How to choose
your classic
cross-country skis

Not sure which cross-country skis will work best for you? There are many options to choose from, here are some factors to consider when making your choice.

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Before choosing your classic cross-country skis, you’ll want to consider the following key points:
- your physical fitness
- your level of ability
- the anti-slip back system you want
- the compatibility between your bindings and boots
- your body weight

Determine your level of ability

You can practice three different levels of cross-country skiing according to your objectives, your physical fitness and your technique: LEISURE, SPORT or PERFORMANCE.

It is important to consider these criteria in order to find the equipment that will best suit your needs.

Choose your anti-slip back system

The base of classis cross-country skis is 2/3 glide zone (at the front and back) and 1/3 kick zone (in the middle) for grip and propulsion.

There are 3 types of kick zones available:

Check the compatibility of your bindings

You want to choose the classic bindings for the type of skiing you'll be doing. Each brand offers different options: adjustment with or without tools/with or without ski boots. Go for the option that best suits your needs.

An important factor to consider is the compatibility between your ski and ski boot.

There are three types of standard bindings to choose from.

These different standards will not always be compatible with your skis and ski boots.

Consider your body weight

The length of skis you choose will depend on your body weight and your stature.

Here is a chart to help you choose the right size of class cross-country skis: 


Now you know the basic criteria to consider when choosing the right classic cross-country skis for your body type, level of ability and performance objectives.

Remember, having the right gear will make your ski experience that much better! :)