World Cup skinny-ski gear for your local skate track.
Bridgedale Vertige Light Socks
The merino Vertiges mix polypropylene to wick moisture and Lycra for a snug fit. Subtle padding at the ball of the foot gives you exactly what you need for hours of glide.
Salomon Condition-Specific S-Lab Skate Skis
The new S-Lab line offers a range of highly specialized weaponry, with variations in stiffness, base hardness, camber profile, and finish for specific snow types and temperatures. Pick the one that best matches your track. Just be sure to get the wax right.
Swix Triac 2.5 Poles
When skate skiing, you expend about half your energy poling. The new Triac 2.5 is the stiffest, lightest, most durable model we’ve tried.
Julbo Aero Sunglasses $130
Good bike glasses work just as well on the nordic track. At only 26 grams, the Aeros are exceedingly light, while grippers at the nose and ears keep them secure. The well-ventilated lenses, with slots surrounding 90 percent of the shield, keep them fog-free.
Qloom Eagle Rock Jacket and Big Sky Pants
Nordic skiers have been doing the all-black thing for too long. Enter Qloom, which offers an appealing California-surf-meets-Euro mash-up. The build (soft-shell panels with stretch fabric)keeps performance high, too.
Price $180 and $200
Salomon Pro-Link Bindings
A needless pain in the ass in the nordic world: the two main boot and binding systems—NNN and SNS—aren’t compatible. But hallelujah! The new Pro-Link bindings work with both platforms. The same goes for the Pro-Link boots, too.
Fischer Speedmax Skate Boots
Fischer is set to dominate the high-end boot market with its new Speedmax. The innovative use of carbon in the upper cuff makes it highly responsive, while the lace-up lower gives you sneakerlike sensitivity.