Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt

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Amazingly lightweight, Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt Backcountry Skis are the ultimate high-performance powder touring skis, yet they'll will also shred inbound laps with ease on those midweek dumps.


Although the Megawatt Ski has been part of the Black Diamond family for a few seasons now, it was only recently that this mega-fat powder ski received a carbon upgrade. This version of the Megawatt was designed for the dawn patrollers and the backcountry travelers who prefer to keep their vertical human-powered. Massive tip rocker gets you up on top of the deep snow, the girthy 125mm waist keeps you floating through bottomless stashes, and the semi-rocker tail gives you touch of surfiness without sacrificing the control that's vital for dicing up steep lines. Black Diamond's engineers borrowed a page from some of their later sidecut designs and gave the Carbon Megawatt a tapered sidecut that holds a steady edge in variable conditions without feeling hooky or hung-up in the powder. Carbon is the word of the year for this version of the Megawatt. Carbon fiber reinforcements take the place of some of the already-lightweight paulownia core and further reduce weight without reducing torsional stiffness. Torsion box construction helps this ski achieve the same, reliable feel underfoot at speed and deep in turns, despite a build that's much lighter weight than the standard Megawatt. Sometimes its nice to get more without paying for it, right'Among other Black Diamond skis, this model is flanked by the fat Gigawatt, the original Megawatt, and the Zealot skis. Separated only by the carbon reinforcement upgrade, the Carbon Megawatt shares many of the same features and all the same dimensions with its twin, the original Megawatt. Only the Gigawatt is fatter than the Megawatt, and when the Megawatt is compared to the Zealot, its obvious that the Zealot offers a more versatile platform for big mountain and all-mountain charging. At its heart, the Carbon Megawatt is almost purely a touring-friendly powder ski.


A lightweight, touring-specific version of the legendary powder slayer, the Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt is the ultimate backcountry ski for the deepest untracked lines. Designed with geometry akin to the first-generation Megawatt, the Carbon Megawatt features a wide 125 mm waist, massive Rocker tip and Semi-Rocker tail, and a tapered sidecut for optimal performance in both powder and variable conditions. The ski's lightweight paulownia wood core and carbon fiber reinforcements keep the weight to a minimum while retaining the torsional stiffness needed for big arcing turns.


When the weather report calls for big snow fall and you're sick of the lifts, the Carbon Megawatt from Black Diamond ski you'll grab every time. No longer do you have to make the judgement call of touring skis to get to your destination or fat skis to blast through freshies when you get there, you get it all with the Carbon Megawatt. Torsional stiffness, a rockered tip, and a semi rockered tail make these skis a soft snow dream.

- Mountain Gear

By adding pre-preg carbon fiber construction to this season's Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt skis they become more touring friendly than their legendary forebearers. By essentially taking a pound and a half off your feet, the Carbon Megawatts increase uphill speed and decrease fatigue. With no real downside to their powder performance, the addition of torsion box construction and sidewalls, help make the Megawatts swing and hold turns with dexterity. Rocker tip and Semi-Rocker tail with a 120 mm waist for floating in powder More powder specific than the Convert with a twist of AMPerage shape and 1100 g (2.5 lb) lighter than the standard Megawatt Sandwich with carbon/fiberglass layup and paulownia wood core 5 mm beveled ABS sidewall with Power Edges SkinLock tail tabs Optimal use: 90% soft snow / 10% hard snow

- OMCgear