Carbon Fiber Staff

24 reviews
$99.95 Weight 8.2 oz / 232.0 g

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I’ve used this staff on a couple of occasions now and love the rigidity and lightweight nature of it. And being able to break it down for travel is big plus.

– Kerwin I., ★★★★★

Our Carbon Fiber Staff allows you to support your full weight using two hands on rough terrain, while keeping one hand free on more moderate sections. This staff is an ultralight, extremely strong alternative to Zpacks Trekking Poles. It can fold down for compact packing, or can be folded to the correct height to prop up any of our tents.

  • Strong enough to easily support an adult's weight vertically. The staff can be used to hop across small streams or gaps, or to aid in lifting or lowering your body weight on steep inclines and descents.

  • The staff is much stronger than a typical trekking pole. The staff can withstand moderate horizontal pressure, but avoid putting your full body weight on it horizontally.

  • Use two hands for support on tough trail sections. Keep one hand free on moderate or flat terrain for snapping photos, swatting bugs, or having a snack on the go.

  • Thick carbon fiber inserts give the staff strong joints. The titanium tip and the joints are bonded AND screwed in place so there is no chance of failure.

  • The carbon has a woven texture which naturally gives it good grip. You can quickly shift your hands up or down to any position as the terrain changes.
  • Some customers add grip tape such as found on baseball bats and sporting equipment to absorb sweat.

  • The titanium tip keeps the weight to a minimum and will never need replacement. The tip has 1/4" (.64 cm) of solid titanium that can withstand many thousands of miles of use.

  • The full 59.5" (151 cm) length is useful for getting leverage with two hands, but you also have the option to remove a top section and use it as a really sturdy 48" (122 cm) or 52" (132 cm) one-handed pole if you prefer. You can also fold it to those sizes (and shorter lengths) for pitching your ultralight tent. The staff folds to the correct lengths to pitch all of our shelters.

  • The staff folds down to three even 21.5" (54.5 cm) sections and packs conveniently standing in a backpack side pocket.

  • The staff can pass through airport security folded inside your carry-on backpack. Regular trekking poles cannot be carried on due to the sharp tips.

  • Tested on a 1,900 mile Te Araroa thru-hike in New Zealand. This short video is intended only to show the strength of the staff. Jumping across large gaps with it is dangerous and not recommended. Use at your own risk.

  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.

  • Made in the USA.

  • The staff sections are held together by non-stretchy Dyneema Cord. The cord has a  small knot which catches in a groove under the rubber end cap to lock the staff in place. To lock or unlock the staff, remove the rubber end cap and pop the knot in or out of the groove. It needs to be pulled tight!

    If you ever notice that the sections are not held tight together, just re-tie the knot so that it is snug.

Diameter: .825" (2.1 cm)

Full Length: 59.5" (151 cm)

Packed Length: 21.5" (54.5 cm)

Section Lengths (not including ferrules):  7.5", 11.5", 19", 21.5" 
(19 cm, 29 cm, 48 cm, 54.5 cm)

Possible folded lengths for shelters: 21.5, 33", 40.5", 48", 52", 59.5"
(54.5 cm, 103 cm, 122 cm, 132 cm, 151 cm)

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James H.
United States United States

Carbon staff

This staff is magic! Perfect for my style...on the flats i just carry it alot and i don't even notice it. I do wish it was a little longer as i tend to throw it out of my hand as i let it slide through my fingers going forward...but if i pay attention i don't. I carried a light rattan staff i picked up in India years ago. I thought that was light! Not compared to this....and i don't miss trekking poles at all:)

Alex H.
United States United States

Good alternative to the norm.

I’ve had this staff for a couple years now, and put it through its paces. So I wanted to show some love. It’s a good alternative to regular hiking poles. I Like the rigidity of it. Didn’t like the static cord it came with so I used 4 strands of shock cord to make it easier to break down/set up quickly. I added some rubber grips as well to make it feel better in my hands. Didn’t care for the woven carbon fiber texture. But these are small gripes that are easily fixed. Works great with the altaplex or any other shelter requiring 1 pole for set up. You can definitely put your entire body weight on this thing for jumping across small streams as the zpacks video suggests. All things considered, would recommend! just a few modifications needed to make it perfect.

Van W.
United States United States

Carbon Fiber Staff

Works better than expected. Very strong for such a lite staff.

Canada Canada

Great product, exactly as advertised

Please disregard my previous review; the staff *does* contain all parts as described. It comes assembled as 3 equal lengths; the top part splits apart into two. So seamless I couldn't even notice!

p l.
Canada Canada

Carbon fiber staff

It’s ok. It’s light. Feels a little flimsy. Hope its ok on the trail.