Board: K2 Cool Bean
Camber Option: AT-Baseline. Flat middle section with a mellow rocker in the tip and tail.
Bindings: K2 Lein AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Breckenridge, Loveland, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Everything and anything. From sunny bluebird slushy early season days to steep and deep pow laps with it nuking snow. This board has seen some days with me.
Flex: This board is stiff, don’t let it fool you with its short stature. There’s a little bit of torsional give with it but being that it’s so wide you won’t really notice this if you try to center flex the board.
Stability: I’m pretty sure you could run over exposed rock in a quarry and not notice it with this deck. The added width gives a lot of stability. It doesn’t matter if you’re slow turning or hard charging either with this board.
Ollies/Pop: You lost a lot of tail to initiate pop off of. With that gone it relies more on the riders ability to snap off their back foot with minimal rebound from the board. Not exactly the best for pop, but if you’re a confident rider you will get the job done.
Butterability: High speed and only on the nose in either deep or soft snow is the only way to butter this thing. You can do little skid wheelies on the swallow tail if you want, but it’s not going to give you the desired effect you think it will.
Carving: Now here’s where a lot of people have it wrong with this board. You can carve on it, but it takes more effort than normal due to the width. I’ve railed Euro-carves with this board, but they did not look pretty. This board is designed for surfing the mountain and as such you have to take that approach with your turns.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to drastically downsize and ride a short wide deck in pow or slush.
Personal Thoughts: I rode this board for a half a day at Loveland then proceeded to buy it. Why? Because it was so unique and fun. I had a field day with it and have had many more with it since. Whether I’m ripping a groomer with friends or slashing deep pow and jumping off things this board is a blast.
Check out the past review of the 2016 Cool Bean.
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This board was loaned to us for review from K2 Snowboards marketing department.