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The drawback to using lav mics in a situation such as this is that most lav mics have an omni pickup pattern which means they pick up everything around them. Unfortunately this includes noise and echo. Been there, done that with my Sanken COS-11s which are one of the best models out there. With careful mic hiding techniques I can reduce but never totally eliminate the noise and echo. A lav with a cardiod pickup pattern or a head mounted mic like performers wear is a much better choice in this situation.
Here’s a great article comparing a number of different lav mics.
A Tascam DR-70D is my multi channel field recorder of choice. Under $300 and it supports up to 4 channels of mic or line level audio using XLR-1/4″ jacks.