Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
The K2 Cool Bean stands out straight away for its shape and it is always nice to try something different. Very short board, even shorter than the Carve Air which already felt small to me. Certainly not a length I am used to pick to ride powder with. Have to say that the solution for floatation by making it a lot wider works. Floatation is good enough not to worry about diving when you go through the trees in a good amount of fresh snow. And in that terrain I like the Cool Bean best. Because of its short length you can maneuver it so easy to where ever you want to go. Here the short tail and rocker tip makes short turning easier. Saves energy of course compared to the usual longer boards that need more effort to get around. It gives the Cool Bean a playful feel. Personally I like to put a lot of energy in my riding and mind less about playfulness, that is why the K2 Cool Bean is a 3 star board to me. Fun, but not tough enough.
Cool Bean on firmer snow
How easy the K2 Cool Bean is in powder snow, it gives on firm slick groomers. The width of the board is too large to switch sides with the same ease as you can in soft snow. Although K2 did try to solve this by starting the enormous rocker tip close to your front foot, it works only partly. It doesn't irritate, but it is not smooth either. Which usually means that it is hard work for intermediate level boarders. The swallow tail makes that the effective edge is long enough to keep some carve grip in shorter turns. Stiffness of the Cool Bean makes that the stability is good too, not very nervous at speed and straight lines. Maybe I only miss the camber power. The K2 Cool Bean doesn't give me the challenge and thrill I like so much.
K2 about the Cool Bean
"The purpose of life? Enjoy it – that’s the Cool Bean’s philosophy. The K2 Enjoyers believe we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible on a snowboard, and the Cool Bean’s Volume Shift™ is one big step forward: shorter, wider, and with an innovative swallow-like tail. These attributes give the K2 Cool Bean a surf-inspired flow, glide on all types of snow and effortless glory on the groomers. We’ve amped the K2 All-Terrain Baseline™ construction with Tweekend™ tips, extending the rocker to the very ends of the board for even more float.", says K2.
Nitro Diablo: play around in backcountry terrain.
Amplid Creamer: comfy versatile intermediate freerider.
Burton Mod Fish: float and maneuver in powder snow.