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How to Buy Nordic Touring Boots

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How to Buy Nordic Touring Binding

If you're going to spend time worrying about anything, worry about your boots; not only do they let you control your skis, but they keep your feet warm, dry, and blister free. To help you move the extra weight of a touring ski, nordic touring boots are warmer, heavier, and burlier than race-oriented Nordic boots. Boots with plastic and carbon components are more powerful, but many skiers still swear by flexible leather/synthetic boots—both can be heavily or lightly insulated. Size your nordic touring boot much like the way you size a comfortable running shoe and keep in mind that the sizing between brands can vary a little. There’s a good chance you’ll want to wear heavier socks for warmth and cushioning, so consider boots with a touch of extra space at the midfoot and toe.

Construction:

Leather tends to be softer, plastic support structures stiffer, and insulation often varies. Lace covers and gaiters help keep water out, while higher cuffs provide more support.

Closure:

Traditional lacing offers fine adjustability from ankle to toe, while a ratcheting system makes it quick and easier to dial in a close fit. Boots with lace overlays use an additional zipper closure to keep the laces protected.

Compatibility:

Traditional lacing offers fine adjustability from ankle to toe, while a ratcheting system makes it quick and easier to dial in a close fit. Boots with lace overlays use an additional zipper closure to keep the laces protected.