Rated 4 out of 5 by Gary Light and snappy big ski
I'm an advanced tele skier ( 20 + years of tele), 6ft 2in, 190lbs. I just bought these skis,(178cm) mounted (progressive) with a switchback binding, a couple weeks ago so I've been testing them on hardback, corn, mashed potatoes, and rotten untracked backcountry snow. A 175 Black Diamond Amp has been my daily driver. I've put 120+ days on them in all conditions over the last year. So the Amp is my reference ski.
I like the Carbon Megawatts, but they are definitely an advanced skier's ski. I have to say the Amps are easier on the body (less chatter) than the Carbon Megawatts in rough and hard snow conditions. The Amps are more damped and turn easier. The Amps have more tail rocker that makes for quicker (easier) tail pressured turns in bumps and trees.
The reduced rocker on the tail of the Megawatt forces a wider turns, making them less quick in the bumps and trees, but I have noticed better tail edge hold on steep terrain wearing a pack.
The Carbon Megawatts have a nice round flex that works great for large arc (bowl and pasture) tele turns (even nicer than the Amps which tend to hook if you're not careful) The larger tip rocker allows the ski to behave shorter than it is, but super short turns are smeared, not carved.
The light weight and low swing weight make jump turns effortless. The light weight makes them feel like a narrower ski (except they're still slower edge to edge) without losing floatation when you need it.
One minor issue with the Amps and the Megawatts is they tend to collect more snow because of the ridges in the design. This wouldn't prevent me from buying them however.
I can't wait to take these skis into powder, but I'm also glad I kept the Amps mounted as my "daily driver". I'll update my review next winter.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark These are superb skis!
These skis are the best skis I've ever used; whether it be a couple inches or a couple feet of fresh, cold, new snow or a lot of old and wet stuff. These skis go great in every condition I've had them in during the past 25 days of skiing since I got them. I'm pretty sure I've never been happier with a ski and I look forward to buying a pair of next year's Carbon Converts for harder/spring snow.
March 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Laurent I'm impressed
I bought these skis thinking I would only use them for a couple (seriously deep) power days.... Turned out I'm almost always on them!
Fast, stable for their weight, yet very playful and easy to turn.
Ridiculously light for their size.
P.S. I don't live near any ski hill, but I'm sure they feel as light in the chair lift as they do in the skin track.
February 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill Ski's great and lightweight
I'm totally impressed with the way the Carbon Megawatt ski's in backcountry conditions. I've survived 1 foot tall sastrugi, made turns down firm windboard, and totally enjoyed deep and fluffy. I really wasn't expecting to love these ski's, but wanted a lightweight setup, turns out they ski great also! I was a skeptic, but these skis won me over enough to actually post a review.
January 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Jordy Amazing performance in a super lightweight fat ski!
Wow! The BD Carbon Megawatt ski rocks! As a fully certified ACMG / IFMGA mountain guide in Canada, I have high expectations for a backcountry touring ski. The Carbon Megawatt meets and exceeds in all aspects. Light, responsive, and great flotation in the deep powder! If you are a backcountry enthusiast who tours to the powder stashes, this is the ski for you.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by James The Only Pow Slaying Machine You'll Ever Need
The Carbon Megawatt is an Incredible Ski. Very high quality construction and super light. I purchased these to get into the back country, and discovered that I will be using them for much more than that. These skis are excellent for mid-week pow laps in bounds, and great for charging the side country outside of our resort. The camber underfoot gives it decent hardpack performance on the way back to the lift as well, making this my ideal ski for all powder days. The snow doesn't have to been endlessly deep to enjoy them; if there is anything fresh out there, these skis are ready to tear it up! I am stoked for the many years of fun I will have on these skis, I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a solid powder ski with touring performance. You will not be disappointed!
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by greg My one ski for Teton powder mountaineering
A little smaller and much lighter than the megawatt. The Carbon Mega is proving to be the only ski for Teton powder mountaineering. One in a million
December 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott Smooth.
Due to our lack of fresh snow I have only been able to ski them once and it was amazing. They just float. They are easy to do tele turns on. For climbing the light weight makes them easy to break trail with.
November 30, 2013