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    Free your bike, free your mind.

    If you can’t stand another basement/garage/spare room trainer session to try to maintain your fitness through the holidays, invest in a pair of Lake’s MXZ 303 Winter Boots. The previous version of this boot, the 302, won accolade after accolade and has a dedicated following of winter cyclists.

    From the inside out, the 303 is built to lock in your body’s naturally-produced heat, and protect your feet from the elements. It starts with the Outlast reflective material on the inside, then moves to Thinsulate and Thermosol in the toe box and insole. The uppers are made from Pittards leather, and the sole is a Vibram, with deep, snow-clearing lugs. The neoprene cuff seals out snow, cold air, and moisture, and your foot’s locked in with an easy-to-operate Boa dial, with an extra strap on the ankle.

    • Winter cycling shoe
    • Two-hole cleat compatibility
    • Reflective, heat-conserving insert
    • Vibram sole
    • Pittards upper
    • Neoprene cuff
    • Item #LKC000A

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Pittards leather
    Closure
    BOA
    Footbed
    Thermosol composite insulated
    Midsole
    fiberglass-injected high-impact nylon
    Sole
    Vibram Mountain V
    Cleat Compatibility
    2-hole MTB
    Recommended Use
    cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great boot above 30 degrees

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    I wish these boots were better rated for warmth is my only complaint. Really quite expensive for a winter boot that is more of a fall/spring boot. Very comfortable, extremely grippy and good support. I suffer with cold toes below freezing, and somehow for a $299 boot that is marketed for winter riding that makes no sense! I guess I have to get yet another pair which is most disappointing. Compared to booties however, this is much much better and easy to get on/off..

    Good winter boots

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought these as a gift, and they work great. The guy I bought them for has wide feet, and these fit great, and keep him warm when he is out fat biking!

    Good boots but..

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 48 I wear size 12 and got 48 to have extra room

    I snowboard and have used BOA for years but it may not be the best thing for biking. Less than 2 weeks of use, about 60 miles of hard trails, the top of the boa nob was popped off. I can get it fixed but I think straps are best for my kind of riding in New England.

    Other than that boots are great, my toes still got cold but that's a tough thing with biking. Boots were comfortable and sturdy overall. I am switching to SIDI cold weather shoes and when used enough will write a comp.

    I rode in them for a week now

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42 Regular
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 173lbs

    Can't compare to booties. Do not hit my chainstay and doesn't feel clumsy; cannot say anything negative like I heard from others. I love these and I feel like I entered a different game ;-) I use them with SPD's. I would add that this should be labeled as UNISEX boot. I know many girls riding in them and got recommendation from one of my female friends.

    Great transitional boot- not for extreme

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44 Wide

    Lake 303 (wide) are well-built and well-thought out, comfy, and great for what, i believe, they were really designed for- ~20sF riding but no less. I rode several 10-15 F rides about 45-50 min in length and all resulted in cold numb feet in the end. The main problem is the enemy of all cycling footwear- the cleat/sole interface. That contact point was so cold by the end of my rides that it was cold to the touch even after pulling out my foot. For that late fall to winter transition, these are your boots. Afterwards, think 45nrth or flats with you winter snow boots.

    Warm, good function on and off bike.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Went all in on snowbiking this past winter and added these to my kit. I tried on virtually all the available boots comparable and the wide version of these fit the best. I've used them with the 'old' (pre 2016) egg beaters and also with the new Crank Bros Double Shot pedal. I have used the metal cleat shim (per shoe instructions) and have had no problem with clipping in/out and I have not had to carve any of the sole away as sometimes needed. I've got some wading boots (fly fishing) with the boa closure and have had some instances where the BOA ratchet freezes up after dunking in a river and then coming out to freezing temps (forcing you to thaw things in the truck to get your boots off). I've never had the same issue on these albeit I haven't dunked them in a river in mid-winter either (but have ridden all day/eve with moisture building and and freezing on me/clothing/bike). Cost is steep but I'm expecting many winters of use--and the cost to my fitness and sanity for not riding in the winter makes the expense bearable.

    GOOD WITH FAULTS

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    One of the warmest boots I have ever ridden. However it is not faultless. The boot is not waterproof. Road it several times in rain or snow mix with wet feet. Second, the boot is not compatible with all MTB cleats and pedals. I ride Crankbrother Candy's from Candy 1's to 3's. I have several bikes. None of them would allow me to clip out properly. Nearly killed myself until the service manager at Crankbrothers and I figured it out by trial and error. They had a few extra discontinued unadjustable cleats left over from the past that work well. The new versions simply wont work no matter how many shims you install. The tread on the cleat is too thick and close to work like it should. I tried to call Lake for some input but only was able to leave messages with no return calls. Also, I ordered a size up for thick socks and it was fine.

    Nice boot for winter fatty riding

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I just got into fat tire winter biking (love it!). I use clipless pedals and wanted a winter boot that was clipless compatible. I will say that due to many prior near-frostbite situations, my feet get cold VERY easily.
    These boots are super comfortable and I love the Boa closure system. I find them warm only down to about 25 degrees F. They fit true to size, but I went up one size to accommodate a heavy wool sock.
    I added a set of Hotronics heaters to allow me to ride in temps down to 5 degrees F (cold enough for me).
    P.S. If you use Crank Bros. pedals, make sure to install a set of their shoe shields.

    Nice boot for winter fatty riding

    Great winter biking boot

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 48
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I looked around a lot and settled on the Lake 303 for a winter boot for Fat Biking in Vermont. They have not disappointed. In fact, I have been delighted with them in every respect. The fit is true to size. The design is ingenious for a tight and secure fit. They have kept me warm invariably to temps in the single digits. I have ridden with them in all conditions- snow, rain, mud, hard, frozen ground. The Vibram soles are terrific for walking. I am partial to Vibram soles, and they make a great combination with the overall design of this boot. I could not be happier with the overall quality and performance of this product. I recommend them unequivocally as a premier winter boot, which will definitely improve the winter riding experience.

    Winter need not be miserable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I live in Eastern Washington State where the winters are cold, but usually dry. A typical winter day can be in the 20's to 30's, but if it is dry, why waste an opportunity? My feet always run cold in the winter, and in the past I just put on more wool socks and stuffed my feet into my bike shoes and then use shoe covers. My feet were still near frost bitten (white and painful). Until I found these shoes. I thought it was a splurge, but my wife knows I am a real bike enthusiast and said she was going to order them if I did not. I could not be happier. They were a little stiff at first, but they moulded to my feet, and if I have time during the day and the weather has not turned my roads into an ice rink, I am out there!!! I did get caught in freezing rain storm, but with my winter gear and boots, I stayed safe and warm. My next winter purchase may be studded bike tires....As for fit, I wear a Shimano 48 and I got the Lake in a 48 and it ran true to size relative to Shimano (and my feet). If you love to bike in the winter, consider a pair. I road bike, and while heavy for a road bike (definitely won't be racing!!!), the point for me is to keep training through the winter on my favorite hill climbs. For the Lake's I have Crank Brothers Candy II pedals, and the cleats work fantastic on the Lake's

    Love these things

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    The first thing I noticed is how comfortable they are. They are like having supprtive pillows on your feet. I have ridden through tons of mountin bike shoes, nothing comes close n terms of comfort. These are more comfortable than most regular shoes I have. They are not sized like regular Lakes, which I find to run large. I wear a 9 which typically equates to a 43. These were a perfec fit at size 43. So consisteant with shimano sizing. I have had these on rides down to 11 degree F, with wind chills down in the negertives, and the feet were still great. At that point they aren't warm, but they aren't cold either. 30 degrees and up and these are actally kind of hot. They are keep the water out and just work. Love these. Highly recommended.

    Like walking on the butts of angels

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Maybe it's mercury poisoning from all the canned tuna fish I had to eat saving up to buy these beauties, but the moment I put them on I literally felt my feet had been wrapped in supple, bulletproof rainbows. I was a bit skeptical at first of whether these would truly be worth the money, and I even felt a subtle twinge of buyer's remorse after clicking 'buy', but the boots are definitely worth it.
    First, I've been wearing them for commuting on my Surly Crosscheck in Philadelphia, and have used them a bit in snow on a fat tire in temperatures ranging from 12 degrees F (windchill was much colder) up to about 42 degrees F. Even riding on the coldest, gustiest days yet my feet have felt completely comfortable. On the warmest day, I could have used my summer biking shoes but wanted to test these instead, and I didn't overheat. That being said, these are not warm weather boots.
    Second, they are supremely easy to clip in with. I use Time Atac MTB pedals on EVERYTHING and these boots are intuitive when it comes to clipping in. No problems there whatsoever.
    Third, walking around in these is intensely pleasurable. Honestly one of the most comfortable boots to walk in that I own, and my other pair is a 15 year old pair of Danner's. These are legit. Very easy to transition from outdoor to indoor, and arent slick at all on wet tile, hardwood, etc.
    Fourth, people WILL compliment you. The MXZ303's are so super sharp looking, I got 4 compliments on them my first day at work. Some of the best looking boots I've seen. Period.
    Fifth, they are secure on your foot, but also easy to slip on and off before/after commuting due to their finger loop on the back and easy mechanism of ratcheting on/off. The neoprene upper wraps around socks, scrubs, or whatever and makes a damn good seal. I wear them under rain pants if it's a downpour and haven't had wet feet yet.
    As for sizing, I heard they run small so whereas I normally wear a 45, I ordered these in a 46 and they fit perfectly with my smartwool socks. Snug, but just right.

    IMPRESSION: A must have for deep winter cycling. Toasty, beautiful, comfortable, strong and easy.

    Lake boots

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Xxl
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 230lbs

    Had to ho two sizes bigger but very warm and comfortable. I have been using them for a month now and can't say enough good.

    Perfect for sloppy/cold rides in Chicago

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'7"

    I wear these for weekend rides and my commute to work. I am riding a BMC Cyclocross with Crank Bros. pedals and these shoes are perfect in 20 degree weather. Perfect in cold rain and slush. And perfect to get in and out of. They are ugly, but they work. I ordered a size up and wear only one pair of Assos socks with them.

    Great Fat Bike shoe - available in wide

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42W

    Looking for a winter mountain bike boot? This is the one. It's held up to temps in the 10's for 3 hour rides. It comes in wide width, which was key for me. Great closure system. Comfortable from the first ride.

    Great boot, size accordingly

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large

    Construction on these boots is great, and the materials, closure, and design give a strong first impression.
    In terms of sizing, i feel the boots run large. I've always worn a US 8 and all my cycling shoes have been a EU 41, and I've always had a pinkie finger's width of room between my toes and the front of the shoe. Lake equates a US 8 to a EU 42 in their size chart. I tried on a 40, 41, and 42, and the 41s fit best, I had on a slim sock, but there was still room if I were wearing a warmer winter sock. The 40s weren't too small, but wouldn't have had room for a thicker sock. The 42s had more room than I needed. As for width, I don't wear a an E size shoe or anything, but my feet probably lean towards the wide end of normal. These weren't narrow feeling, and I didn't feel like the wide variant would provide a better fit.

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    Warm Feet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    The Lake MXZ303 is a subzero rated mountain bike shoe. Comfort is outstanding in the 303. The neoprene around the cuff allows good movement while pedaling. The shoes also did not feel overly bulky when riding and had no issues with rubbing the stays. The Boa and velcro straps offer plenty of adjustability to dial in your needs. I’ve only worn these down to 20 degrees F and they were plenty warm.

    For me, the shoes ran one size small. I wear a 42E in Shimano mountain bike shoes for reference and went with the 43 wide for the Lake and they fit great. If you like to wear really thick winter socks you may consider going another half size.

    If you are searching for a winter shoe to keep your feet warm, take a look at the Lake MXZ303-X.

    all good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I went with the wide for my sensitive feet and am very happy. Bolted on my cleats and did a fat bike race for a first ride. BOA works well and strap is in the right place to keep foot snug. Sizing was accurate,(if in doubt go up) sole is not crazy stiff but fine to race and hikes OK. Finally found a winter shoe that's not narrow.

    Warm Dry Feet Are So Nice!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46w
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    These boots are fanatic. I had been wearing covers for the last 3 years and had cold wet feet after every ride. I had considered buying winter boots every year but could not bring myself to spending the money. That being said I have not regretted the purchase one single second, minute or hour. My only regret is not buying them sooner. I am looking forward to riding this spring and see how they handle the wet slop that we face in Northwest Ohio. Follow the sizing charts that are online as they run small and I recommend wide. (normally 10.5 regular and 46 wide fit perfect)

    Pay Attention to Sizes in Reviews

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46

    I normally wear a 10.5 shoe, I was apprehensive whether or not to order wide based on the reviews. I've never ordered wide shoes so decided on the 46 (size 12) normal width. They are a little snug in the midfoot area with wool socks but weren't worth returning them and going wide. They work fine for me and I'm sure they will break in and fit great. Just rode in 11F weather for 2 hours, feet got a little cold but not horrible. I don't think there is a perfect solution for riding in the extreme cold but this is as close as you can get.

    Pretty set on getting a pair of these to finally have warm & dry feet this winter. According to my measurements and Lake's sizing (283 x 107mm) I'd need a 45 regular, but I'm seeing sizing advice all over the board (runs small, runs true, runs big...) for both length and width. Not going to do anything weird like wear 2-10 pair of socks. Is the accepted practice to just order 2 pair in different sizes and keep the ones that work?

    How are these boots sized? If I wear a Giro size 43.5/10 with regular cycling socks , do I get a Lake 44 if I wear thick wool socks or do I size up?