Boot Buying Guide
Cross country Classic Boots
Cross country ski boots in this category are designed for both experienced and novice skiers. For beginners, the focus should be on keeping your feet warm with a thicker liner, together with choosing boots providing support around the heel and ankles.
Classic cross country ski boots for the more experienced skiers are often lighter in weight compared to boots for beginners. They come with a thinner liner so that the boots are not as hot but in return lighter in weight and created with a stiffer heel counter, which gives even more power transfer.
Cross country Skate Boots
Cross country ski boots (and -ski) for skate style are designed differently compared to classic gear. The reason for this is, that the movement pattern in skate skiing is very different from classic skiing. In skate, the ankles are significantly more loaded. Therefore, skate boots are designed with a more rigid and higher ankle brace, which can be made of either plastic or carbon.
Also, skate boots differ from classic cross country ski boots in that they have a stiff sole. This means that you can kick off with the entire sole, where you in classic style kicks off with only the forefoot. Through this, you gain more power in your kick.
Cross country Combi Boots
If you are fond of both skate and classic skiing and only want one pair of boots or need the ankle support from classic boots, the combi boots are the ideal cross country ski boots for you. Combi boots will also allow you to skate on Nordic Skates as well.
Combi boots combine a classic boot with a skate boot. This results in a boot with solid ankle support, which is good for skate and keeps your ankles stable when you kick. At the same time, the sole is soft as in a classic boot, so that you can get up on the front foot in your diagonal run. This is very difficult in a skate boot.
Most people use their cross country ski boots when they run on roller skis out of ski season, and that's fine. If you have tried this solution and feels that your feet get too hot when you exercise in the summer, we recommend you to buy summer rollerski boots to NNN bindings (NIS), which are lighter and better ventilated than traditional cross country ski boots.
Please note that your boots get worn out more when using them for roller skiing, because grit and salt wear boots, especially at the zipper. Your boots will not last as long on asphalt and at gravel paths compared to snow trails. To extend the life of your boots, you may want to brush them free from grit and dirt, and then store them in a dry place when not in use.