If you are a rider who clips in, or have clipped in, in the past, Lake
shoes are probably already on your radar. Lake has a massive lineup of shoes to choose from for nearly every occasion but inside we'll focus on Lake's high performance MX170 mountain shoe
and its noteworthy Boa Lacing SystemRead On...Lake MX170 cycling shoes
Lake started in 1982 and today their array of cycling shoes spans the entire gamut of disciplines. Whether you are a male or female rider, Lake should have a shoe for your needs. Be it cold weather specialty footwear
, to performance road or mountain, and even a platform specific shoe called the Station.
Below is the MX170, one of Lake's lighter weight race oriented models that features their Boa Lacing System.
Lake MX170 MTB shoes
All of Lake's high end shoes, including the MX170 shown here, use their proprietary Boa Lacing System
. The Boa closure system distributes pressure more evenly than a Velcro or lace-up design is able to, while also being micro adjustable. The mechanical system is based around a single composite filament that crisscrosses the tongue of the shoe in the place where you would usually expect laces to be found. A small dial on the back of the shoe adjusts the tension via 21 small clicks per full turn. Each click only takes on a slight amount of the filament and therefore very small adjustments are possible. The Boa system not only applies even pressure to the upper and lower saddle areas of your foot, but also the heel. Once you're done your ride and ready to kick off your shoes all you need to do is give the dial a firm pull and it will be released from its ratcheting position, giving you enough slack to easily remove the shoe.
Lake MX170 Details:
The Boa lacing filament crisscrosses the tongue of the MX170
• Designed to be a lightweight race shoe
• Upper is made from soft action leather
• Outsole is real rubber Lake Mountain X race sole with optional Mudstuds ™
• Uses Lake's heel mounted push/pull BOA lacing system
• Sole is drilled for SPD and other two hole mounted cleats (Time, Crank Bros. ect)
• Available sizes include men's standard and wide (EE) whole 39 - 48, 50, half sizes 39.5-46.5
• MX170's weigh 400 grams
• Black/silver color scheme
• MSRP $159.99 CAD
Boa Lacing System dial
Natural leather is used for the uppers and the surface has both antimicrobial and abrasion resistant treatments performed to it. The sole of the MX170, and all of Lake's mountain shoes use only natural soles that are said to provide more grip and security than a composite bottom. The aggressively lugged soles of the MX170's also have a place for you two install the optional Lake Mudstud toe spikes if conditions get rally nasty. The shoes accept any of the common two-bolt mounted cleats, including SPD, Time, and Crank Brothers.
Aggressive soles on the bottom of the MX170
Fit should always be the deciding factor in any shoe related decision and Lake makes it a bit easier by offering men's standard and wide (EE) whole 39 - 48 sizes, a 50, and half sizes in 39.5-46.5. Those riders out there that need extra wide footwear or always fall in between a common size will appreciate all of the above. Do you have a set of Lake shoes that you love? Are you a platform user who is thinking about going to clips? Or maybe a clipped rider who is going to platforms? Lets hear about it below!
to see their entire range of footwear.