I started Nordic skiing a few years ago and am finally starting to blow through my first set of boots and skis. My Rossi boots are falling apart and the Backcountry Cruiser type skis are fairly shredded from rocks and such doing what I like to call XXC (Extreme XC); basically just searching for the lower angle freshies anywhere I can find them.
Anyway, I'm considering an upgrade but I'm at a loss for what to get next. Far more interested in float in powder than speed on groomed Nordic trails but I'd like something that isn't going to be too sluggish when I'm out Nordic Skiing with friends. Somehow the lighter weight boots seem to be WAY out of my price range and so I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a cost-effective, skin free set up (boots, bindings, and skis) for that juicy center between classic Nordic and a more burly AT bundle. Ideas? Suggestion?