Level of practice: Cross-country ski boots are generally classified into three categories according to their level of performance: beginner, intermediate and expert. Beginner boots offer more comfort and warmth, while expert boots are stiffer and perform better.
Type of practice: Depending on your preferred cross-country skiing discipline, there are two types of boots: classic boots and skating boots. Classic boots are designed with a soft sole and offer little ankle support to facilitate the rolling of the foot. They are generally low to the ground and are flexible to provide maximum ease and comfort.
Foot Morphology: It is important to choose boots that fit your body type, in terms of width and volume. Cross-country boots are generally narrower than alpine boots, but there are wider boots for wider feet.
Binding System: Cross-country ski boots have a binding system that connects to the skis. There are two types of binding systems: SNS (Salomon Nordic System) and NNN (New Nordic Norm). It is important to make sure that the binding of your boots matches the binding of your skis or is compatible between them.
To choose the right size for your cross-country ski boots, choose your usual size and choose boots that you feel comfortable in. Avoid boots that are too small, which can cause chafing, and boots that are too large, which can reduce the transfer of information from the boot to the ski. Keep in mind that the liner will settle over time, which is an important consideration when purchasing your cross-country ski boots.