Nordic Skiing Gear Essentials

Whatever your preference—classic or skate—we've got the goods for you

Nordic Skiing Gear     Photo: Shana Novak

1. ALPINA ELITE SKATE BOOT
Built for pure speed, this super-minimalist boot features a titanium-and-carbon ankle cuff, firm padding, and a waterproof seamless-elastic upper. $399; alpinasports.com

2. MADSHUS NC12 BOOT
Higher-than-normal cuffs and laces offer extra ankle support, meaning more control, while a full composite last and flexible construction make for notable comfort in these recreational touring boots. $125; madshus.com

3. ATOMIC WORLD CUP SKATE SKIS
A honeycomb core of cardboard impregnated with Nomex resin delivers an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. Combining a narrow front end with Atomic's Pilot Race Skate Bindings ($115) makes for a fast yet remarkably stable ski. $600; atomicsnow.com

4. FISCHER RCS VASA
Because these lightweight, carbon-fiber-reinforced poles come as a kit, you can cut them to any length you like and use them for either classic or skate skiing. (Skate poles are cut longer than classic poles.) $239; fischerskis.com

5. ROSSIGNOL MAX CLASSIC NIS AR SKIS
Waxless skis are no longer for beginners only. These lightweight wonders will take you from novice through training and into racing. Mounted with Rossignol's R4 Classic NIS (Nordic Integrated System) Bindings ($105). $259; rossignol.com

6. SWIX X-PLUS GLOVES
These fleece-lined, windproof, water-resistant gloves will keep your digits comfortable in temps from mild to frigid. $36; swixsport.com

7. CRAFT PERFORMANCE XC LITE JACKET
A windproof front and stretchy back and underarms offer temperature control and full mobility for rigorous poling. $110; craftsports.us

8. IBEX MILO PANT
More like loose-fitting tights, with a wind-and-water-resistant nylon-and-Lycra outer and soft merino-wool innards. $220; ibex.com

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