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K2 Snowboards Cool Bean Snowboard

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    Radical shift in volume.

    Drastically different than anything we've seen before, the K2 Cool Bean Snowboard is a slashy, surf-inspired ride with incredible float packed into a stubby swallowtail shape. Taking cues from voluminous fish surfboards, the Cool Bean packs the same volume as a regular-sized 159 snowboard, but in a much shorter length (it's only a 144cm board) for quick-turning agility on epic powder days. Considering regular boards feature widths around 250-millimeters, its girthy 287-millimeter waist gives you an accurate depiction of just how stubby this snow-surfer is.

    Its All Terrain Baseline places flat/zero camber underfoot for stability and edgehold, with a large, continuous rockered nose, or what K2 dubs as "Tweekends." In conjunction with the swallowtail rear cut-out and humongous nose, the Cool Bean naturally sinks the rear to float through the deepest powder imaginable, without any rear leg burn. Think snow-caked Hokkaido tree runs, waist-deep days at Baker, and open-bowl slashing in Colorado. It's all a cakewalk for the Cool Bean.

    Inside this stubby snow-surfer, the WH3 core is made of three species of renewable wood, but adds in two Honeykomb strips between the binding zones for strength and lightweight performance. Biax laminates keep its torsional flex nice and soft for surf-slashing deep snow and quick turns between tight trees. Additionally, its speedy 4000 sintered base keeps you gliding across deep snow without bogging down, especially in low-angle stashes where everyone else is struggling to stay afloat.

    • Stubby swallowtail shape
    • All-Terrain Baseline with Tweekend nose
    • Hybritech construction
    • WH3 core
    • Biax fiberglass
    • 4000 sintered base
    • Item #K2S004Y

    Tech Specs

    Length
    144 cm
    Profile
    All Terrain Baseline with Tweekend nose (flat underfoot with continuous rocker at nose)
    Shape
    stubby swallowtail
    Effective Edge
    1015 mm
    Waist Width
    287 mm
    Sidecut Radius
    7.4 m
    Stance Width
    [reference stance] 21 in
    Stance Setback
    1.25 in
    Mount
    4-hole
    Core
    WH3 (wood and Honeykomb)
    Wrap
    biax
    Base
    4000 sintered
    Recommended Rider Weight
    [144cm] 130 - 210 lbs
    Recommended Use
    powder
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Old School

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm old school, rode swallowtails in the early & mid-80s, and I don't think anybody else here is from that era. So here's what an old (63 this year, 170pound) surfer/skater/boarder thinks of riding the Cool Bean 144 in the Selkirks of NE WA State in freshie overnight 10-12"

    (we didn't get any deeper dumps in March) on my home hill 49'North. It was deeper in the windloaded hidden spots.



    I'm a Deep & Dark treerunner, you don't see me except crossing from one treeline to another and getting on the lift. So this is about dropping heavy & tight under a canopy dodging spikes and limbs and doing careful airs in natural terrain.



    It's where pictures nearly always turn out dark & gloomy.



    First turn: body instantly remembered how to ride tail-stomper swallowtails! Kid you not. Haven't ridden my Burton 150 since...1988 backcountry riding at Naomi Peak UT, but the instant twinfin surfboard acceleration in turns was what I've been missing from the directional twintip design I've been riding since the mid-90s. Like surfing did when most went with the trifin, board design lost some innovation with the twintip.



    So here I am, throwing the tail completely out of the snow into a backside turn at speed and the board does not slide out (the 150s did). Due to that huge spoon nose? I could feel the nose hold the board into the next turn. You can see a 'cut' from the outside pin when it comes down out of the air and reconnects to the line the rail is making in the snow. I remember those edge marks.



    If you've never ridden a truly directional board, this is going to throw you a little. At first. You need to un-learn some habits from riding twintips. Especially in tight trees where you sometimes have to do a full speed stop&go. That little slide fakie to get through two trees? Doesn't happen. This board only goes forward in fluff or you'll bury the back end. Directional means point the nose and go!



    Amazing control in extremely tight quick turns dodging conifers. The board flows from one into another. I pushed this board, wanted to see how far it would let me go on both edges. It did everything I pushed it to do. Very cool for the very first run the first day on it.



    Only trouble I had on the edge was on chopped hardpack groomies. Have to watch it a bit because the tail will slide out if you're not used to de-weighting a tail-stomper. A little more forward lean over your front knee getting back to the lifts will help but too much and the tail will lift up on you. But that little extra lean keeps the speed up and this board does zip. Maybe it would get easier with a full season on this board but I remember not liking those conditions on the old swallowtails.



    Same for stopping at the lift line; you need to learn to shift the weight more onto the front foot for the same reason. You can't slam the entire back edge down to make a dead stop because you're missing a third of your board's end. Your learned 'normal' board balance will again get in the way.



    Tried to bury the nose, do the AAOOOGAAH submarine dive, and it would not face plant with flip. That's a very nice aspect to this board for an old guy. Don't need more chiro bills than I already have.



    This board is a surf vehicle for deep fluff. I rode it another day with only 4-5" of fresh and it did the screeching scraping nasty and wasn't a happy board. Would have been much better on my 157 directional in those conditions.



    You younger riders may ride it in terrain parks but honestly, with the very thin tail I would be doubtful about how it would hold up to the abuse that riding icy kickers and landing on rockhard walls does to a board.



    My Cool Bean, having replaced the old 1995 powderboard, is now leaning against the wall in the quiver waiting patiently for the special days of fluff.

    Old School

    Weird but rad!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Riding the bean is the most fun I've ever had on a board. Doesn't matter if you're cruising a groomer or surfing pow this board can handle it with style! It's short enough to fly through trees with ease. The bean is super nimble and quick, I rarely have to worry about speed on long traverses. I have no problem breezing past people who have at least 50lbs on me. It's also a real head turner and a great conversation starter! In conclusion I can't recommend this board enough it's worth every cent I paid for it.

    Weird but rad!

    K2 quality has gone downhill

      Board came with a lot of rust on the edges. Yes I understand that it can be removed but when you drop 5 bills for a new board, you expect, well, a new board. Luckily I bought this from backcountry and they took care of this. K2 used to be a quality company. I still have the ginsu I bought 19(?) years ago and the recon riser I bought was top notch in every way. I noticed the decline in quality when I bought the turbo dream. This is the second cool bean that I've had issues with and I think I'll take a break from K2 products for awhile.

      The Coolest Bean in Town

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This board rips! I had the luck to ride this board on a 30" powder day, and the bean delivered all day. This board was built to slay powder but held it's own on the groomers and a brief stint in the park. While some of my fellow riders were complaining about tired back leg syndrome, I felt great all day. It was incredibly responsive, stable and surfed through powder with ease.
      In summary, this board is FUN, it floats like a pontoon, is astonishingly nimble, and will handle the whole mountain.

      Thinkin' bout them Beans

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Now that I've ridden this board on an insane powder day, I decided to finally post a review up. This little board rips. So much fun in the powder, too easy to stay afloat and the small length makes it extremely responsive through trees and making small turns. It's surprisingly stable, and dropping cliffs is pretty manageable as long as you don't land too far backseat. The Cool Bean does a great job ripping groomers in between powder runs as well, compared to some other short and stubby boards. It was very predictable. If you are looking for a short powder board that does well everywhere, here's the board for you.

      Photo Cred: @grantkatesphoto on Instagram

      Contact me directly at 801-204-4578 or gboogert@backcountry.com if you have any additional questions, need help with figuring out the right size, or want to get an awesome set up going!

      Thinkin' bout them Beans

      Mahalo You Surfers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This board rips, it's awesome in powder, and just a blast all around. I got the chance to ride this board on a bunch of different conditions, from deep, fresh snow to hard-packed groomers and everything in between. It was one of my favorite sub 150cm swallow tails I've ridden in powder and it slices through choppy left overs like a champ. If you're looking for a fun board with a cool shape this might be the end of your search.


      Here's a photo my buddy grabbed of me putting the Bean through it's paces.

      Mahalo You Surfers

      Get Pitted!!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      If this board was in a high school yearbook it would probably get the title of, "most likely to succeed (at shredding the pow)"

      Super surfy, fun and playful this board is one to add to the arsenal for any powder hound. After a day of product testing at Snowbird (pictured) I was in LOVE with this board. This board features a swallow tail design, set back stance and a wide flat design with a rocker toward the nose.... AKA it was built to shred da pow-pow.

      I was a little skeptic that it would be too short, but the 144 is solid and extremely fun. If you are looking to gain a few cool points with the boys go with the cool bean. After all, every day is for the boys.... not just Saturdays.

      Questions, concerns or just wanna talk snowboards hit me up!

      Get Pitted!!!

      Super Fun

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This board is awesome, It rips in the Powder, while still super fun on high speed groomers. I also took this bad boy through a couple laps in the park and had a blast! (Below is a picture of my roomate taking the Bean off the Hip at brighton). if you're looking for a board with a surfy feel in the pow, but that can still rip on groomers this is the board for you.







      If you have ANY questions on this snowboard please feel free to shoot me a call or an email.



      Jfarnan@backcountry.com

      801-204-4549

      Super Fun

      The Surfy Stubby

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If you've got any K2, Cool Bean, snowboard set up or any other gear questions, hit me up. Best way to contact me would be to email (please include the best phone number to call you at).

      Cool Bean:
      Of all the boards below 150cm in length, this is the one that I really enjoy riding and don't feel awkward on. The high volume definitely helps a ton while floating in pow. The wider waist and stiffer profile make this one of the better shorter pow boards for the guys in the 175+lb range.

      Even though this is a surf inspired board intended to hunt for pow stashes, you can still lay a mean carve down even with the shorter effective edge.

      Sizing:
      Shoot me an email or call me and we can chat about the 144cm board and how it might relate to your personal riding style and weight!

      Contact:
      Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about this board or if you'd like to compare decks or work on a full snowboard set up! Best way to contact me would be to email (please include the best phone number to call you at).

      Now that there are three sizes, what would your suggestion be for someone on the shorter end of the spectrum within the 150 lb range? I was going to snag the original 144, but with a 138 I am no longer sure. I have never ridden one of these types of boards, so sizing is strange. The shortest board I have owned was 149 for park.

      Surfs up brah!!!

        Been in the market for a pow board for a while glad I held of this thing is incredible. Used it in maybe a foot of so but looking forward to a Utah snorkel deep day sometime to really test it. Fun turns even on groomers. I have a hybrid high volume surfboard that I love so I was excited about the surfy fish shape this thing deliveries effortless float it's a great change throws up mean sprays and lays out deep turns. Does take a bit of getting use to but is a great addition to my quiver I'm stoked!!

        Surfs up brah!!!

        Very Fun Board, Rips and Rails Turns

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        If you can think of your best Euro Carve you can lay down. This board will put that to shame. It's wider than even a "wide" board but since the size is significantly smaller it actually makes it a true joy to ride.The nose is plenty stiff to charge through any amount of snow. The only thing is that since there is almost zero surface area of a swallow tail that takes a minute to adjust to. I had an absolute blast ripping around on this board. If you want a solid pow board and wanna rip through the snow, this is a solid choice. Ripped on Groomed and was real fun all the way around. I am 6'0 200 lbs and have zero issues with the size and width. Size 10 boot.

        Very specific Quiver board

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        If you like to surf, this is for you. If you like to throw stunts and drop big cliffs on deep days, you might want to find another board. It's great on deep days that you want to surf the mountain. I had a blast on our last storm with it, for half of the day. Then we started dropping cliffs and I just didn't feel comfortable sending stuff. It's a nice addition to a wall of boards but that's where I would leave it most days of the year, on the wall.