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Distance Carbon Running Poles

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If trekking poles are a mountain runner’s “samurai swords,” then the Black Diamond Distance Carbon is the Hattori Hanzo edition. Designed in collaboration with BD Athlete Joe Grant, the fixed-length Distance Carbon weighs in at only 95 grams per pole (120 cm), making it the lightest pole we’ve ever produced.


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If trekking poles are a mountain runner’s “samurai swords,” then the Black Diamond Distance Carbon is the Hattori Hanzo edition. Designed in collaboration with BD Athlete Joe Grant, the fixed-length Distance Carbon weighs in at only 95 grams per pole (120 cm), making it the lightest pole we’ve ever produced. The touch-points are minimal, though carefully placed, such as the subtle mid-shaft ring for balance and grip while carrying the pole horizontally. The slimmed Distance Grip consists of an ultralight, durable EVA foam, and the tip has been completely redesigned to a lower profile that also accepts z-pole snow baskets. Simply put, these poles are engineered to go fast, whether you’re 10 hours into an ultra, or linking peaks in fast and light style.

  • 100% carbon fiber shafts
  • Fixed length construction
  • Incredibly lightweight running pole: 95 grams/pole (120cm)
  • Lightweight EVA foam grip and minimal grip extension with breathable, moisture-wicking strap
  • Mid-shaft ring for horizontal carrying balance and grip
  • Interchangeable tech tip compatible with rubber tech tips included
  • Z-Pole Snow Basket compatible

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

Series :   Distance
Weight Per Pair :   [110 cm] 182 g (6.4 oz)
[115 cm] 186 g (6.6 oz)
[120 cm] 190 g (6.8 oz)
[125 cm] 194 g (6.8 oz)
[130 cm] 198 g (7 oz)
Usable Length :   110 cm (43 in)
115 cm (45.27 in)
120 cm (47 in)
125 cm (49.21 in)
130 cm (51 in)

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Pro Tip: Joe Grant On The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole



Distance Carbon Running Poles is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from definitely samurai swords ! I purchased these for mountain and steep trail running. I also choose them because the trails I use include a proud mountain lion & rattlesnake population. I run alone and weight 145lbs. The Distance Carbon offers stability, confidence and support. When descending narrow, grown-in single-track I can probe, push and protect my legs. They help with instantly hitting the breaks and have the added benefit of helping me get big if I encounter wildlife. Running and holding horizontally at the balance point is awesome. The design and ergonomics are very great. If you prefer simplicity and lightness you won't be disappointed. I do wish the straps could be easily removed. Some fast runs would benefit from no straps, especially if pole stability is only needed for short sections and the rest of the time your only carrying. Gorgeous product design ! Form, materials & function at its finest.
Date published: 2020-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are running poles for ultralighters I had a concern that the Distance Carbon running poles were going to be strong and durable enough for ultralight backpacking.......YES they are!! Had the 3 section Distance Carbon before these. These are the lightest poles on the market. Just came off the “Smokey” trail after hiking 50 miles on technical trails. Never felt they flexed too much or did not do a great job stabilizing me. Love these poles!
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helium infused carbon? Due to the competitive nature of my wife and her 20+ years of incessant feats in the high mountains around the world she developed some issues with both of her knees. She has been using trekking/ running poles for the treks to numerous base camps of the higher peaks and also now when she trail runs. Living in a valley where we are graced with countless miles of magnificent trails, I began seeing the merits of using running poles while venturing out on these very long jaunts. I was a little skeptical at first but they have proven themselves to be true gold. The first run for the Distance Carbon was a 9 mile blitz around the desert scapes of the Tabeguache. They lived up to my expectations. Two days later I did the full Independence Monument Trail (12 miles) and they again, graced my stride. Most recently I ventured up the East Creek Trail (Redstone) to the alpine ridge line that overlooks Capitol Peak. It was at this point that I knew I made a wise purchase. Supple in hand, extremely light weight, and perfectly well balanced, these poles have definitely enhanced my trail game. There’s nothing that I would change with these except for the fact that the carbide tip does not come standard, even though the main photo on the website shows these poles with the tips included. Other than that, I have no gripes.
Date published: 2020-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Efficient travel when the going gets steep. I've been pole curious for awhile and finally gave these a try this summer. I've got nearly 200 miles of running with them in the Tetons and Palisades ranges and absolutely love them so far. Very lightweight and easy to run with, it's been fun to mix things up a bit with the poles. For steep ascents, descents, snow, scree etc. they provide some balance, propulstion, stability, and fun. I love coming up to technical section of downhill, double planting the poles and just jumping over the obstacles. I like them so much I'm going to be using them at an upcoming race.
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Running Poles These poles are incredibly light, it seems like they weigh about as much as an a couple energy bars. I love them so far.
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My old Distance Carbon Z-Poles almost feel heavy! These were the poles I’d always wanted: One piece, in theory, should be lighter, stiffer, stronger. The grips have evolved slightly: They’re a bit more tapered and the lower “pommel” or “trigger” is a bit more subtle (you can’t quite get as much leverage but it is adequate). Time will tell if they are durable enough. Would get 5 stars if there was less packaging (a problem with all BD stuff) and if they came with carbide tips (do people really use the rubber tips??).
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great running pole! I’ve had it on many runs! Light and solid! Great fixed running pole!
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Featherlight and functional In short, these are extremely functional poles, and weigh next to nothing. Others have already hit on this. If you don't need your poles to collapse, take a hard look at these. If you've used the Distance Carbon Z poles, then you've basically tried these, which are nearly identical, except a) they don't collapse and b) the shaft diameter is slightly smaller (perhaps by 1 mm). The grips and straps are identical to the Distance Carbon Z. The narrower shaft implies slightly reduced stiffness and strength compared to the Distance Carbon Z. Whether or not this is a meaningful, I cannot say--but these seemed sufficiently stiff to me. These are ridiculously light, weighing in at 6.73 oz (190.8 g) for a pair in 125 cm length, including the carbide tips (and omitting the rubber tips). That's around 4 oz lighter than the Distance Carbon Z. I've used these on a number of longer on-trail hike/runs, and have zero complaints--they're poles, they work, they have robust grips and straps, and they are super light. 'Nuff said. We'll see about durability--but for now, five stars.
Date published: 2020-02-17
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