For skis, a fine all-around ski is the Fischer Rebound Crown ($210). You'll think it looks like a downhill ski, and it doesthe shaped-ski craze hit cross-country a few years ago, so the Rebounds have a deep sidecut that helps with turning. Full metal edges keep a grip when you're on hard crud or traversing. They might be a little wide for some tracks, but I think, on the whole, they'll be fine. A waxless base ensures you don't have to think too much when strapping them on. You can spend more for skis (Karhu Dorado: $275), or less (Madshus Voss Multigrip: $150), and still get adequate performance either way.
Chances are you can shave 10 percent off the combined prices of these items if you buy them all at once. Then make the store give you a new daypack at their sale price. Make 'em earn your hard-won money!
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