Outdoor Canada magazine recently named the Boa-powered Devil’s Canyon Wading Boot from Korkers the “Best Wading Boot” in its round-up of Best New Fly Fishing Gear for 2014.
The editors commented: “At the forefront of wading boot innovation, Korkers’ latest offering promises comfort, durability and a steady footing. The Devil’s Canyon has a new midsole that drains water quickly keeping the boot light and providing extra support and comfort. The Omni-Trax interchangeable sole system offers nine different soles for various conditions, while the M2 Boa lacing system prevents laces from coming undone.”
The Boa Closure System consists of aircraft-grade stainless steel laces and a low-profile, powerful dial that work together to provide a premium alternative to traditional laces.
The Boa Closure Systems fall into three main categories, called “power levels”:
1. Boa High-Power Closure System is found on snowboard boots and other large, high-cut footwear that requires the unequaled strength and gear ratio advantage Boa delivers. See How It Works
2. Boa Mid-Power Closure System is ideal for mid-cut footwear such as utility boots, hiking boots, safety shoes, inline skates and ski boot liners. See How It Works
3. Boa Low-Power Closure System was specifically designed for low-cut footwear. This is where Boa brings superior performance, convenience and comfort to cycling shoes, golf shoes, running shoes and casual footwear. See How It Works
How Strong is the Boa dial?
From the beginning, our design goal has been that the dial should outlast the boots in any conditions, a promise backed by Boa’s “Dialed In for Life” Guarantee. The Boa Closure System has tens of thousands of hours of testing on it in all types of terrain and environments, from mountain trails to terrain parks to construction sites.
Is any lubrication necessary to keep my Boa’s running smoothly?
No, our extensive product testing has determined that a simple rinse with fresh water is sufficient to clean debris out of the dial. Never put an oil based lubricant (such as WD-40) in your Boa as it will degrade the integrity of the components.
My footwear collects a lot of grit and grime. Will Boa stand up to abrasive debris? How durable is it?
Don’t let the size of the Boa lace fool you. That relatively thin lace is gram-for-gram stronger than tank armor. It is constructed of aircraft-grade stainless steel. For demanding environments, it may be jacketed in nylon. As a bonus, athletes (and other Boa fans) appreciate that they can simply hose off all the mud and grime after their endeavor.
At the recent International Convention of Allied Sportsfishing Trades (ICAST) and International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Simms G4 Boa boot, part of its 2014 new product line that collectively took home five awards.
Simms’ G4 Boa® Boot, an innovative wading boot designed and built for the technical angler, took home the prize for “Best Footwear.” The G4 Boa® features a unique asymmetrical Boa® Closure System, which provides anglers with an easy, one-handed adjustment system that allows the wearer to achieve a customized fit.
The Simms G4 Boa® Boot also features the Simms RIVERTREAD™ platform, which is designed for the demanding angler looking for the best wading footwear on market; components to maximize comfort, performance and slip-resistance. It has a durable, waterproof, PU-coated leather and TPU-coated textile upper that is fully lined with neoprene for cushioning and easy-on/easy-off.
Learn more about the Simms G4 Boa® Boot in this video:
It will be available starting January 1, 2014 and will retail for $240.
Think you’re tough on your gear? Do your outdoor pursuits lead you down unmarked paths, through waist-deep powder, straight into muddy puddles and occasionally up the proverbial creek without a paddle? If this sounds like you, then you know only the best product has survived throughout your adventures, with the rest tattered by the wayside. And this makes you the right person to join Boa B Company.
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How it Works:
1. Experience the Fit. Try on a Boa-powered product for work, play or leisure and experience the benefits of the Boa Closure System (you can view a selection of Boa-powered footwear and equipment at www.boatechnology.com).
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PRESS RELEASE: Boa Technology Inc., the Colorado-based creator of the revolutionary Boa® Closure System featured in performance footwear, action sports, outdoor and medical products worldwide, has received funding from Glenbrook Consumer Partners, a San Francisco-based investment firm that finances innovative, high-growth consumer brands. The agreement, finalized May 18, includes a strategic majority investment to accelerate Boa’s brand growth.
“Boa exemplifies all of the elements we seek in a partner,” says Peter Breck, a managing director at Glenbrook Consumer Partners. “It has a highly differentiated product offering, attractive and scalable business model, a large market opportunity and, most importantly, an extremely talented, passionate and high-integrity team.”
Boa Technology began in 1998 as the brainchild of entrepreneur Gary Hammerslag. After recognizing the limitations of traditional shoelaces and other closure systems, he crafted a dial-based prototype that became the Boa Closure System. Now the gold standard of closure, it appears in numerous footwear categories including cycling, golf, outdoor, snowboarding, utility as well as helmets and medical bracing. Boa partners with over 100 premium brands, among them: K2 Snowboarding, Vans, Footjoy, Specialized, Red Wing, Bata Industrials, TrekSta, Smith, Exos Medical and DeRoyal Medical.
“As demand for our system grows, so does our need to expand our resources and capabilities,” says Mark Soderberg, Boa’s CEO. “The Glenbrook team’s long history and proven track record of supporting great management teams to build world-class consumer brands, coupled with their financial commitment, puts Boa in a stronger position to act on opportunities that will help us achieve our goal of placing a Boa-powered product in every life.”
“We look forward to working with Boa’s management to build the Boa brand, introduce more users to the Boa Closure System and help deepen its relationships with both brand partners and end users,” says Glenbrook principal Trevor Ashley.
In conjunction with this transaction, long-time Boa President Mark Soderberg assumes the additional role of CEO. Founder Gary Hammerslag will remain company chairman and lead Boa’s new European office opening later this year.
Middle-market investment banking firm Integris Partners and the law firm Patton Boggs, LLP advised Boa Technology. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP provided legal counsel to Glenbrook.
Thursday May 19th 2011, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing
This limited edition black Korkers Chrome fly fishing boot with Boa was originally intended to be offered only to professional guides, but with the overwhelming popularity of the standard Chrome boot, and inventory shortages, Korkers has released these boots under the name Darkness to be sold to the public. Only 400 pair available worldwide! Fish on:) The Boa Closure System (guaranteed for life) provides a glove-like fit and simple one handed adjustment with infinite degrees of fine tuning in and out of the water. Turn the dial to tighten the boot, pull the dial out to remove tension and the boots open wide for easy in/out.
Wednesday December 01st 2010, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing
Another strong Boa Lacing System review and statement from one of the most respected fly fishing pubs around! This Boa Lacing System review by Fly Fisherman Magazine in the 2011 Gear Guide sums it up it: Boa fly fishing boots don’t come undone, don’t break and a customizable fit that can’t be beat!
From Fly Fisherman Magazine’s Gear Guide 2011 –
“Our editors and field testers love the Boa Lacing System used on some Simms and Korkers wading boots. The same system is also used on ice-climbing boots, snow board boots, performance cycling shoes and, hunting boots. Boa laces don’t come undone, the stainless cables don’t break or wear out, there are no hanging loops to catch on branches or trip you up, and you can tighten them, and release them, wearing mittens.
Most importantly, when you crank the dial, the cables tighten evenly from the ankles down through the toes for the best possible support, comfort, and performance. Some lace-ups leave you with loose toes or no circulation in the ankles.
Another benefit is that the Boa Lacing System in non-porous and easy to clean-which brings us to the topic of aquatic nuisances such as Didymosphenia geminata (didymo), whirling disease, New Zealand mud snails, and other unwanted hithhikers using wading boots as transport.
There is no silver bullet that will stop the spread of these types of nuisances. The only way to slow their spread and protect you favorite waters is to clean, dry, and inspect your boots before and after evry outing.”
Visit Cleanangling.org to see how you can help keep aquatic nuisances out of your rivers and lakes.
Monday October 18th 2010, 5:48 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing
Following the overwhelming success of the Korkers Guide and Predator wading boots in 2010, more and more fishing manufactures are seeing the light and recognizing the benefits the Boa Lacing System adds to superior fly fishing product and apparel. Check out this Boa Lacing System review from the crew at Midcurrent.com covering the new Simms RiverTrek wading boot.
In early August, we visited the Simms design and production facility in Bozeman, Montana to get a sneak peek at their new wading boot, the RiverTek Boa, which features PVC uppers for super-easy cleaning and the Boa Lacing System. For those who haven’t tried Boa laces — a coated braided wire system that tightens via a knob at the top of the boot tongue — they make lace-tightening and fit a no brainer. But more importantly, if your fingers are freezing, wet, or just tired, the instant-release feature makes boot removal a breeze. The new RiverTek Boa also features Simms’s CleanStream design along with their Vibram StreamTread.
With a Boa lacing system providing simple, even closure, the Rivertek is designed to take Simms wading boots to the next level in environmentally conscious design. Featuring StreamTread Vibram soles and minimum exposed stitching, the boot is specifically designed to be easy to clean.
The RiverTek Boa will begin showing up at Simms retailers in the Spring of 2011 and will retail for $169.95.
Tuesday September 28th 2010, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing
Congrats to our friends at Korkers for taking home the Dealer Choice Award at the 2010 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show for the new Chrome Fly Fishing boot with Boa. Korkers boots featuring the Boa Lacing System have been sweeping the tradeshow and magazine awards circuit this year! Here’s a portion of the latest press release from Korkers below. No more wet soggy boot laces when wearing fly fishing boots with the Boa Lacing System!
Korkers Products LLC, the leader in adaptable traction footwear, was presented the Dealer’s Choice award at the Internationl Fly Tackle Dealer show in Denver, Colorado for its new CHROME wading boot featuring hydraphobic materials, true-fit sizing and the new patented 3.0 OmniTrax Interchangeable sole system. The flagship OmniTrax technology has been re-engineered and redesigned for ease of use and enhanced traction while providing a unique solution to fighting invasive species. Upgrades incorporated into OmniTrax 3.0 system include the elimination of the tool previously used to change the outsole, a full perimeter of traction and a wider protective plate for support and stability.
“The CHROME Boot is the latest Korkers wading boot utilizing innovative technology to optimize our consumers fly fishing and angling experiences,” said Korkers CEO Sean Beers. “We know from direct angler feedback and wear test trial that anglers will love this boot. We are confident that the coveted Dealers Choice award will bring this great new style to the attention of even more anglers.”
The CHROME Wading Boot, one of 5 new models in Korkers spring 2011 lineup, is designed to perform in a variety of river conditions and has been wear tested extensively throughout the summer in challenging white-water, rafting, and diverse wading scenarios. The CHROME Boot features Korkers updated OmniTrax 3.0 interchange technology and Boa’s latest M3 reel which tightens laces 3-4 times faster than previous models. In addition, Korkers entire spring 2011 product offering has been produced using hydrophobic materials, reduced seems for durability and “true fit sizing.”
Wednesday May 26th 2010, 10:34 am
Filed under: Fly Fishing
Be sure and check out the June issue of Field & Stream. There’s a great run down of various studded, rubber-sole fly fishing wading boots. We’re definitely a little biased towards the highlighted Korkers Guide Boot with Boa! Get rid of those wet, heavy, shoelaces that are always coming untied!