Across the frozen tundra.
To our knowledge, no one has yet ridden a bike across the poles, but the first person to do it will probably be wearing the Lake MXZ303 Wide Men’s Winter Boots. The boots’ most important feature might also be the simplest: they’re built on an exceptionally wide last, which both accommodates wide feet and provides the possibility of serious layering, all the better to survive those perilous Twin Cities winter commutes and winter bikepacking epics.
The MXZ303 doesn’t rely solely on layering to provide warmth, though. The heel and tongue are lined with Outlast heat-reflective technology, which reflects heat back at the foot instead of letting it escape through the tough Pittards leather upper. There’s also 3M Thinsulate insulation in the toe box and Thermosol in the insole, so your feet are protected from the frigid outdoors from all angles.
The boots are finished with a neoprene cuff that cinches down and wind- and waterproof flaps at the ankle and forefoot to keep Mother Nature’s most punishing incursions at bay. Underneath it all, the rugged Vibram sole provides grip when the drifts get too deep to pedal and protects your cleats from unnecessary damage.
- Item #LKC000Z
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 39W
- Height: 5'5"
- Weight: 130lbs
I'm a female and wear a size 7.5 sneaker and boot. I ordered a size 39 and it was too tight wear wearing a PhD Smartwool sock. I reordered a size 39 wide and it fits perfectly with a thicker wool sock or the PhD sock. I even ordered the 40 regular to see if I didn't need a wide and the 40 was too big toe to heel. The 39 Wide fits perfectly. These boots feel like slippers they are so comfortable and warm. They do not feel wide or floppy. No need to break them in. I bought them for a fat bike DH race in New Hampshire and the temps never got above 15*. My feet were warm for the first time ever in winter weather! My husband also bought a pair in size 45 and they were also narrow. Exchanged for a 45 wide and he loves them. He is a 10.5 boot/sneaker. I indicated that they are true to size (length wise) but in our case they were just narrow. They are built very well and I would definitely recommend them!
Comfortable, well made, warm
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
I've only worn these a few times in dry conditions, with temps in the lower 40s - upper 30s. My feet definitely are warmer than in my regular cleats with shoe covers. The lacing mechanism is well engineered and easy to use. They do run narrow and short. I normally wear a 39 or 40, and have a normal foot width. But I had to order a 41W to get enough toe room. I wear a thin, non-cushioned sock. I'll be trying a little thicker sock as the temps drop. Very comfortable to walk in, too.
Keeps the feet toasty
I researched a bunch of different boots before buying these and many of the reviews were saying to size up. I believe they fit true to size after they are broken in. If you do size up you get the added toe room for warmth. However, in time the boots will get pressed out and the boa tightening mech will become ineffective at giving the correct amount of support which will cause your heels to slip. Sizing up will add more material and weight as well. I had to slide my cleats a little towards the inside of my feet because the boots are thicker and I was getting slight crank rub. With winter MTB boots there aren't really that many options out there, these keep my feet warm but I might look into getting gaiters for them.
Is this model the 2016 ?