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Cross country skiing wear?

southampton
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Cross country skiing wear?

Can any one tell me best clothing for cross country ski taster (poss more if we take to it)?. We are downhill skiers so have all the gear, but as skiing limited in Iso syote we plan to try cross country out as well whilst there. Do we need to buy special clothing at this point or will things we have suffice until we know we like it? Any suggestions welcome.

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1. Re: Cross country skiing wear?

For a taster your downhill skiing gear is perfect. As long as they are good to move around. When you get more hang of it and your distances get longer, then you start to require more of your cross country skiing gear. But if you are just taking your first teps, you would probably freeze in it... :)

Cross country gear is much thinner, more snug fit, not as windproof - especially from the back. In skiing you sweat a lot and generate lots of heat, so it's important your clothing is very breathable. Better you get, thinner your clothing start to get also - to a point where you could say it doesn't offer much insulation at all. Compare it to running or road cycling clothes.

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Agree with Pasi! If you're just learning to ski you should wear the same stuff as for downhill skiing because rather big part of time you will only be standing around and learning to stand on the skis and the speed you ski on the first few times is not much more than walking or jogging speed, so you'd freeze in a 'proper' cross-country racing outfit. For more advanced, but still leisurely practiced, skiing you can use e.g. light-quilted track suit.

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3. Re: Cross country skiing wear?

Easiest is to leave one middle layer off, when practicing xcountry.

southampton
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4. Re: Cross country skiing wear?

Thanx that's great advice. Looking forward to having a go and if I manage even a fraction of the style and speed of the locals I have watched with envy before, I will be happy!

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5. Re: Cross country skiing wear?

Mimicking is the best way to learn, so don't be shy to follow the locals... :) Found some good videos on Youtube about those three basic techniques in classic style cross country skiing. It helps a lot, when you see someone doing it properly. After a while you notice you start to follow the same rhythm.

Diagonal stride is the basis for all skiing. For beginners this is for flat, advanced skiiers slight uphill - or steep uphill if pro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7axWLwnDcl8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfFFLsb68CA

Double poling is the most used technique for advanced skiers. For flat to slight downhill - or even slight uphill for pros:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3CppkvhoOM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD4UsufGrpE

One step double poling is the missing gear between two techniques above. Flat to slight uphill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTTSR8zhb0Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljZVuAg9xOg

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6. Re: Cross country skiing wear?

That's fab, attempting to copy across lounge carpet right now!

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