Cross-Country Skiing Gear Guide

The go-to gear for getting your start in cross-country skiing.

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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

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

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

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

Swix Standard Classic Nordic Touring Poles | $30

Lightweight, aluminum poles with a universal basket are just what you need for ski touring adventures.

Related: Cross-Country Skiing is a Natural Fit for Runners. Here’s How to Get Started


Patagonia Wind Shield Pants

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

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

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.