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I'm looking to buy some XC Skate skis wondering if anyone has any in particular they recommend based on the below.

I've skate skied one time so far, I weigh 150-156 lbs, around 5' 11" or 6' in height. I'm an intermediate level alpine skier, I do fair amount of inline skating for fitness, I also do regular triathlons.

I have a current pair of 190cm Rossignol Max NIS skates skis with combi boots. Tried them once in poor snow conditions, hard pack and icier. Really had to muscle up hills, never got much glide going, they felt very long and awkward for really everything up or down.

I want to keep those as my possibly to grow into skis, and start with a shorter ski as well as a dedicated skate boot. I understand that my less than ideal outing on those is not necessarily due to the ski length alone.

To me these seem like two possibly good choices

Salomon Equipe 7 in a 181?
http://www.salomon.com/hu/product/equipe-7-skate.html

Rossignol Zynex Skate Skis in a 180?
http://www.rossignol.com/US/US/zynex-skating_RH9WF09_product_nordic-men-skis-skating.html

any thoughts on those or others you might recommend instead?

Two final questions, are there any skate ski boots that really stand out as good?   I have a normal size foot, maybe a bit narrow is all.

And last, does anyone happen to know if there any shops in the Mammoth area with good staff and stock of skate gear?

thanks in advance for your time and thoughts!

post #2 of 6

Like all types of skis, once you hit a certain level, they are all "good" and you just have to find the ones that are "right" for you. Make sure that you buy them from a knowledgeable dealer and the length and flex are right for your size. The rest is preference, brand, binding (i.e. Salomon vs NNN)

 

I am 5'10" 160lbs and have Atomic RS10s in 181 with Salomon boots and bindings.

post #3 of 6

My skate skis are older than my teenage son, so I'm not up on current gear ....but:

-Make sure to verify proper flex for your weight (per ZG)

-NNN has more options and possibly more competitive than SNS proprietary options

-I'll bet there are some good used quality and deals out there if money is the issue

-XC Ski Forum and Skinny Skis are good resources

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thank you for the replies! those forums are helpful

post #5 of 6

buy used skis.  they are available everywhere--particularly on the top and bottom end of the spectrum--low end because you grow out, high-end because those guys love buying new crap.

 

Buy the boots you like the best. Bindings and poles are your last considerations.  Bindings fit your boots.

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Originally Posted by jonjon View Post

I've skate skied one time so far,...

 

I have a current pair of 190cm Rossignol Max NIS skates skis with combi boots. Tried them once in poor snow conditions, hard pack and icier. Really had to muscle up hills, never got much glide going, they felt very long and awkward for really everything up or down.
 

Those might be a little long, but really you have not done enough to know if a different ski would be worth it.  I tell people it takes 10 times out to be a skater.  After that, most people are pretty efficient and prefer skating to classic.  It sounds like a lot of work, but I've seen hundreds of skiers make the transition.

 

Glide is really important.  Make sure they are well waxed and don't have a trace of kick wax on them.  One key to skating is learning to let the ski run forward, and not to muscle it up anything. 

 

You ought to take a couple of lessons and rent skis at the touring center.  The instructor will make sure you are on a decent ski for the class.  Then go back and try yours again.  Good luck.

 

Newf



 

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