A lightweight, touring-focused version of the powder-munching Megawatt.

Although the Megawatt Ski has been part of the Black Diamond family for a few seasons now, it was only recently that this mega-fat powder ski received a carbon upgrade. This version of the Megawatt was designed for the dawn patrollers and the backcountry travelers who prefer to keep their vertical human-powered. Massive tip rocker gets you up on top of the deep snow, the girthy 125mm waist keeps you floating through bottomless stashes, and the semi-rocker tail gives you touch of surfiness without sacrificing the control that's vital for dicing up steep lines. Black Diamond's engineers borrowed a page from some of their later sidecut designs and gave the Carbon Megawatt a tapered sidecut that holds a steady edge in variable conditions without feeling hooky or hung-up in the powder.

Carbon is the word of the year for this version of the Megawatt. Carbon fiber reinforcements take the place of some of the already-lightweight paulownia core and further reduce weight without reducing torsional stiffness. Torsion box construction helps this ski achieve the same, reliable feel underfoot at speed and deep in turns, despite a build that's much lighter weight than the standard Megawatt. Sometimes its nice to get more without paying for it, right?

Among other Black Diamond skis, this model is flanked by the fat Gigawatt, the original Megawatt, and the Zealot skis. Separated only by the carbon reinforcement upgrade, the Carbon Megawatt shares many of the same features and all the same dimensions with its twin, the original Megawatt. Only the Gigawatt is fatter than the Megawatt, and when the Megawatt is compared to the Zealot, its obvious that the Zealot offers a more versatile platform for big mountain and all-mountain charging. At its heart, the Carbon Megawatt is almost purely a touring-friendly powder ski.

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What's the recommended tour binding to use? I have the Fischer Vacuum Hybrid 12+ boots. (

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Hey Tom,
I'm sure Black Diamond would recommend one of their Fritschi Diamir touring bindings for this ski. Just make sure you get the 120mm brake!
The Freeride Pro would be awesome:

Any frame AT binding would work with your boot. The Salomon Guardian or Atomic Tracker, Marker Duke/Baron/Tour, Tyrolia Adrenalin... Here's a link to some other compatible bindings!

How is the 2015 version different from the 2014?

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Black Diamond redesigned the carbon construction so this year's model is even lighter!