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In this guide, we will provide you with information for choosing the right pair of cross country skis. When you are going to buy new or your first cross country skis, there are several thing...
Classic cross country skis for groomed trails
Cross country skiing is a popular sport around the world, and is considered being one of the oldest skiing sports and has been represented at the Olympic Games since the first Winter Games in 1924 in France.
Classic cross country skis are designed for groomed snow trails with a lightweight and narrow design. Classic cross country skis are, therefore, often used for fast skiing and competition.
If you want more control in the deeper snow, we recommend having a look at our cross country backcountry section.
Which classic cross country skis to choose?
When you choose a pair of cross-country skis, your weight and height are highly relevant. It is important for achieving the optimal glide, speed and kick on trails and slopes.
It is also important to choose a ski with the correct degree of camber suited you. If you buy a cross-country ski with too much camber you will probably have difficulties pressing down the ski. This will result in no or minimum contact between the snow and the underfoot wax zone causing a backward glide.
If you buy a set of skis that are too soft, you will experience the opposite. You will get a crazy grip, but the glide will be extremely bad. The reason for this is that the underfoot wax zone will be pressed too hard and down in the snow.
As a rule of thumb, your classic cross-country ski should be around 20-30 cm higher than yourself. If you choose one of the more compact models, this rule, of course, does not apply. This will be specified under the specific products.