The 3 Best Cross-Country Skiing for Man
Alpina Control 64 Edge Ski - Men's
Not all days are for structured workouts on groomed trails—sometimes you just want to throw on your old leather boots, fill a mug with some hot soup, and head out on an adventure. Whether you have all day or you're squeezing in some time in the woods before a busy day, grab the Alpina Control 64 Edge Ski when you're packing up the car and you'll be set for whatever kind of conditions come your way.
Whether you're on trail or off, lightness is key for your Nordic setup, and the Control delivers. With a lively wood core and versatile 52mm waist width, the Control 64 glides through fresh snow with similar stability to its wider touring siblings, but it can take off on hardpack or the occasional groomer, too. Alpina's early rise profile helps with tips that float, rather than dive into, fluffy ungroomed snow. Metal edges with a traditional sidecut work to grab onto the snow when you need them to, and the BC Grip bases hang on during long climbs and glide once you reach the backside descent.
Alpina Discovery 68 Touring Ski - Men's
As the narrowest ski in Alpina's Discovery Nordic backcountry series, the Discovery 68 Touring Ski blends the smooth-gliding on-trail capabilities of a narrow cross country ski with the off-track adventure capabilities of a backcountry model. With a 60mm waist width, the Discovery 68 is narrow enough to glide efficiently on groomed trails while giving you the stability you'll want when you duck off the beaten path to explore fresh powder. Unlike Alpina's other lines, the Discovery series utilizes steel edges, which hang on tight in hard or variable snow conditions.
The Discovery 68 features a wood core for fluid and easy flex, meaning you won't have to fight the ski to get maximum performance. An embossed waxless base allows the ski to glide freely on flats or downhill sections while still maintaining balanced control and easy forward motion on the uphills. Plus, waxless bases require less maintenance than their wax-requiring counterparts. Prepare to see the Discovery 68 in your garage and on your feet for years to come.
Madshus Hyper RPS Skate Boot - Men's
Skate your way to the finish line in the Madshus Hyper RPS Skate boot. Its full-length composite lastboard, high cuff, and R3 soles deliver stability and power transfer to get you there. A RevoWrap construction aids in this performance by enveloping the foot in a single piece upper that delivers a snugger, more comfortable fit that in turns leads to a more precise control of your skis. The boot also provides high comfort thanks to its MemBrain softshell that keeps your feet protected from outside moisture while also allowing air to flow so your feet stay dry from the inside as well for comfort during long training sessions.