The Best Nordic Skiing Gear of 2019
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Craft PrimaLoft Stow Light Jacket ($160)
With 60-gram synthetic fill, this lightweight puffy is loose and breathable enough to keep you warm without overheating. Stuff it into its pocket when the mercury rises.
Fischer Twin Skin X-Lite EF Skis ($349)
If kick waxing gets you down, invest in these skis with wee climbing skins in the bases. The X-Lite EFs aren’t as fast or light as race sticks, but they’re great for a mellow tour.
Start Ultra Gel Wax ($28)
Unlike typical rub-on glide waxes, Start’s easy-to-apply Ultra Gel penetrates deep, lasts longer than a few miles, and won’t dry out your bases. It keeps you gliding when you don’t have time for a full hot wax.
Bliz Matrix Sunglasses ($75)
The Grilamid-nylon frames are featherlight, while wide, shatterproof lenses provide sharp optics, wind protection, and a huge field of vision without the dork factor.
Leki Nordic Tune Shark Boa Gloves and HRC Max Poles ($140 and $450)
Leki’s original glove and pole system gets an upgrade. Boa dials achieve an exceptionally snug fit when the gloves are clipped to the poles, for efficiency and power transfer.
Craft Fuseknit Comfort Leggings ($40)
This seamless polyester piece offers all-day comfort, either as stand-alone leggings or as a base layer. Variations in weave density provide warmth or ventilation in key areas.
Rottefella Dynamic Half-Zip Top ($169)
Rottefella’s half-knit top is ideal for nordic skiing, with a warm Polartec Power Wool front, a Power Dry back to dump heat, and close-fitting side panels that move with you.
Alpina CSK Skate Boots ($500)
No more deciding between a cold, tight race boot and a warm, casual one. Alpina’s insulated CSK offers control and stability while shielding toes from frostbite.
Rottefella Move System Bindings ($130)
Variable terrain and conditions calls for different pressure distributions across the ski—forward for better kick, back for better glide. Enter the Move, which shifts 48 millimeters fore and aft for the best of both worlds.