Madshus Nano Carbon Skate
Madshus has introduced a new Nano Carbon skate boot, based on its Super Nano boot, on which Heidi Weng won the 2017 Tour de Ski. It has a one-piece integrated power base, whereby the same piece of material begins at the cuff, extends around the heel, through the sole to the tip of the toe to produce rigidity, superior power transfer and torsional control. The rigid material extending from the cuff to the tip of the toe allows for continued power transfer and propulsion from the initiation through to completion of each push-off, especially when employing V2 technique. It has a slightly wider last to accommodate a greater variety of foot shapes and sizes without compromising performance. The SRP is $525 [US] / $579 [CDN].
Lightweight and comfortable, the Fischer RC5 is a great boot for both Classic and skate technique. The Easy Entry Loop makes it quick and easy to put on and the thermally formable foam cushioning ensures a perfect fit. Its breathable Triple-f membrane keeps feet warm and dry. The hinged polymer cuff allows good fore and aft flex for Classic skiing and excellent side-to-side stiffness for skate skiing. The sole is the new Turnamic Classic Race sole. The SRP is $199 [US] / $219 [CDN].
One Way Tigara Skate
The One Way Tigara Skate is a clean, simple and comfortable skate boot that is on Salomon's SNS Pilot sole. The 3D foam heel interior ensures a comfortable fit and a firm heel hold-down. The softshell outer with a taped zipper ensures warm, dry feet. The plastic heel counter and cuff provide plenty of stiffness and power for efficient skating. The SRP is $199 [US] / $199 [CDN].
The Madshus Glittertind is one tough boot. Polyurethane rands stand up to abrasion and its thermoplastic urethane toe and heel cap are rigid to provide protection during off-trail adventures. The stiff forefoot flex delivers lots of torsional rigidity, which translates to powerful edge control. Gaiters aren't needed because the boot's super-tall integrated gaiter gives plenty of protection in deep snow. Feet are kept warm with its 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation and dry with its waterproof, breathable softshell lace covers. All of this is on the NNN BC platform. The SRP is $255 [US] / $280 [CDN].
Fischer Offtrack 5
The Fischer Offtrack 5 is a boot for fast and light off-track tours. Turnamic or NNN race bindings are much lighter than NNN BC bindings. Combine this boot with light skis (with or without steel edges) in the 50mm- to 60mm-width range and you have a very light touring set-up. The skate boot cuff adds plenty of support and the Turnamic sole makes striding very comfortable. An integrated gaiter keeps the snow out. The SRP is $169 [US] / $249 [CDN].