Nordic Skiing

Classic or skate? Either way you'll go fast with the latest—and best—Nordic gear.

    Photo: Jens Mortensen

1. Fischer RCS Carbonlite Skating
By employing a new carbon-fiber laminate in both the tip and tail, these ultralight skate skis weigh just 17.5 ounces apiece. Translation: You'll fly. $599; fischerskis.com

2. One Way Diamond Storm 10Max Titanium Poles
The cork grip and wrist straps are the comfiest around, and the lightness and stiffness are World Cup–worthy. $289; alpinasports.com

3. Madshus Race RPS Skate Boots
The fiberglass lasting board makes sure all your energy transfers to the ski, while the anatomical cuff and heat-moldable upper increase lateral support and prevent blisters. $249; madshus.com

4. Atomic Race Carbon Classic Boots
Light and comfortable, they're flexible where they need to be and, thanks to a carbon plate, rigid underfoot. But the real kicker is the easy-on/easy-off Quick Lace system. $289; atomicsnow.com

5. Patagonia Wind Track Pullover
Smart touches like thumb loops and swaths of fleece that cover your lats make this trim-fitting, windproof pullover our go-to top. $135; patagonia.com

6. Rossignol X-ium Classic C2 AR NIS
One setup, all conditions: This top-notch waxless ski has a solid kick and fast glide. Plus, thanks to its double camber and super-strong fiberglass construction, it's stable in variable snow. $580; rossignol.com

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