Originally Posted by tmoritz
Anybody riden with Lake MX140's or CX140's? I'm wondering how they compare to Lake's heavier winter shoe like the CXZ302 warmth wise. I have an older pair of Lake winter shoes but they are not compatible with SPD cleats and I recently upgraded to SPD pedals.
I commute year round here along the Colorado front range. I'll ride if the morning temp is at/above 20°F when I wake up in the morning and the snow ain't too deep or the ice too rutted. My commute takes about 1 hr 40 min when I have the studs on.
I'm tempted to think that a pair of MX140's about three sizes over with big thick wool socks under them might be warmer than most winter cycling shoes. At last someone has gotten the message that the winter cycling boot needs to be breathable to keep your foot it's warmest. Most cycling shoes use neoprene as the insulator. This is good for wet conditions but not for below freezing conditions as the neoprene does not breath well enough so your feet get cold from their own trapped moisture.
The MX140's do have a neoprene ankle wrap which is good. But the lower upper is lined with eVent which is a breathable membrane (about the best).
This really looks like an interesting winter shoe. And the price is not so bad. There is also a MX240 winter model about 90 bucks more. I wonder what the difference is. So now Lake seems to have 3 winter models.
It looks like the MX240 is made similar to the MX140 but it may have some additional insulation or something.
EDIT: The MX240 seems to have a carbon sole. This will make the shoe stiffer and should make it warmer too since carbon fiber is a better insulator than typical boot rubber and plastic.
Last edited by Hezz; 08-21-09 at 10:16 PM.