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Selecting Nordic (cross country) skate ski equipment is a process of requirements definition, in other words: "what do you intend to do with the equipment?" Are you a Nordic racer or out for a great workout waiting for the trails to thaw for running...in either case there are certain criteria for skate ski selection to keep in mind:

Selection criteria for Nordic skate ski gear:

  • Skate Skis:  Skate skis are substantially shorter than classic skis as the ski must be short enough to quickly turnover for the next stride and yet provide a stable platform. Skate skis use glide wax but they do not have a kick zone as classic and touring skis use.
  • Wax: Skate skis use only glide wax because the kick or stride is achieved with the side of the ski and not a kick zone as in classic ski.
  • Poles: Nordic or cross country skate poles are longer than classic: place the poles between your lips and chin for typical sizing, however; skier preference might be as high as the eye browses.
  • Bindings: Match the binding to the type of boot: systems consist of a short, metal rod mounted in the toe of the ski boot sole, which clips into a matching ski binding somewhat like a door hinge. Bindings and boots must match--ensure boots and bindings are compatible.
  • Boots: Boots and bindings must match.  Skate boots provide greater ankle support for the skating action. Ensure you select a boot compatible with the type of ski binding you have installed on your skis, i.e. SNS Pilot bindings from Solomon work with several boot manufactures: Salomon, Atomic, Adidas and Hartjes

Bottom Line: Carefully examine how you will use your Nordic equipment throughout the year and select skis, boots and bindings that match!


Alpina BC 1550 Backcountry Boot

The Alpina BC 1550 BC Backcountry Boot has the features you need for a full day of comfortable backcountry touring, like beefy construction and a Thinsulate lined upper section to keep your feet warm ... more info.


Alpina BC 1550 Cross Country Backcountry Boot - Womens

The Alpina Womens BC 1550 NNN Backcountry Boot has the all features, comfort, and stability you need to keep your feet warm and dry during your full days of backcountry touring.


Alpina BC 200 Touring Ski Boot

With its supportive plastic heel counter and super-stable NNN BC sole, the Alpina BC 200 Touring Ski Boot takes you anywhere from deep into the backcountry, to the track near your house.


Alpina BC 200L Touring Ski Boot - Women's

The Alpina Womens BC 200L Touring Ski Boot gives beginning backcountry skiers the comfort, warmth, and extra support that their recreational cross-country boots cant provide.


Alpina BC 2050 Backcountry Boot

Alpinas BC 2050 Backcountry Boot takes care of you when you plan on running into mixed conditions out on the frozen reaches. The BC 2050 tackles long days off the beaten path with its NNN BC outsole ... more info.


Alpina Blazer Touring Boot

If you cant bear to part with your old skis, but your old boots are falling apart, then the Alpina Blazer Touring Boot is your savior. The Blazer Touring Boot has a modern upper and lacing system ... more info.


Alpina Control LW Cross Country Touring Ski

Precise design and feminine flair make up the Alpina Womens Control LW Cross Country Touring Ski. A longer kick zone and softer flex pattern help you get the most control out of your strides.


Alpina Control NIS Cross Country Touring Ski

The Alpina Control Nordic Ski is perfect for a beginner cross country skier. The lightweight ski is easy-to-handle and incredibly durable.


Alpina Eve 10T Touring Boot - Women's

Slip into the Alpina Womens Eve 10T Touring Boot for comfortable nordic touring all day long. The flexible neoprene upper moves with you during each stride while the anatomic shaped footbed cradles ... more info.


Alpina Eve 30 Skate Boot - Women's

The low-cuffed Alpina Womens Eve 30 Skate Boot pushes through anything from a morning jaunt to a weekend comp. With warm Thinsulate insulation, a comfortable womens-specific last, and a NNN racing ... more info.


Alpina Eve 30S Skate/Classic Combi Boot - Women's

Slip your feet into the Alpina Womens Eve 30S Skate / Classic Combi Boot for a womens-specific fit and added comfort. Uppers pulled over a womens last provide a close fit for better performance.


Alpina Eve 30T Touring Boot - Women's

The Alpina Womens Eve 30T Touring Boot takes you over the river and through the woods, in or out of the tracks.


Alpina Eve 40S Skate Boot - Women's

Alpina specifically designed the Womens Eve 40S Skate Boot adds warmth and comfort without losing any performance details. This high-quality boot is specifically designed around the womens last for ... more info.


Alpina Forester Ski

Disappear into the rolling hills with the Alpina Forester Ski. This lightweight touring stick uses full steel edges to give you biting turns and control as you come over the crest and down that open ... more info.


Alpina SR 30 Skate/Classic Combi Boot

Wear the versatile Alpina SR 30 Skate/Classic Combi Boot for additional ankle support whether youre tearing it up on a freshly groomed track or taking it easy classic-style.


Alpina SR 40 Skate Boot

Slip into the Alpina SR 40 Skate Boot, clip in, and experience a bionic connection to your skis.


Alpina ST 10 Touring Boot

With its warm and flexible neoprene upper, the Alpina ST 10 Touring Boot lets you stride freely without sacrificing foot comfort.


Alpina ST 30 Touring Boot

Alpina designed the versatile ST30 Touring Boot to ski as far and as long as your adventures take you.


Alpina Tempest Cross Country Touring Ski

The Alpina Tempest Nordic Ski offers outstanding ski-ability in a no-maintenance package for skiers of all abilities.


Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot

The Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot fits and feels like a cross-training shoe. The user friendly flex and the low price make it a great choice for beginners or anyone who wants to get into the sport.


Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot - Women's

Alpinas TR 25 Touring Boot fits and feels like a womens cross-training shoe. The user-friendly flex and the low price make it a great choice for beginners or women who want to try out a new sport.


Alpina Tracker Cross Country Ski

The Alpina Tracker cross country ski features aggressive Nordic side-cut dimensions and steel edges which make maneuvering in any snow condition a pleasure.


Alpina Woody Ski

Full steel edges on the Alpina Woody Ski give this backcountry stick the bite needed to make turns down the hill without flopping over like a ragdoll. A retro look compliments state-of-the-art ... more info.


Atomic Alea 53 G2 Ski - Women's

Atomic built the Alea 53 G2 Skate Ski for women who ski on and off groomed tracks. A moderate sidecut makes the Alea 53 G2s extremely stable and smooth.


Atomic Boa Skate Boot

Dont sacrifice comfort for performancethe Atomic Boa Skate Boot gives you both. The BOA lacing system evenly distributes pressure, maintains a close fit, and adjusts easily; and an Indifit heel fit ... more info.


Atomic Carbon Sport Ski Pole

Atomic made its Carbon Sport Ski Pole from, um, carbon to make this pole extremely strong and rigid yet lightweight.


Atomic Sport Skate Boot

Whether you have racing ambitions or just want a quality boot to learn in, the Atomic Sport Skate Boot is up to the task.


Atomic Team Skate Ski

Atomic built the slim Team Skate Ski for pros and those who want exceptional performance from their skate skis.


Atomic X-Cruise 40 Boot

From laps around an urban park to cruising along a logging road in the mountains, the Atomic X-Cruise 40 Boot offers exceptional comfort so your Nordic workout can last longer.


Fischer RC Vision Pole

Cruise past the competition with the Fischer RC Vision Pole by your side. Its 20% air carbon shaft provides optimal stiffness without weighing you down.


Fischer RC5 Pole

Finish strong with the Fischer RC5 pole by your side. A 20% air carbon shaft provides stable support and stainless steel tips take a beating for you season after season.


Fischer RC5 Skate Boot

Maximize your performance racing when you wear the Fischer RC5 Skate Boot. Fischers Centrix.2 technology designed the boots last to anatomically fit the form of your foot, increasing both support and ... more info.


Fischer SC SkateCut Ski

What makes the Fischer SC SkateCut Ski so deliciously light, durable, and reasonably priced? The Air Tech core, for starters.


Fischer SCS Skating Ski

The Fischer SCS Skating Ski uses an arrow-shaped sidecut to slice past competition on the track.


Fischer Vision Skate Ski - Women's

The Fischer Womens Vision Skate Ski gives ladies a chance to enter the competitive and fun sport of skate skiing with a ski designed just for them.


Fischer Vision Skating Boot - Women's

Get to the podium faster when you wear the Fischer Womens Vision Skating Boot. World Cup Shell Skating provides orthopedic support while the ladies specific fit gives you more hold, flexibility, and ... more info.


Lole Delight Full-Zip Jacket - Women's

The Lol Womens Delight Jackets wind- and water-resistant fabric and articulated sleeves will have you smiling all the way down the trail.


One Way Diamond 600 AV Nordic Ski Pole

Get into cross country skiing without breaking the bank thanks to the One Way Diamond 600 AV Nordic Ski Pole. A composite shaft and stainless steel tips provide years of lightweight durability.


One Way Diamond 810 Nordic Ski Pole

Lightweight yet strong, the One Way Diamond 810 Nordic Ski Pole speeds you along your way to Nordic nirvana.


Rossignol Alutec Pole

Get a grip on the Rossignol Alutec Pole and hit the trail for a work out. This Nordic XC pole features a racing-style cuff that transfers more energy through the pole so you can push harder and ski ... more info.


Rossignol BC Automatic Nordic Ski Binding

The Rossignol BC Automatic Nordic Ski Binding gives you the power and stability to venture off the beaten path and into the backcountry.


Rossignol BC Magnum Binding

Click into the Rossignol BC Magnum Binding and blow through the backcountry. These burly bindings give you license to breeze through fresh powder while everyone else sinks in it.


Rossignol BC X3 Backcountry Boot

The Rossignol BC X3 Backcountry Ski Boot is the go-anywhere, do-anything boot for the skier that wants versatility. The B3 X3 Ski Boot goes with an NNN BC binding.


Rossignol BC3 FW Boot - Women's

The Rossignol Womens BC3 FW Backcountry Boot are made for skiing half in groomed tracks and half through the woods making your own trail.


Rossignol Evo Action Jr AR Ski

Rossignols Evo Action Jr AR Ski is a tool for your kids to explore city parks or wooded lots.


Rossignol Evo Action Jr AR Ski

Let your kid use the Rossignol Evo Action Jr AR Ski to explore snowy city parks or white mountain trails.


Rossignol F4 NIS Skate Binding

Just step in and youre good to go. The Rossignol F4 NIS Skate Binding uses double grooves so you have plenty of control when youre edging, and a double flexor provides precise flex (flex with ... more info.


Rossignol Harmony XT NIS AR Ski - Women's

Your friend just found a quiet, groomed trail that is unknown to many classic skiers. Throw your Rossignol Womens Harmony XT NIS AR Skis into your truck and head out to meet your buddy for a few ... more info.


Rossignol Max Skating NIS Ski

The Rossignol Max Skating NIS Ski takes intermediate to advanced skiers for smooth long-distance training sessions on the skate track.


Rossignol Saphir Skating NIS W Ski - Women's

Destroy the competition and ski straight to the podium on the advanced- to expert-level Rossignol Womens Saphir Skating NIS W Ski.


Rossignol T4 NIS Automatic Binding

Lock into the Rossignol T4 NIS Automatic Touring Ski Binding for solid lightweight touring beyond the track.


Atomic Pro Race Skate Ski

Gearing up for a 10K skate race? The Atomic Pro Race Skate Skis Semi Beta construction creates torsional rigidity exactly where you need it, ensuring every ounce of energy you put into the ski ... more info.


Fischer Vision Skate Ski - Women's

The Fischer Womens Vision Skate Ski gives ladies a chance to enter the competitive and fun sport of skate skiing with a ski designed just for them.


Rossignol Delta Skating Nordic Ski

Rossignols Delta Skating Ski glides easy for racers who want to spend their time training instead of working overtime to pay for their new skis.


Rossignol Max Skating NIS Ski

The Rossignol Max Skating NIS Ski takes intermediate to advanced skiers for smooth long distance sessions on the skate track.


Rossignol Saphir Skating NIS W Ski - Women's

Destroy the competition and ski straight to the podium on the advanced to expert-level Rossignol Womens Saphir Skating NIS W Ski.


Salomon Elite 8 Vitane Skate SPS Ski

The Salomon Womens Elite 8 Vitane Skate SPS Skis provide a solid and speedy ride for fast-progressing skaters.


Alpina BC 1550 Backcountry Boot

The Alpina BC 1550 BC Backcountry Boot has the features you need for a full day of comfortable backcountry touring, like beefy construction and a Thinsulate lined upper section to keep your feet warm ... more info.


Alpina BC 200 Touring Ski Boot

With its supportive plastic heel counter and super-stable NNN BC sole, the Alpina BC 200 Touring Ski Boot takes you anywhere from deep into the backcountry, to the track near your house.


Alpina BC 200L Touring Ski Boot - Women's

The Alpina Womens BC 200L Touring Ski Boot gives beginning backcountry skiers the comfort, warmth, and extra support that their recreational cross-country boots cant provide.


Alpina BC 2050 Backcountry Boot

Alpinas BC 2050 Backcountry Boot takes care of you when you plan on running into mixed conditions out on the frozen reaches. The BC 2050 tackles long days off the beaten path with its NNN BC outsole ... more info.


Alpina Blazer Touring Boot

If you cant bear to part with your old skis, but your old boots are falling apart, then the Alpina Blazer Touring Boot is your savior. The Blazer Touring Boot has a modern upper and lacing system ... more info.


Alpina Control NIS Cross Country Touring Ski

The Alpina Control Nordic Ski is perfect for a beginner cross country skier. The lightweight ski is easy-to-handle and incredibly durable.


Alpina Diamond Strorm 9 Max Racing Ski Poles

Slip your hands into the Alpina DS 9 Max Racing Ski Poles carbon weave Rabbit strap, hold tight on the cork grips and push your way ahead of the rest of your competitors on the open skate track.


Alpina Discovery Ski

The Alpina Discovery Touring Ski is designed for skiers who want the float and stability of a wide waist but dont want to muscle big gunboats around in the snow.


Alpina Eve 30 Skate Boot - Women's

The low-cuffed Alpina Womens Eve 30 Skate Boot pushes through anything from a morning jaunt to a weekend comp. With warm Thinsulate insulation, a comfortable womens-specific last, and a NNN racing ... more info.


Alpina Eve 40 Skate Boot - Women's

Slip into the Alpina Womens Eve 40 Skate Boots reinforcing high cuff, pull the internal speed laces tight and head out on the skin track for anything from a morning work-out to a full-on competition.


Alpina Eve 50 Touring Ski Boot - Women's

Slip into the Alpina Womens Eve 50 Touring Ski Boot, pull the internal lacing system tight, and get comfortable in the womens-specific last during your next adventure out on the frozen reaches.


Alpina NIS T4 Touring Ski Binding

Rottefellas NNN Touring T4 NIS Ski Binding benefits from the NIS mounting system, which provides drill-free mounting and unparalleled power transmission and energy response.


Alpina Rotefella NNN BC Auto Binding

The Rottefella NNN BC Auto binding is a user-friendly binding thats stable on the track and a breeze to step in and out of. Simply press your ski pole tip into the toe piece for an easy release.


Alpina RS Skate Boot

The Alpina RS Skate Boot is fast on the snow, and its mid-volume fit is comfortable on your feet. The RS features Alpinas Active Skating Cuff, a two-component hard-plastic cuff that provides up to a ... more info.


Alpina SP 40 Skate/Classic Combi Boot

The Alpina SP 40 Skate/Classic Combi Boot is made for people who like to train and ski in comfort. Alpina gave the SP 40 a wide fit through the ball of the foot for comfort and a snug heel to prevent ... more info.


Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot

The Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot fits and feels like a cross-training shoe. The user friendly flex and the low price make it a great choice for beginners or anyone who wants to get into the sport.


Alpina TR 25 Touring Boot - Women's

Alpinas TR 25 Touring Boot fits and feels like a womens cross-training shoe. The user-friendly flex and the low price make it a great choice for beginners or women who want to try out a new sport.


Alpina TR 50 Touring Boot

Head to the local parks trailhead, or make your own tracks off your back porch. The Alpina Mens TR 50 Touring Boot is a warm, comfortable cross-country ski boot that guarantees fun trails are on the ... more info.


Alpina Tracker Cross Country Ski

The Alpina Tracker cross country ski features aggressive Nordic side-cut dimensions and steel edges which make maneuvering in any snow condition a pleasure.


Alpina Vantage XC Ski - Women's

The Alpina Vantage features a deep Nordic sidecut and 3/4 steel edges to conquer the backcountry, and a womens-specific flex pattern to give you the best control and stability possible.


Atomic Fitness 8 Wide G2 Ski

Load the waxless Atomic Fitness 8 Wide G2 Nordic Skis onto your car and head out for that morning workout. This lightweight but stable ski tackles anything from a quick morning jaunt to long weekend ... more info.


Atomic Mountain BC G2 Touring Ski

Take the waxless Atomic Mountain BC G2 Nordic Touring Ski when last nights storm has left you with 8 inches of light goodness and the untouched reaches wake you with their siren song before your ... more info.


Fischer Outtabounds Crown Ski

The Fischer Outtabounds Crown Ski is a true Nordic hybrid ski. Fischers Turning Crown system gives you the traction you need on the uphill without messing up your turns on the downhill.


Fischer Rebound Crown

Theres no need to wallow in the deep stuff when you have the Fischer Rebound Crown touring skis. The S-Deck system gives you extra lift and leverage to help initiate turns, and the turning crown ... more info.


Rossignol BC X3 Backcountry Boot

The Rossignol BC X3 Backcountry Ski Boot is the go-anywhere, do-anything boot for the skier that wants versatility. The B3 X3 Ski Boot goes with an NNN BC binding.


Rossignol BC3 FW Boot - Women's

The Rossignol Womens BC3 FW Skate Boot are made for skiing half in groomed tracks and half through the woods making your own trail.


Rossignol Evo Glade Nordic Ski

When new snow falls, grab Rossignols Evo Glade Nordic skis and get out to enjoy the untracked wilderness.


Rossignol Evo Tour NIS Touring Ski

Intermediate to advance Nordic skiers make their own trail with the Rossignol Evo Tour Positrack NIS Touring Ski.


Rossignol Graphite Nordic Ski Pole

Be faster and more efficientupgrade to Rossignols Graphite Nordic Ski Pole.


Rossignol R4 Skate NIS Binding

The top-of the-line Rossignol R4 Skate NIS Binding locks in advanced to expert skate skiers for competition-level performance on the skate track.


Atlas 7075 Series 3-Piece Trekking Poles - Men's

If youre looking for ultra-lightweight poles for mountaineering summits or snowshoeing day-hikes, grab the Atlas Mens 7075 Series 3-Piece Trekking Poles. These three-piece poles collapse down for ... more info.


Black Diamond Carbon Fiber FlickLock Ski Pole

Black Diamond Carbon Fiber FlickLock Ski Poles are the strongest and lightest poles in the BD line.


Black Diamond FlickLock Adjustable Probe Poles

The Black Diamond FlickLock Adjustable Probe Pole is the ultimate backcountry pole. They will climb, ski and help find your partner under the snow.


Black Diamond Traverse FlickLock Poles

The Black Diamond Traverse FlickLock Poles offer bomber performance and easy adjustment at a price that will make you grin. Light, compact, and perfect for the no-frills BC skier.


Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole

The Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole gives you a bit of extra security when you ski lines where a fall can mean the end of your seasonor worse.

 

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