Long rides in the wet and cold are a staple part of winter training, which means wet and cold feet. So unless you’re prepared to stay in your garage with your turbo, you’ll need to invest in something to protect your feet. The usual method is multiple layers of socks, plastic bags, silver foil around your feet. Then more layers applied around the shoe and finally an overshoe. Won’t stop your feet getting cold, but at least you feel you’re trying! Alternatively you could try a winter specific shoe, like the Lake CX145.
The idea behind winter shoes (boots?) is that you add an extra layer of water proofing and insulation to the equation. You can still use your favourite home-made method, but have now got an extra layer to add to the mix. You might even be able to lose some of the layers, making for a less cramped shoe. They should also last longer than overshoes; which invariably develop huge holes just as the weather turns.
The Lake CX145 uses a combination of waxed canvas, leather and a waterproof membrane to keep the rain out. These layers are combined with Lake’s CX/TX Sport last, which is made from fibreglass injected nylon.
The CX/TX Sport last is designed for high cadences over long periods; perfect for winter riding. A wide fitting is also available that offers an extra 15mm around the ball of the foot. It has a high arch and is meant to give a closer fit as well as avoiding hot spots and numbness. The sole is drilled for a Look type cleat.
A dual side mounted Push/Pull BOA IP1 lacing system is used for fastening. I’ve used the Boa system on a variety of shoes and really like it. Easy to fasten and it seems to spread the pressure more evenly over your foot.
This will be my second review of a Lake shoe, the first was the MX175, which are still going strong. I was impressed with the quality of those shoes and am expecting more of the same from the Lake CX145. Keep an eye out for my review.
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