Lake MXZ 302 Shoes

DESCRIPTION

Features:

BOA® push/pull lacing system with improved heel hold.

New heel and pad straps are integrated into the BOA reel and lace system. As the closure is tightened the heel strap locks your foot into place to avoid slip.Push/Pull BOA® provides easy closure and adjustment.

Water resistant Pittards® WR100 leather upper with neoprene cuff and NEW 2-piece lace overflap for improved seal and ankle fit. A Full Outlast® temperature regulating liner, 3M Thinsulate™ toebox lining and a Thermosol composite insulating insole provides superior warmth.

New for the 2008 winter mtb shoe is the SPD-compatible Vibram sole for increased traction on snow and ice.

Drilling: SPD

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 23, 2016]
Jayem
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Decent water-resistance, can usually survive quick immersion up to the tongue dry.

Weakness:

As "cold weather" boots, the biggest flaw is that the sole is paper thin and the cleat is so close to your foot. This transmits heat to the cleat, which transmits to the pedal ,which transmits-you get my point. It ends up being a heat sink, and no amount of upper insulation really helps due to this. The other big negative is you can't change the cleat mounting plate. The shoe is sewn to the sole with the plate sandwiched in between, so if it breaks (like mine did) you are kind of up **** creek and have to un-do the BOA (which will require new laces), make cut in the center of the sole (top side, inside the boot) and get the old plate out and insert a new one. Seeing as these are often used in cold icy environments where salt is often present, it would make sense to have these removable? No?

These are ok shoulder-season boots and if it sometimes gets down to freezing or slightly below, they are ok, although sometimes my feet still get cold. These are best used with a shoe-cover to provide some additional insulation, but stand-alone they are ok for cool temps and pretty good for DH IME (tape your mx pants to the boot with some duct tape and nothing can get inside and you have a nice sturdy boot). Otherwise, these have some pretty big flaws for being "cold weather boots". I see lake has come out with the 400 series now, but it seems most of the cold weather boots suffer from the same flaws, non-removable (without destroying stuff) cleat plate and most importantly, thin sole that transmits heat easily. At least the Wolfgars have a dedicated inner-boot, which won't suffer from this problem, but it shouldn't be a big deal to make a thicker sole IMO and a few changes and these could be great IMO.

Similar Products Used:

Various boots

[Dec 01, 2013]
Robert
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

These boots last and keep your feet nice and warm in temperatures down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 60 minutes.
Add Hotronic toe warmers and they keep my feet warm down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours at a time.

Weakness:

The threads that connect the heal cap will come lose after about 50 rides. Take them to a local shoe repair shop and have them sewn and they will not fall apart again.

I ride these boots during the six months of winter about 80 times per season for rides that last 2 to 4 hours. With Hotronic toe warmers the boots keep my feet nice and warm down to 5 degrees Farenheit for several hours. Without Hotronic toe warmers I can wear these boots down to 30 degrees Farenhiet for about an hour before my toes start to get cold. These boots last as I have over 5 years of use in mine, or over 400 rides. A more detailed review is on icecyclist dot com.

Similar Products Used:

Lake MXZ-303 winter cycling boots.

[Apr 10, 2012]
lolmaus
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

—Warmest shoes i could find.
—Protect against both cold and water.
—BOA mechanism is very handy: very easy to take the shoes on and off, very comfortable fit.
—After one winter season, i got no problems with heels coming off, etc.

Weakness:

—If BOA laces break, i'll have a hard time finding a replacement.
—When cleats are in the foremost position, large sole bumps kinda get in the way when you try to connect to the pedals.

My riding style is mostly commuting and some weekend country riding. No really hard mountain biking (but it does not mean that the shoes are poor at MTB, i just haven't tried... the Vibram soles are very grippy!).

Verdict: Those are THE shoes for the winter.

But keep in mind, that your feet can easily get cold even in 0°C (32°F) in the warmest footwear, only because you steadily cycle for a long time!

Similar Products Used:

Shimano Diablo GTX (too cold, get wet easily)

[Feb 24, 2012]
work-ed
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Construction

Weakness:

WAY TOO TIGHT AND NARROW

These look great, and are well constructed, but OMG are they tight. If you have an even somewhat wide foot, forget about it. I purchased a 44 and in no way is my foot getting in these. Returned.

[Dec 08, 2011]
dirtyjack
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

These boot will keep your feet warm and dry

Weakness:

The plastic where the boa lacing loops through can sit in an uncomfortable place on your foot. You need to be sure to pull the tongue under the plastic piece when putting them on.

They seem to have fixed the heel cup sticthing issue that plagued the earlier models. Size up a half size to account for heavier socks and you'll be dry and warm.

[May 02, 2011]
andym
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fit

These boots are great. Lets me ride in the winter without having to think about my feet getting cold. Never had any problems with the lacing system. I wear a 14 wide and ordered the 15 wide for a great fit. Two seasons of riding in 20 degree weather and no problems to report. You will forget about the price immediately upon using them in freezing weather.

[Mar 19, 2010]
B Cycle N
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

They are somewhat warm, I used them down to about -17 (f) but could not last more than a couple of hours. Make sure you buy them big enough for your favorite sock system. I think they're best for temperatures ranging +15 and above but not much lower.

Weakness:

***Warning*** I purchased these shoes at the beginning of winter at a local bike shop. I used them several times a week for about 4 weeks. I noticed that the stitching on BOTH heels came undone. Shortly thereafter the rubber heel separated from the leather boot upper. They are still useable but for the amount of money I spent on these I expected a much better quality. I emailed Lake and received no response (not surprising).

If you have $250+ to throw away and on very marginal product that won’t live up to expectations and product customer support is non-existent; then these are for you. For the rest of us don’t bother wasting time and money, you’ll be disappointed.

I give these the lowest chilies possible since Lake would not recognize my email and this product stinks to high heaven.

Similar Products Used:

Usually use flat pedals and lightweight snow boots

[Jan 28, 2010]
mikewest
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Warmth. Lake customer service is very friendly

Weakness:

What was wrong with shoe laces? What possible advantage does a breakable ratchet and impossible thin, proprietary lacing have for the consumer?

Of the two winters I've owned these boots, they've spent as much time at the factory being fixed/replaced as they have on my feet. I have at least 20 friends who use them, however, and most of them have had better luck than me. I keep breaking the lacing system for some reason. Lake has great customer support however. Good enough, that I'm still willing to work with them. If they made this boot with regular laces or velcro closure, I'd give it a 5.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano, Sidi, and Diadora MTB shoes with neoprene socks and toe covers.

[Dec 10, 2008]
mikewest
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Very warm.

Weakness:

Why, why, why, why do they use the BOA lacing system

Got the shoes 3 weeks ago. On my 3rd ride, the right lace snapped. I've been waiting 2 weeks for replacement laces. Customer service folks are super nice. However, my feet are cold since I can't use the boots without laces.

For me, $240 is very expensive for a biking shoe or boot. I've bought many other shoes/boots that have worked well. Therefor, it's very hard for me to call these a 'good value' even if they are quite warm.

I've got 3 friends with the same boots. One of of them had to have the heels stitched back on. Of the four pairs of these boots I've seen, two have failed and two are working fine.

Similar Products Used:

Toe warmers for many years.

[Mar 11, 2008]
Nick
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Warm. Leather seemed to hold up.

Weakness:

Right Boa string broke. Both heels came apart. Lost three toe spikes (properly tightened) probably on rocks. Spike threads slid backward under the sole, hard to replace spikes.

Heard old version of this boot was the whip. I know several people with the old style without problems. The newer design didn't hold up during winter training. Both heels came unstitched on two consecutive rides. Then right Boa line broke. Lake claims to have a one year warranty, haven't found out if they'll make good.

Similar Products Used:

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