How to choose the right type and size of cross-country shoes?



NNN binding
Binding manufactured by Rottefella with a single toe bar and two parallel guide rails. Binding is suitable for boots manufactured by Fischer, Alpina, Madshus and Rossignol.

SNS binding
Binding manufactured by Salomon uses either a single toe bar (SNS profile) or two toe bars (SNS Pilot) with one guide rail. Binding is suitable for boots manufactured by Salomon, Atomic and Botas.



Classic cross-country boot
Classic style boots have a low top without any ankle support . Because of this they maximize foot movement and provide optimal gliding and push-off force dynamics. The tip of the boot is softer compared to other variants, thus enabling ideal force transfer between foot and ski.

Skate boot
Skate type boots are high top, with the area around the ankle being reinforced. This prevents the foot from sliding side to side and ensures a more confident and linear push-off trajectory

Kombi cross-country boot
Most cross-country skiers require only one type of boot and that is the one suited for both styles of cross-country skiing The Kombi boot features a semi-firm sole, a higher top than the Classic boot but a softer construction than the Skate boot. Some models feature sturdy, adjustable buckles just above the ankle which can be used to modify the boot into Classic or Skate style.

Backcountry cross-country boot
Sturdy, high top boot for use in rugged terrain


Wateproof material provides the desired comfort, warmth and water resistance required for deep snow cross-country skiing. Sturdy construction and reinforcements protect the skiers foot and ankle from injury in even the most inhospitable conditions and provide the necessary stability to traverse challenging terrain.

The cross-coutry boot should have a tight fit to firmly grasp the foot and ankle. If the foot is not held firmly it will slide inside the boot, drastically decreasing push-off strength and force transfer while also increasing wear on the inisde of the boot. Of course the boot should not be so tight as to cause pain or apply pressure to specific points on the foot.