Fyodor Tikhonov, a journalist and master of sports in skiing, talks about all the subtleties and nuances that you should pay attention to when choosing the perfect pair of cross-country skiing.
Cross-country skiing is not only an ideal way to spend a weekend, but also a powerful cardio training, in which absolutely all muscle groups are involved. In just one hour of skiing, you will burn as much as 700 calories (for comparison, in an hour of running you will only use 540 calories). And to make skiing a pleasure, it is important to choose the right equipment - this is what we will tell you now.
There are two types of skis : for skating and classic riding. In sections of children, the classical course is usually taught first - the skis are directed straight ahead when moving, the main emphasis is on the hands, so the load on the legs is minimal. It is still easier for an amateur to start with a skating course, which requires the participation of not only arms but also legs. With this move, the skier pushes his foot off the track at an angle to the direction of movement, which from the side resembles running on skates.
Skis also differ from each other depending on their quality and purpose - there are top models, there are a bit easier, but there are samples, in principle, designed exclusively for tourism.
The difference is primarily in materials, weight, working and external characteristics. And meanwhile, the quality of glide and the number of calories burned are largely dependent on these indicators. But here, of course, it is important to be aware - if the last time you were skiing at school, then choosing a top model, you are unlikely to go faster than if you preferred a simpler option.
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So, you came to the store, and the first thing you need to pay attention to when choosing cross-country skiing is the size.
The correct length of skates is calculated according to the principle: your height plus 10-15 centimeters, classic skis - your height plus 20-30 centimeters. Please note that the longer the ski (even within the specified ranges), the more technical skills you will need when skiing. People with a height of 190 centimeters and above can safely take maximum sizes: for skating skis it is about 190 centimeters, and for classic skis - 207-210 centimeters.
The second most important indicator is rigidity. To determine it, there is special equipment - flextester.
But since it is far from available in all stores, there are two ways to do this:
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with how to choose sticks for skiing, everything is much simpler - they are also divided into top, medium and low models and have different gradations of quality. The stick is more expensive and professional, the lighter and stronger. But despite the strength and lack of vibration when repelled, it is easy to break it with a blow of a sharp object.
This often happens in races when a lateral and often accidental ski strike actually cuts off a piece of the stick. However, cheap amateur sticks can be broken by any professional, just pushing hard at the start. The size of the skate sticks is selected as follows: your height minus 20 centimeters for skating skis and your height minus 30 centimeters for classic skis. At the same time, the size of the sticks may vary slightly depending on your readiness - for example, professionals such as Petter Nortug often choose the highest possible images (naturally, within reasonable limits).
Cross-country skiing can not do without ski boots.
Ski boots are an absolutely individual thing. There are many indicators that cannot be measured in any way, and it is possible to understand whether this or that model suits you only in practice. Boots come in three types - skate, classic and combination (there are still boots for a duathlon, but this is not relevant for a beginner). Depending on the manufacturer, they have a different block, the height of the heels, the lacing system and, in principle, differ from each other by the material of manufacture. Size is selected individually, and this procedure is not much different from buying ordinary shoes.
You should be comfortable in the shoes of the correct size - the leg should not dangle (especially in the ankle area for skate shoes) and numb. Classic shoes are selected strictly according to size - if they are a little large, then it will not work out well. As well as cycling shoes, ski boots cannot be dried on a battery - they become tight and can become deformed.