Testers immediately took note of this boot's out-of-the-box comfort, praising the Lotus for its pressure point-free design. Featuring a footbed comprised of small, gel-like circles on the surface, these boots not only reduced fatigue but also made for a seriously damp ride. While they were also one of the softer offerings in the test – leading some to question their longevity – the Lotus certainly had it all for fans of a softer, spongier boot. And with a lacing system that features an exterior Boa on the tongue, a pulley system on the liner, and Velcro for additional support, testers found that the Lotus held up nicely as a detail-oriented yet minimalist boot.

Boot Features & Details

  • Boa closure system
  • Foundation UniLite outsole
  • Impact-S insole technology
  • Articulated construction
  • MSRP $250.00

Rad: Gel-like insoles make for a damp ride and fatigue-free comfort.

Bad: Likely too soft for 100-day seasons

Comfortable right out of the box, testers praised DC’s Lotus for its pressure point-free design. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

An exterior Boa system kept things tight and secure all day long. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

An articulated design allowed this softer boot a natural flex. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A comfortable heat-moldable liner features a pulley system to remain tight. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Lotus features DC’s Impact-S insole technology for comfort and impact absorption. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A rugged Foundation UniLite outsole ensures reliable traction. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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