Ready to glide through the snowy trails? Here are our picks for where to invest your money on starter cross-country ski gear. If you don’t have a ski shop near you, check out REI rental options, and be sure to investigate the offerings at a good secondhand or resale shop. If you’re in doubt, rent before you buy.
Cross-Country Ski Gear Perfect for Women Runners
Salomon Snowscape 7 Vitane Skis | $150
These waxless (they have a technology called fish scales instead), compact touring skis are designed to be easier to turn and control. Most shops sell these pre-mounted with Prolink Auto bindings.
Swix Drink Belt | $36
This insulated bottle holder comes with a 16-ounce bottle and has a zip pocket to hold keys and snacks.
Swix JD Warm Mitt | $44
Jessie Diggins is particular when it comes to keeping her hands warm, and she helped Swix design the gloves of her dreams.
Swix Standard Classic Nordic Touring Poles | $30
Lightweight, aluminum poles with a universal basket are just what you need for ski touring adventures.
Patagonia Wind Shield Pants | $159
These light, softshell pants will help you stay warm and dry, while also dumping sweat.
Salomon Vitane Plus Prolink Boots | $140
With a quick lace closure system and ankle strap, your feet will feel secure as you glide.
Skida Revelry Nordic Headband | $18
Hailey Swirbul considers a headband is a mandatory piece of gear for her Nordic workouts, and loves picking her “pattern of the day.” These non-insulated, wicking ones come in lots of gorgeous patterns.