How to choose classic cross-country skiing equipment?

Do you want to buy equipment to start classic cross-country skiing or simply renew your equipment?
Here is our advice on how to choose your skis and ski boots for classic cross-country skiing.

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You should choose your equipment for classic cross-country skiing based on the following criteria:your physical condition
and level of ability, the choice of grip system, the compatibility of binding standards between your boots and skis, as well as your body type.

1- DEFINE
YOUR LEVEL OF ABILITY

Before buying your classic cross-country ski equipment, it’s essential to determine your level of ability so that you can choose the equipment best adapted to your needs.

II - CHOOSING YOUR CLASSIC SKIS

Once your level of ability has been determined, you need to consider your choice of grip system. The anti-slide-back system with scales or skins offers ease of use because it doesn’t require looking after or grip waxing.Classic cross-country skis with a waxable sole, on the other hand, provide optimal glide when grip wax is used properly.
Then, you need to ensure the compatibility of the binding standards between your boots and skis:NNN, Prolink, Turnamic...
Finally, you have to choose a ski size and camber adapted to your body type.

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III - CHOOSING YOUR boots

As with the choice of your classic cross-country skis, it’s essential to take into account your level of ability as well as the compatibility of the binding standards between your skis and your boots.There are mixed boot models or specific to female or male body shapes

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III - CHOOSING YOUR poles

Several criteria to consider when choosing your pair of cross-country ski poles:the choice of strap, removable or not, the composition of the plastic or cork handle and the composition of the tube.
Then, you need to choose the length of your poles according to your physique.We recommend taking classic cross-country ski poles that come up to the skier's armpits or using this calculation method:
Skier height x 0.83 = Pole length
Once again, the size of the poles will also depend on your level of ability.
Check out all our tips for choosing your classic cross-country ski poles.

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Cross-country skiing product manager

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PRODUCT MANAGER - CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

"Nordic Cruising" classic cross-country skis are also available, to have fun on the edges of groomed trails. They are wider and shorter skis that are more stable. These skis can also be used by beginners.

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