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Sean Sewell

Sean Sewell

Colorado Personal Fitness - enjoying the outdoors

Sean Sewell's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Sean Sewell's Bio

I am a personal trainer, TRX instructor and sports nutritionist
I love helping people get into shape to enjoy life outside and explore our beautiful world.
-- ColoradoPersonalFitness.com--

I am also a gear freak, I try out all kinds of gear and try to report back the good, bad and the ugly. Check out our review site --Engearment.com--

Hopefully our paths cross in the future!

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots pack a lot of punch and should be at the top of your list if you are looking at splitboard boots. These are much stiffer than the other boots we have testing this year. They flex comfortably when skinning up and are very responsive on the way down. The stiffness also helps transfer power to the boards when touring up as you have lots of stiffness from side – not quite hard boot, but getting close! I usually keep my boot uppers loose to allow for more articulation – even with them loose the boots were very stiff. Perhaps the stiffest part of the boot was towards the toes – they did not give at all there and were hard to get our feet into the first few times. (Note – I have bad feet that don’t bend well anyway.)

After a few days of touring and several evenings of wearing them, they have broken in to what we think is a supportive, stiff (yet flexible enough) and functional boot. The build quality is top notch. The profile is reduced more than any other splitboard boot and the streamlined profile is a nice change of pace from having steps/laces/adjustments everywhere. This might just be the best splitboard boot yet.
check out the video review - http://engearment.com/snowboarding/splitboarding/thirtytwo-mtb-jeremy-jones-boot/

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I used to were only merino wool as a base layer, but switched this year as I learned that merino, as awesome as it is, is not a good sun block. So I switched back to poly shirts and this has been the go to shirt now for most of my split boarding and snowboarding days. It fits well, is lightweight and breathes very well.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

save some weight and feel great
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been testing these out this season and really like them. They not only save some weight, but they fit better than most straps - even ones that are nice and cushy. Hard to explain, but it just feels better. In fact, I went inbound snowboarding yesterday (with union bindings - T Rice) which I used to love for the cushioning, and wanted to go back to the Karakoram bindings as they felt better. So I did and had a great time. Progression in split boarding. Nailed it.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I keep these in my messenger bag on bike commutes incase it rains or snows. They pack up very small and are legit 3 layer AND stretch! Super comfy. Just wore them to go fat bike in a blizzard and they were perfect. The cuff is great for biking as its not baggy at all, although you can unzip it to get a little more room if neccesay. Its not enough to get over a snowboard boot at all, but thats not a big deal (plenty of other great options for that). They breath great too. I think these are the best packable waterproof pants I have ever used (and I have used way too many). NOTE - I had to return the large for an extra large. I am no usually a XL. 6'1" 195b 33"waist 32" seem. Ope that helps you decide on what size to get.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on November 28, 2015

Burly skin
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using the the Jones Universal skins (red ones) from last year and know those very well. These are different in 3 ways: 1) they are a mix of mohair and nylon - so they are supposed to offer more grip as well as more glide. 2) they have a rubber backer that is supposed to keep water from permeating the skins 3) the biggest difference I noticed is the glue - it sticks to the splitboard well, but does not seem to stick to itself too much. Which is kind of nice so you are not ripping your arms out of the socket trying to pry them apart :) The hardest part (not really, just take your time doing it) is cutting the skins and attaching the tail clip. I made an instructional video on how to do it and I will have a video review up soon as well as have a more detailed review up on Engeament.com

Until then, I think these are great skins. I loved last years Jones skins, so I expect I will (and hopefully you!) love these too.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a weather resistant, durable, reflective, stylish bike commuter back pack to cary the tools I need to for a day at the office. The bag needed to have a dedicated laptop sleeve, hopefully an iPad sleeve, at least one water bottle sleeve, organizing pockets for pens, business cards, pens, cables and a jacket and pants. A pretty tall order and one that had yet to be met. Until I found the North Face Kaban Charged Laptop Backpack. This thing is a game changer. I will elaborate on why.

it is very well made and constructed material (900 Denier Polyester with PVC coating)
It has a perfect sleeve for a laptop — providing major cushioning as well as securely holding the device
It has a dedicated tablet sleeve, in addition to the laptop sleeve
it has amazing organizing pockets that are actually useful
It has a felt lined sunglass pocket
It carries weight very well, especially when biking.
it has reflective material impregnated in the material on all sides
the straps are cushioned as well as the back panel
the bag usually stand up on its own, pretty cool

Basically, it's the best dang bag I have tested for these needs. It does come with a removable charging device — intended to be used to charge cell phones and possibly tablets. Personally, I carry a much more effective device with me at all times that has much more current and can charge 2 iPads at once. I cannot fault North Face for this, they did make the charging device. I took it out and made use of the pocket for other things.

Check out our video review for more detail - https://vimeo.com/142920978

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I picked up both colors of these boots - they are that good. They are waterproof and very well built. The styling is awesome as well. I am on the fence between size 11 and 11.5 with most boots, went with an 11 on these and it was the right call. They are nicely padded and ampily cushioned. They come with 2 sets of different color laces to mix up your style. Took a chance on these (over going with my go to Salomons) and very glad I did. Stoked to support these guys and their product. The grip is very catching (in a good way!) I feel like these are going to last me several seasons of hard use.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have put several days on these. Including back to back days, hut trips and all kinds of snow and ice. These things just work and work well. Very impressed. They don't wet out, they climb as good as any skin I have used (and thats a lot of skins) and glide well. The tip and tail connectors are my favorite yet (including some new connectors coming out next year), you can adjust the tension very easily. They pack up smaller than other skins (probably because of the mohair). I just love these. I have 3 other skins in the truck and keep reaching for these for every tour. Get them. Don't look back, just do it! Check out my video review on Engearment dot com.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

call me a dirt bag
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cause I love these gloves! I used these things all the time for skinning, hanging out and resort snowboarding. They are plenty warm for most days (down to 20 or so) breath well and are durable. They are easy on thanks to the elastic cuff. That is a big deal when you are putting wettish hands in and don't want to fuss with Velcro or other kinds of cuffs. They just work and work well. I have used so many other gloves, its not even funny, just check my reviews. Get your dirt bag on!

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Sean Sewellposted an image about on January 17, 2015

Tail clips received and installed

After 3 tries of ordering and many nice gear heads talked too, I received the tail clips. Got them installed. Not the best installation, but I have only put on 2 other sets of tail clips am not that good at installing rivets. Now to test them tomorrow morning :) They feel nice, the fibers seem softer than nylon. Stoked to see how they perform!

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on December 31, 2014

Does not come with Tail Clips!
4 5

I ordered these skins, 3 times, each time assured that they came with the tail clip (as shown on the Jones website, on the bag (picture included) and description. As far as the quality of the skins, I am sure they are the best. I have used Pomoca skins before (they make K2 skins as well) and they are amazing. I have used 3 kinds of G3, Black Diamond, Voile and BCA. These Jones skins look like they may be absolutely awesome. They are the first 100% mohair skin I have owned, so I am excited to see how they glide and climb. Just need the dam tail clips!! I talked with the very nice gear heads 5 times to clarify that these skins should come with tail clips. I included pic to help everyone out in understand what SHOULD be included in the set up. So - just a heads up - I would not order these until they can get the tail clips in the package. We got the gear heads, warehouse, Jones and warrenty department trying to sort this out. Hopefully soon so us split boarders can enjoy another quality Jones product! Happy new year to everyone!

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on October 22, 2014

Great, adjustable grip, well made
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these for a few weeks on a 29 and Fat bike. I love that you can adjust them in several ways as Sage (You are the Man!) mentioned. I find that out of the box and adding the 2 sets of additional screws is sufficient. They are very well made, very adjustable and have a nice curve to them that feels anatomically correct. Looking forward to using them this winter on the fat bike!

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on September 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I wear these shorts all the time. They are light, stretch a bit, have decent pockets, pack up nicely to keep in the truck, are great to work out in, lougne in and even swim in. I am really impressed that they have not faded at all after swimming in them all summer. Easy to take care of and easy to wear. I picked up a few pair to have a nice rotation. They won't let you down. I am size 33" waist and the Large fit great. Medium fit ok, but I have big legs and butt. If you have no junk in the truck then it might work out for you .

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on September 13, 2014

Best Flip Flop yet!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I went on a mission to find the best flip flop this summer. This came out on top after trying 10+ different kinds of floppy floppies. First, they are very supportive in the arch - that was the main thing I was looking for. Second, they are cush, but not too cush - you don't feel like you are walking on pillows but its has plenty of cushioning. Third, they are light. Fourth, they are tuff - I keep a pair in my truck at all times and camp in them, treck in creeks with them, swat wasps, use as a getto frisby (who throws a shoe....A. Powers) and after training its nice to put on a supportive, comfortable, open toe shoe. Others that did not make the cut - quicksilver (too flimsy, not enough arch) other reefs were good (Fanning - too heavy) Rodeo (awesome but not that durable) and leather Macado (not enough cushioning in heel, but classy) XS1 (too heavy) and a bunch of random flip flops from Sanuck, Teva and others. Yes, I am picky, and if you are too - these are your flip flops :)

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on September 13, 2014

Works great for under helmet
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We grabbed 3 of the Colorado Flag Buffs and stuck them under our mountain bike helmets. Used them on the Commando Run behind Vail last week.Worked very well ! Never felt them on, kept sweat from running into our eyes and dried really fast. We use them in the gym to keep sweat off our faces and for the ladies - it works great at keeping hair out of the way too! Once they come back in stock I am going to buy a 20 for clients as a present. Lots of great flags to choose from and great quality. I tried the ALO yoga (to thick) Salomon (to loose) and the Buff headband (equally good, if not better - but does not yet come with Colorado Flag). Enjoy your adventure with style, sans sweat in your eyes!

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on June 27, 2014

Cool product!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up 2 pair of these (L/XL) and (S/M) to try out. The SM were to small to get over my elbow. The LXL fit great but fall down a bit over time around the bicep, which is kind of frustrating as my biceps are not that small (15") As far as function goes, these are great. 1) they offer sun protection that won't wear off in the water or after use 2) they actually cool down when moisture is present, either from sweat or water in general. I use them for fly fishing, hiking above tree line and anytime I will be out in the sun and don't want to keep reapplying sun screen.

Plus they look pretty cool. Below you can see them working well, the next photo shows them falling down around the bicep. Not that big of deal, but might create a really interesting tan line :)

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on June 27, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was looking for a thin merino beanie and love Smartwool garmets. I have a medium head and this thing would not even come to my ears. I hoped it would fit my wife (and she has a really small head) and it was too small for her. Might be good for kids? I could not find a weight of the material, but it feels like it is much thinner than 150gm. Plus side is that it is very lightweight.

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Sean Sewellwrote a review of on May 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I picked these up in hopes of using them on a 166 Venture Storm Splitboard. I talked with a gear guru who recommended them but they did not seem to want to fit on the deck. Now the nose is a bit more pointy than most boards, so that could really be the issue, but even when I tried to line it up it was pretty far off. Maybe too far off for comfort for most boards. The skins themselves looked like they were well made, had very nice long hairs and strong glue. So this review is a bit of a wash. I am sure the skins are great for skis, but not a good fit for my particular splitboard. Maybe others have had better luck?

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