I want to get back into XC skiing this year, something I did with my dad when I was a teenager. But I also want to venture off track and dip my toe into backcountry skiing for off-trail winter bushwhacking adventures with nordic style equipment.
I realize that I might need to buy a set of gear to get started and another later that’s more appropriate for more difficult adventures , but that will be a year or two down the road. I also know I should probably start by renting at a ski center, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is something I want to do, so why defer the purchase? I want to start getting out as soon as we have snow.
I’ve read a bunch, but I can’t seem to remember the difference between NNN and NIS bindings, and all the buzzwords the fly around in the XC gear space. How does anyone figure this out and assemble a workable combination of products?
The problem with these guides is that they don’t give you specific product suggestions:
What I need is some good gear advice about specific products I should get:
What’s some gear I can buy at REI or EMS (good return policy) to get started and that will give me 1-2 years of use, for touring and possibly some BC trips where I can dip my toe into more remote terrain. I’ll be skiing in New England, exclusively.
Less expensive is better than more expensive and last year’s gear is just fine with me.
Any help or pointers would be much appreciated! (please leave a comment)