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When words like gargantuan and colossal fail to encapsulate fully the girth of your powder board, you know that you're surfing the Black Diamond Gigawatt Ski. Built by the same mad scientists who made the Megawatt a legend, the Gigawatt features even beefier dimensions to dominate those monstrously deep days when forecasters are recommending that you include a scuba tank as part of your avy kit.

  • Long rocker tip and tail, wide platform, and zero camber underfoot provide unparalleled performance in deep powder
  • Torsion box construction blends the powerful edgehold and durability of birch sidewalls with the weight savings and turnability of a capped top
  • Internal Wall Core Technology uses poplar with birch sidewalls for more pop and better edge hold
  • Generous sidecut helps keep this behemoth remarkably agile
  • Formula One tech features three internal ribs for performance on hard snow and improved turn initiation

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE these skis. Float like a dream on powder days (lucked out with some deep days at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, and Jackson Hole this year). I have had no difficulty carving on the groomers or busting through Cascade Concrete. Have Marker Duke bindings, and the skis performed well on a day tour on Mt Rainier (although, I will admit they are a bit heavy for that purpose). 6'1" 170lbs ski on the 185cm.


What is everyone using as far as bindings...

What is everyone using as far as bindings and more importantly brakes for this ski??


Float over everything

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These skis are amazing. I've used these skis in Tahoe on deep and mixed powder days and on Cat ski trips near Nelson BC. About me, I'm 6'2", 200lbs and have the 195s mounted with Jesters. On a 4-day deep Cat trip, everyone else who were riding 115 centered pow skis were sore and tired after a couple days but I was fine because I had to work half as hard to turn... Even though these skis are HUGE, they turn on a dime with zero effort in pow. They actually are decent on groomers too, and surprisingly carve better than my ON3P Billygoats. I'm surprised Black Diamond is discontinuing them but I guess they look pretty intimidating to most people. My only complaint might be that they float almost too well, even in deep snow, you'll end up on top of the snow. Face shots are a challenge. They charge.

Float over everything

If using the gigawatt for backcountry trips...

If using the gigawatt for backcountry trips in Alaska, which binding set up would you mount? Is Dynafit ST sufficient?

I would go with a lighter weight ski than the gigawatt for backcountry.


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  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Love this ski for the 18+ in. days. It is super fat. I'm 6'6" 260lb and the 195 fit me perfect and give tons of float.

Stay off the groomers with these they don't turn on the hard pack.

hey guys I'm 5'8" and I want to get these...

hey guys I'm 5'8" and I want to get these 185cm skis. Will they be too big for my height?

Best Answer

ya they would be way to big, go for the smallest size...unless you weigh like 200+lbs



    goin to Japan? this ski should travel alone in your ski bag. Or, stay at home and crush the deepest days on these. A bit squirrely on hardpack, these guys are as Andy and Chris said, at home on big smooth lines and deep pow.


    Flotation at it's finest

      Fat, fat and fat. The super deep days require super fat skis. Nice flex and feel under foot.

      How much better is the gigawatt in deep blower powder than an armada JJ, atomic bent chetler, moment bibby pro, or black diamond megawatt?

      I've only skied the Mega's for comparison and there is a good bit of difference. They float better!


      La nina essentials

        I bring this buttery pow ski out for the deepest of days. Not an everyday ski for the resort by any means. This big boy is at home ripping deep pow and big lines. The tip and tail rocker gives this ski a very buttery feel. Super easy to turn. The 195 is for rock stars, a ton of fun going fast but a lot of ski to haul around. The 185 should be sufficient for most.

        I am 6 foot tall, 165 lbs. I love to straightline the cirque at the bird and ski really fast. I have a 191 Bluehouse Shoots which are pretty perfect...should I get the 185 or 195 Gigawatts? I noticed that with my AMPerage's that the 185 is pretty long, longer than most 185's, is this the case with these bad boys too?

        These skis are huge.... the 185 is sufficient for most, I love going fast and the 195 is a bit big unless you are pushing into 200 pounds. I am about the same weight and height as you and I would recommend the 185. Hope this helps.