A guide to buying classic cross-country ski bindings
Do you ever find yourself browsing through the department for classic Nordic ski bindings for and struggling to make a decision? This is normal as there are several binding models to meet the different needs of different skiers. Some are designed to be the most powerful and as lightweight as possible while others are wider and safer. To help you, the experts at Simon Fourcade Nørdic have created a buying guide. You can also call an adviser who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have.
What does a classic cross-country ski binding do?
The cross-country ski binding is what connects you to your skis. It is attached to the tip of the foot with a clip which is located on the sole of the ski boot. It allows you to manoeuver the skis while allowing your heels to move freely, a crucial movement in Nordic skiing. Compared to skating bindings, the ones on the classic are more flexible and allow your feet to move around the axis. Some bindings are attached using plates and others use screws which are provided.
How to choose your classic binding?
As previously mentioned, there is a binding for every level of experience. So before making your choice, think carefully about your goals your and reasons for wanting to ski. If you're an occasional skier looking for a safe and easy-to-use binding, opt for a wider binding with an automatic fastening system. This will give you good stability during support phases and during descents. On the other hand, if you want a powerful binding to improve your skis' accuracy, you'll need a top-of-the-range binding. You should also choose a binding which corresponds to the type of skis that you have. It's not a good idea to put a top-of-the-range binding on skis intended for leisure, and vice versa.
Norms for cross-country ski boots and their bindings.
It's now time to make that final choice about your classic bindings. You need to pay attention to the compatibility between your boots and your binding. In Nordic skiing, there are three norms on boots and bindings. Are these more or less compatible with each other? Here's a trick to avoid buying a binding that does not fit your boots.
The NNN and Prolink norms are compatible with each other. Your boots must only have one clip on the sole.
The SNS Pilot norm only works with SNS Pilot boots and bindings. These boots should have two clips on them.