A lightweight, touring-specific version of the powder-muching Megawatt.
Your favorite Black Diamond mega-fat is back, and this time it’s rocking carbon reinforcements. The Carbon Megawatt is a lively, responsive, and rockered touring ski targeted at skin-accessed terrain. Point it uphill and you’ll climb quickly and efficiently. Point it downhill and you’ll be able to dive deep into precise, powerful turns in mixed conditions, or drop a couple of quick, well-timed surf-style floaters when a super-deep stash presents itself. Black Diamond categorizes this as one of its Freetour skis for good reason: it borrows traits from the world of big-mountain freeride skis as much as it steals tech from the domain of technical touring sticks.
- Rockered tip helps this ski plane up on top of deep powder, it makes for easier turn initiation, and it reduces the likelihood of hanging up your tip in choppy conditions and chunder
- Semi Rocker tail allows for smoother turn release and more agility during turn transition so you can make quick direction changes despite this ski’s fat tip, waist, and tail
- Paulownia wood core gives this ski the strength of poplar wood and the snappy responsiveness and ultralight characteristic of balsa wood
- Torsion Box Cap construction combines torsion box and cap construction via fiberglass layers that wrap around the wood core like a burrito
- Torsion Box Cap construction increases torsional power for more secure edge hold, and this construction gives the ski a more energetic feel underfoot
- Formula One Tech utilizes three three-dimensional ribs built into the structure above the core, these ribs control longitudinal stiffness without requiring the use of heavy stringers that would increase weight
- Carbon Fiber reinforcements are sandwiched between sintered base and the wood core in order to increase structural strength and provide a more consistent longitudinal flex
- 188cm Length has a girthy 125mm waist that provides flotation in light snow and a wide, stable platform for going fast in mixed conditions
- Moderately deep, directional sidecut allows you to carve medium-to-long radius turns
- Power Edge uses a layer of shock-absorbing rubber between the fiberglass cap box structure and the metal edge, and this results in more consistent feel during edging
- Reinforced mounting area makes for rock-solid retention of your telemark or alpine touring binders once drilled and set onto the ski
- Tail includes SkinLock attachment point that helps to keep the metal clip of your touring skin securely in place
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've skied the Megawatt Carbon inbounds at Whistler and Stevens Pass in Washington on powder days as well as several backcountry trips in the Cascades. So far my impression is really good. They are powerful enough to float on top of tracked out concrete and breakable crust and surf deep powder effortlessly. I need to be very careful not to charge too hard on breakable sun exposed crust though. I've popped out a couple of times from not having a high enough din on my bindings (dynafit ft @ din 12) but that's probably a good thing to preserve my ankles. Also, I noticed when I go for big air that I need to be much more centered on the landing and I can go much bigger than any other ski. I wouldn't ski these where having a strong edge is crucial to survival. The tip and tail are too soft to hold you on steep icy slopes which makes this more versatile on soft snow and less on hardpacked slopes. It's also less versatile when skinning variable conditions when you might want a ski crampon. Your boot center causes some imbalance when only using part of the ski when skinning uphill. Still a great ski for it's quick response, weight (crazy light), floating ability and level of versatility for it's length, width and weight. Most certainly the best deep powder ski I've ever skied.
Mounting line seems to be pretty far back, any suggestions for a slightly more forward mount?
Dave - don't do it! I've tried bumping the mounting point forward on Megawatts and I feel like they just don't ski right. Would love to see if anyone has moved the line forward and seen good results, but I've found that this ski is built for the mount that BD suggests.
Just a follow up. Despite the suggestion from Mark P, I got the skis and mounted them +2cm with G3 Onyx. Been touring with them quite a bit on the BC coast and Cascades. I was glad to have mounted these +2, and was lucky enough that the Onyx have 1.5cm range to adjust. I basically have them at +2.5cm now, and if I could, would go even further to +3. The tips are huge and seem impossible to dive, and I need more tail to manage these at any kind of speed. In the end, I love how they ride in perfect powder, but a couple tracks or avi debris and you notice how soft they really are, especially when you're riding fast out of a chute. Too soft for me, even as a specialty tool in my quiver. I need stiffer, and more center mounted.
This is a ski I really liked. For the dimensions it was probably my favorite ski in the touring stuff I tried out. These things barely weigh more than the Justice but they will do a ton better in powder. I would definitely say these are a quiver ski since they are pretty specific to deep days but herein lies the best part of these skis, they ski just about the same as the Justice on everything other than softer snow (where they do much better). I?d almost go so far as to say they are the ?fat justice? of the bd line. I think the pair checks in under 10lbs and they felt pretty darn light for what they were. Most of my comments for the Justice would fit in for the Carbon Megawatt with the caveat that they?ll be better in softer stuff and you may not want them as your ?one ski? since for true mountain versatility they will be lacking on light and fast days.