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Nordic skiers should wear lightweight synthetic layers thatallow for freedom of motion. Wear undergarments that wick moistureaway from your body, an insulating layer, and a wind-resistantlayer. Don't forget a hat, gloves, and sunglasses to protect youreyes from the glare of the snow.

Boots and bindings. These items should be bought together,since they must be compatible. Opt for a plastic boot cuff forextra support. Salomon Escape F-9 boots, $135; Salomon Profil Autobindings, $40.

Skis. Choose midlength skis for easier turning and stopping;get ones with a waxless bottom so you won't have to wax them everytime the temperature changes. Rossignol Evo Tour AR skis, $159.

Poles. Any lightweight, stiff, properly fitted nordic poleset will do. Swix ET031 Tour Pole, $30.

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