Weight: 415g (size 45)
Sizes: 37 – 50; half sizes 39.5 – 46.5
The right shoe for: racers or riders who go hard and want good protection
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Lake’s MX237 Endurance is a versatile shoe that excels for the schralpiest of rides and most aggressive riders. The incredibly tough, durable (real) leather upper offers excellent protection from rock strikes and the elements while the stiff carbon sole is ideal for riders who like to ride fast. The mid-volume last puts the foot into a position to maximize power transfer and still provides excellent on and off the bike comfort. While off the bike, grippy rubber lugs on the sole do a great job of providing traction. And even through the shoes have an inflexible sole, the rider’s heel remains firmly in place thanks to the cat’s tongue texture on the sockliner. The dual Boa closure dials can be adjusted quickly in either direction to make sure you have your ideal fit across the entire foot. They are great for a multi-hour adventure and a quick shred, plus the camo look (one of three color options) is badass.
100% Carbon Mid-Sole and Specific Last Sizing
The MX237 has a 100% carbon fiber outsole. It is plenty stiff enough for XC riding and racing even though it has a little more flex than than Lake’s top-end MX332 . I occasionally get hotspots and discomfort with hyper-stiff soles, but I found the MX237 comfortable with excellent power transfer.
Lake places great emphasis on getting fit right, so the company uses different lasts intended for specific uses to ensure that you get the ideal size and fit based on your type of riding. The “competition last” of the MX237 is designed for performance riding and racing, and has increased toe and heel pitch that a Lake representative told me puts the foot in position to maximize power transfer. For comparison, Lake’s less-expensive MX105 shoe uses the company’s “comfort last” which is flatter for improved comfort when standing and walking.
Off the bike, the MX237’s rubber sole lugs provide excellent grip and keep the cleat from jutting beyond the lugs, so there’s less chance of slipping on the metal cleat. Even in wet weather, I had no problems walking through steep and greasy rock gardens.
Roomy Toe Box and Tight Non-Slip Heel
The upper is ideal for riders who like to ride in all conditions. The full-grain leather is tough and will handle just about anything you will encounter while riding while offering excellent protection from the mud, rocks, roots, and the elements. You can certainly get shoes that weigh less for this price, but for riders who prize protection, these are a great choice. Helcor abrasion-resistant patches is also added to toe and heel area for some extra protection.
Finding a great fit is easy with dual Boa dials. The L5 dial system turns in both directions so you can quickly tighten or loosen the fit in one-millimeter increments and even when they do get wet and muddy, they are still reliable. Boa offers a lifetime guarantee so any parts that do break are replaced for free.
The heel is lined with cats’s tongue Lycra to prevent slipping. Tiny teeth grab your sock, helping to hold your foot in place as you put in a hard effort or walk through rock gardens. Since the shoe doesn’t flex like it would with a soft sole, it adds some extra grip to keep the heel in place.
Riding in the MX237
Though I usually prefer riding in softer-soled shoes like the Five Ten Maltese Falcon, I felt comfortable in the MX237 from the first ride. The leather upper is initially stiff and takes a few rides to break in, but after I had accumulated a few hours on the trail, they broke in and the stiffness went away. . Once they conformed to my foot, the MX237 quickly became my go-to shoes for rides that required a lot of pedaling. They are tough and comfortable enough for riding park laps, but they are best at hammering on long flat sections and steep inclines.
I started testing the MX237 mostly during fall, but even on warmer rides they kept my feet cool and remained comfortable throughout the ride it was a three-hour adventure or a 45-minute shred. I haven’t had the chance to test them in the hottest conditions, so I can’t yet say how they will feel during the summer months.
The MX237 Endurance has a stiff-enough sole to maximize your power output during hard efforts, and the fit doesn’t allow your foot to slip when scrambling up a scree field. The rubber lugs will keep you on your feet and moving quickly. With an superlative combination of performance, comfort, protection and durability, this is a shoe that excels at almost any mountain bike ride.