Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers

Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise

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Steve's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Paddling

Steve's Bio

Somewhat new to the skimo race scene, currently in my 2nd year on Canadian team. Coached in 2 Olympics in XC skiing. But greatest coaching joy is watching my 2 daughters fall in love with the sport. 30 years in the elite wave of the US Birkebeiner

Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

2 5

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

Loved the original Hoka Mafate, so I purchased the Bondi. I ran them in the mountains and they really only lasted 4 weeks. The uppers tore out and the outsoles quickly wore down. For a 170$ shoe it's a terrible waste of money. I'll never do it again.

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Steve Sellers wrote a review of on September 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for most the summer now. Stiff, responsive, med. cushioned shoe. I mostly run/hike up peaks. These shoes have really handled the rough, rocky terrain well. They're tough! Front bumper works great. Soles are nice and sticky w/ lugs that very effectively give great traction. They're the best trail shoes I've ever had. As the previous reviewer mentioned, they might run a tad small, though my usual size 9 worked fine (even w/ new 1st time orthotics).

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Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers wrote a review of on August 19, 2013

5 5

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

It?s a new day in running for me. 1) I began doing mountain runs almost exclusively (I live in the Canadian Rockies). 2) Due to a chronic inflamed metatarsus, I got fitted for orthotics. 3) Immediately after getting the orthotics I purchase a pair of Vertical K?s

Both at the orthotic shop (for the Orthotics) and at the running store (for the Vertical K?s), they said to work into higher mileage gradually. So, not taking their advice I went for a 5 hour mountain run the next day. Here?s my take on the Verts:

Unbelievably light shoe. It felt like there was nothing on my feet except for cushioning underfoot. The Lycra uppers hug my foot like a slipper. Not even a hint of hotspot or blister on my inaugural 5 hour jaunt. I?ve never worn such a comfortable shoe. It?s unreal. On the down side, despite what the official word is and the take from other reviewers, there?s not enough padding for mountain running. Granted, I live in the Rockies, and those trails are rocky indeed... also considering that my previous 2 pairs of runners were Hoka?s, There's still not enough padding. UNLESS, one wears a pair of orthotics. The additional stiffness provided the protection that I needed, plus probably made up for some of the extreme flexiness of the non-supportive uppers (I?ve always felt that ?motion control? is unnecessary-if one has proper running form-and is mostly marketing hype).

I?ve got a couple 50k trail races coming up. I can?t wait to toe the line with these babies.

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Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers wrote an answer about on November 19, 2009

use a heat gun. there also is specific glue for baskets. It's easier to work w/. Cut from the top as the bottom will be tapered and you'll change the diameter needed for your roller ski ferrules. Swix usually use a 10mm dia. Just go easy on the cork with the heat so you don't burn it

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Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

4 5

This boot isn't Atomic's full on race boot. However, it may be their best skate boot. I've never felt so stable and balanced on skis b4. The footbed, plus the insole combine to give an unbelievably balanced feel. The boa lace system is cool too. You can bend down while flying down the track and adjust your boot without stopping! I may add some padding under the tongue. I tend to really crank the boa system and that can cause some discomfort.

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Steve Sellers

Steve Sellers wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

4 5

Backcountry.com rules!!! I can't believe they're selling these! I got mine last year in Italy while racing at the Euro Champs. I bought them at the gear fair, but a Scarpa tech was right there and immediately they went to work and replaced the top strap with a kevlar rope system attached to the lever in the back. It would've taken me hours to do what they did in 10 minutes. It reduces the weight even more. Additionally, I found that the fabric tongue did not give enough cushioning from the buckle strap, so this summer I made up a carbon fiber tongue. With padding it only added 10g per boot. Finally, I'll add that the fwd. lean is adjustable. It took me awhile to figure this out. the 2 screws on the back lever give you 3 positions of fwd. lean.

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