Nordic, or cross country skiing, is a great way to get full-body exercise. But to keep your toes warm and dry on cross-country journeys, you’re going to need to invest in a pair of quality boots. Good ones should fit snug without being too tight or rubbing the wrong spot; that, of course, would only result in cutting your trek short. So to help you find the best model for your money, we did some research and rounded up a list of our favorite options designed for women. Our selection includes great cross-country touring picks made with comfort and performance in mind.
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1. Whitewoods New Adult 301 Nordic Ski Boots
These boots, which are compatible with 75mm three-pin bindings, feature a breathable mesh and synthetic leather upper and 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation for reliable warmth.
Pros: A reinforced toe guard and heel counter provide protection and stability. Metal speed-lacing eyelets offer a secure fit that’s easily adjustable. A gusseted tongue with front and rear pull loops make them easy to put on and take off. Removable padded insoles enhance comfort.
Cons: They run small.
2. Alpina T10 Nordic Ski Boots
These Alpina boots have a zippered neoprene shell, which keeps snow and water out while supplying soft flex for added comfort. They’re NNN and NNN T3 Auto binding compatible.
Pros: This style also contains Thinsulate insulation to keep feet warm. A molded wrap-around heel counter provides support and torsional stability. A speed lacing keeps the foot firmly in place for a snug fit.
Cons: These may also run somewhat small.
3. Rossignol X-3 FW XC Ski Boots
Rossignol’s cross-country boot includes touring-specific soles, tall cuffs a cozy Thinsulate lining and lateral heel support for more control and comfort.
Pros: They also offer a woman-specific fit as well as active control concept to support the heels and prevent rubbing and blisters. A lock-down system helps keep feet in place, while PVC lace covers, reinforced nylon midsoles offer added protection for long routes.
Cons: They may run small.