The Best Stuff – Lake MXZ302 Winter Boots

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With all the conversation and thinking about “stuff” this past week, I began contemplating about what I considered to be my “best stuff”.  There are several things on the list.  Fenders, my jacket, the tandem-com wireless devices….

But, the hands down winner are my Lake MXZ302 Winter boots.  Before I got them, I really struggled to keep my feet warm.  My booties are effective down to about freezing.  Beyond that, I was wearing a second old pair over the top of them, but that only kept me comfortable down to about 25 degrees.   

Since I’ve gotten the Lakes, I can honestly say that my feet have never gotten uncomfortably cold.  By adjusting the socks I wear with them, they’ve got a comfort range from about 50 degrees (a little warm) to as cold as I would ever want to ride.  I think my coldest has been about 7 degrees, but there is no doubt I could keep my feet warm below zero with the right socks.

In addition to being warm, they boots are reasonably watertight.  I’ve been caught in the rain several times and have never had wet feet.  I suspect you might not want to wade through a creek in them, but wet weather doesn’t seem to faze them.

I bought mine in a wide width to allow for thick wool socks when it gets really cold, but I rarely resort to that.  Most of the time I just wear cycling or running socks if it’s above freezing.  Below that is when I usually change out to a little thicker pair of Under Armor workout socks.

The downside to them is that they are pricey and are not stocked locally.  I had to have my LBS order them in for me.  I agonized over the purchase for a while, but it didn’t take long to realize that it was the best money I’ve spent on cycling “stuff”.

God bless…


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8 Comments on “The Best Stuff – Lake MXZ302 Winter Boots”

  1. Cold feet during the winter months has always been something I’ve suffered with these look really good..!

  2. RANTWICK Says:

    I would fork out for Lakes in a heartbeat if I had the money, which I pretty much never do. In the meantime my Exustars (uncertain if avaiable anymore) have been a pretty darn good 2nd choice at about $95

  3. Bluediamond59 Says:

    I rode last winter in Northwave Celsius GTX winter bike shoes. The coldest I rode last year was -15 F and I was nice and toasty. It seemed that after 5 miles riding on my commute everything warmed up. Before 5 miles my toes would get chilled but never cold. This year I bought the Lake MX302’s. I like that the shoe comes up higher on the ankle. They have a little heavier construction. I didn’t get the wide shoes because I never ware extra thick socks. This morning the temperature was -23 F with 5 to 10 mph breeze. Toes were nice and warm Diffidently a good buy. Hopefully the Lake’s hold up better than the Northwave’s. $223 at

  4. Bill Lambert Says:

    Unless it is well below 0F, I don’t worry too much about my toes going numb, which usually happens after 45 min to 1 hr of riding in the cold. I’d like to ride in warmth, but don’t want to spend the money right now (daughter in college).

    My mountain bike shoes and neoprene shoe covers work pretty well, but eventually the cold soaks through. I’ve been admiring your winter bike boots ever since you got them.

  5. Steve A Says:

    I think you’re closing in on a very important point. Most of us splurge on something that optimizes a place we want to be extra comfy going. I’d not get such things because having really comfy feet in the cold is simply much easier in North Texas than in Missouri. OTOH, I’d really consider seriously a cycling jersey with integral AC which you might consider frivolous.

  6. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a full set of winter gear to ride in too. This is my first year of riding so its just trying to weigh out where to spend the bucks for the most bang.

  7. Steve A Says:

    Do you know what is the difference between the Lake MXZ302 and the MXZ300? Conveniently enough, there’s a pair of 300′s in my size right now on eBay.

  8. Sorry for the slow response…I’ve been traveling.

    I think the MXZ300′s are at least a couple years old, maybe three.

    But…I have to ask…Does one who lives in Dallas really need them?In temps above 45 degrees, my feet turn to sweaty pools of slime in them.

    TW Tracy & Pam Wilkins Springfield, MO

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