The Best Nordic Skiing Gear of 2015

Our two favorite skate and classic setups.

Marc Peruzzi

(Inga Hendrickson)
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Our two favorite skate and classic setups.

Marc Peruzzi

One Way Diamond 9 Max Premio poles

Skate Skiing

They’re as light and stiff as any top-end racing pole—a huge endurance advantage—but the Premio ($170) is also insider cool: One Way is an innovative brand that sponsors the U.S. Ski Team.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Rossignol X-ium Skating skis

Skate Skiing

Although the World Cup version is pictured, we were just as impressed with the much more affordable X-ium model ($575). It’s not quite as light as the WC ski, but it made short work of a grueling climb on our test circuit. And like any top ski these days, the X-ium is stable as you shift your weight from ski to ski, and it whips through corners, thanks to just the right amount of sidecut.

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Salomon Carbon Skate Lab boots

Skate Skiing

At one pound, the Skate Lab ($900) is inconceivably lightweight on the foot. But it offers more push-off power than a hockey skate. You have to be really, really into nordic skiing to justify the price, but expect the technology to trickle down to more affordable boots soon.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


CW-X Insulator Endurance Pro tights

Skate Skiing

Supportive bands deliver targeted muscle support. A bit of light insulation helps keep your hams warm. Wear them under soft-shell pants in extreme conditions or alone when temps near 40 degrees. $135, cw-x.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Atomic Sport Skintec skis

Classic

Instead of a wax zone or a fickle fish-scale base, the Skintec ($449) features a seamlessly integrated, replaceable mohair racing skin. It worked efficiently enough for a solid workout in most snow types—bring Globstopper if it’s exceedingly warm—and in most snow conditions it was flat-out fast.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Madshus Hyper RPC boots

Classic

A few years ago, the Hyper RPC ($220) would have served as a high-end race shoe. The last is a little wider to suit newer skiers (especially in cold weather). And the soft-shell material over the laces made it both weatherproof and more breathable than most nordic boots—your feet don’t come out clammy.

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Swix Team TBS Premium Carbon Composite poles

Classic

Poles are expensive and options are good: the interchangeable basket system on the stiff and durable TBS ($300) allows you to skate-ski on firm days and kick-and-glide on soft snow.

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Outdoor Research Afterburner gloves

Hands get hot quickly, which is why you want an airy glove like the Afterburner ($59), which is lightly insulated and dextrous.

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REI Winterflyte 1/2 Zip midlayer


Thanks to thumb loops and a snap-up collar, the stretchy Winterflyte ($80) can double as an outer layer on the warmest days.

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