- Sizes: 138, 144, 150
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Flat
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £369 / €399
Given that just about any shape can float in powder, there’s a danger of going a bit too far and creating something that’s only useful on those glorious, deep days. On the face of it, that’s what the K2 Cool Bean looks like, but in reality it’s earned plenty of props in other areas too.
K2 call it a rocker board, given the upswing of the extended nose, but actually the vast majority of the K2 Cool Bean is flat. You’ll find this on a lot of shorter boards, as camber is a hard thing to get right when you downsize this much.
“The K2 Cool Bean has always been versatile enough to win over more than just a narrow niche”
First thing’s first: the K2 Cool Bean is born for the powder, and its none-more-stubby tail is happy to disappear below the surface while you point that big nose wherever you see fit. The wider waist compensates nicely for the lack of length, so you can feel secure on this no matter your speed or riding style.
It’s not exactly overflowing with clever tech, because it doesn’t need it; this board’s calling card is the shape, and no mistake. Besides, the additive-free biax fibreglass makes working that wide waist a little easier.”