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    Winter Road Shoes?

    I'm thinking of buying a pair of winter road shoes. It's a choice between the Sidi Hydro GTX, the Gaerne Eskimo Road and Lake Winter Road. The most important features to me are warmth (down to -15C/5F) and waterproofness. If you are using any one of these can you please give me your feedback.

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    I'm using the mountain version of the Lakes. The only difference between the road and mountain versions are the tread and cleat mounting.

    I'm very impressed with them overall. A well thought out design. I thought the BOA lacing/retention system was a load of hoo-ha, but as it turns out, it works incredibly well. I like it a lot. Better still, the shoes keep my hoofies toasty. I've only had them out to 12°F (this morning) but my tootsies were perfectly warm with two pairs of crew socks.

    If you have wide feet, the Lakes are the only way to go. They're much more comfortable than my summer shoes and have me thinking I'll have to get wide shoes come spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    I'm using the mountain version of the Lakes.
    Ditto. It's the best investment I've ever made for my cold feet.

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    the lake outer tongue flap also allows you to slap a handwarmer
    under it, and ride when it is really really cold and it works awesome

    not that the lake alone, with a thin sock and a fat sock, isn't enough
    but I tried the handwarmer experiment and it was soooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

    I got a box of 50 warmers at costco for cheeeep.

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    My summer shoe is size 43.5. What size Lakes should I get?

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    Once the snow flies, I stitch to SPD's exclusively. I simply won't give up those toe spikes and other traction bits under the shoes. The Lakes are indeed fairly nice.

    If you can't try them on, consider going up a half size for sock width.
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    All of the people that I rode with last year are purchasing Lake winter road shoes. I guess they are tired of cold feet. The configuration that I am using this year is keeping my feet warmer and I am ready to start experimenting with chemical warmers. Maybe I will try and find some closeouts on shoes when the season is over. I hesitate to order on-line because of sizing, but they are extremely expensive retail.
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    I love my SIDI GTX's
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    I hesitate to order on-line because of sizing, but they are extremely expensive retail.
    That is one of the main reasons I stuck with Sidi. I like Sidis, and I know their sizing, so I felt comfortable buying online. I also got them last spring at a deep discount.

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    Thanx for all the feedback!

    I've purchased the Lake CXZ301. I normally take a size 43.5 so I got size 45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCiolfi View Post
    Thanx for all the feedback!

    I've purchased the Lake CXZ301. I normally take a size 43.5 so I got size 45.
    that size should be perfect to add one thin shimano summer shoe bed in there
    for even more cold protection, and 2 thin socks.


    anyhow, that is how I modulate my lakes.

    cold, just one sock and the stock lake

    colder, add a shimano thin footbed on top of the Lake bubble footbed

    colder still, thin sock and a fat sock, or one burton snowboard sock

    even colder, all the above and a heatpad under the outer flap

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    Many have complained that the Lake's are pretty narrow, which I found out only after buying them last year. So even though I got them a couple of sizes up, they're still too tight, which makes it hard to keep my feet warm.

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