How to dress for cross-country skiing?

To make the most of your cross-country skiing runs without being to hot, too cold or having damp clothing, it’s important to go for technical garments specially developed specifically for cross-country skiing and take into account two criteria:your intensity level and the weather conditions. Check out all our advice to choose the right clothing!

How to dress for cross-country skiing?
How to dress for cross-country skiing?

1 - CHOOSE CLOTHING DESIGNED FOR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING!

Nordic skiing or cross-country skiing is an endurance sport with a wide variation in body temperature that is practised in wintry conditions.

Unlike downhill skiing, which alternates between numerous static (during ski lifts) and dynamic phases, cross-country skiing is a so-called "active" sport which means there is constant movement.There is a varied level of intensity according to the steepness of the terrain or quite simply the intensity of your style.
For cross-country skiing, forget about your downhill skiing outfit as well as clothing that is too big and lets cold air in and cotton material that holds moisture and doesn’t dry quick enough!

To avoid being too hot, too cold or getting wet on the slopes, it’s important to choose technical clothing suitable for cross-country skiing that provide excellent temperature regulation.These are breathable, protective garments that provide good freedom of movement.

2- DECIDE ON
YOUR LEVEL

The different styles of ski touring - "recreational", "sport" or "performance",
require different support when it comes to warmth, breathability and windproofing.
That’s why it’s important to assess frequency, intensity and your practice level to choose the right material for your needs

3- ADAPT YOUR OUTFIT
TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Windy, snowy or even sunny days...cross-country skiing can be practised in so many weather conditions.Obviously, you need to adapt your cross-country skiing outfit to the weather conditions but that’s it!Your choice of outfit depends on two things: the weather + intensity of your effort.

For example, on a "cool" day, an advanced skier would simply wear a technical base layer with a lightweight, windproof jacket, whereas a beginner at low intensity would tend to wear a warm jacket.Remember that you warm up quickly in cross-country skiing so even if you are worried about being cold, don't wrap up too much as you could end up having to "carry" your jacket along with you for your entire run.Go for quality and the right choice of clothing rather than quantity!


KEEP YOUR TOP HALF WARM THANKS TO THE 3-LAYER SYSTEM!

When practising cross-country skiing, you have to manage the warmth and moisture created by effort, at the same time protecting yourself from the outdoor weather conditions such as the wind, cold and snow.
The 3-layer system is perfectly adapted for this sport as it keeps your body dry and warm and protects you from wintry weather conditions.
It’s the overlapping of layers for a clearly defined function:

Don't forget to protect yourself!

To choose your perfect cross-country skiing outfit, you need to take into account
your level and your intensity as well as the weather conditions.
Depending on these criteria, you can combine products to suit you!

To stay warm, don't forget the 3-layer system and protect your body's extremities:hands, feet and head!

Then you can enjoy your cross-country skiing run without having wet clothing and without being too hot or too cold!

How to dress for cross-country skiing?

VINCENT

product manager for the INOVIK brand

" Product manager for the INOVIK cross-country skiing brand, above all I’m a passionate skier! It’s by watching and listening to you during my cross-country skiing runs that I find my inspiration to develop future products."
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