This is a short review of the 2012-2013 Gigawatt ski from Black Diamond, used for telemark skiing with the Rottefella NTN Freeride bindings (green power tubes, with me being about 80 kg and normal leg strength).
I've used this pair, in length 185 cm, for one season, in Japanese powder and in Norwegian snow. In deep powder snow these skis are awesome. I have not tried any pair that has given me a better feeling in the powder. These are gigantic powder tools, made to float on top of light snow crystals. So, if I'm going back to Japan next season, for more telemark powder skiing, I will for sure bring my Gigawatt. In other conditions these skis are crap, it is as simple as that.
At a massive 135 mm underfoot, the Black Diamond Gigawatt is the biggest, baddest ski that Black Diamond makes. By combining an extended running length with a tip-to-tail, fully rockered profile, the Gigawatt achieves longboard-style, powder skiing bliss with enough edge underfoot for confidence on groomers and hard snow. That profile, combined with the weight-saving ribs and channels of our iconic Formula One Technology, allows this supertanker to still be responsive and quick edge-to-edge-critical for a ski this size.
- 135 mm waist with our powder specialty geometry
- Full-length, de-cambered Rocker for instant turn response
- More surface area and usable contact length than the Megawatt
- Poplar and birch Internal Wall Core Technology for added pop and stability
- Formula One Technology with three ribs and Torsion Box Construction for maximum torsional stiffness
- Optimal use: 90% soft snow / 10% hard snow
Construction : Formula One Tech
Torsion Box Cap
Poplar/Birch Internal Wall Core
Turn Radius : [185 cm] 28 m
[195 cm] 31 m
Dimensions : 163-135-141
Series : Freeride
Weight Per Pair : [185 cm] 5.3 kg (11 lb 11 oz)
[195 cm] 5.7 kg (12 lb 9 oz)
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