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Alpine Touring Essentials
How to Buy Skate Skiing Boots

Of all the Nordic disciplines, skating's the fastest, and, correspondingly, requires the stiffest boots. Skate boots use a plastic or carbon cuff for additional ankle support and a stiff sole to create a powerful platform for push-off when you’re skating. ‘Combi’ models have a removable cuff so you can use them for skate and classic skiing. Atomic and Salomon boots work with SNS bindings, while everything else is compatible with the NNN/NIS system, unless otherwise specified.

Fit & Closure
Recreational or ‘sport’ boots are roomier and warmer, while performance/race boots are stiffer, narrower, and often feature carbon cuffs and soles that make them super lightweight. Almost all boots have a quick-lace system, a zippered lace cover, and a hook-and-loop or ratcheting ankle strap. Some race boots have instep ratchets.
Compatibility
SNS Pilot boots, which feature two bars, or ‘axles’ and a full-length depression in the sole that inerfaces with a ridge on SNS bindings, work with Profil and Pilot bindings. Single-axle SNS Profil boots work only with Profil bindings, and NNN/NIS boots only with NNN/NIS bindings.

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