Poles, boots, skis ... it’s not always easy to choose the best equipment to take with you during your trips out. Vincent, a mountain enthusiast and Nordic skiing product manager, will guide you in your search to find the right gear to suit your chosen sport.
Whether you're a beginner or an old hand, we went to see an expert to give you advice about the different kinds of cross-country skiing trips. Vincent Deboissy, cross-country skiing product manager with Quechua, who skis himself and is passionate about the mountains, explains how to choose your equipment properly and how to look after it.
How do you choose the right skis?
Contrary to what you might think, the size of skis must be chosen according to your weight, not height. Cross-country skis feature a camber which has to be brought into contact with the snow, which requires a minimum force.
Skis should therefore be chosen based on your weight, the style of skiing chosen and also on your level of competence. For the skating style, you would choose a shorter ski, for example.
If in doubt, please seek advice from the professionals.
What size poles?
As for poles, they should be chosen according to your height and discipline.
For the classic technique, you should choose poles that come up to your armpits, while for skating, the poles should reach up to your ear lobe.
What about boots?
To select the right footwear, simply choose your size. However, as there are two types of bindings, you need to ensure your boots are compatible.
Skating style boots, which are higher and support the ankle, will be different from classic style boots that leave the ankle freer.
What about looking after your gear?
The most important thing in Nordic skiing is gliding. You should therefore think about waxing your skis very frequently, at least 2 to 3 times per season. To know when to wax, check the sole. If it’s a little white, it's time to take action!
For skis with scales, be sure not to use wax on the scaled part of your ski, or you may clog up the scales and reduce their grip. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask your store.
Finally, after each trip out, remember to dry your equipment so as not to store it wet, because water can get into your ski and distort its structure. Also, avoid storing them pressed together, as in the long term, the camber may become deformed.