Madshus SkateX

Madshus SkateX

Boulder Nordic & Cycle Sport Staff

Is the next big thing in skate skiing here?!?! Quite possibly. 

After years of development, Madshus and Rottefella launched their all-new skate binding and boot system in February for distribution this fall. We recently had the privilege of testing the Madshus Skate X boot and Rottefella Skate X binding. 

SkateX is a revolutionary binding and boot system, yet it maintains compatibility with NIS plates, a feature that means compatibility with existing skis. Additionally, those familiar with the Move system will be pleased to see its integration into this innovative new binding as "Move Tune," providing fine adjustment in foot position.

The biggest development with SkateX is the location of the connection point between the boot and the ski. It's moved back—WAY back, under the ball of the foot. This new connection point allows for more power transmission throughout the stride as well as improved stability.

We've seen similar ideas over the years, such as using clap skate setups derived from speed skating, but those were ungainly and impractical. SkateX, on the other hand, is a refined and elegant solution that pairs with a well-made and comfortable boot.

After testing, BNS Founder Nathan Schultz said quite simply, "We've got to have these." Read below for his review.

The Skate X system will be in very limited production for 2024-2025. Pre-Order online here or call 877-BNS-SKIS to reserve yours before they run out!

Skate X Review:

The Skate X binding system and Madshus Redline Skate X boot are truly a revolutionary step in skate skiing. BNS Founder Nathan Schultz had the chance to ski about 45km over two days in March on this system in varying conditions from cold powder, glare ice, slush and everything in between. His verdict? "Wow, this is a game changer."

The Skate X binding and outsole move the location of push to where it naturally should be, under the ball of your foot. This is not a new concept, as we were skiing on this type of system back in 2007. The difference is that Madshus and Rottefella are the first to figure out how to package it in a system that is functional enough for mainstream use. The cleat that connects the shoe to the binding is adjustable, similar to a cycling shoe, providing fine-tuning of the push-off location.

The Skate X system improves power transmission, especially in V2, allowing you to push longer and more forcefully throughout the power cycle. Despite the radical adjustment, it takes surprisingly little time to adapt to the repositioning of the fulcrum underfoot. We noticed the biggest change in high-speed downhills but were able to adjust to the new feel of the system quickly. After a few hours on Skate X, we could bomb down some big hills and through challenging corners in difficult spring conditions alternating between ice, slush, and new snow. Skiers with good technique will benefit most from the Skate X system, but what surprised us is how less-skilled skiers also excelled on the system. Many intermediate-level skiers commented on how they naturally went into V2 technique much earlier than they would on other systems and felt more stable and in control on the Skate X.

In a nutshell, Skate X provides better control, power transmission and stability than previous binding systems. Madshus has done an excellent job of re-designing the fit and feel of these boots in addition to the Skate X outsole. We think these are revolutionary and will support skiers of all abilities to ski faster and have more fun doing it.

The Skate X binding is only available for NIS-plated skis. It includes the Move Tune system, for fine adjustments to the boot position on the ski.

From Madshus:

Skate X is the first binding system designed specifically for skate skiing. The point of rotation is moved to under the ball of the foot, optimizing for stability, power and efficiency.

The Madshus Redline Skate X boot uses the new Skate X outsole the provides a compact interface between the boot and binding, a stiffer connection, increased power transmission and lateral stability. The RED carbon chassis provides maximum stability, power and control. The Madshus Race Wrap 2.0 Innerboot is designed for a snug fit and precise connection to the ski.

Skate X Boot: 485g / pair size 42

PhD in Sport Sciences, Ove Sollie, has done a pilot research study testing the efficiency of Rottefella SkateX. "We tested the new SkateX system compared to the existing NNN system. The tests included both sprint and distance tests. The participants consisted of five highly trained skiers. There are clear indications that skiing speed is notably increased with SkateX compared to the existing NNN system. The indications of 1% improvement apply regardless of skating style and both when going uphill and downhill."