Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles

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Black Diamond Z Pole Sizing


Height Range Height Range Suggested Z Pole Length
<5 ft="" 1="" td=""> <154 cm="" td=""> 100 cm
5 ft 1 - 5 ft 7 154 - 171 cm 110 cm
5 ft 8 - 5 ft 11 172 - 182 cm 120 cm
6 ft + 183 + cm 130 cm


For Walking, hiking and backpacking: Stability and support matter most. Size up if you're right on a size cusp.

For Running: Uphill propulsion matters most. Size down if you're right on a size cusp.

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Black Diamond's lightest Z-Pole ideal for fast and light endeavours and endurance running events, the Distance Carbon is the ultimate in folding-pole technology.

Black Diamond’s Distance Carbon Z features 100% carbon construction, weighs a paltry 280g and features a three-section foldable design that allows for fast-response deployment, so you’ll never waist time fiddling with your walking poles. Non-scarring rubber Tech Tips and a lightweight, EVA foam grip round out this pole as a lightweight detail-driven pillar in pole tech.

Lightweight, EVA foam grip with breathable, moisture-wicking grip
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

Z-Pole Rapid Deployment System

  • Concealed inner cord
  • Single push-button release to collapse the pole
  • One-pull, Speed Cone deployment

Speed Cone technology comes from BDS expertise in avalanche probe design—a key component of Z-Poles' stiffness and fast deployment. Simply grab the grip and the first shaft section, and pull them away from each other. The pole will snap into place and lock. Each Speed Cone guides a shaft section into place, and stiffens the joint when the pole is locked. Protective, flexible tube ends cover the pole’s Kevlar® centre cord when folded.

  • Manufacturer: Black Diamond
  • Trekking Pole Baskets: Trekking
  • Trekking Pole Collapsed Length: 95-110 cm - 34 cm | 105-125cm - 37cm | 120-140cm - 40cm
  • Trekking Pole Full Length: 95-110 cm | 105-125cm | 120-140cm
  • Weight: 95-110cm - 345g | 105-125cm - 355g | 120-140cm - 365g

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Jonathan M.

I bought these to replace

I bought these to replace two aged and battered Grivel z-poles, and my evaluation is based on comparison with them. I would not go back to any other style of pole for day-to-day use: there is no risk of the joint slipping, and there is less windage than with an external clip. But you do need to be sure that your chosen length suits you. These are mainly for walking in the Lake District, and I won't be in serious trouble if one breaks. They are not beefy enough for alpine or expedition use. Better than the Grivel: very light and easy to stow. Less good than the Grivel: the foam handle doesn't run so far down the stick, so you can't grasp them lower down when traversing a slope. Hence only 4*.

Anshu A.

Very quick delivery, smooth shopping

Very quick delivery, smooth shopping experience. Love my new poles. Lightweight and sturdy, exactly what I needed

Graeme H.

Lightweight and well balanced. Gave

Lightweight and well balanced. Gave them a hard time in the highlands recently over a few days and they seem robust enough

William S.

Very prompt delivery.

Very prompt delivery.