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Our lightest Z-Pole built for mountain athletes and weight conscious adventurers, the Distance Carbon Z is now stronger with improved joint support and more durable, making it the ultimate in folding-pole performance.

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Our lightest Z-Pole built for mountain athletes and weight conscious adventurers, the Distance Carbon Z is now stronger with improved joint support and more durable, making it the ultimate in folding-pole performance.

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Black Diamond’s Distance Carbon Z is our lightest Z-Pole engineered for those who travel fast. With 100% carbon construction, the Distance Carbon Z weighs just 9 ounces and features a three-section foldable design that allows for fast-response deployment. We’ve improved the Distance Carbon Z’s joint support making them 30% stiffer, and they’re now more durable with reinforcements around the locking mechanism and upper shaft. Non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and a lightweight, EVA foam grip round out this pole as a lightweight detail-driven pillar in pole tech.

  • Improved joint support and stiffness
  • More durable with added aluminum ring to protect carbon
  • Lightweight, EVA foam grip with breathable, moisture-wicking strap
  • Non-slip EVA foam mini-grip extension
  • Three-section foldable design with speed-cone deployment
  • 100% carbon fiber construction
  • Interchangeable, non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and carbide Tech Tips
  • Stopper basket with shaft catcher to secure folded sections

Tech Specs

Series :   Distance
Weight Per Pair :   [100 cm] 273 g (9.6 oz)
[110 cm] 284 g (10 oz)
[120 cm] 298 g (10.5 oz)
[130 cm] 315 g (11.1 oz)
Usable Length :   [100 cm] 100 cm (39 in)
[110 cm] 110 cm (43 in)
[120 cm] 120 cm (47 in)
[130 cm] 130 cm (51 in)
Collapsed Length :   [100 cm] 33 cm (13 in)
[110 cm] 36 cm (14 in)
[120 cm] 40 cm (16 in)
[130 cm] 43 cm (17 in)

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Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 43.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from used and abused as a wading staff I bought a pair soon after they came out, and still going strong. I use them as wading staffs, have fished with them around the world in salt and river. On the river they get quite a bashing (I applied PVC tape around the bottom 10 inches to protect the epoxy surface). I've had them wedged between rocks, fallen on them, and many times they have prevented me from a swim. The pole I use most is onlynow starting to rust in the locking pin - not bad after 5 years of salt and river misuse, never drying them out. WD40 fixes it though. The pole fit nicely in a simms neoprene staff holder on your belt. Simms now make a carbon equivalent, released several years after the Z poles came out.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Light but not strong Had one of these snap on a trail run. I’ve had several pairs of poles in the past. While these are by far the lightest, they also seem to be the most fragile. They simply aren’t reliable.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Compact but flimsy and breaks My husband and I are avid Trail Runners logging around 30 to 40 miles per week. We recently ran a section of the Appalachian Trail near Annapolis Rocks. My Z poles were great for most of our run, but by the and I noticed they were getting loose and seemed extra flexible. When I got home I noticed one of the polls had a crack in the carbon. I am disappointed in my purchase of such an expensive piece of gear that doesn’t seem to last.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, nimble, strong I run a lot in mountains, and use the poles for anything from steep skyrunning races to 100-milers. Now, I only use the poles when I need to as I prefer to run free - but the Z poles are closest thing to having nothing. It very easy to store them in front on most packs - just need to add a couple of elastic cords. They are very strong, I have used some for 300,000m of ascent - really no idea how could people break them unless maybe if you have a very big backpack and balance issues ? It is important however to grease them a little for every new season. Personally I find the non-Carbon version is a bit smoother on rocky terrain, but the Carbon are fine as well.
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need for speed Get a grip...on these comfortable and just really awesome all around use poles. I've been abusing them all summer on peaks, packs, car trunks and no breaks so the carbon fiber isn't something to worry about being fragile. My downhill running game is definitely stronger with these in my hands Thanks BD for designing these!
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lightweight but not strong The poles are lightweight but both my wife and I broke one pole on our first day walking with them. These are best reserved for non-technical walking on relatively flat surfaces, or buy a stronger set.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from .66lbs (300g) of perfection! Ok after being disappointed by other budget carbon poles failing and slipping down while running (telescoping poles) I knew it was time to upgrade. Wish I did it earlier, these featherweight fixed poles are perfect! The cable inside is plastic coated so it doesn’t rattle inside like other brands do. They make my adventures much more enjoyable. I’m a 5’9” 170lb male and bought the 120cm with a three year warranty. Pros: -.66lbs/300grams!!! (120 cm) -super quick and easy set up/fold up -no slippage due to fixed length -comfortable foam grip -grip is ventilated -grip extends for holding lower on climbs -basket attaches to pole when folded -adjustable straps -plastic coated cable -come with Velcro wrap -look awesome -work well with BD trekker and Mont Blanc gloves -two different tips included -confidence inspiring fixed size Cons: -None found
Date published: 2018-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved My Bacon!!! I think it's fair say B.D. changed the game when they brought the carbon fiber, compact collapsible trekking pole to market, and the Carbon Z represents a fine-tuned, refinement in that original genius idea. These are probably the best trekking poles in the world, and they've saved my butt countless times on technical scree slopes and dry glacier crossings in places like Pakistan and Patagonia. Best of all they are super light so there is no excuse not to bring them. I keep a pair in my paragliding kit in case I'm faced with a long hike out, and they are amazingly durable for how minimal they are. GET SOME!
Date published: 2018-08-30
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