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XC Skiing question.(5 posts)

XC Skiing question.eyebob
Dec 4, 2002 5:21 PM
I bought some xc skis this weekend because I got a good deal but I still need to get boots. I'm a newbie to the sport and I wanted to know if anyone could tell me whether they are traditional xc skis or skate skis (and for that matter what the difference would be). The Salomon bindings say SNS Profil on it and they have a wide ridge down the middle of the binding. The skis themselves are by a co. named Karhu and look to be 210cm long. I've noticed that not all xc boots look like they'd work on this type of binding but more to the point, are there more than one type of Salomon boot that'll work?

XC Skiing answerBrooks
Dec 5, 2002 9:01 AM
Those are probably not skate skis, as Karhu traditionally makes back-country or classic skis. Also, skate skis are shorter. I obviously don't know your weight and that is critical for skis. I hope whoever sold you those skis knew what they were doing. Nothing like not engaging the pocket (under the binding) for kick or having it engaged all the time and not being able to glide to mess up your enjoyment of a wonderful sport. Bindings are like bike pedals, there are several different systems. You need to get a boot for the SNS bindings and for either skate or classic. There are also "Combi" boots that you can do both techniques with. The Profil with the ridge can be on either skate or classic skis. Newer designs are getting specific to each technique.

Have fun!
got some boots today over luncheyebob
Dec 5, 2002 10:58 AM
and talked to a salesperson at length. it turns out that I do have the right size skis for me and he sold me a pair of salomon boots which he explained would work well. It's been about 15 years since I last skied so it should be fun to try it again. I'm really trying hard to find something fun to do in the winter so as not to remind me that I'm riding as much.

XC skiing is great cross trainingColnagoFE
Dec 6, 2002 1:15 PM
I have a similar setup to you. Some LL Bean skis made by Karhu, the same bindings you describe and some Salomon boots. They are traditional XC skis and not skate skis (no edges and narrow), but they are great for taking on packed powder or especially to the nearby XC areas and skiing in the tracks. It'll definately keep you in shape.
I"ve been out 2 times now and it's all coming back.eyebob
Dec 7, 2002 6:51 AM
The best part has been that this is something that you can do at night!!! so I can squeeze it in after work.