Crossing the Country in Uniform Comfort
Suited up in suitable Nordic manner at far left, Tom Upham and Patrick Moulign� stride through the birches of Sugar loaf, Maine, free and easy in their lightweight stretch fabrics.
The idea is to keep cool and dry while moving fast, then avoid chills while standing. At left, Kathy McKeany solves the problem by wearing cotton turtleneck under her knit nylon.
It figures that the Scandinavian influence would be a natural in the sport: Merete Degenkowl turns up below in hooded smock, trim knickers and the topper they call a Lapp cap.
The freedoms of cross-country are exemplified at right in lightweight suits, comfortable touring boots-no buckles!—and Nancy Ewan's easygoing version of a warmup outfit.
New Outfits for an Old Sport
The notable characteristic about cross-country skiing is that converts tend to fall upon the sport full of purist passions. There is no standing around lift line or lodge striking poses in skintight stretch pants, the scene so familiar to the Alpine branch of the game. In touring, fashion follows function and the clothing that goes with it is more serviceable than sexy. Ski tourers perspire on the move and at rest they give off steam like racehorses. The best cover for such activities are togs that look and perform like the warmup suits used in track and field; new nylon stretch knits are designed to breathe freely so that body moisture will evaporate. As a concession to cold, many manufacturers have added double layers across the seat and front of the knickers, but essentially the overall look remains simple as with the two outfits at left—a tricolored suit with zippered pockets to hold gear, and a facsimile of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Nordic suit. In skis and boots, ski tourers have clung doggedly for years to soft leathers and laminated woods, but future trends will swing inevitably, as they did in downhill, to synthetics and fiber glass to meet the demand.
Where to Buy
Starting on page 72, the red Helenca four-way stretch suit is by Hexcel ($45) at Sport Meister, East Lansing, Mich.; L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine. The red and blue competition suit is made of nylon stretch knit ($60) by Anba of Austria. The white competition boots and all the other boots on these pages are by Bass, the gloves by B.H. Weiss. The navy and gold nylon stretch-knit outfit also is from Anba ($60)-both Anba suits are at Randy's Racquet & Ski Shop, Pittsburgh. The red Scandinavian-style tunic and knicker combo is polyester gabardine ($55) by Monika Tilley for Profile; the Lapp cap is Beconta's. The outfit is at Dave Cook Sporting Goods, Denver; Lord & Taylor, New York. The blue suit with red zippers is made of Lycra-nylon-rayon stretch by Head ($95) at Hickory & Tweed, Armonk, N.Y.; Don Thomas Sporthaus, Birmingham, Mich. The light touring boots ($34) are at Spiegel's, New York; Hudson's, Detroit. The green nylon stretch-knit knicker-suit is from Anba ($50) at Randy's Racquet & Ski Shop, Pittsburgh. Opposite: the two-piece polyester stretch-crepe suit is designed by Peter Steinebronn for Head Ski Wear in Europe ($115) at Princeton Skate & Ski, New York. The red, white and blue nylon knit suit ($33.50) by Demetre is at Gorsuch Ltd., Vail; Wilson's Sports, Rutland, Vt.