Sean Sewell

Sean Sewell

Colorado - In the BC, on the water, in a stream, by the campfire, toasting in the sun and playing in the snow.

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Michael's Passions

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

Michael's Bio

I am a personal trainer, TRX instructor and sports nutritionist at Colorado Personal Fitness. I love helping people get into shape to enjoy life outside and explore our beautiful world. I am also a gear freak, I try out all kinds of gear and try to report back the good, bad and the ugly. Mostly good though, I mean how bad of a time can you have outside?? Anytime I can get out with clients, friends or strangers and try new adventures is my personal nirvana. Hopefully our paths cross in the future!

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Sean Sewell wrote 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 Sewell wrote 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 Sewell wrote 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 Sewell wrote 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 Sewell wrote 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 Sewell wrote 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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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used these only a handful of times, but I really like them. I had the BC branded G3 Alpinist skins before. These are a little thicker, hairs are a little longer and come with nice skin savers. I am looking forward to using them more and hopefully they are more traction as they claim to be. I was able to use them to around 25 degree angle, maybe more, before they started slipping. IT is quite possible that my skinning technique needs improving :) They seem to be very well built and have been over several kinds of temps, snow, rocks (crappy trail) and mud with no complaints.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These worked as well as my buddies G3 Alpinist (as they should cause they are the same) as well as K2 Splitboard skins and as far as I can tell they work as well the the G3 High traction skins (though I have not had exactly the same conditions to compare them too, just the same angle and trail). They do not come with a fancy skin saver (just a thin piece of plastic, that works) but for the price they are a steal. Plus maximum Goat stoke! So cool.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

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

I have used and abused these shorts for years now. I work in them (Personal Trainer), play in them in the mountains, relax in them at home, wear them all the time. After years of use and washes they have some pilling but I am surprised that they have not ripped, faded or fallen apart in any way. The DWR is still going strong, they don't stain easy and move with you so well, better than gym shorts. I have 3 pair of pants and 3 pair of these 12" shorts. I also have Prana Zion pants and shorts and those come in a not so close 2nd. There is no 3rd place though. Just these pants and shorts - all the time. Plus they are a great company doing great things. Buy a few pair.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

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

I have used and abused these pants for years now. I work in them (Personal Trainer), play in them in the mountains, relax in them at home, wear them in summer and winter. After years of use and washes they have some pilling but I am surprised that they have not ripped, faded or fallen apart in any way. I have 3 pair of pants and 3 pair of the 12" shorts. I also have Prana Zion pants and shorts and those come in a not so close 2nd. There is no 3rd place though. Just these pants and shorts - all the time. Plus they are a great company doing great things. Buy a few pair.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used so many boots in the last few years (seriously, look at some of my reviews on them). I alternate between these in size 11 and the K2 UFO in size 11. The Maysis are actually a few ounces lighter! They articulate at the ankle better, are just a little softer than the UFO (which is a good thing for most people), have great traction, are easy to use and adjust and fit really well. They may be a tad wider than the UFO but that is probably an ok thing for most folks. I have used these 10 times inbounds and 5 times in the backcounty, hiking, skinning, potholing and snowshoeing. At the current price it is a no brainer, even at full price you can not find a better overall boot for most people. I would recommend the boot to any snowboarder, at any level that wants a medium to medium stiff boot. These beet out Burton SLX, Burton ION, Burton Hail, Ride, Salomon Dialoge, Malumute and probably a few others that I am forgetting. Just buy them already.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I actually have the 11/12 version of this (without the tweekend tip and tail) and have used it several times - with the stock Voile kit as well as Spark Burner bindings (also 11/12 model) and LT Pin system. I am 6'1" 200lb and have the 162. Used with Burton SLX, K2 UFO and other boots, all sized 11. This board is very well designed! The skins are the best I have ever used. They are made be a Swiss company and they skin up anything. Better than the Voile, BD or G3 Aplinist skins. Plus you get the standard Voile kit, all you need is your snowboard bindings and you are set. Pretty sweet. You can not go wrong with this kit if you are getting into the sport. I lent it to a buddy today for his first time splitting and he kicked my butt up the hill (thanks to the great skins this comes with) was able to transition to ride mode quickly and had a blast on the way down. The flat base to rockered nose and tail are easy to climb with and even better to ride with! I have used a few other split boards (Voile Mojo 162 and Venture Storm 166) and the K2 was the easiest to control, the lightest construction and idiot proof. Seriously. The skins are already cut for you, there are specific holes for the skins to attach to thus eliminating any possible misalignment, comes with awesome skin savers, nice pouch to store them in and all the gear you need to get out there. And at the price it is currently at its a steal! Go get your avy training, beacon, shovel, probe, compactor poles and this kit and enjoy the journey!

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

Smaller inside height than I thought
4 5

I have not used this outside yet, but set it up inside (as best as possible, it is not freestanding). I hoped it would be 43" tall on the inside but it is only 37-38". The inner tent is suspended from the outer tent so in theory, the outer tent would be 43" tall. The vestibule is huge (as you would see from the layout). I really like the design and it looks like (at least on paper) a Hilleburg Nammatj 3. Of course it is not the same crazy awesome fabric as the Hille (sylnylon Kerlon 1800), but it does resemble it stat wise (both are 40D body but 70D floor for Marmot and 100D floor for Hille). If it is in fact a Hille knockoff, or inspired, then it should be a great tent. If not, we will see. I will try to get it out this weekend to actually test it. Not a whole lot of info out there on it and nothing on the Marmot website, so fingers crossed :)

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am not a vest guy, at all. I carry a backpack (so many different backpacks! I am a freak for gear) I like to carry water, extra gloves, hunks of bison, a pepperoni, maybe some bagels, screwdriver, gummy stone, skins, extra goggle (ever break a goggle in the middle of the day? It sucks!) and who knows what else winds up in my backpack and pockets. I gave up the backpack for a month this year, tried carrying pepperoni and bottle of water in my bibs. Awkward as hell I tell you. Then I saw this crazy vest and gave it a shot. I have several days with it now and am converted! It does not swing around like a backpack can (even with a full 100oz camelback) it holds everything tight on your body. Which can be weird when you have too much stuff in the pockets, so I learned to separate out the bison from the sausage, then goggles from the keys and so forth. Now they all have a home, and travel nicely on me. Plus is looks kind of cool. Get lots of heads turned when I whip out a hose from the shoulder, to wash down my random sandwich and swap out gloves. It just works. I have not tried carrying shovel, probe and bc gear (still have a dedicated BD Avalung pack for that) but for resort days when you need to keep liquid and some back up crap with you, it does very well. It was restrictive at first (not used to having such a tight fitting, loaded vest on) but after one run in the trees I was sold on this. No straps flailing in the wind or grabbing branches and lot of organization potentials. Its a really great idea and I love it. I have the L/XL and am 6'1" 200lb.

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Stoic Paragon but will add a review here anyway (as I believe they are the same glove). These a really great gloves. They are warm enough (down to 15 or so) don't absorb water much (I do treat them to snow seal every so often) breath well enough for warm days and fit like a, wait for it,,,,,, a glove. I use these for snowboarding, driving, dog walking (and dog crap picking up) and all the other things you can do outside. They have a nice low profile, fit under a cuff and close up nicely. I alternate between these and the Stoic Duke (looks like the bc wasatch glove) The only drawback, pun intended, is that when I pull on the glove it engages the strap that seals the cuff around the wrist. This is not really a problem and I appreciate the good cuff closure, just a bit of an inconvenience when you are in a hurry to put on the glove. If you like leather gloves, and like BC (and we all do)then get these. Other gloves I have used like this are the Stoic Dukes, Flylow tough guys and the Black Diamond Dirt Bag. I really like the Dirt Bags but the BC ones are a bit warmer. Either way you can not go wrong!

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Stoic version of these, but will add my 2 cents anyway.... I have used the hell out of these over the last 2 years. I treated them a few times with snow seal and they have kept dry well. I have used them for skiing, snowboarding, driving, camping, flipping steaks on a grill, picking up dog crap (and being able to tie a knot in the bag with the gloves on) and just about every other activity that can be done in the cold. They are comfortable, kind of thick (thicker than the Paragons or Forges) and most importantly - warm. Durable as well. No fraying, rips or malfunctions. Just good gloves!

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a binding for my 165 Lib Tech Skunk Ape that would be supportive, responsive (but not too stiff), absorb some bumps and solid construction. These fit the bill perfectly! They are very well made, the construction is top notch. The ratchets are good, the straps are cush and lock your foot down nice. The foot bed is thick and absorbs a lot of chatter. I was very impressed with that. Most importantly though, it responds when you want/need it to. I never had pressure points or crushed toes from cranking the straps down. They just work, and work very well. It makes you feel more unified with the board. I tried it with K2 UFO and Ride Lasso boots and they both fit perfectly (size 11 boot, size L/XL binding) Very impressed. I feel this binding will allow me to progress better and make the most of the board. I have used Cartels, K2 Company and Auto on the board and they did not come close to the response, comfort and control of these Unions. Well done sir!

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Sean Sewell wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used both the HP and regular versions and they are both incredible. You can not go wrong with either one. I just wanted to save a little weight with this version and it is noticeable lighter. I was riding the Travis Rice Pro 161 for the last 2 years and loved it, but do not ride switch much so I wanted a set back stance, twin board that was bigger - so I grabbed this in a 165. It is just amazing. I float better than the T Rice, probably because the 165 is a better size for me and this is a wide board (though the Rice is a great board and mid wide) I can lurk in the trees and not fear of slowing down in massive snow now. It is so much fun! I mounted Union Factory (thanks again Travis Rice!) and use K2 UFO and Ride Lasso boots with this. It turns when you want it to, floats, butters, carves and brings a smile to my face every time I use it. Its everything I wanted in a board and then some. I loved the T rice board and would recommend it to anyone, but this Skunk Ape fits me better and lets me improve my riding. Either version is great, but if you want to be environmentally friendly and save a little weight (and like sparkles) then this is the version for you. So much fun!

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