Cross Country Bindings

Cross Country Binding Shopping Tips


When it comes to cross country skiing the required equipment includes cross country skis, boots, bindings, and poles. As you may know there are various types of cross country skis available. Some models come with bindings and some do not. The models which come flat, or without bindings, can generally accept any model of bindings.


The major compatibility issue when it comes to cross country ski gear is between the boots and the bindings. There are several different styles of cross country bindings and boots including: NNN, NNN BC, SNS, SNS BC, and 75mm or Three-Pin. These systems all feature different cross country binding to boot connection systems. The various systems are not compatible with each other. It is critical that the bindings and boots you choose are for the same system.


The integrated binding systems may be referred to as NIS, Nordic Integrated System. NIS is in reference to the plate system that is attached to some skis which come with bindings. The cross country bindings that are mounted to NIS system skis are actually NNN bindings, and therefore require NNN cross country ski boots.


The 75mm or Three-Pin system was once the Nordic norm, however, most of the cross country ski gear manufacturers have gone away from producing new 75mm bindings and boots. The NNN bindings are considered the New Nordic Norm and are the most common system produced today. SNS bindings and boots are designed to be a competing system to the NNN design. SNS cross country bindings are only manufactured by the brands Salomon and Atomic. The BC versions of the NNN and SNS systems are designed specifically for the back country. The BC style bindings tend to be made from heavier duty components and the bar in the toe of the boots which locks into the bindings is a bit thicker.


In most cases the bindings will not be mounted on the skis when your order them. gives you the opportunity to purchase ski teching, and one of our certified technicians will mount the ski bindings on the skis before they are shipped to you. Unlike downhill ski bindings, cross country ski bindings do not need to be mounted by a certified technician. However, if you do choose to mount them yourself is not responsible for any miss mounted bindings.


Hopefully the array of cross country binding information available in the Ski-O-Pedia will help you make an informed decision about getting the perfect set of bindings. However, if you have any questions or would like to be pointed in the right direction please contact our customer service department via phone, email, or LiveChat.



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