Essential Cross-Country Skiing Gear
Before you hit the snow, you need the right gear to help you burn fat this winter.
Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses
Easily interchangeable polarized lenses diffuse the winter brights, and a rubberized nose and ear tips give this sleek eyewear a comfy, secure fit for all-day wear. ($220; oakley.com)
Skis & Boots
Sure, you can rent gear almost anywhere you go, but if you ski more than a couple of times a year, it's better to buy your own. Choose a light, nonmetal-edged system boot with matching binding, and a ski with a waist width of 48–70mm for maximum terrain versatility. Our pick: an easy-entry ski like the Atomic Mover 48. ($280; atomic.com)
Snowshoeing also melts the pounds away—about 650 calories per hour—giving you a minimal-gear option to singe calories when the white stuff has staked its claim. Our favorite shoes on the market are the cutting-edge, adjustable snowshoes with clip-out crampons from Kahtoola. ($279; kahtoola.com)