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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.

  • Rocker tip and semi-rocker tail
  • Torsion Box construction plus carbon fiber reinforcements
  • Paulownia wood core
  • 120mm width directly underfoot
  • Tapered sidecut with a fat tip

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If and when will the 178 be available...

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If and when will the 178 be available again?

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Hello Cole Homan,

Thanks for your question.

At this time we will not be restocking this item. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

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Correct Dimensions

[178 cm] 145-120-127 mm
[188 cm] 147-120-127 mm
got this info via:

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Clearing up misconceptions....

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I feel I can write an appropriate review after skiing the Carbons for over 50 days this winter (2013/14) season.
I bought these from a local shop that had them on demo and got a wicked deal on both the skis and some dynafit radical bindings. I have been using them with Scrapa Maestrales since day 1. FIrst. If you are looking for a super super lightweight touring ski that can slay deep pow these are the ones. They will float in anything no matter how deep and can go uphill quite easily. They are wide so travel in deep snow is effortless. If you are complaining about the weight go buy a pair of dynafit manaslus that are good for only going up hill because they are made from fairy dust instead of legit materials needed for strong skis.
Performance: I am 6' tall and weigh 165lbs and would describe myself as an expert skier. In the deep stuff they are a dream come true. Skinning they are a dream come true. Jumping cornices, doing jump turns, chutes, trees, corn snow, they are a dream. On hard pack windblown backcountry stuff they can get a little bouncy but whatever.
Groomers: Once you get used to them and if you trust your bindings they will haul ass so fast it is a joke. They also hold an edge really really well. They are not made for carving but if pushed they will lay out turns with the best GS skis you can find. The tips bounce a little on the groomers but that is to be expected. Put it out of your mind because it doesn't matter. It will hold an edge anywhere period.
Overall I would say that these are pretty much a dream ski. Light enough to go uphill and fat enough to float in the deepest snow possible. They can pretty much handle anything. My only suggestion to BD would be to make them maybe 10-15% stiffer. Other than that I challenge anyone to find a better backcountry ski that can hold up all around in the resort as well.

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What size were you skiing? Debating on the 188's

Need help deciding which ski to get.

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Need help deciding which ski to get.
I am an intermediate skier, late 40s, 6.1ft, 160 lbs, I ski Loveland, Colorado, mostly, enjoy ungroomed and steeps there, but I'm not skilled enough for jumps and "hucking" (except for breakfast). I currently ski on Salomon Sentinels 177. I want to discover backcountry and touring next season with AT bindings (I already have the Dukes) and skins and all but I still would want a ski that handles well in the ski area, like everyone I suppose. There are many choices and I can't make up my mind! Also, I'm not sure if 178 would be too timid and 188 too much for a guy with my skills (or lack thereof). Thanks.

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I would go with the 188s. Unless you are skiing in right trees and need to have a little more maneuverability the 188s are perfect for a 6' tall person.
I am about the same size as you and my 188s are fine in just about every condition.
Also I am from dillon :)
Good luck!

your dimensions and radii are listed...

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your dimensions and radii are listed incorrectly. The description is also for last years carbon megawatt.

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I picked up a pair of the 2014 carbons in 178cm length, and they're 1,750g each.

Are the listed weights per pair accurate?...

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Are the listed weights per pair accurate? Seems like every site has different numbers, including Black Diamond's.

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We have bad specs up. I'll get them updated. They should be: [178 cm] 3.5 kg (7 lb 1 oz)[188 cm] 3.7 kg (8 lb)

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I just unwrapped my new Carbon Megawatts, size 178 cm. Disappointed to see them weigh in at 8lb 2 oz after seeing them advertised over 1 lb lighter. I mean, you don't buy 120mm underfoot skis for their weight, but when you pay extra for the carbon, you expect to get what's been advertised. I hear they ski amazing, but I haven't put them to the test yet.

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Wow ... that's not cool. Can someone from or Black Diamond comment on this? If you guys are aware that the actual ski weights are consistently ~15% higher than the weights you list on your site, that seems intentionally misleading to me.

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I just unwrapped my 188cm, they weighed in at 8 lbs 6.5 oz. BD is now just falsely advertising to get people to buy their gear. I guess thats what happens when a previously employee owned company goes public, everything becomes the bottom line.

Sorry BD, your now just another crappy corporate company.

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I contacted BD- They say the weight of the 178 is 7 lb 12 oz