Upgrade: Skate Skiing

Fischer RCS Carbonlite Skating Hole Skis

Awkward Euro nomenclature notwithstanding, Fischer's RCS Carbonlite Skating Hole skis are the most powerful (but still crazy light) skis we've ever reviewed. The namesake hole in each tip reduces weight so you can boost your diagonal stride cadence—especially when climbing.

Fischer Racing Xcelerator Skate NIS Bindings

Xcelerator Skate NIS
Fischer Xcelerator Skate NIS Bindings (Courtesy of Fischer)

Pair Fischer's RCS Carbonlite Skating Hole skis with their Racing Xcelerator Skate NIS bindings. The metal (not plastic) closure mechanism helps ramp up the power of your kick.

Alpina Elite Carbon Skate Boots

Elite Carbon Skate
Alpina Elite Carbon Skate Boots (Courtesy of Alpina)

Complete the package with Alpina's Elite Carbon Skate boots. The anatomical carbon-fiber struts that serve as the cuff pour leg power into the ski.

Start SD3 Poles

Start SD3
Start SD3 Pole (Courtesy of Start)

Since they're wound in a 3-D process, Start's SD3 poles are strong where most poles are weak—down by the aero baskets—and stiff where most poles are soft, in the midshaft.

Sugoi Piston 140 Base Layer

Sugoi Piston 140
Sugoi Piston 140 (Courtesy of Sugoi)

The jury may still be out on whether compression benefits performance, but it sure feels good, especially when it's built into a fast-wicking base layer like Sugoi's Piston 140.

Arc'teryx Trino Jersey

Arc'Teryx Trino
Arc'Teryx Trino Jersey (Courtesy of Arc'Teryx)

For outer layers, you can't beat the versatility of Arc'teryx's Trino jersey and the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X SO pants. Both are stretchy and block wind—and both can easily double as cold-weather running or biking layers.

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X SO Pants

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X SO Pants
Gore Bike Wear ALP-X SO Pants (Courtesy of Gore Bike Wear)

For outer layers, you can't beat the versatility of Arc'teryx's Trino jersey and the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X SO pants. Both are stretchy and block wind—and both can easily double as cold-weather running or biking layers.

Hestra Windstopper Action Racing Gloves

Windstopper Action Racing
Hestra Windstopper Action Racing Gloves (Courtesy of Hestra)

A thin sheet of Gore's Windstopper fabric in the Hestra Windstopper Action Racing gloves provides the perfect amount of protection and warmth.

SmartWool PhD Graduated Light Socks

PhD Graduated
SmartWool PhD Graduated Light Socks (Courtesy of SmartWool)

Down low, pull on a pair of SmartWool PhD Graduated light socks.

Swix Earmuffs

Swix Earmuffs
Swix Earmuffs (Courtesy of Swix)

Fully embrace your inner nordic dork with Swix's earmuffs, which keep your ears warm and your body cool when you're hammering away at the climbs.

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