Cross-country skiing boots: Classics, Combi, Skating…
Let’s talk about the cross-country skiing boot characteristics. Some tips from Bruno, explaining how, when and why use them.
Classic cross-country skiing boots
They have a soft sole but don’t have the cuff, these characteristics provide the best sensibility during the kick phase (foot movement).
Skating cross-country skiing boots
Their chassis reaches up to the malleolus and are provided with a robust cuff in order to stabilize the ankle.
The skating boots have a rigid sole to minimize the torsions while skating.
Combi cross-country skiing boots
This kind of boot is a hybrid. The combi boots have a soft sole (as with the classic boots) while the chassis and cuff is similar to the skating boots.
This is probably the best choice for a double-poling race.
On races with long climbs it is better to remove the cuff because it can hinder the ankle movement while doing the Herringbone technique.
Here comes a video explaining the differences between these three kind of boots, english subtitles available.