3 years, I bought 2 for my sons who will trek TMB with us in July 2024. Can’t wait !

Michelle Z.

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5 out of 5 stars

December 2, 2023

Excellent poles.

I love them, i trust them and I can count on them in really rough terrain. I’ve run hundreds of miles with my first pair and I just got a couple more because they were on sale. Very happy with them. I’ve tried other brands and they’re not even close to as durable or light.

Corie M.

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5 out of 5 stars

December 1, 2023

Great Trekking Poles

Very lightweight and stable trekking poles; Really enjoy them when hiking Mt. San Gorgonio and they help a lot for the summit; Only suggestion is to improve the protective packaging strategy, the poles I received have some scratches on the handles

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Dongning C.

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