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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 ASC XT Cross Country Ski Pole

Tour out into the wilderness and break trail with the Alpina ASC XT Cross Country Ski Pole practically floating in your hand.


Alpina ASC BC Pole

Alpina designed the ASC BC Pole to be lightweight, simple, and versatile. The cork grip wont allow your hand to get too cold and the oversized baskets keep the pole from sinking into the deep powder.


Alpina ASC ST Cross Country Ski Pole

Get the most pleasure out of the natural beauty that surrounds you on a cross-country trail with the strong, yet lightweight Alpina ASC ST Cross Country Ski Pole.


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 50 Backcountry Boot

Leave the track for the weekend traffic and carve your own path into the wilderness with the Alpina BC 50 Backcountry Boot on your foot.


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 NIS Nordic Ski provides a lightweight, stable platform for spending long hours on the trail.


Alpina Discovery Touring Ski

The Alpina Discovery Touring Ski lives for secret glades, tight trees, and off-trail tours.


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 10T Touring Boot - Women's

Thats why we recommend the Alpina Womens Eve 10T Touring Boot to hit your goals or to just have a good-old fun time out there.


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 30S Skate/Classic Combi Boot - Women's

Draw the insulated Alpina Womens Eve 30S Skate/Classic Combi Boot around your feet before a chilly afternoon track tour or skate. A hinged ankle cuff wrapped around a womens-specific last brings ... more info.


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 30T Touring Boot - Women's

Exhale a sigh of relief as you slip into the ladies-specific last of the Alpina Womens Eve 30T Touring Boot. Alpina insulated the 30T so your feet stay warm on even the chilliest tours.


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 Eve 40S Skate Boot - Women's

The intermediate-level Alpina Womens Eve 40S Skate Boot sets you up with a high-performance skate platform plus the added comfort and warmth to keep you training longer.


Alpina Lite Terrain Ski

The Alpina Lite Terrain Ski glides along the trails, climbs like a goat, and lives for technical descents.


Alpina SR 30 Skate/Classic Combi Boot

The Alpina SR 30 Skate/Classic Combi Boot gives you the support for skate skiing and the comfort for long tours off the track.


Alpina SR 40 Skate Boot

The Alpina SR 40 Skate Boot mixes the race-ready technology from Alpinas RS series with the added insulation and padding of Thinsulate synthetic material.


Alpina ST 10 Touring Boot

The warm neoprene upper of the Alpina ST 10 Touring Boot provides a great deal of flex for maximum comfort during strides.


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 Tracker Ski

Thanks to the sidecut and full steel edges, the Alpina Tracker Ski embodies the true meaning of a cross country quiver.


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.


Alpina X Terrain Ski

The Alpina X Terrain Ski is like the centaur of the cross country world. A short length and Alpine-esque sidecut means this beauty turns like a Telemark ski, yet it can climb with the best of them.


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 Pilot Sport Classic Ski Binding

Lighweight, Simple, User-friendly. Those are the perfect words to describe the Pilot Sport Classic Ski Binding by Atomic. Nothing super-fancy going on here, just simple light weight reliability.


Atomic Pilot Sport Skate Ski Binding

Step in to the automatic Atomic Pilot Sport Skate Ski Binding to enjoy long glides and comfortable control through the epic winter wilderness.


Atomic Pilot Sport Ski Binding - Women's

The Atomic Womens Pilot Sport Ski Binding is a simple step-in binding that provides excellent stability and control for the recreational cross-country skier.


Atomic Race Skate Medium Ski

When theres nothing left between you and the finish line besides the Norwegian powerhouse gunning for first, rely on the Atomic Race Skate Medium Ski to transfer your energy into enough speed to ... more info.


Atomic Rainier SL Ski

Heheyou laugh to yourself as your buddy slides backwards down the groomed track. With the waxless pattern on the Atomic Rainier SL Skis, you glide right on up the slight incline. Looks like you wont ... more info.


Atomic Sierra Positrack Ski

Let the spando-suckers chase each around other groomed tracksyoure taking the Atomic Sierra Positrack Skis into tranquil rolling hills.


Atomic Sport Skate Boot

You want high-quality skate gear from the get-go. Or maybe youre a pro looking for a comfortable alternative to race-boots for your training sessions. Grab the Atomic Sport Skate Boot and gp take ... more info.


Atomic Sport Touring Ski Pole

Atomic built the Sport Touring Ski Pole from Aluminum for stiffness, strength and low weight.


Atomic Sport Touring Ski Pole - Women's

Atomic designed the Womens Sport Touring Poles to be lightweight and ergonomically correct. Aluminum shafts lighten the weight and stiffen the poles, and smaller grips work well with a gals hands.


Atomic Team Skate Ski

Atomic built the Team Skate Ski with ultra-high density Desolite foam, which gives the Team extremely light weight and direct power transmission.


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.


Atomic X-Cruise 40 Boot

Atomic designed the XCruise 40 Boot with all the comfort and support you will need for a fun day at the Nordic track or an epic overnighter miles into the backcountry.


Atomic XCruise 53 G2 Ski

Atomic created the XCruise 53 G2 to be a go-anywhere, do-anything, maintenance-free ski thats equally at home on a groomer or in the backcountry.


Crispi Antartic Boot

Get back to your telemark roots with the ultra-comfortable Crispi Antartic Telemark Ski Boot. Enjoy the unmatched comfort of synthetic leather uppers while you tour the backcountry.


Fischer Country Crown Ski

The intermediate-level Fischer County Crown Skis smooth, stability-enhancing 8-milimeter sidecut and tough-but-forgiving wood core combine to serve up go-anywhere, ski anything Nordic utility.


Fischer E99 Crown Ski

While your friends flop around on their edge-less XC twigs, youll poach the best lines on the Fischer E99 Crown Skis.


Fischer Outbound Crown Ski

Next time youre forced to go downhill on your cross-country skis, dont collapse in terror. Fischer created the Outbound Crown Ski with edges so you would have control on descents.


Fischer Racing R3 Skate Binding

There is nothing more frustrating than having equipment that doesnt perform well, so this winter smack the lightweight Fischer Racing R3 Skate Binding on your Nordic set-up for ultimate performance.


Fischer RC3 Skate My Style Boot - Women's

Fischer designed the RC3 Skate My Style Boot specifically for women whose skill and athleticism require the finest fit and performance in their Nordic ski set up.


Fischer RC5 Ski Pole

Enjoy a champagne victory celebration with the Fischer RC5 Pole next to you. The air carbon shaft balances swing weight, while the XC Pro strap comfortably cradles your hand from start to finish.


Fischer Snowbound Ski

The Fischer Snowbound Ski lives for steeper terrain and the occasional downhill turn, but this beefy Nordic ski wont shirk from long flats and deep exploration.


Fischer Vision Classic Binding - Women's

With the Fischer Womens Vision Classic Binding youll be able to maneuver the course the way you want.


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.


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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