Looking for a new pair of cross-country skating ski boots?
Buy your skating ski boots on Simon Fourcade Nørdic! You will find a large selection of men’s skating ski boots suited for any level and any style of skiing. You will also benefit from the expertise of our staff and from their recommendations.
How should you choose your skate ski boots ? Which model to choose? Which bindings standards are right? Have you been asking yourself all these questions? Well don't panic because the following buying guide is here to help!
What is a skate ski boot?
A man's skate ski boot is more rigid than a conventional shoe. This is because the skating technique generates a lateral twist which should be limited by the boot for reasons of efficiency. The higher upmarket, and the closer to high performance skate ski boots you go, the more rigid and less tolerant of flaws in technique the boot will become. In addition, skate ski boots feature a collar which holds the ankle laterally to facilitate lateral support and equilibrium phases.
How should you choose your skate ski boot?
Like the skate skis, we have identified three categories corresponding to different levels of skill.
The Recreation category includes boots whose basic criterion is comfort. They do not require great technical accuracy. They are designed to protect your feet from cold and damp while providing security for your support. Note that these shoes quickly become limited once your level improves. In fact, they are a safe choice for casual skiers, but a short-term choice for those wishing to progress quickly.
Skiers who want skate ski bootperformance that is still comfortable should choose the Sportsman category. It includes boots are mostly from competition ranges as they were before carbon boots appeared. They offer a good compromise between comfort and technicality. As they are less rigid they allow you to improve your skating technique while keeping relatively comfortable footwear.
The Race/Expert category includes the best performing boots that can be found on the market. They offer incomparable rigidity for efficient and effective pushes. They will delight competitors and demanding skiers looking for a boot that can help them progress and meet their expectations.
Is the boot I chose compatible with my bindings?
In Nordic skiing there are 3 standards for bindings and boots. Some are compatible and others not. NNN and Prolink are compatible, i.e., you can ski with NNN boots and Prolink bindings and vice versa. The boots using these standards have only one attachment bar under the sole. The third standard is the SNS Pilot. Boots and bindings using this standard have to be used together. So be careful when you are choosing, but don't hesitate to call one of our consultants so they can help you see more clearly. A more detailed explanation about the different binding standards is available in the "Tutorial".