Shane O'Donnell

Shane O'Donnell

Northern BC

Shane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Shane's Bio

"The mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambitions to achieve. They are my cathedrals, the houses of my religion." - Anatoli Boukreev

Shane O'Donnell

Shane O'Donnell wrote a review of on October 15, 2010

5 5

I thought for sure I was a 5.10 guy and only a 5.10 guy. I own 2 pairs and they fit me very well. But when the toe blew out of my Jet 7's I decided I would try some Sportiva's. And wow.. These shoes wrap my foot perfectly. I have a higher instep, wide forefoot, and mid-narrow heel. My street size is 8 mens (41), I have size 41 Spires, 40 Jet 7s, and decided to size aggressively into a 39 in the Miura. They definitely hurt for the first week or so of climbing, but stretched perfectly.

I have to agree with a fellow reviewer, they really do feel like cheating. My climbing jumped leaps and bounds with the Miura. The sole under the forefoot is a perfect blend of stiff enough to edge on micro-chips, and flexible enough to grab dexterously with your toes. The slingshot rand keeps your foot in great position even when the shoe is bent, and keeps you sucked into the heel. The stiffer section of the shoe ends right where my foot flexes normally, making smears easy and less unnatural feeling to me. That said, the ultra sticky Vibram rubber also helps a lot with that. The 4mm thickness seems to be a good number, since it gives great sensitivity, while so far lasting 2 months of climbing. Speaking of durability, I was told by a partner that the metal loops for the toe velcro have been rumored to rub a lot against the rock and blow out, but so far just some scuff marks on the finish. Heels you ask? Well they are classic Sportiva awesomeness. Hooking with the ball that is the heel of the Miura is easy, there is no dead space, and it has a good coverage of rubber, without gimmicky (to me) ridges. The only thing I wish is that this shoe had a bit more toe coverage, for tricky toe-hooks, as currently it is lacking compared to its Solution cousin.

Honestly, I don't know if my words could do justice to this shoe. But as one of my climbing partners likes to say: "I can't BELIEVE you are standing on that!". That pretty much makes the bill worth it.

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Shane O'Donnell wrote an answer about on September 12, 2010

It would depend on what you ski I would say.
I'm 90kg and 6' and I ski the 185 in steep trees and bowls. You could go for the 175, since you are a lighter guy, and that would be all you needed, but you could also get away with the 185. As for bindings, the Marker Royal Family bindings are really good, if not overpriced, Look/Rossi/Dynastar all preform very well, and Salomon bindings are good. Basically, any clamp that has the DIN you want, and is in your price range, I say go for it.

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Shane O'Donnell wrote an answer about on September 5, 2010

Not while you are skiing. They have a strap that wraps the chin strap, and then snaps that hold it in place. Never have I lost my ear flaps.

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Shane O'Donnell wrote an answer about on August 23, 2010

I find that the Intuition liners take longer to pack out than say a Salomon boot, being a high quality foam. Don't remember exactly how many days it took, but somewhere around 1 to 2 months of straight skiing. Compared to older pairs of boots that took just a couple weeks. Also, they can be reheated to puff them back out.

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Shane O'Donnell wrote an answer about on August 21, 2010

Any boot that fits and has a flex that helps you ski? Hard to just say check out this boot to someone online. Head into a shop and start trying things on. Dalbello makes good boots for people that have a narrow heel and a slightly wider foot box, with customizable flexes. Full Tilt makes custom flexing boots, and fit medium throughout. Salomon makes good price point boots for a wider foot, but the flex isn't customizable. Thats about as much help as I can be without specific information and you actually trying boots on.

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Shane O'Donnell wrote an answer about on August 10, 2010

Dalbello boots are narrower than Salomon's. Like a 98mm last compared to a 102mm. They will feel (in my experience) close to the same in the calf, but the ankle to ball will be tighter. The toe box is comfortably sized for most feet. Size wise, do your Ghosts fit a little loose or sloppy? If so, drop accordingly, Dalbello is slightly smaller but all liners pack out.

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