It’s not often that we come across never-before-seen road product at the Sea Otter Classic due to the fact that the event leans heavily toward the mountain bike side. That didn’t stop Lake from showing us something very new, and so very light. The 2017 CX301 weighs a claimed 186 grams (per shoe, in size 44), putting it among the lightest shoes on the market. Lake accomplished this while still retaining a Boa dial rather than resorting to Velcro or laces. Unlike the other high level models in Lake’s shoe line that use kangaroo leather uppers, the CX301 has a synthetic upper to help cut weight, in addition to a mesh tongue that is padding-free. It appears that it would breath quite well, too.
For those of us with wide feet, Lake is taking care of our fit needs and will be offering the CX301 in wide size options, as well as half sizes. Pricing has not been set, but we’re told it will be somewhere in the $300-$330 range. Because it is technically a 2017 model, the CX301 won’t be available before September. Fortunately for us we wear the same size the samples come in, so there’s a chance we can get some ride time in them and complete a review before they actually show up in the shops.