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Description

Girth without weight.

Black Diamond's Carbon Megawatt Ski is something of an anomaly in the world of touring-specific skis. Toting all the features of a big mountain powder ski, the Carbon Megawatt sports full ABS sidewalls, a 147mm shovel, and a girthy 120mm waist, but still weighs under eight pounds. This means you can log in huge vert on the deepest days, without compromising skiability.

The Megawatt has been the go-to powder ski within Black Diamond's line for quite a few seasons now, but never at this weight. Weighing a full 240 grams less than last year's carbon model, Black Diamond went with an ultralight engineered wood core to save on weight for this year's Megawatt. They also pulled the edges back from the tip to lighten them up a bit, and then used their Formula One 3D Light Sandwich pre-preg carbon construction to bring the weight down even further for true skin track competency. The SkinLock tail tab gives your climbing skin's tail attachment a non-slip home, while the rockered tip makes braking trail a whole lot easier, while also providing that smeary feel in the deep stuff. So, when the snow's as deep as the skin track is long look no further than the Carbon Megawatt. 

  • Rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
  • Formula One 3D Light Sandwich pre-preg carbon construction
  • Ultralight engineered wood core
  • 120mm waist width
  • 8lb in 188cm length
  • SkinLock tail tabs

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First Day Review

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought 188s a few weeks ago, mounted them with 01s and got them out yesterday on Berthoud Pass with about 10-15" new on top of boiler plate. I'm 6'4" 190 with T Race boots. I ski a pretty fair amount. Point of reference: Prior setup was all the same except the ski was 195 Rossi Super 7s from 2012. I was tempted into the purchase to shed weight but maintain a fat rocker/camber ski. So, no surprise, the first and most obvious comparison is the weight. With the exact same binding, I shed nearly 6 lbs compared to the old rig. That made skinning up feel like going up an escalator by comparison. More interestingly was that I'd been cautioned that carbon wouldn't be damp at all. My experience yesterday was they do give a bit more feedback in terms of springiness, but none of it was bad even on the more scoured spots where the boilerplate was close to the surface. Given avy conditions this early, I couldn't take them on favorite steeps yet, but on the couple of good fall line stretches over 35degrees that were safe they drove down the fall line beautifully. I'm not sure if its the weight or shape or both, but they pulled right into the next turn beautifully. The only thing I noticed is the edges start 12" back from the tips. I understand this was a weight savings measure. However, if I ding a rock right in front of where the edge begins (particularly skiing backcountry early season like your clever reviewer) I worry I'd tear the edge out rather then compress it. But I'll take my chances. As my buddy say: You spend that much, of course you're going to "love it." I can, however, honestly (really) say: If someone gave them to me to use once, I'd buy them to use them again.

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do you know the length from the center of the side cut to midsole? especially 178cm.

What's the recommended tour binding to use? I have the Fischer Vacuum Hybrid 12+ boots. (http://www.fischersports.com/en/Alpine/Products/Boots/VACUUM-FIT/7820-Hybrid-12Plus-Vacuum)

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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:
http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-fritschi-diamir-freeride-pro-binding-120mm?ti=UExQIEJyYW5kOkFscGluZSBUb3VyaW5nIEJpbmRpbmdzOjE6MzoxNF9iY3NDYXQ1MTEwMDA0MA&skid=BLD3417-ONECOL-SM

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!

http://www.backcountry.com/alpine-touring-bindings?nf=1&p=attr_bootcompatibility%3AAlpine

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!