Bean Snowboards

Goods

District

A board at your own pace. Like your streets. Represent....

Mission

Any rail, ledge or jib. Strike anywhere, strike often....

Violator

Violate the rules in the park or on the hill....

Commonwealth

The workhorse for the common man....

THE CORPORATE TEE

An american made hit for everyday wear.

THE DEALER HOODY

American made to rep your hood.

Made In Boston

The Tech

We think there’s too much marketing in most snowboard company’s tech sections. They never tell you what anything does, why it’s important or better than the last fading trend. They just seem to hype everything up and make it sound like the best thing to ever hit the sport. Instead, we thought we’d let the engineers write the tech section, which wasn’t hard since 3 of the 5 of us are Engineers. We don’t want to come up with crazy names for stuff, we just want to tell you what it is, what it does, and why we use it.

 


Reverse Reverse Camber

We don’t make reverse camber boards. We make Reverse Reverse Camber decks. Reverse Reverse Camber is our opportunity to show-off “The Latest Tech.” and boast how great it is, at the same time poking fun at the situation. We will give credit where credit is due and skiers deserve some, but so does physics. There’s a lot of research that says camber is an important part of what makes a ski or board turn. Some people say a snowboard isn’t a ski, and it isn’t, but they operate under the same basic principles and camber has been used for centuries with good results. Camber allows you to easily transition turns, throw monster ollies, and get superior edge hold on the slopes of the ice (east) coast where most laps happen scraping hardpack.

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Base Material

Our base material is made of UHMWPE. That monstrous acronym stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, and basically means each little plastic molecule in this stuff is stronger and hard wearing than most other plastics on the planet. UHMWPE is standard base material in the snowboard industry, and the only big difference is whether it’s sintered or extruded. Extrusion is the cheap way to go and was probably used on your little sister’s My Little Pony snowboard that she won at the mall. Bean Snowboards only uses sintered base material, and the sintering process (melting lots of microscopic plastic pellets together to make one big piece) makes little pores in the plastic that hold wax to keep you riding fast for a long time between waxes.


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Edges

All Bean Snowboards have hardened Stainless Steel edges. As you probably know, Stainless means it wont rust. This is done by adding a little chromium and some other elements to the steel when its made that prevent it from oxidizing (joining with Oxygen molecules to make rust). The downside to normal stainless steels is that they are softer than high carbon steels, so they are hardened by heating them to about 1900F, and then cooling them really quickly. This changes the molecular structure of the steel, making it harder, but maintaining its resistance to oxidation.

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Fiberglass

Whether a fiberglass, basalt fiber, hemp, etc. is used, the composite layer is the key to a snowboard’s strength. A composite is defined as something being “made up of disparate or separate parts or elements.” Think of it like a Rice Krispies treat, where the two components are marshmallow (special epoxy) and Rice Krispies (fiberglass). Individually each component would be weak, but when you combine the two you get a structure that becomes a jaw tiring yet delicious snack. At Bean snowboards we use two layers of triax fiberglass. The triax means it has fibers running in three directions. The first is along the length of the board and the other two are 45 degrees off of the first one, giving the board structural rigidity in all directions. Fiberglass is basically thin strands of Silica, which is the same stuff that makes up windows, quartz crystal, and sand.

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Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber, which comes in our Commonwealth model, essentially does the same thing as the fiberglass except it’s much stiffer, so you need less of it to make a stiff board. The less composite you add, the less the board will weigh. We basically add a 1″ strip of the stuff along the length of the board to stiffen it up for more all-mountain riding without adding any noticeable amount of weight.


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Core

Our full wood cores are made with two different species of wood, poplar and maple. Because maple is stronger than poplar but also heavier, we only put it where it’s needed, like under the bindings to hold you securely to the board. The poplar makes up the rest of the core to give a nice poppy but light feel to your ride. While the wood core contributes a lot to the feel of the board its main job is to keep the top and bottom composite layers apart. Have you ever had a board that broke at the tip or tail right near the widest part of the board? Usually this happens because the board is cheaply made and the core doesn’t run full length of the board. When you take the core out of that area you basically just have the two composite layers close together with maybe a thin piece of plastic between them. This might be a little bit lighter and cheaper to make, but the closer the two layers are to each other the more likely they are to fracture during a nasty tail block. At Bean Snowboards we use full length cores in all our snowboards so they are as durable as possible.

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Hand Waxed

We hand wax each and every one of our boards with love and ass, Haul Ass wax that is. Haul Ass Wax™ is made by Ass Industries™, a “State of the Fart “ wax manufacturer since 1998. Ass Industries products are proudly made in the U.S.A by snowboarders.

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Engineering For The Local Scene

Mission


Snowboarding was founded by people with a DIY, inventive and proud attitude. Now boards are made overseas by large conglomerate companies that own many brands and only care about the bottom line. Bean Snowboards creates high-quality snowboards handmade in Boston from locally sourced materials. We use New England vendors whenever possible to practice what we preach.

The last 7 years have been spent proving that your board doesn’t have to be made in a huge factory overseas, in fact, it shouldn’t. When someone rides one of our decks for the first time they get stoked at how well our snowboards compare to those made by our much larger competitors. We believe there is still a place in snowboarding for small independent brands.

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    BBQ Recap Edit

    April 9th, 2014

      The weather held out and the grill was fired up. Check the vid to see a little of what you missed! Boards are still on sale and marked to move. Contact us if you're interested. Thanks @yamahadavey for stopping by and of(…read more)

    The Garage Sale BBQ

    The Garage Sale BBQ

    March 31st, 2014

    See the shop and get inside real sandwich construction. Come flex our boards, eat some burgers,  drink a few beverages and shoot the SH_T, for FREE! Get to know BEAN, a behind the scenes look at how the boards are made.(…read more)

    Spring Snowboard Sale

    Spring Snowboard Sale

    March 25th, 2014

    We are riding out the year until the very end. Hopefully you are too. Any 2014 Bean snowboard now at 30% off. All 2013 Bean snowboards are priced 40% off. Check out beansnowboarding.com to place orders. Quantities are limited!(…read more)

    America takes the gold!

    America takes the gold!

    February 10th, 2014

    An amazing aerial look at Sage Kotsenburg's gold medal slopestyle run - See more at: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/amazing-aerial-look-sage-kotsenburgs-gold-medal-slopestyle-run?ctx=golden-moments#sthash.NLtMRHyW.dpuf (…read more)

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    Why the decline of snowboarding is good

    December 13th, 2013

    Snowboarding is in the shitter. We all know that. This is the first time someone has convinced me its a good thing. "So we lose snowboarders to skiing – good.  They fuckin sucked anyway, I don’t want them thinking they know(…read more)

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