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Classic is the most recognizable of the cross-country skiing disciplines, and is likely where you’re starting out if you’ve never skied before. Classic skiing allows the skier to ski in a linear pattern on tracks. Classic skis depend on sticky grip wax or a built-in grip pattern, either Skins or traditional Fishscale on the base. Classic skis intended for racing or high performance are going to be lighter, generally skinnier, and more expensive than ‘touring’ or recreational skis, which tend to offer more stability and better off-track performance.
Skate skiing is faster than classic skiing, and popular with cross-country skiers looking for a fast-paced workout on groomed trails. To support the need for a different technique, skate skis are generally shorter and feature a different ski geometry. Skate skis intended for racing are lighter and have narrower tips than ‘sport’ or recreational skis. They also feature a, faster base material that allows them to glide more efficiently than their recreational counterparts.
Classic boots prioritize low weight and flex in the outsole to accommodate the specific needs of classic technique. Classic boots are what you would use for any off-track skiing. Recreational 'touring' or Backcountry boots are roomier and warmer, while race boots are stiffer, narrower, cut a little lower, and often feature carbon instead of plastic soles.
Skate boots use a plastic or carbon cuff for additional ankle support and a stiff sole to create a powerful platform to push-off of when you’re skating. Recreational or ‘sport’ boots are roomier and warmer, while performance/race boots are stiffer, narrower, and often feature carbon cuffs and soles that make them very stiff and super lightweight. Almost all boots have a quick-lace system, a zippered lace cover, and a hook-and-loop or ratcheting ankle strap.
Poles. There is no differentiation between a classic pole and a skate pole, however you will want to go with a length of ski pole appropriate for the type of skiing that you will be doing this season. Generally speaking, a classic skier will want their poles to come up between their armpit and their shoulder in height. A skate skier will want their poles to come up between their chin and their ear lobe in height.
Entry-level poles are generally made from aluminum or fiberglass composite and are a economic option for the classic skier. Higher end poles which are often made of carbon fiber will be a stronger material with less flex, and lower weight, allowing the skier to apply more force to the poles as they push off from their skis.
There are many grip and strap options available. Entry-level poles often have simple one-piece plastic grips and adjustable nylon straps, while more advanced poles have grips made from rubber and cork. Some higher end poles will have cradle-style straps that cinch around your palm for increased control, and can be removed quickly from the grip to save the hassle of frequent undoing and redoing.
How to Select the Correct Ski Poles
Whether selecting a pole for classic skiing or for skate skiing, every pole listed on our website will come equipped with a Size Guide feature. Once you have expanded the Size Guide you will see a chart showing the length of pole you would want to purchase for either classic skiing or for skate skiing in relation to your height. Please note that all ski stock listed on our website is in centimeters.
Prolink: The new Prolink system from Salomon/Atomic seeks to bridge the gap between SNS and NNN systems. The Prolink bindings are compatible with both Prolink boots (from Salmon and Atomic) and NNN/IFP boots, giving you more choices. Please note that Prolink Shift Bindings are only compatible with PSP or Prolink Shift Plate equipped skis. Please read below for more information on bindings.
NNN/IFP: NNN and IFP bindings clamp onto a bar at the front of the boot, and feature two ridges running the length of the binding that correspond to the sole of the compatible boots. Please note that IFP bindings are only compatible with IFP equipped skis. Please read below for more information on bindings.
SNS Pilot: SNS Pilot bindings differ from other cross-country bindings in that they have two points of contact with the boot. They are therefore only compatible with SNS Pilot boots that have the two bars embedded in the sole.
SNS Profil: SNS Profil bindings have the same single-bar attachment point as NNN bindings, but the binding plate has a single wider ridge running down the middle that interfaces with a corresponding groove on the sole of compatible boots. These bindings work with any SNS boot (Profil or Pilot).
Keep in mind that the bindings on classic skis and skate skis are different as the flexor (a rubber bumper in front of the boot) varies in rigidity between the two ski styles. It also varies depending on your technical skills. Entry-level bindings will be wider to offer stability and higher-end bindings are generally lighter and narrower.