Cross-country ski boots have to live up to multiple demands: They should be comfortable to wear, provide sufficient stability and ensure optimal power transmission. To help you find the perfect product for your needs, we provide you with answers to a number of questions related to the purchase of cross-country ski boots.
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In cross-country skiing, there are two different styles: classic and skating. Accordingly, there are specific boots that offer optimal support for practising each of the two disciplines. If you want to switch between styles, there are special combi boots that can be used for both of the abovementioned as well as for other styles.
For beginners: cross-country ski boots with a thick liner that provides optimal support for your heels and bones.
For experienced skiers: cross-country ski boots with a low weight and thin liner; their sole and shell are made from rigid materials, improving power transmission.
Skate-style cross-country skiing is harder on the joints than classic cross-country skiing. That’s why boots for this technique feature a special construction with a higher shaft and strong ankle support. Most of them are made from plastic fibres or lightweight carbon.
The perfect boots for all those who want to practice both techniques, they boast a stiff shell construction, a comfortable liner and ankle padding. Their soles are soft.
As the name suggests, these boots are designed for adventures away from the groomed trails. They feature an additional, insulated layer for more warmth as well as gaiters over the cuffs to prevent snow from entering the boots.
Cross-country skiing in summer? With special rollerski bindings, you can use your cross-country skis all year round. As temperatures are higher than in winter, ordinary cross-country ski boots can quickly make you feel sweaty. Special rollerski boots are lighter and better ventilated, making them a great alternative to classic cross-country ski boots.
The size of your cross-country ski boots plays an important role in terms of performance and comfort. After all, you can only unleash your full potential and feel truly comfortable in boots with a perfect fit. In general, we recommend choosing cross-country ski boots half a size or a whole size larger than your running shoes or everyday footwear. This allows you to wear thicker socks without the risk of painful pressure points.
However, the fit of your boots also depends on your intended use. Classic cross-country ski boots and combi boots require a slightly larger toe box than skate-style boots. They should provide at least five millimetres of free space to ensure optimal foot-rolling motion. The width also plays an important role, as the boot should neither be too tight nor squeeze.
To ensure that cross-country ski boots fit almost like a second skin, fitting techniques like heat moulding are used, during which the boot is fitted exactly to the shape of your foot.
The following guidelines regarding the sizes of boots by different manufacturers might be helpful for choosing the perfect boots for you:
Cross-country ski socks are an important connection between your feet and your boots. There are different models, varying in materials, thickness, length and seams.
Regarding materials, you should opt for synthetic fibres like polyester or merino wool, as they are breathable and provide good moisture management and thermal regulation. The advantage for you: You can treat your feet to some extra wearing comfort and dryness.
When it comes to choosing the right thickness, you should take into account the current weather situation as well as your individual sensitivity to cold. For colder days or deep snow, thicker socks are advisable, while thinner models are more suitable for mild temperatures. However, keep in mind that cross-country ski boots often have quite a tight fit, so to avoid pressure points, your socks shouldn’t be too thick.
A convenient double role: You can also use your hiking, trekking or running socks for cross-country skiing. Ski socks are usually less suitable for the trails as they are too thick.
The length of your socks is a matter of personal preference. Longer socks have the advantage of protecting large parts of your legs from the cold. Plus, they keep snow from entering your pants or boots.
As far as seams are concerned, you should opt for flat seams that don’t cause too much friction. To be on the safe side, you can choose seamless socks.
Do you want your cross-country ski boots to last as long as possible? You can contribute to that with proper care.
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Certainly! Many brands offer cross-country ski boots for skiers with wider feet. You’ll have to try on a few different models to see which ones fit best, but in general Rossignol and Salomon boots tend to be wider than those by Fischer.
If you have insoles for your everyday footwear or running shoes, it might be beneficial to use insoles for cross-country skiing as well. Plus, you can try using insoles if you feel that your cross-country ski boots simply don’t sit right.
Some manufacturers even offer tailormade insoles. They are a bit more pricy but experienced cross-country skiers swear by them. After all, a perfect fit has a positive effect on your overall performance and power transmission.
Heated insoles: a blessing for skiers who tend to get cold feet quickly! In addition to a better fit, heated insoles provide you with a toasty feeling throughout the day.
Cross-country ski boots come with different types of closure systems that ensure a safe and comfortable fit. Here are some of the most common systems:
Which type of closure system is best for you depends on your personal preferences and your preferred cross-country technique. Cross-country ski boots for leisure skiers and beginners often have laces or Velcro straps. Race and performance boots tend to have more advanced closure systems such as buckles.
We’re sure you’ll love it! Before you hit the trails, why not drop by an INTERSPORT Rent shop near you? Our RENTertainers will be happy to kit you out for your first cross-country adventure.