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Old 01-16-08, 01:16 PM   #1
edzo
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New Lakes vs Old Lakes...new is full of win

Lake winter cycling boots. I haz them.

this is my review. I like them, had 300mxz from 2002,
but was sick of the velcro strap
deal always grabbin my socks and laces. so when I saw the BOA
setup I had to try some. I saved enough bottles and now got me
some 2008 Lake 302s

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old- shoelace system, then velcro strap system. it works
but is a pain to get perfect, and the velcro grabs your socks and
the laces and it is a 2 minute per foot operation. it was what
we had at the time and it still works

getting out was marginally faster than getting in...still a PITA though

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new- BOA lacing system. insert foot, crank laces. 20 seconds for both feet
it is always adjusted correctly, or you can crank the dial on the fly

getting out is freaky fast. pop the BOA, shoe flys open

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new Lakes also have a Vibram sole which grabs the snowy ground a bit better,
and more confidence hiking up over frozen rocks and whatnot if you need to
dab or portage a stream...they also come with 2 sets of spikes, small and embiggened


and finally, the famous Lake bubble footbed is upgraded with a new reflective mylar
layer on the foot side. it -is- a warmer boot than the old ones. I throw in shimano
thin footbeds on top of the Lake footbed, 'cuz I am crazy like that. I get my lakes 2
euro sizes bigger so i can do that, as well as add double fat wool for extra cold nights

the boa lacing has no problem making the shoe fit if I use a thin sock and delete the
extra footbed, so that is a plus as well. damn fine shoe

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