Ride with less effort and more control on your next backcountry powder day with the Kilowatt.

Black Diamond developed the Kilowatt Ski around a simple premise—make a ski that floats in the powder, turns easily in a tight couloir, and feels stable on hardpack. Starting with a CNC-machined wood core, Black Diamond gave the Kilowatt Ski a torsion box wrap to allow smooth tip-to-tail flex while maintaining torsional rigidity for edge control. A wide 95mm waist gives you tons of float in the freshies, while the 22.5m sidecut (175cm length ski) allows easy turn initiation in tight places. Powder Magazine editors were so impressed with this ski that they gave it their Skier's Choice Award. Mount the Kilowatt Ski with telemark or alpine touring bindings, and see how effortless backcountry powder days can be.

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I'm a tele skier that skis mostly groomers...

I'm a tele skier that skis mostly groomers but occasionally skin up to reach that untouched powder and leave my mark. I currently ski K2 Piste Stinx (167cm) and I'm looking for a new pair of skis. My K2's chatter too much on the groomers at speed and are alittle too long in the trees and bumps. How does the Kilowatt stack up? I'm also considering the Icelantic Scout.


5 5

Great compromise of power and weight

I got these for my touring skis. I compromised on weight, fitting them with a pair of Fritchi freerides, in the hopes of having a powerful downhill kit.

They're lighter than most, making them a good compromise. I wouldn't randonee race in this set up, but it's perfect for a little bit of touring and ascents down sketchy, steep lines.

5 5

Bomber Gear

I love my Kilowatts and am so pleased with their performance across a range of conditions. They are nimble in the trees, float nicely in all but the deepest of powder, and hold an edge on hard-pack. I've got a set of Hammerheads mounted and really enjoy this setup. It's my first pair of Black Diamond skis, but it most certainly will not be the last.

Write your question here...I live near...

Write your question here...I live near Tahoe and ski a lot; I'm a big guy - 6'2" and 225 lbs - been skiing all my life and spend most of my time in the trees. But I'm no hotshot anymore...I'm wife bought me the 185 cm for my birthday 'cause that was as long as they come. Will this ski be enough for me, size-wise, etc??

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YES, this will be a FUN ski, it will be quick and snappy, super responsive, and a jack of all trades. if you want a ski with a longer radius turn and a little stiffer look at the Verdict. but don't worry about the size, 185 will be plenty of ski for you.

I am an aggressive east coast tele skier...

I am an aggressive east coast tele skier that likes to ski the trees, groomers at high speeds and occasionally the bumps. I also ski Utah every now and then, when I can find the time to get away. I am 5'10" and weight 165lbs. I am trying to decide between the 175 and 185 skies - any suggestions for me?

4 5

killer ski

killer ski, floats in the typical chugach/kenai powder where i will spend most of my time; farely new telemark/skier in general but this ski makes me look/ski like a pro, i'm a tall/strong dude and this stick works fine

What is the difference between the BD...

What is the difference between the BD Kilowatt and the BD Joule? I'm 5'2" 120lbs male 56 yrs young and athletic. Should I go with the 155 Kilowatt or the women specific Joule?

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Depends. If you want a long ski for powder, go for the Joule. It's not as stiff for a given length, so you'll be able to handle more length. If you're a hard-charging skier on mostly hardpack, you'll need a stiffer ski and should get the Kilowatt. It'll take turns faster and kick you out of them harder than the equivalent size in the Joule.

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The joule is the woman's version of the kilowatt, therefore it is constructed with a softer flex for smaller/ligher weight people. The tail is just a wee bit softer on the joule than the kilowatt.
Go for the joule for a backcountry/pure powder ski, kilowatt for mixed front/back. Remember though, your friends will make fun of you for having a women's ski ;)

are these skis stiff or softer like other...

are these skis stiff or softer like other tele skis

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I bought the 185 expecting to get a nice all mountain carver, but the skiis are so tiff they only seem to perform well for me in moderate (6+ inches) to deep powder.
I'm riding them with the BD 01 w/ midstiff cartridges, making for a pretty burly ski for a 5'9'' 170 lb guy.

5 5

5 Stars!

Excellent ski for all conditions. Enough flow in powder, as well as easy to handle on backcountry/allmountain skitouring. I like the ski better than the Movement Red Apple I had before even though I am Swiss ;-)

Hi, looking for advice here ... I'm an...

Hi, looking for advice here ... I'm an intermediate skier (Coming from 15+ years of boarding), and I'm 5'9" and 150lbs, and looking for a quiver of one ski that I could grow with, that would be use 100% of the time in the continental snowpack. I would use it 90% resort / 10% short slackcountry trips. I would mount these with a Marker Baron (Or Duke) Does this ski would fit the bill? If yes, what lenght do you recommend? Thanks !!!!

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These skis are light weight and still real sturdy. For someone your size, I'd steer you towards the 175cm as it'll be easy to re-learn on and will still ski great as your skills and confidence ramp up. Great choice!I agree. - Mike

5 5

Rad all round ski!

This is my preferred choice for an all mountain/condition ski. Its phat enough to rip pow but it stiff with nice camber and side cut for the crud runs, groomers, and moguls. Unless its deep I compete on this ski, and I have also skied off Denali with it. Highly recommended if its your only ski!

5 5

Awesome Ski - Use it everywhere

I ski the chugach mountains here in AK and I have Kilowatts in 185, I am 5'10 and 189 lbs. This ski holds on icy conditions, works great in powder, mixed crud is always tough but I go through it as well as with any ski I have ever skied, this is a GREAT all around ski. The only issue I have is new the tails edges stick (extra last grab) when coming out of a turn and keep cutting. Detuning the edges at the tails even by a half degree solves this, and makes these skis the best overall ski money can buy. If I was looking for a single all around ski, this is it!

5 5

killer ski

the kilowatt is one great ski. they handle great on groomers, in the trees and in powder. the one problem (in my eyes) is the fact that the bases are a bit soft, so having some skills with ptex is a must. id buy another pair without a problem.

5 5


Skiing in Colorado can be full of suprises. For example the other day it was raining at the base of the mountain and this is mid January. Now on the same day on the top of the mountain it was absolutely nuking some of the biggest flakes I have seen in a while. This is the great thing about the kilowatts. They have the ability to kill it in all conditions. They rip it up on fast groomers, and turn quickly in the bumps. On Pow days they have that nice shovel tip that keeps them up and when that pow turns to crud they are stiff enough in the tail to allow for big stable GS turns down pretty much everything. It is not too often that I am able to ski one ski well in so many conditions but the kilowatt does just that. If you are looking for a ski that can handle anything the mountain and mother nature throws at you, the kilowatt is the answer.

Is this ski closer to the Work Stinx 188...

Is this ski closer to the Work Stinx 188 05' or is the havoc closer?

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I'd say the havoc is closer. Both are stiff, but the Work Stinx is supposed to be more all-around (like the Havoc) and this is seriously stiff.

I ski switch a lot and land jumps backwards,...

I ski switch a lot and land jumps backwards, sometimes in deeper powder. Would these skis ski backwards as well as say the Volk Gotama (another ski I am considering).

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No. The Gotama is a true twin, this one's slightly squared off. If you're going switch a lot, the Gotama will do better.

4 5

Sick all mountain ski

I have had this ski since they came out, it is my backcountry ski, i have a pair of BD 01's mounted on them. They are good in trees, groomers and crud. They are adequate in Utah powder, but not great. Great quiver of one ski. The ski is moderately stiff and has a good flex. They are easy to turn. My set up is kilowatts 185, BD 01's freeflex(midstiff would be a better choice for this ski, BD glidelite STS skins. If you need a good backcountry ski, this a good option, just don't expect great float in deep powder.

I ski mainly in the east. I ski a 50-50...

I ski mainly in the east. I ski a 50-50 mix of groomers and off-piste with some touring in the white mountains and a week or two in utah. Would these skis be a good choice for me? I am trying to decide between the Havocs and Kilowatts.

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Go for the kilowatts. I have the Havoc from a few years ago and I wish I'd gone fatter. You're not going to lose much groomer performance by adding 7mm underfoot, but you'll have a lot more fun in the pow.

5 5

Solid Sticks that go Everywhere

I had these out a couple times early season to get a feel for them before the snow really started to fly. Other than the fact that the ski really wanted to open up and Copper's slopewatch felt otherwise, the killowatt did well enough on the groomers. Where they have really shone is in the past couple of weeks in these big dumps that Colorado has been getting. They float beautifully in the pow, but where they really stand out from my old powder skis (Salomon Foil) is how they handle when I'm not making first tracks. The salomons were too flimsy to handle much crud and it could be pretty exhausting skiing tracked up snow. The killowatts will take these conditions and power right through 'em.