We first heard about the MX331 in December but we got the chance to see Lake's new top-of-the-range mountain bike shoe at UK distributor Moore Large's dealer show.
It employs several of the features found on the firm's top-end road shoes including the BOA Push/Pull cord closure system, in this case with triple loop location and forefoot powerzone.
The all-carbon midsole wears Lake's Mountain Race X blocked outsole, which is moulded in natural rubber for enhanced grip on wet rocks. The heel section is replaceable although Lake say they have never sold one.
Critical to fit, security and long-term ride comfort, the carbon-fibre Thermaform internal heel counter is moulded in a piece separate from the main sole, reducing manufacturing costs and allowing Lake to offer full custom moulding for the rear of the foot at an affordable price.