Foot support, stability, ankle support and comfortable cushioning are basics to look for when choosing men’s Nordic ski boots for all cross-country and backcountry treks. Men’s XC boots and backcountry ski boots are softer and more flexible than alpine boots so you can hit the trails and beyond. All men’s Nordic ski boots are made for the free-heel bindings, but the terrain you choose is what dictates whether you should have cross-country or XC, Nordic or backcountry ski boots. Men’s Nordic ski boots are found on groomed paths, cross-country and backcountry ski boots are better for raw terrain. All boots must protect your feet from getting wet and feeling the chill so you can last longer in the outdoors. Brands like Whitewoods, Alpina and Atomic are top-quality brands to browse in your search for the right boot.