First off, this is not strictly a road orientated winter cycling boot. Lake do produce a winter road boot (the CXZ302) but it’s not available in the UK. Personally, I’d be less than happy tackling icy road surfaces wearing a smooth road type sole anyway, so the rugged Vibram outsole of the MTB orientated MXZ302 is definitely not a negative feature. The downside of this is that the MXZ302s are only suited to use with SPD cleats rather than road style cleats. Again though, if you’re a multi-cycle household (and let’s face it who isn’t?) then a boot you can pop on for road riding, touring or mountain biking has got to be a good thing- provided you run SPD pedals on all of them obviously.