Outdoor Life Guide to Buying New Cross-Country Skis
Death of the 3-Pin Binding
The advances in Nordic ski equipment in the last couple of decades are quite incredible. It wasn't that long ago that I used three-pin bindings and wooden skis, along with the poles with enormous baskets on the ends.
I have always loved cross-country skiing, regardless of the equipment I use, but the newer systems make me love it even more. I competed during high school, but I'm still using the same equipment - it was only seven years ago. Time to upgrade.
Newer bindings and boots allow for a better contact between the foot and the ski. And better ankle supports means perfecting technique is easier. The poles are much lighter and the hand grips much more sophisticated - even the skis are lighter.
If you're interested in cross-country skiing, let me help you get started.
- Classic or Skate? - Before buying equipment decide on the skiing technique.
- Take a lesson and/or Rent Equipment - Take a ski lesson prior to buying equipment. Almost all ski centers rent ski equipment, which makes the try before you buy easily doable.
- Buy at the end of season - Now is the best time to buy equipment (new or used) for next year. It's likely reduced and you'll get better equipment value for your dollar.
- Join a skiing group or club - Every sport has a learning curve. Getting feedback from more experienced skiers will help you make each stroke efficient and streamlined.
- Become a renaissance skier - If you're a beginner, get comfortable with one of the two styles before branching out. Both are unique and give you a super workout.
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