Cross Country Ski Boots
Find cross country ski boot that is the right for you. Shop our selection of Rossignol cross country ski boots, Salomon cross country ski boots and Fischer cross country ski boots. We carry a selection of skate boots, classic ski boots, touring ski boots, as well as backcountry ski boots.
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Cross Country Ski Boots
For an enjoyable ski, the cross country ski boot is the most important ski equipment you can purchase. The ski boots provide warmth, support, stability and control when skiing. This is the one place where you want to invest in better quality ski equipment. Nordic boots are divided into 4 categories: skate boots, classic boots, touring boots and backcountry ski boots.
Skate Ski Boots
Skate boots are stiffer and are built upon a torsionally rigid platform to allow efficient power transmission from ski boot to skate ski. The skate ski boots reach above the ankle for greater support, typically have a heel support, and are much stiffer since the skate movement is side to side rather than a forward-backward motion. The higher end skate boot will be stiffer and lighter than a mid or entry level ski boot. All skate boots should be snug fitting similar to an alpine boot fit.
Classic Ski Boots for Diagonal Stride
Classic boots are much more flexible than a skate boot. This cross country ski boot is designed for forward-backward movement thus the platform on which the boot is built is much softer. Diagonol stride does not require as much ankle support, hence a classic boot typically does not ridge above the ankle. A higher end boot will be lighter, however a less expensive boot may be a bit warmer due to extra insulation for warmth. Most classic and skate boots have covers over their laces to keep the snow out and for added warmth.
Cross country ski boots for Touring
A touring ski boot is similar to a classic boot, but is typically warmer since the pace of skiing is a bit slower and often times skiing occurs in non-groomed conditions. A touring ski boot should fit like a slipper - comfortable and no pinch points. However it should not be too loose since the heel needs to stay in place. The higher end touring boots typically provide more heel and ankle support, have better lace covers, and can be better insulated than an entry level boot.
Backcountry ski boots
The backcountry ski boots are mated with our full metal edge backcountry skis. The BC ski boots are beefier than all other boots and provide warmth and stability necessary to ski and turn under backcountry conditions. Backcountry ski boots are manufactured in two styles that mate with the appropriate binding - the nnn bc boot which fits with a NNN BC binding, and the 3-pin or 75mm binding. The 75mm boot has a wider platform for the binding, which many backcountry skiers love, particularly in deeper snow. The basic backcountry ski boot has a low ankle and is perfect for skiing on groomed conditions, as well as on snowmobile trails. A higher end boot will provide superior ankle support and will be stiffer than the basic BC boot.
We carry a full range of ski boots including Rossignol ski boots, Salomon ski boots, and Fischer ski boots. Select the cross country ski boot type above to get started. The ski boot sizing differs between manufacturer. Salomon uses UK (United Kingdom) sizing whereas Fischer and Salomon use EU (European Union) sizes. See our sizing charts for the US equivalent.