Ride with less effort and more control on your next powder day when you hit the backcountry with the Black Diamond Kilowatt Telemark Ski.
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My touring ski
I picked these up because the dimensions matched the Mantra, but the construction is anything but the same. As a lightweight, responsive ski, it was perfect for a touring setup. I've been pleased with my choice.
The lighter, more flexible ski is definitely different from my daily driver, but as a touring ski, it works in a number of conditions, up to boilerplate where only a very sharp edge will keep the ski from chattering and slipping.
great touring ski
this is a fun ski that i've had for two years with a freeride fritsche touring binding. used them on a trip to Argentina this summer and they were great for handling the variable conditions there. Took a beating on ice and rocks and are still going. I'm taller have this ski in the 184 length and they are a bit unstable in deeper pow. Great for anything 15 inches and under.
Super do-it-all backcountry ski
Mounted mine with Dynafits and love 'em! Super fast and they turn easier than anything I've tried. But, they are still stiff enough for me (180lbs and I ski with the 4 buckle Dynafit Zzero). Fat enough for Wasatch pow but feel very light on the feet, easy to pop out of the snow. Amazingly, they do very well on fast groomers too. Most "backcountry" skis are too soft to charge the fall-line, but these just wanna rip!BD came up with a magical combination of ingredients.
The kilowatts are my all round ski of choice!
The kilowatts are my all round ski of choice, they are stiff and responsive and can handle high speeds as well as tight trees or moguls, they kill it in the deep pow and on ice or groomers. They proved worthy on Denali's Messner Couloir! Light enough for touring and burly enough for tearing apart the resort.
Nice all around ski
I picked these up to be my primary a/t setup for the season. Thus far, they've performed well in the resort and are extremely well suited for touring. Light and responsive, but they still bust up the resort crud when required. They handle the deep utah pow very well, but sometimes can be a little bit slow to react in depths above 18". Overall, they are a nice addition to my gear closet.
Perfect for Backcountry
The width of the Kilowatt is perfect for skinning up in the powder without sinking in too deep. They've got great floatation for the way down when sketchy steeps keep you on the more mild slopes. I wasn't too impressed with the durability of the bases though. The first run on the skis scored a massive core shot and pealing (delaminating) of the base material.
This is my primary backcountry setup w/ fritche freerides and Denalis. At ~8lbs per pair this seems to be a great all around AT setup. While light enough to smoke buddies in the skin track, they maintain their float and are super responsive in tight situations (almost too much sometimes). The flex of the ski is fairly uniform, not too noodly in the tail to shovel. While some other reviews say they are on the stiff side, I would to very much disagree. I'd say if anything they are a mid-stiffness ski. In speaking w/ BD they had this to say: "The Kilowatt is a softer flex
longitudinally and torsionally than the 06/07 Verdict. It is also softer in the same regard when compared to 07/08Verdict. The Kilowatt was designed to be very easy to ski and have the versatility to get around all
parts of the mountain."
Overall, this is a great backcountry ski. I personally wouldn't want to ski it every day at the resort as I prefer skis with a bit more beef. But when used for AT in the slack and backcountry I think it performs great.
What can I say?
These skis are incredible. It would be hard to find such a large ski with such precision. I am riding the 185's, they are so crisp. I have them mounted with Naxo N21's and did not touch any of my other skis after I bought these. They work great on everything, groomers, ice, powder, back country. Try to find terrain that these can't handle and I will be surprised.
Excellent all around ski
I like the feel of the black diamond kilowatts. This is a good side cut for an all around ski (if you live out west). The Killowatt carves well on hard pack but it also performs really well in powder and skied out crud.
Wow - great ski!
I intentionally demoed these skis on a blue bird day with 2 day old 10" heavy snow to be found in the trees. Wow - these skis busted through the heavy snow and crud. Moreover, the skis held well on the groomed while in transit between the stashes. Simply amazing for such a fat ski - can't wait to get mine and rip up the powder.
Great touring ski
I demoed these skis with a Fritchi Freeride Plus and they were remarkably good. Black Diamond has come a long way in their ski building process and this ski is an example of that. This ski is lightweight and better suited for the backcountry, but if you do ski inbounds this would be a great choice as well.
Western quiver of one
I mounted these up with the Hammerhead bindings, and have been thrilled on every ride I've had. For such a fat ski they hold an edge well, surprisingly they move edge to edge like a much narrower ski. Overall, another home run for BD. They turn like the havocs, and float like the Verdicts. If your looking for a ski that will handle anything HERE YOU GO.
I am loving these skis!
After riding a big, heavy, sidewall ski for the last year then strapping these on my feet with some dynafit bindings I did not know what to do. They are so responsive to the littlest movement. Have tons of snap and can handle themselves pretty well in the deep powder also. Not as good as my heavy sidewall skis for powder though. But definitely a one ski quiver. I am impressed with how quickly it can turn and holds an edge with amazing confidence on the hard pack. Not too big of a fan of the graphics...but really who cares about that?