Because classic skiing requires a good amount of flex, classic ski boots are generally softer than their skating counterparts. They forego the plastic or carbon cuff to make it easier to roll up onto your forefoot, instead opting for torsional stiffness in the sole to help keep you stable and moving forward, not rocking side to side. Logically, race boots are tighter, while recreational boots have roomier lasts and more insulation. Like skate boots, almost all classic boots come with an ankle strap, quick-lace system, and zip-up lace cover, and some have adjustable straps to lock your heel in place. Atomic and Salomon boots work with SNS bindings, while everything else is compatible with the NNN/NIS system, unless otherwise specified.
Made of synthetic materials, classic boots have softer cuffs, carbon or plastic soles, and varying widths, depending on performance.
Almost all have a quick-lace system, zip-up lace cover, and hook-and-loop or ratcheting ankle strap. Some have an adjustable heel strap.
SNS Profil boots work with Profil/Propulse bindings, Pilot boots work with Pilot and Propulse bindings, and NNN/NIS boots only with NNN/NIS bindings.