Lake CX145 Road Water Proof Boots  £169.00

5/10

Effective at keeping out the rain, but not warm enough

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by John Stevenson   April 12, 2014  

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Lakes CX 145 shoes do a good job of keeping out the water, but could use more insulation so they keep your toes warm too.

I hate getting cold feet. Almost nothing makes me want to turn round and head home more than that feeling of painful, chilled tingling, progressing to icy agony.

Wet feet are almost automatically cold feet, so Lake's CX 145 shoes look like a good first line of defence against frozen toes. They're made from waxed canvas and leather, with a waterproof membrane to keep out the wet.

They're closed by a pair of BOA dials, which nicely spread the pressure across the top of your foot, and can still be used with thick gloves.

The stiff plastic sole is threaded for a three-bolt, Look-pattern cleat and has a couple of lumps of rubber on the heel and toes that help a bit with walking grip. As with any cleated shoe, though, you don't really want to walk further than the distance from bike rack to cafe table in them.

There are slots for two-bolt, SPD-style cleats too, but you can't use them because there's no threaded insert and to fit one would involve cutting open the inner lining of the shoe, making it rather less than waterproof.

I find Lake's sizing generally on the small side and the CX145s are no exception. I can use a 43 in some manufacturer's shoes, but needed a 44 here, especially with the thicker socks I always reach for in winter.

The good news about the CX145s is that, yes, they do keep out the water. As long as you don't immerse them past the Plimsoll Line, and you're careful to arrange tights and socks so they don't conduct rain down into the shoes, they do a good job of excluding the wet stuff.

Problem is, what they don't do very well is keep your feet warm. I found my toes getting chilly after an hour or two, depending just how cold and wet it was.

I think there are two reasons for this. Firstly, there appears to be no insulation between the outer shell of the CX145s and your socks, so your socks are doing most of the work of keeping your feet warm. Problem is, socks can only do so much, and in cold, wet weather, it's not enough.

The waxed canvas outer shell appears to be the other half of the problem. The first line of defence of synthetic waterproof fabrics is a durable water repellant coating that makes water bead up and flow off. But that doesn't happen with waxed canvas. Instead, the water wets the outer surface of the fabric. It can't get through, but it sits there.

As the air flows over the shoes, that water evaporates, magnifying the effect of the wind chill that's the reason your feet need more protection from winter. Result: cold toes.

The practical upshot here is that the CX145s will keep your feet dry, but work best when it's not too cold. But when it's cold as well as wet is exactly the time you want your feet to be kept dry AND warm.

Several shoe makers have insulated, waterproof shoes in their ranges, including Lake, though the thinsulate-lined MXZ303s are only available with a mountain bike sole. For horrid British cold and wet winters, Lake could do a lot worse than adapt that shoe for the road, or at the very least add some insulation and a DWR-coated synthetic shell to the next version of the CX145s.

Verdict

Effective at keeping out the rain, but not warm enough.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lake CX145 Road Water Proof Boot

Size tested: 44, Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lake's blurb is pretty sparse, but it's rather obvious these shoes are for people who don't want to get wet feet while riding in the rain.

My experience indicates they better not mind getting cold feet.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Upper: Waxed Canvas, Leather and a Waterproof membrane for a highly water resistant upper

OutSole: Road Competition fiberglass-injected nylon outsole (3 hole compatible)

Closure: Dual Side mounted BOA Push/Pull lacing system with releasable guides

Colour: Black/Grey

Sizes: Men's, Men's Wide, Woman's specific (M 39-48:50, 39.5-46.5 ; W 36-43, 37.5-42.5)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
5/10

Effective waterproofing, but not very good in the preventing cold toes department

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Fit and shape is very good and the BOA closures help get it spot-on snug.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

BOA closure, looks.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Getting cold toes.

Did you enjoy using the product? No.

Would you consider buying the product? No.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.

Overall rating: 5/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 5ft 11in  Weight: 85kg

I usually ride: Scapin Style  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,

 

3 user comments

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Cold toes after 1 or 2 hours of riding sounds like (imho) a circulatory issue not a shoe problem. I have the same problem and find using the right sock and sock liners (thermal and NTS layers) more effective than adding insulation to my shoes (the barrier layer).

Since I am looking for a proper rain shoe to replace my homemades, I am curious as to the temperature range you rode in.

posted by massspike [30 posts]
12th April 2014 - 16:06

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I have these boots and used them November-January. I purposely bought them a size larger so that I could wear thicker wool socks. My feet still got cold and as there was still a bit of volume in the shoe, my foot was able to move around too much. Mine are a size 38, if you know anyone interested in buying a used pair, mine are for sale!

Pepita rides again!

posted by pepita1 [174 posts]
12th April 2014 - 16:28

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I seem to know an awful lot of people with poor foot circulation. I've been wearing Northwave Fahrenheit boots with shimano road cleats. The first winter I have been able to ride all day I all weather without cold feet, though I did cheat twice when bellow zero c by using hotties toe warmers.

The NW were waterproof with gortex lining and warm as insulated!! Big Grin

HMCC

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posted by Beefy [110 posts]
13th April 2014 - 9:14

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