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This was my one complaint with this shoe. When Lake released the CX402 this sounded like my dream shoe.
The Lake CX402 is made with a carbon fiber sole as you might expect from a shoe priced at this level. From the midfoot to the heel the carbon fiber is custom moldable via heat activation. This process is simple, it requires no special tool and the shoes come with step-by-step instructions.
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The upper is made from very soft and flexible K-Lite Kangaroo leather. It feels thin and vulnerable. I wondered how long it would take before this leather got stiff or damaged or odorous or anything you don't want in shoes at this price. I tried to expose the weakness in it.
The difference maker is the dual Boa systems: one rearfoot, one forefoot. As I hoped, this was just the fix that made these shoes fit perfectly. The forefoot I didn't even have to twist down. The rear Boa I can adjust as I prefer without the forefoot clamping down.
This shoe also has a tongue of the perfect length. Maybe just me, but I'm annoyed when the tongue is overlong, so that at certain points of the pedal stroke it pushes against the front of my ankle. Although the tongue doesn't feel that thick it doesn't matter how hard you tighten the Boas, you don't feel the lacing pushing against the top of your foot. The pressure is expressed evenly throughout the upper.