The Best Cross-Country Skiing Gear of 2020
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Craft Fuseknit Comfort Turtleneck ($60)
We’re not usually into turtlenecks, but Craft’s is beyond reproach. The stretchy material acts as an emergency mask when you pull it up over your chin or nose, with mesh to breathe through.
Gore X7 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket ($270)
The X7 is designed for nordic skiing, but it served us just as well on cold-weather bike rides. Articulation at the shoulders and on the back facilitates a long reach whether you’re poling or in the drops.
Salomon S/Max Carbon Skate Skis and Prolink Race Skate Bindings ($525 and $110)
With thin pieces of carbon and dialed-in camber, the S/Max is lightweight and ergonomic. We found that it offered good power and the nimbleness of a race ski on climbs.
Start Winner Poles ($160)
Quality rarely comes cheap. But these carbon-fiber poles are the best combination of strength and lightweight maneuverability you can buy for under $250.
Pearl Izumi Summit AmFib Lite Pants ($150)
Made for cycling, the Summit AmFib Lite is articulated at the knee, weatherproof in front, and breathable in back. It’s more comfortable than any nordic-specific design we’ve tried.
Fischer RCS Skate Boots ($279)
Boots can get expensive—elite racers need the lowest weight and most efficient power transfer money can buy. For the rest of us, the RCS Skate has a more forgiving fit than a race boot, with the same stiffness.
Skida UnTapped Hat ($36)
Vermont is famous for its gravel rides and dreamy nordic skiing. This flannel-lined, low-profile Skida works for both.
Craft Hybrid Weather Glove ($35)
Cold and clear out? The Hybrids breathe and expel moisture. When snow or sleet starts to fall, unroll the hidden shells for extra protection.