|Overall Rating||It´s OK|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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K2 Cool Bean 2019 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
The K2 Cool Bean is a very quiver specific powder board for those looking for a very different way to ride the powder. It’s the kind of board that does really well when the conditions are clean and you want to surf groomers or powder. However, when it’s bumpy it bucks around like so many other short, fat way set back on board swallowtails. Maybe even a bit more than the average super set back swallowtail.
The 2016-2019 Cool Bean hasn’t changed much so our original review still stands. We’d love to take it out again in some deep to see if our old take is the same.
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Conditions: About 1.5′ of somewhat thick Sierra snow. Not quite a cement day but more on the thick side.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD,
Bindings: K2 Lien FS
Set Up: Set back about 23″ 18 front 0 back
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K2 Cool Bean User Reviews
My favorite board ever!!! The carving may take a run or two to get used to but then you can rail any carve combo imaginable. The width combined with the stiffness makes this such a stable platform to charge through Chunder or rough snow. Powder feels entirely different on this board. Even riding the 138 I had no problems floating.
By far the most fun board on the market
I've got the 2018 Cool Bean 150 and it is an absolute BLAST to ride. I ride it on groomers and just rip around laying down massive turns and it is just so damn fun. Popping into nose butters is so fun on this, as well as finding any little stashes to slash with the swallow tail.
Haven't even had this in pow yet and I'm already having so much fun. Testament to how solid this board is. BUY IT!
I have the Splitbean and this pays when you earn your turns
I have the 2018 split bean - the 144 version. Shape and rocker are the same but keep in mind that the split is heavier and probably has a different flex pattern. I ride with the Union Expedition split binding and my burton ION boots.
I love powder, tight trees and steeps. Put these three together and when you have to earn it: i love this board. Super float, very slashy quick turns - honestly excellent in these conditions. if that is your favoured terrain i would not hesitate. The lack of tail does result in little to no pop potential but for me in these conditions it doesn't matter.
I have ridden on groomers as well and it can carve and lays down a good high speed line but for me it is a bit of work and slow edge to edge on the hard pack. If i am spending time on groomers this is not the board for me.
Keep it in the pow - awesome
Just carved up man-made powder this past saturday (1/9/16) in waterville valley nh on this bad boy and you do NOT need powder to have fun. once you get used to the wider board, you can lay down some carving turns and it holds an edge beautifully. It is FAST and quick and responsive through bumps. Can't wait for a powder day and to take it through the trees. Definitely a quiver board you will be glad to have!