To our knowledge, no one has yet ridden a bike across the poles, but the first person to do it will probably be wearing the Lake MXZ303 Wide Men’s Winter Boots. The boots’ most important feature might also be the simplest: they’re built on an exceptionally wide last, which both accommodates wide feet and provides the possibility of serious layering, all the better to survive those perilous Twin Cities winter commutes and winter bikepacking epics. The MXZ303 doesn’t rely solely on layering to provide warmth, though. The heel and tongue are lined with Outlast heat-reflective technology, which reflects heat back at the foot instead of letting it escape through the tough Pittards leather upper. There’s also 3M Thinsulate insulation in the toe box and Thermosol in the insole, so your feet are protected from the frigid outdoors from all angles. The boots are finished with a neoprene cuff that cinches down and wind- and waterproof flaps at the ankle and forefoot to keep Mother Nature’s most punishing incursions at bay. Underneath it all, the rugged Vibram sole provides grip when the drifts get too deep to pedal and protects your cleats from unnecessary damage.
Upper Material: Pittard leather
Footbed: Thermosol composite insulated
Midsole: fiberglass-injected high-impact nylon
Sole: Vibram Mountain V