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The perfect cross-country skiing equipment

Even with it, you can't run alone, but good and suitable cross-country skiing equipment ensures that the fun factor increases. We got tips from someone who should know.

Robbie Ortner is the manager of the GO-IN Sportshops. He often uses his lunch breaks for a round on the Engelberg valley cross-country ski trail. We met him there and got some advice in the middle of the trail.  

Clothes and glasses

"We recommend decent cross-country socks that are not too warm, but not too cold either. With them, windstopper trousers and for cold days, padded outer trousers are very practical. You should wear a functional shirt under the insulation jacket with wind stopper function. What I also find very practical is a scarf. When it's very cold, I pull it over my nose and breathe through it. For the ears, you need a functional headband or cap. Sunglasses that aren't too dark for the play of light and shadow make for a good view."

Clothes and glasses

"We recommend decent cross-country socks that are not too warm, but not too cold either. With them, windstopper trousers and for cold days, padded outer trousers are very practical. You should wear a functional shirt under the insulation jacket with wind stopper function. What I also find very practical is a scarf. When it's very cold, I pull it over my nose and breathe through it. For the ears, you need a functional headband or cap. Sunglasses that aren't too dark for the play of light and shadow make for a good view."

Clothes and glasses

"We recommend decent cross-country socks that are not too warm, but not too cold either. With them, windstopper trousers and for cold days, padded outer trousers are very practical. You should wear a functional shirt under the insulation jacket with wind stopper function. What I also find very practical is a scarf. When it's very cold, I pull it over my nose and breathe through it. For the ears, you need a functional headband or cap. Sunglasses that aren't too dark for the play of light and shadow make for a good view."

Clothes and glasses

"We recommend decent cross-country socks that are not too warm, but not too cold either. With them, windstopper trousers and for cold days, padded outer trousers are very practical. You should wear a functional shirt under the insulation jacket with wind stopper function. What I also find very practical is a scarf. When it's very cold, I pull it over my nose and breathe through it. For the ears, you need a functional headband or cap. Sunglasses that aren't too dark for the play of light and shadow make for a good view."

Gloves

It's best to buy two different gloves - depending on the temperature. And if you want to be precise and have fun with gadgets, you can buy a sports watch.

Gloves

It's best to buy two different gloves - depending on the temperature. And if you want to be precise and have fun with gadgets, you can buy a sports watch.

Gloves

It's best to buy two different gloves - depending on the temperature. And if you want to be precise and have fun with gadgets, you can buy a sports watch.

Gloves

It's best to buy two different gloves - depending on the temperature. And if you want to be precise and have fun with gadgets, you can buy a sports watch.

Sticks

"The length of the poles is adjusted to skating or classic. What is true everywhere is especially important here: you should get advice from professionals."

Sticks

"The length of the poles is adjusted to skating or classic. What is true everywhere is especially important here: you should get advice from professionals."

Sticks

"The length of the poles is adjusted to skating or classic. What is true everywhere is especially important here: you should get advice from professionals."

Sticks

"The length of the poles is adjusted to skating or classic. What is true everywhere is especially important here: you should get advice from professionals."

Ski

"The ski must correspond to the weight class, otherwise there can be a lot of variation. In the shop we notice that many ultimately choose according to colour or brand. Every good specialist shop has skis for hobby skiers and for ambitious skiers. It is important to wax the ski often. The ski lasts longer that way and it's also more fun. "

Ski

"The ski must correspond to the weight class, otherwise there can be a lot of variation. In the shop we notice that many ultimately choose according to colour or brand. Every good specialist shop has skis for hobby skiers and for ambitious skiers. It is important to wax the ski often. The ski lasts longer that way and it's also more fun. "

Ski

"The ski must correspond to the weight class, otherwise there can be a lot of variation. In the shop we notice that many ultimately choose according to colour or brand. Every good specialist shop has skis for hobby skiers and for ambitious skiers. It is important to wax the ski often. The ski lasts longer that way and it's also more fun. "

Ski

"The ski must correspond to the weight class, otherwise there can be a lot of variation. In the shop we notice that many ultimately choose according to colour or brand. Every good specialist shop has skis for hobby skiers and for ambitious skiers. It is important to wax the ski often. The ski lasts longer that way and it's also more fun. "

Shoes

"The most important thing about shoes: they have to be comfortable."

Shoes

"The most important thing about shoes: they have to be comfortable."

Shoes

"The most important thing about shoes: they have to be comfortable."

Shoes

"The most important thing about shoes: they have to be comfortable."

Bag

"The bag is my personal tip. I put an energy bar, my mobile phone, a second pair of gloves and a thin jacket in it. Thanks to the bag, you have everything important with you."

Bag

"The bag is my personal tip. I put an energy bar, my mobile phone, a second pair of gloves and a thin jacket in it. Thanks to the bag, you have everything important with you."

Bag

"The bag is my personal tip. I put an energy bar, my mobile phone, a second pair of gloves and a thin jacket in it. Thanks to the bag, you have everything important with you."

Bag

"The bag is my personal tip. I put an energy bar, my mobile phone, a second pair of gloves and a thin jacket in it. Thanks to the bag, you have everything important with you."

Time for shopping

"Take your time when shopping and maybe even go to different shops. It's good to think about what you want in advance. The goal should be good, suitable equipment and not the cheapest. The season's goal also plays a factor in the selection - the equipment is different if I set myself the Engadine as a goal, for example."

Time for shopping

"Take your time when shopping and maybe even go to different shops. It's good to think about what you want in advance. The goal should be good, suitable equipment and not the cheapest. The season's goal also plays a factor in the selection - the equipment is different if I set myself the Engadine as a goal, for example."

Time for shopping

"Take your time when shopping and maybe even go to different shops. It's good to think about what you want in advance. The goal should be good, suitable equipment and not the cheapest. The season's goal also plays a factor in the selection - the equipment is different if I set myself the Engadine as a goal, for example."

Time for shopping

"Take your time when shopping and maybe even go to different shops. It's good to think about what you want in advance. The goal should be good, suitable equipment and not the cheapest. The season's goal also plays a factor in the selection - the equipment is different if I set myself the Engadine as a goal, for example."

Fun and colleagues

"For beginners, I recommend taking one or two hours of lessons. Then just have fun, fun, fun. The fun factor increases when you run with colleagues."

Fun and colleagues

"For beginners, I recommend taking one or two hours of lessons. Then just have fun, fun, fun. The fun factor increases when you run with colleagues."

Fun and colleagues

"For beginners, I recommend taking one or two hours of lessons. Then just have fun, fun, fun. The fun factor increases when you run with colleagues."

Fun and colleagues

"For beginners, I recommend taking one or two hours of lessons. Then just have fun, fun, fun. The fun factor increases when you run with colleagues."

Author

Andrea Hurschler

Thanks to the advice she gets in Engelberg's sports shops, Andrea Hurschler has good cross-country skiing equipment.

Her latest purchase: a pair of sports goggles suitable for her evening training on the night trail.

Her next purchase: probably a bag recommended by Robbie.