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Sean Mumm

Sean Mumm

Stevens Pass, Aplental, and Baker WA, Cascade Country, and boycotting crystal mountain due to machismo head employee attitudes

Sean Mumm's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

Sean Mumm's Bio

I have loved snowboarding since a very early age. Starting on a 2" thick plastic board from FleetFarm on snow covered dirt piles in MN I fell in love! Fast forward 2 decades I now reside in Western Washington and LOVE the pow I get to ride every season. I'm a backcountry and slackcountry rider who loves the land and am learning to be more conscious of my actions and choices.

Pray For Snow and Ride to be Happy!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

The Endall of Travel Bags for your gear!
5 5

This bas is amazing! It's large enough to carry everything you could possibly want for a week long excursion into the deep without breaking your back. It's super sturdy with a hard capped nose and tail which add to it's longevity. The wheels are standard skate wheels so they are easy to replace when they call it quits. The bag comes with 2 internal bags (each one big enough to fit a pair of bindings and then some) that clip into place allowing you to compartmentalize your gear. All the seams are super reinforced so you know it's going to last forever. I was told this is the bag of choice for Burton Team riders and I can easily see why. Burton knocked it out of the park with this one.. as far as I can tell there is no other bag on the market that touches this board bag. $$$ BUT WORTH IT!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 28, 2011

4 5

I will at some point pick this pack up to replace my Dakine Pro 2. I have tried it out a few times to make sure it's the one I want. The fit is superb, the best fitting winter pack I have tried on. It even has a rod support system that helps distribute loads and keep its shape no matter what you have in/on it or how it is synched (something the Dakine pack utterly fails to do). It has all the storage you need with appropriate compartments including a very handy zippered back panel flap (which does not effect comfort or fit). It fits all my avy gear with ease, and it has a vertical snowboard carry (which the covert does not) but does not have a horizontal snowboard carry.

THE DOWN SIDE (why this is not a 5 star pack):
The airbox that brings in fresh air is literally a box with 90º corners. Normally this would not matter, however this box is positioned right ontop of your shoulder where allot of weight and pressure is held. The positioning of this makes for a very uncomfortable hot spot. WHY DID BLACK DIAMOND DO THIS??? Im my opinion this is a HUGE mistake in the design of this pack that could easily be fixed with a better location or an ergonomic shaped box. FYI - you can but should not move the air box due to its required interaction with the mesh material it rests inside of (moving it can restrict air intake and nullify its functionality)! The only other gripe I have with this is the back panel's lack of good air flow between your back and the pack (same goes with 99% of the winter packs out there) giving the user a sweaty back.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

Got some of these to help get through log hikes as well as extend the day (backcountry snowboarding), and that it does. Better if consumed when warm (I put one in my glove for a good 5 min while hiking) as it becomes more like a drink and less like a gel. I tried all the flavors and Mocha is my fav. These really give you kick in the pants with little to no crash. Love the litter leash as well, keep it clean out there! Stock up on em as once you use em you won't leave for a hike w/o em.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

I mainly got this for cornice bombs, and it does that job with ease, but I also use it for block testing. It cuts through layers of crud and ice with minimal effort. I decided to do a little modification to the crimped copper stoppers that hold the coils in place. I took a small jewelers file and rounded the edges so the cord would be less harsh on my probe. I didn't mind doing this as the coils are what cuts the ice and snow and as I said above it still does that with ease. It come with a nice clip to keep the cord coiled and the bad can be filled with snow to give it some swing weight. A great tool for you back country kit!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 17, 2011

1 5

This review is for all A-Frame lenses.
I've come to the conclusion that there is an issue with the foam lens sandwich in all A-Frame lenses. I have had an issue with the foam in between the 2 lenses getting a crack in it letting moisture in which causes a terrible, unfixable, fogging issue in every A-Frame lens I have owned. I am fed up with it and am looking to get new non Oakley goggles soon. Sad really as I had loved the A-Frames up until this last straw. Oakley has been good at replacing the defective lens in the past, but every season I end up needing to send one of my lenses in for warranty.. really?!? Oh and even though the outside of the lens does a great job of resisting scratches.. however the inside does no job at all in resisting scratching.. i.e. only wipe the inside with a clean baby bum.

The optics are great, the tint choices are great (especially FIRE), but this issue makes all that greatness.. well.. useless!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 17, 2011

5 5

I currently have a pair of Salomon F22's and love them.. but over the years they have broken down and are not as stiff as I would like so I tried out the Malamutes. These boots are for riders that like to charge big lines at high speed and need the stiffness to maintain maximum control. These things are tanks! Very well build, especially when you have them next to another boot you will see how compact and designed they are. They have some nice bells and whistles such as a moldable toe-box and adjustable internal heal strap. My next pair of boots will be these, hope I can find a pair in my size at the end of the season.

BTW my F22's are old, very old and they just keep truck'n. I am 100% sold on Salomon boots!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

4 5

A great google. Great field of vision and with a superior fit. These are ideal for those who ride with a helmet. Fogging is very rare, mostly when I hike and sweat like a pig. Build quality is great as well. I have been pretty hard on my 3 year old pair, which includes the occasional face to tree plant. The lenses are easily interchangeable and there are a wide variety to choose from. The only downfall is the price of a replacement lens.. OUCH! The only thing keeping theses from a 5 star is the outrageous price of the frame and lenses (you can get a new frame and lens for the same price as a replacement lens).

For the people who prefer not to ride with a helmet I would suggest the crowbars over the aframe as the crowbar as a wider field of vision.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

5 5

Just the same as the previous 2 years this board has been out.. the name says it all, SICK! Don't be confused people.. just because it's a pintail does not mean it cannot ride switch, because it can and I do! I am serious when I say that I now only have 2 boards; a 156 park board and a 162 Sick Stick and that is close to all I need out here in the Pacific NorthWest. There is a reason the Sick Stick is listed in the All Mountain section and not the Powder Board section; it kills is all over the mountain and not just the pow. The 162 rides like a 159 thanks to the pow rocker'd nose, which due to it's shape never stay buried under the snow. I have sold this board to 2 (soon to be 3) of my riding buddies who are all super stoked on it. If you live in an area that has lots of snow, you want this board. Just find a demo and ride it if you don't believe the hype. Just be warned, you WILL fall in love!

For the record I am 6'2 170lbs and I could get away with the 160 but I love my 162!

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

5 5

This board is made for the deep white powpow. Keep that in mind when you ride it because out of the powpow, more so at the end of the day when you are tired, it's like driving a train off the rails.It's obviously not as bad as a k2 Gyrator or Lib TR Banana Hammock, but it's still a bit of a handful out of the pow. When this board is in the pow, WOW, it handles like Bentley! It's fast and very responsive. It initiates pow turns with ease and stay afloat with little to no effort. I'm 6'2 170lbs and I rode a 164 which rode great for me, it could probably support even more weight before you'd have to jump up a size. This is saying allot because when the snow out here in Western Washington gets wet and heavy.. float is hard to come by. Not a problem for the Ride SC. I highly recommend the this board to anyone who lives in and rides pow. Also check out the Salomon SickStick for another pow slayer option.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

5 5

This is a great board from a great company. It keeps up with the typical K2 build quality. The reason I saw it's a Pacific North West quiver killer is because of the type of snowboarding that happens 80% of the time here.. freshies. The Turbodream preforms well on all surfaces and excels when you are in deeper snow. When there is no fresh snow to be had it still rides great all over the mountain. A problem most pow designated boards (like the Gyrator) have are that they become handful on your way to and from the powder, not a problem the Turbodream has. It really does turn the whole mountain into a playground. But.. as someone said on here the Turbodream is not the best choice for areas like the midwest where fresh powder happens 5 days a year and the rest you spend on groomers and ice.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

3 5

This is a small easily packable shovel that will do the job it was designed to do. That being said I have a few issues with it.
1) It has a pretty small blade so moving snow will take a bit more time.
2) Although the shaft extends to a nice length and the fact that the shaft stays attached to the blade is great, but how it slides out from the blade is not designed to my satisfaction. The tolerances between the blade and shaft are so tight that the shaft can become sticky and requires allot of force to open.
3) The number of pins you have to push to get it fully extended is confusing the first few times you use it, which to me could become an issue when the user is panicked.
4) The design on this shovel is on the right track to a great system, but again it's not fully developed. An easy change to the blades design would allow the user to extend the shaft out to it shorter setting with one quick pull. How it is now the user has to push in a pin in order for the pins to clear the blade. Something so simple yet BCA over looked it.

Don't get me wrong, this is still a good shovel that will work when you need to preform a rescue. It's built strong and will last a long time. With a few small tweaks this could be one of the best shovels on the market, it's just a shame they didn't, and it isn't.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

4 5

One of my bc ridding partners has this probe and he loves it. The speed at which this assembles and locks in place is bar none. It's a great size and seems to be well built and sturdy so it should last the test of time. Since this is something that might be used to save my life, I want the best and I approve of it. I am glad he chose this one.

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Sean Mumm wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

4 5

A buddy recently got this probe to add to his bc kit. It packs really small and is very very light thanks to the stronger than steel cut proof Dyneema cord! This probe should not have any problems fitting into any winter pack. It locks into place via a pin that pops out from a blank attached to the cord that pulls out the top. Once the blank is pulled out the pin pops out and you let go of the cord and the pin prevents the blank and cord from going back in the probe, locking the probe in place. As mentioned with the review by ale3639619, the small pin is very hard to push back in thus requiring the user to remover their glove and almost loose some skin if not done carefully. That is the only fault I can see in this probe. It is very sturdy when assembled, has a good length to it (280), and has a mushroom tip which aids in the probes movement in and out of the snowpack. A worth probe for sure, but not my choice probe.

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