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How to Buy Skate Skis

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How to Buy Skate Skis

Skate skiing hasn't been around that long—it only became popular in the early 80s—but it was quickly adopted by cross country skiers looking for a fast-paced workout. To support the need for quick, agile movements required by skate skiing, skate skis are generally shorter and designed with a lower tip than classic skis. Skate skis gain speed from edging and pushing (similar to ice skating), so the flex profile is stiff and snappy for efficiency and power. Because glide is more important than kick while skating, most skate skis require regular waxing to glide well.

Construction:

Light and stiff, skate skis have wood and composite cores and cap construction to help power you down the track.

Camber:

Skate skis have a camber profile that’s comparable to classical skis and a flex designed to feel snappy and quick.

Length:

Slightly shorter than classic skis, skate skis are easier to pick up off the snow, but long enough to offer good glide and stability.