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Get out your snorkel and practice your powder sonar—the Megawatt is here.

A super-fat, zero-camber, rocker-tip powder ski from the valedictorians of the old-school? Either the thermostat in Hell is busted, or you're looking at the brand-new Black Diamond Megawatt. Unlike any ski BD has ever made, the Megawatt features an early rising “rocker” tip to get you on top, and a big, beautiful 125-millimeter waist to keep you up there. Standard sidecut underfoot and Black Diamond's CNC-machined wood core deal handily with wind crust and hardpack, but the Megawatt is born to surf atop asphyxiating, face-shooting, epic story-telling fluff. Give it what it wants.

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wondering how the meggawatt handles fast...

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wondering how the meggawatt handles fast speeds and heavy chopped as well as how well does it turn on hardpack and in trees? how does this ski compare to moment bibby pros? if anyone knows, be great to hear from you

Pontoons or Megawatts? I'm already on...

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Pontoons or Megawatts? I'm already on Gotamas for my every day tele ski, so I'm looking at these for cat skiing / heli skiing / epic resort powder skis. And I'll be mounting them up tele. Thoughts?

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I can tell you right now that the Megawatts are incredible. I got first tracks in 20+ inches on them this season and it was the most fun I've ever had on skis. The Pontoons are supposed to be equally good in the fluffy stuff, but they're useless as soon as it gets harder or choppy. Since they don't cut back out at the tail, they are very hard to turn in crud. I'd go Megawatt all the way.

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I'd agree with Angus, the Megawatts are simply amazing. Additionally, the Pontoons have tail-rocker, which, (due to the rearward heel pressure of the front ski during a tele turn) can cause a wheelie effect. I tele'd on a pair of Hellbents (which admittedly have more tail rocker than the pontoons) and ran into this problem a few times...

whats your thought, magawat or liberty...

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whats your thought, magawat or liberty double helixes?

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Completely different skis... The Megawatt is a little stiffer and has a rockered tip. The Double Helix is a bit more poppy for backcountry jibbing

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OK, so I am after one more pair of Skis...

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OK, so I am after one more pair of Skis to complete my quiver: At the moment I have quite a varied bunch that I am deciding between. The other thing is that I am almost certainly going to be attaching Marker Dukes to whichever ones I go for, for a small hike here and there. The BD Megawatts sound great - light is great for skinning but does the weight compromise their stability ? I am also looking at Line Motherships - I love to go fast and straight line stuff. Part of me wants to go all out and get some K2 Pontoons but surely they are too difficult to live with. How about K2 Hellbents ? Is the Rocker going to make skinning impossible ? Those are the Skis on the shortlist for now, any advice would be very welcome, thankyou. Almost forgot: What about Moment Skis ? The Comi sounds like it could make my shortlist too, and they are made by a smaller company, which I love.

5 5

Megawatts: The Pow Ski That Can Do It All!

Lets hit the basics: (1) Sizing - Due to the rockered tip, they ski shorter than they are. I am 6'3", 185 and ski the 188s. I think the sizing works perfect, but would even be pumped for a longer pair to really open up on steep slopes. (2) Weight - For a ski this big (125 waist), they are surprisingly light. Much more so than some of the other fat pow ski competitors. I have FFR+ on mine and would/can definitely tour with them for those ultra-deep days that I don't want to take my Verdicts. I have seen these mounted with Dynafit FT-12s and they seem super light and bomber. (3) Powder Performance - What do you want here? These things rock in bottomless pow. The zero camber alows you versatility to smear turns, and the huge shovel w/ rockered tip means there is NO WAY you can dive the tips. No need to lean back here - you can drive these hard in an agressive stance. With the 125 waist and almost "pin-tail" design, the tails just sink and the tips float. (4) Crud/Crust/Variable - This is where I think these truly shine. At the end of the day, we all know bottomless, hero powder doesn't always turn up at the end of the skin track. The Megawatts absolutely destroy any variable conditions. The large shovel and rockered tip will keep you up above any crust or chopped up crude. Although the tip is nice and flexy to stay up, the remainder of the running length of the ski is very stiff (as with all the current BD "freeride" skis). Therefore, you are able to essentially "point and shoot" through nasty conditions that would otherwise equal survival turns with other skis. I have never had so much fun in variable snow. (5) In-Bounds Hardpack - At the end, this is not what they are designed for. With that said, these do have some slight side-cut, so they are manageable on groomers. WAY more so than the current generation of reverse/reverse skis (e.g., Pontoons, Spats, Praxis, etc...). Because of an effective side-cut, you can also tour with these where steep, switch-back style skin tracks are found. Not really possible with reverse/reverse skis b/c not enough sidecut and effective edge to hold on steep, switch-back skin tracks. SUMMARY: BUY THESE NOW!!! They are awesome pow/crud/crust skis that ski shorter due to the larger rocker, can be pointed at warp speed due to the stiffness, but are very "turny" as well due to the rocker.

5 5

Megs in the Selkirks

Just back from Meadow Hut in the Esplanades. One guy had 188s mounted with Voile Switchbacks (mine are set up for lifts, boot tracks, etc.). I have seldom seen a telemarker rip like this guy could, with such control and speed in big powder. He had no qualms about the weight, and based on his style and mode of attack, I decided my earlier remark about not touring on these, may be off the mark. They are heavy, but as others have said here, the shots may justify the slogs.

5 5

Black Diamond Megawatt - A great all around Pow machine

This ski does far more than its 125mm "pow specific" waist would have you believe. Sure EVERY ski is fun in 30" of fresh blower, but what about three days after the storm when you are hiking to the stashes and riding crud and variable groomers back to the lift for the next run? This is where this ski shines! It does it all...well. The tip rocker makes floating in the pow wonderful while the fairly stiff underfoot profile and the flat tail allows you to carve on the corduroy and power through the crud and bumps. This ski, despite its fat waist, is ALMOST a one ski quiver. For western resorts (and backcountry assaults) this ski in addition to one other narrower waisted more "all mountain" specific ski would be a legit two ski quiver. Impressed.

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Great for going downhill...

I used these on a day in the backcountry with about 12in. of new snow. Turns in the powder were effortless despite the fact that it was very early in the season for me. The next day, I had them at Solitude and found them to be easy to ski in powder (of course), but also more manageable on hard pack than the Pontoons are. I think these are a great ski for the resort, but too heavy to tour with on a regular basis. I also don't like the tip rocker when skinning.

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Look like a champ in any kind of snow!

these obviously float very well. Tried them out for a week, had them mounted with some BD Fritschi Freeride Plus's. They got pretty heavy hiking because the weight of the skins that fit them but more than made up for it on the way back down the hill. You will look like a champ in any kind of snow condition!

I'm in Europe-mid 40s 6foot 225pounds...

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I'm in Europe-mid 40s 6foot 225pounds Advanced skier. Aggressive days are over, but enjoy guided backcountry challenges in Argentiere/La Grave/Alagna-Gressoney etc, plus some touring(did the Haute ROute 2yr ago and several day tours).ALso ski with family-groomers/itineries in resort. This year skied powder in Hokkaido, aim to ski CHile/Argentina/Kashmir off piste in future.Current set up is Dynastar Legend 8800 168cm with Fritschi binding. This brought mirth and laughter from the guides in Japan as they were floating on BIG fat skies, whilst I sank.So if I put Dynafit bindings on the 8800s and keep them for touring/resort skiing where do I go for the next ski?Dynastar Pro Riders, K2 Coombas and BD Megawatts have caught my eye, and all get rave reviews.Any advice most welcome please

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All are good skis. For pure powder I would go with the Megawatts. The Pro Riders are big and stiff and like speed and big lines. The coombas fall somewhere in between but I wouldn't call them a pure powder ski. They really do it all.----I'd agree. The Dynastars demand an aggressive skiing style in order to perform, and the Coombas are only 102mm underfoot (compared to the Megawatt's 125mm). In powder the Megawatts truly shine, and the huge rocker tip makes them easy to turn. It sounds like they would be the best choice for you.

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Eastern Megawatt Review

Yes, that's right, I am an eastern skier using the Megawatts on big days out here, and I have nothing but good things to say. They handle speed yet are nimble, plow through mixed bag, wind affected, deep pow (obviously), and do a surprisingly good job on firm snow getting to and from the soft spots. That would be my biggest surprise with these skis - their hardpack preformance - they even carve well on groomers!! I am 6 foot, but only 165 lbs, and I have no problem maneuvering these through spots big and small. They are a bit heavy for touring, not the best where a long flat approach is required, but anywhere else, and the reward on the descent makes the work worthwhile. We have had a great year so far out here and I have gotten to use the Megawatts more than I thought I would - they haven't failed to put a smile on my face!!! I guess my only complaint would be that they do such a good job keeping you charging on top, that face shots seem harder to come by. I love these boards

5 5

Phat for deep days

We hit Teton Pass in epic conditions on 02/19/09 and I boot tracked Glory hauling Megs with Jesters. I wouldn't recommend AT bindings on these, they're too heavy for slogging - but for boot tracking or riding lifts for big pow they are an excellent choice. We dropped 35 degree shots in 3 feet of blower and the Megs made light work of it, I ran away from my crew using conventional light AT rigs (Dynafit + various skis), even though one of those guys out skis me on a regular basis. They work OK in less deep snow but these are essentially a board for big days after big dumps.

5 5

Bad Arse AT setup.

Conditions windblown 2-3" new over 5-8" previous day on top of 2 week frozen stuff. These will glide through and over softer mank and cut up chunks without deflecting. If you are on em and skiing correctly they will roll from side to side new school style fairly quickly for directional changes. Steep windblown lines on Grubstake were a blast at Crystal today. The earlier fresh lines off Throne ridge were fast runs but these made it feel slower. As things settle in and the snow is riddled with avy debris or frozen sluff they can deflect but most skis would. There is no metal in these so a bit of floppiness can be experienced on skied out groomers even on edge. Some free pinner dude wrote these are heavy. Not so. Hiked and skate skied into the Southback of Crystal today. I'm old and out of shape and these were not heavier than a lot of fats I've skied. These Watts will do some fun things but don't expect too much. If you can fly on a 100/110mm waist you will probably love these but they are not exponentially better. I had a blast today on these don't get me wrong. You can make em carve on smooth groomers its just a bit weird and commands some concentration. Dreamy slashes and turns through fresh snow on steep terrain are what these are about. You'll want a second helping with the Watts.

5 5

FUN! F-U-N! FUN!

To start out, this is an AMAZING POWDER SKI! I've never skied anything like it. I have the 188s and it’s amazing how they ski way shorter than that (maybe like a 178). They do everything really well but they shine in a few places. First: Ripping Trees. BD made these guys super light and the rocker tip helps you whip them around in trees with ease. I never loved skiing trees as much as I do now until I got these guys. Also low level trees that you wouldn't have thought of going into have turned into a fun place to get those few extra POW turns. Haha. Second: Pointing Lines! These skis love going fast and pointing lines make these skis shine! They handle well all the time but when you hit 5th gear they really perk up. It’s always fun to hear your buds suggest pointing lines because the Megas kill it! Third: Dropping Big Drops. These skis are so fat and with the addition of the rocker tip, dropping big drops becomes super easy. In other words these guys are just massive landing boards that let you stick it all in the deep stuff. Bad things I've heard about them but I haven't experienced is that the bases are super thin and susceptible to core shots. I ski at Big Sky which is basically a massive scree field and have had a many encounters with rocks (almost daily) but nothing but surface scratches and easy fixes (nothing deep yet). Other than that these guys are unreal and super super FUN! To give another recommendation, put a beefy binding on them. I've got the Dukes on them and they make for a sweet solid platform along with a great slack country setup. If not the Duke/Jester (Marker has redeemed themselves with this line) find a high DIN bullet proof binder. Parting words: MOUNT AND PREPARE FOR AN EAR TO EAR GRIN!

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Megawatts...Megafun and Megaheavy

Had an awesome time telemarking on the Megawatts in the Teton Backcountry, but a not so awesome time skinning in them. They are super heavy and not the best for a day of touring, much better suited for lifts, helicopters, and snow cats. But somehow I can't stop thinking about them, they make powder turns, more fun, efficient, and surfy. When BD makes a pair that are a lighter I will be the first to buy a pair!

i just got a pair of these and wondering...

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i just got a pair of these and wondering about mounting and bindings? can anyone help?

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apline.

5 5

Amazing Powder Ski

From my buddy who skied these: "Using Black Diamond's Megawatt on a big powder day is unbeatable. It's extra fat width, intense rocker tip, and zero-camber features make these skis unbeatable for days with a good layer of snow. The Megawatt, however, is not made for alpine racing on groomed runs. On hard or icy surfaces these skis do not have the ability to carve the way you need simply because they are not built for such conditions. Additionally, the width and weight can be slightly cumbersome when on such runs and during a long hike. Nevertheless, whether the mountain gets a solid dusting or an intense dump of pow, these skis glide over the snow in such a smooth manner that you can lean all the way forward and carve as hard as you need without losing control and without getting stuck in the snow. These skis are simply the best powder ski I have ever ridden on."

5 5

Wow

I have 5 days on these things and I'm still giggling. Is it possible to make skiing powder more fun than it already is? I didn't think so until I started skiing these. Wet snow, light fluff, it doesn't matter...these will slay it. Just get them...especially if you live in the Wasatch....

I was wondering how these ski as an all...

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I was wondering how these ski as an all around as compared to the zealot and if they are easy to skin on?

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The Megawatt is a more powder specific tool than the Zealots. Still the Megas are surprisingly good in all but the most firm snow. While the weight of the Mega is not great for extremely long days of touring, they are a great ski for frontcountry and smaller backcountry day tours. The rockered tip is GREAT for breaking trail as it always stays on top. This can work against you if you are the only person in your crew with a pair of Meags then you are bound to become the designated trail breaker!

5 5

Anything softish is a blast

I'am 6'1" and 185ish, very aggressive skier that like the more technichally challenging steeps and generally try to stay off trial as much as possible.
Well I have to agree with everything that has been said already about these skis. They absolutley rule anything that is soft from soft groomers to the deep deep deep days. Incredibly easy to ski and could not sink the tips, I tried leaning way forward on them and they just wouldn't go under. They made every landing super smooth and soft and they liked to dance in the trees also. Can't go wrong with these skis in my opinion, almost a daily driver if it never got icy hard. They even handle the ice all right, I had a little trouble where the the ski meets the snow wanting to grab on firmer snow but I think that if you detune them further down that problem will be eliminated. Super stable fun ski that you should try!!

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