The Rossignol X5 OT ($175.00) cross country ski boot offers xc skiers a little bit of everything. Here is the boot to use if you want to classic ski on a groomed track at a touring center and want to tour up on the pass in a backcountry setting.
The beauty of the Rossi X5 is it is light enough to not feel cumbersome at the local touring center and it is just stout enough with its external cuff to help with some extra support in the backcountry.
The optimum gear choice for optimum performance would be to have a classic set-up for the track and a BC set-up for skiing wild snow. However, Ski Haus knows not every budget is set up to be able accommodate multiple ski and boot options for wherever you want to ski. So… the Rossignol X5 OT and the Rossignol X5 OT FW (women’s fit) is here to save the day.
We like to set this boot up with either the Fischer Spider 62 ski ($229.95) or the Rossignol OT 65 ski ($265.00). Both of these skis are narrow enough to fit into the classic tracks at the touring center and both have metal edges that can help you out when skiing the pass.
Your consideration for either of these skis to work both places is they have to be narrow enough to fit the track but that same narrowness can make your BC skiing a bit of a challenge up on the pass in deeper snow.
They both will work just fine if you wait for the crack-of-noon before heading up into the backcountry. Waiting for a trail to be set in the backcountry lets these skis work just fine up there.
If you want to break your own trail realize you might have to work a little harder versus using a backcountry ski with more width. It is not impossible, it’s just requires a bit more energy from you. Or, as long as an existing trail is going the direction you want to go life will be pretty darn easy.
Photos: Perfectly groomed classic track at the Lake Catamount Touring Center here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. And the flip side, a backcountry ski track in wild snow on Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.