Dimensions (mm): 151-125-131
Turn Radius: 35 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 188.9cm
Weight Per Ski: 2,450 grams / 5.40 lbs.
Boots / Bindings: Lange RX 130 / Marker Jester (DIN 10)
Mount Location: Factory Recommended
Test Location: Las Leñas
Days Skied: 3
(Editor’s Note: Our initial review was conducted on the 11/12 Megawatt, which is unchanged for 12/13. But we are back putting time on the Megawatt, primarily for the sake of comparing it to the 187cm Kingswood SMB, but also to get it in some different terrain, namely, bumps and trees.)
I’m going to start by coming clean: I maybe haven’t always had the most flattering things to say about Black Diamond skis.
In January, I raised certain, um, “reservations” about BD skis, and even wrote them an intervention letter. Then, a couple months later, I voiced certain worries again at the start of my review of the 12/13 BD Amperage. (Turns out, the Amperage is a very good fun shape ski, though it displays some of the characteristic tradeoffs of the fun shape class).
Fast forward to this summer. The Black Diamond Megawatt was one of the last skis we decided to take down to Las Leñas for our 15-day, 8-ski test. Our primary aim was to identify and include skis that would just kill it.
Basically, we just did what most of us do all the time anyway: stay up crazy late into the night, scouring every ski forum, peppering manufacturers with questions, and polling as many people as we could, searching for each and every sliver of information about this or that particular ski. We were trying to decide—on paper, and before ever actually skiing these things—which skis we’d love.
We were going to South America, for God’s sake. We weren’t looking to spend our time reviewing garbage.
As the trip grew closer, I found myself going back to the Megawatt. The shape looked perfect: a pow ski with little sidecut. The length and dimensions looked perfect. The graphics looked…ok, the graphics didn’t look perfect. But for reasons I don’t even fully remember, I got past the topsheets, and the Megawatt made the trip with us down south.
The ski completely blew my mind. It felt very close to perfect.
(And I am being really nitpicky even to include that part about, “very close to” perfect. I’ve now deleted it and typed it back in about twenty times. I’ll leave it, but it sort of feels like I’m telling you about this super cool, gorgeous girl I met who shreds, and I’m telling you that I didn’t like her shoes or something…. It’s not important. Nobody cares. You should punch me for even thinking it, let alone mentioning it.)
So, yeah, minus the graphics and a base layer that that could maybe be beefed up, it’s perfect.
First day on the Megawatts we actually ended up skiing a bunch of groomers. The snow was hard and frozen, and the Santa Rosa storm was just starting to roll in to create ridiculously good conditions. The light was flat, and we decided to keep the day mellow, save our legs for the storm, and rip groomers.
Groomer performance was very impressive for a 125mm ski. Very stable. The biggest X factor, however, is that my knee was bothering me, and it hurt to work up into high-angulation turns. At 125mm, it does require a bit of effort to get the Megawatt on edge, but once you’re there, you are good to go and you are locked in. In fact, the groomer performance reminded me a lot of the excellent hardpack performance of the BD Amperage (115mm): very good torsional stiffness, solid underfoot, nothing squirrely about it at all.