Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles
Black DiamondDistance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

So Great

    I love these so much for myself I had to buy a pair for my mom, who hikes a TON. She is so stoked to have these for expeditions and short hikes.

    Cool Poles

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Really light, material looks great, and first impressions are they are comfortable to use, lets see how they behave over time

    Unanswered Question

    its get a pair or not?

    Nice trekking poles

      Description

      Nice trekking poles

      Pretty Solid Pole

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      So I will admit... It took me a bit to figure out how to get these things to lock in/ lock out easily and solidly, but once I did, these poles are great. The grips fit my hand great, they are super lightweight, and saved my butt on some steep approaches and descents. I've used these in a number of different scenarios including snow, slosh, rock, scree, etc. They seem to do really well in everything but the scree where I would want a slight bigger basket so they don't get stuck.

      If I had one thing to say to improve on it would be that the velcro on the straps do rub a bit when I initially started using them. Over time it seems like the nylon has loosened up a bit, or maybe I'm just used to it now, so I don't notice it.

      Lots of good, some deal killers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I hiked these poles for >900 miles summer and fall 2015 on the Oregon and Washington PCT.
      First, the Cons:
      1. Minor: The carbide tip came off one pole, but I didn't notice it until I was almost done hiking, I just continued to used the pole, stabbing the plastic stump into the trail.
      2. The straps felt like they would cut into my skin and the grooves on the grips hurt my palms for the first 500 miles. I adapted by taking frequent holidays from the straps and also by placing my thumb and forefinger on top of the grip.
      3. The baskets have a divot that initially clipped onto another section when collapsed, then it wore down and stopped clipping. On overgrown trail, a bush might catch the recovering pole and redirect the sharp edge of the divot to the back of my leg like someone poking me with a stick. No blood, but plenty of ire.
      4. The baskets, much closer to the tip than most other poles, would readily catch on roots and embedded rocks. When not using the straps, the root/rock would rip the pole from my hand. Using the straps, the root/rock would jerk me back. Ultimately I cut and ground off the baskets.
      5. the connecting mechanism in the upper section of the other pole retracted and suddenly I had 5 ounces of useless weight. I had only 80 miles left.

      Pros:
      1. Insanely light weight that you barely notice after mothballing the poles you had before these.
      2. Great control and balance.
      3. No vibration
      4. The tubes never showed any sign of weakness.
      5. Customer Service at Black Diamond was great.

      I really loved the poles, until Con #5 above. Now I merely like them. Maybe they'd be OK for you.

      Light, fast, easy to use

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I enjoy running and fast packing and these poles are great for ru.king up mountains, and give that little extra push that's .needed for speed.
      They are light, easy to put together and take apart, and pack so light you don't notice the weight.
      Worth the money.

      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.

      Superlight

      • 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.

      Superlight

      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!

        Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking

        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.