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.
- 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
- Item #BLD007I
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are totally amazing for what they're designed for - skiing super soft, ideally mostly untracked, snow.
They're much less wonderful in other conditions. They get bounced around going over even soft chop (which I suppose is great for some styles) and are very chattery on anything hard. I guess that's the predictable downside of a fatty ski that's so light you can juggle them.
Love these Skis
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are last years model. Same ski just a little heavier. I was really impressed with these! Great in the powder and surprisingly good on groomers!
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.
How far back is the rec mount line from the ski's true center?
Hey D. Kash - The recommended mounting line is marked on the Megawatts about 4-5 cm back from the skis' true center due to the large rockered tip. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions about this or other skis.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
I am 5'11 and 175 lbs. . What would be the best size in the Carbon Megawatt?
Depending on where you ski primarily and your height, weight and experience level the BD Megawatts might work for you in either size. I am 6'1" 185 lbs. and I ski the Megawatts in the 188 cm. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss which size would work best for you.
I'm 6'6", 210 lbs. 188s too small?
I wouldnt say the 188cm is too small, unless you only ski on skis that have a >200cm length. With a ski like this meant for touring, a little less length is actually a good thing, easier to maneuver while touring, especially if you put them on your pack.
If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!
I was wondering about what size to get these skis in if I am 6 feet tall and weight 180 pounds.
If you are an advanced/expert skier, I would recommend the Carbon Megawatts in the 188 cm. With the rockered tip & tail they will ski a little shorter than their true length. I am 6'1", 185 lbs and have an older pair of these skis (non-carbon) in the 188 cm. They have been my backcountry stalwarts for years.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about Black Diamond skis or if you are interested in a new ski set-up:
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)
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!
I have tried them all and for ease of use..especially getting in and out quickly.. G3 ion is hands down winner..
How is the 2015 version different from the 2014?
Black Diamond redesigned the carbon construction so this year's model is even lighter!