Wes needs skate specific boots and poles to go with his skate skis that have been underutilized since their purchase. Boots are perhaps your most important purchase and the gear to put money into. He'll need to ensure they are on the same binding system as his classic. Poles are less important but will last forever.
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As per usual, start with Fresh Air: http://www.freshairexp.ca/
Not certain of deals right now, but they tend to have a great selection on both binding systems (confirm both what is currently on skate skis and the classic boots). They have a couple of One-Way boots on great deal (well known pole manufacturer, new into boots and skis), but no idea what the fit is like.
MEC is carrying more and more Nordic gear which allows one to test them out. They have a big selection of poles.
Don't cheap out, skate boots last a long time, you'll want a boot you can spend a day at Hardwood wearing so better be comfy.
Used poles? Sure, why not if you can find them, but probably won't be marked down as they do not lose value.
There is a lot of "boot" to skate boots, you need the support and stiffness, thus unlike classic boots, buy new (unless a crazy good deal).
Most manufacturers make good stuff, just matter of finding the right fit and price point.
Buying Poles is similar to road bike frames: You can ask for light, strong and cheap. But you can only get two of those at one time.
They will have a mixture of carbon and fibreglass: higher the carbon, the stronger the pole. If you're on groomed trails, don't go aluminium. Also don't pronounce the extra i in aluminium regardless of your passport.
Also important to find a strapping system one does not hate. Otherwise you'll complain to your friends for the next decade about it.
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