Category Archives for Gear

All About Classic Skis

There are 3 parts to this article: Quick Facts About Classic Skis How to Find Your Wax Pocket Waxable vs Waxless Classic Skis 1. Quick Facts About Classic Skis Classic skis come in two varieties: waxable and waxless. Waxable skis need 2 kinds of wax: kick or grip wax and glide wax. Waxless skis don’t need kick wax, […]

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All About Skate Skis

Skate skis are fit to the skier’s weight and height. You shouldn’t buy a skate ski that extends much above your head or below your nose when held vertically in front of you.

The entire base of a skate ski is smooth and should be regularly glide waxed.

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Boots and Bindings

The most important thing to consider when buying ski boots is comfort.
Skate boots should fit a little snugger than classic boots, but both should feel comfortable when you walk around the store.
Skate boots have a high ankle cuff. Classic boots are cut lower.

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Smart Ways to Save Money on Gear

We recommend you buy the best gear you can afford because there are performance advantages to quality gear and you definitely get what you pay for.

But you shouldn’t spend money you don’t have and we know everyone has to work within a budget. What follows are the best ways we know for saving money but still enjoying quality equipment.

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Buying Advice

If you want to ski the way we describe here on the Cross Country Ski Technique website, you should buy the best race equipment your budget will afford and buy it from a real cross-country ski shop, not a general sports store.

Don’t choose the “best deal”, choose the best gear you can afford. Think of the cost as being spread over many, many ski days, over many, many years, and you’ll know that investing in high quality gear is something you’ll never regret.

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