LL Bean Day Trekker Pack with Boa Wins Backpacker Editor’s Choice
Friday March 28th 2014, 10:27 am
Filed under: Company News,Hiking,Outdoor

Backpacker cover

Backpacker Magazine, the authority on self-propelled, overnight backcountry travel, awarded the LL Bean Day Trekker 25 pack its prestigious 2014 Editor’s Choice Award for this pack category.

The Backpacker editors’ review, featured in the April issue, calls out the unique functionality and advantages offered by the pack’s dual-dial Boa Closure System:

“The BOA compression system (think snowboard boots) eliminates the extra webbing that overwhelms many small packs. A thin wire zigzag up each side, and, with a twist of the dial, expands or compresses capacity…”

LL Bean Day Trekker boa dial

More About the LL Bean Day Trekker

The LL Bean Day Trekker 25-liter technical day pack ($99) represents a revolution in pack design. Standard compression straps have been replaced with two Boa Closure Systems® that are incredibly easy to use.

Once all your gear is in the pack, just turn the two Boa dials to instantly compress and stabilize the load. This allows better balance and prevents the load from shifting as you hike. When you’re done hiking, just pop the dials out to release the system so you can unload. The pack has enough cargo capacity for a full day on the trails and comes in at less than two pounds to help keep your load light.

Re-curve collar-cut shoulder straps provide a snug, comfortable fit. Tapered design lowers contact with your back, resulting in better ventilation and increased freedom of movement. Perforated foam waist belt is comfortable and easy to adjust.

“Shove it” pocket with stretch panels lets you quickly stash or retrieve a jacket as the weather changes. Hydration bladder sleeve with port is located inside main compartment; bladder sold separately. Two side water bottle pockets.

Also includes key fob, ice axe loops, map pocket and multiple lash points. See more or purchase at www.llbean.com.

Boa Technology Returns to Winter Outdoor Retailer with Free Boa Retrofit Program
Tuesday January 14th 2014, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Company News,Hiking,Running,triathlon

Why Boa? from Boa Technology on Vimeo.

On-site specialists will install the Boa Closure System on attendees’ shoes

PRESS RELEASE: Boa Technology Inc., maker of the patented, award-winning Boa Closure System, is giving attendees at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (O.R.) an opportunity to “Get Closure” by retrofitting special versions of the Boa Closure Systems on their lace-up shoes.

“At last summer’s O.R. Show, the Taste of Boa reached maximum capacity, installing nearly 500 Boa Closure Systems on attendees’ shoes,” says Mark Soderberg, Boa Technology CEO. 
“Due to the incredible demand and feedback we received, bringing the program back was an easy decision.” 

Follow-up surveys from the previous show revealed that nearly 99% of those trying the system had a positive experience. The most commonly cited reasons were improved fit, attractive aesthetic, speed of adjustment and convenience.

“We’ve believed forever that, once people try Boa, they’ll love it,” says Boa Technology Marketing Director Garett Graubins. “This retrofit project is designed to give people a ‘taste of Boa’ so that they can learn first-hand what tens of millions of people worldwide know already: that Boa is better.” Graubins points out that the offer’s goal is to build awareness and not to create demand for a “retrofit kit” available en masse.

During all four days of the OR show (January 22-25), attendees can drop off their low-cut lace-up shoes (sorry, no kids’ shoes) at the Taste of Boa booth (booth #56024, near the main Temple entrance), where Boa’s team will install the Boa Closure System. Attendees will be sent a photo text of their now Boa-powered footwear when their shoes are ready to be picked up.

The award-winning Boa Closure System is found on over 28 million products worldwide, produced with more than 140 different partner brands across several product categories, including cycling, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, golf, utility and medical. Outdoor Retailer exhibitors debuting new Boa-powered products at the upcoming show including K2, Tubbs, Scarpa, Louis Garneau and Topo Athletic.

About Boa Technology
With offices in Steamboat Springs, Denver, Colorado, Austria, Hong Kong and Chiba, Japan, Boa Technology Inc., is the creator of the award-winning, patented Boa Closure System. The revolutionary Boa® Closure System, backed by the Dialed In For Life Guarantee, optimizes product design and enables a more “dialed-in fit”. The ultimate result is superior performance and a level of customizable comfort never before experienced in the sports and medical industry. Visit Boatechnology.com for more information.

How Strong is the Boa Closure System? And other FAQs Answered.


L4 Knob 2 Silver Pad PrintAre all Boa Closure Systems the same?

Yes and no.

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.

Upgrade to Boa Field Tester and Rewards Program


Learn more about Boa Technology’s B Company Field Tester Program in this short video.

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.

Boa B Company troops love active challenges and help make a tough product even tougher for the next generation. Click here to apply for the chance to join Boa B Company, a new field testing program that puts you in the driver’s seat to try new, unreleased products and help us develop and evolve the same world-class performance technology we’ve been delivering since 2001.

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).

2. Upgrade Your Gear. Purchase a Boa-powered pair of cycling shoes, golf shoes, outdoor shoes, utility, hunting and fish boots or medical products.

3. Tell us what you think. Apply to become a Boa field tester here and tell us what you think.

4.  Get Rewarded for participating. B Company members receive access to special offers and promotions, receive membership discounts, access to new and unreleased products, and may apply for ‘Epic to Me” Adventure Grants.

Enter to Win in the 12 Days of Boa Today
Friday December 14th 2012, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Company News,Cycling,Golf,Hiking,Hunting,Running,Skiing,Snowboarding,Utility & Safety


Every year at this time, we at Boa Technology like get into the holiday spirit by giving away some great gear from our partner brands. This year we’re giving away amazing prizes from Footjoy, Gaerne, Korkers, P3 Pillows, Red Wing Shoes, Ride Snowboards, Smith, Specialized, Vans, Viking and Zoot.

Visit the Boa Closure System Facebook page to enter today. Simply enter your name and zip code and hit “Submit” to become eligible to win one of 12 daily prizes to be awarded between December 12 and 23.

Good luck!

Boa Partner Products in the Spotlight
Wednesday June 20th 2012, 8:47 am
Filed under: Company News,Cycling,Hiking,Hunting

The latest outdoor gear to feature the Boa Closure System to hit the press lately include Specialized’s new S-Works Trivent Triathlon shoes, Korkers wading boots, The North Face Enduro Plus Pack, and Simms Rivertek Boa wading boots, to name a few.

Below are few other recent gear reviews of note.


Mountain Bike Action reviews the Specialized Rime MTB shoe with Boa.


Outdoor Life reviews the L.L. Bean Technical Big Game Boot with Boa, including an A+ rating for its construction and materials.


Mountain magazine calls the Specialized S-Works Road shoe with Boa the “World’s Sickest Road Shoe”.

Outside‘s 2012 Buyer’s Guide credits the Vaude Terkum’s Boa-equipped hipbelt for why this 75L backpack rides so well when carrying a heavy load.

Boa Technology Forms Partnership with Glenbrook Consumer Partners


Strategic alliance funds Boa’s next growth phase

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.

Boa Closure System Winter Gear Highlighted In Latest Outside Buyer’s Guide
Tuesday October 04th 2011, 1:50 pm
Filed under: Hiking,Skiing,Snowboarding

The Winter 2011-2012 Outside Magazine Buyer’s Guide is packed full of Boa Closure System ski and snowboard gear. Products highlighted include: Vans Veil, Vans Cirro and Flow Hylite snowboard boots, the Black Diamond Custom and Apex CF3 ski boots, and the Korkers Ice Jack winter hiking boot. Get your copy now!

Halfway to the finish Line! Eric Weis and Boa Take a licking…keep on ticking!
Monday June 29th 2009, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Hiking

244 miles into his summer journey on the Colorado Trail, Eric Weis and the Boa Lacing System have a few close calls…well at least Eric does!

Hello all,

It is official… I am at the halfway point of my journey.  After trying to hitch a ride the 13 miles from the trail to town for over an hour, apparently a random, ragged, tired, stinky hiker isn’t some people’s idea of a great person to have in the car, I have finally arrived in Salida, CO.  This is 244 miles into my journey.  I have really pushed it hard since leaving Leadville, and have averaged well over 20 miles per day, including my short 14 miles that I did this morning.  I have felt really great, even though it has rained at some point nearly every day and night this week.
Yesterday, was by far the most interesting day of this past stretch.  Not only am I doing the Colorado Trail, I am also concurrently training for the Pike’s Peak Marathon.  To date, the only other training run I have done was an eight mile trail run that I did in Frisco, before I indulged in the BBQ fest.  My plan was to do an additional run on one of the 14ers during this stretch.  The way I had it timed, it looked like Mount Yale would make the most sense, so I purposely camped very near the Mount Yale trailhead off the CT.  Little did I realize from my map that this was not the best option.  My trail run above 12,000 feet very quickly turned into some intense scarmbling.  Around 13,500 feet, and a very sketchy, snowed-in ridge, I decided it was time to head back down.  I then proceeded to hike another 26 miles in order to get to town a little earlier today.  It was a long day for sure.
I also had my first scare with the Boa system on the trip down from the Mount Yale ridge.  I slipped and banged my foot really hard on a rock.  After I got up and kept walking, I realized that not only was my ankle a little bloody, but my laces were coming loose.  I thought I had finally done it, and I could start giving the Boa laces a hard time.  Not so, I simply had to sit down, push the reel back in place, spin the knob and I was back in business.
I now head out into uncharted territory.  The trail south of Hwy 50 is a very remote area of Colorado that I am not familiar with.  This stretch will not be very conducive to making any mistakes, getting off trail, or receiving any aid from the outside.  Thus, wish me luck as I set out, and I will check in again in Lake City about a week from today.

Colorado Trail Update from Eric Weis: The Boa Lacing System Rocks!
Tuesday June 23rd 2009, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Hiking

Testing the Boa Lacing System on the Colorado Trail (all 485 miles), Eric Weis continues the push forward. Below is his latest blog installment.
Hello all,
I am currently writing you from the hostel in Leadville.  It has only been three days since I wrote last, but stopping in Leadville made the most sense, logistically.  Even though it has been a short time since my last update, it was long enough to have my most interesting story to date.  After being dropped off at Copper Mountain, I hiked about 9 miles in to Janet’s Cabin when the weather started to turn for the worse.  There was another hiker that had stopped at the cabin and had decided to wait until the next day and better weather to hike over Serle and Kokomo Passes toward Camp Hale.  I thought I could make it, and told him I was going to press on.  After about an hour and a half of hiking through the snow and punching through every step I was on top of a ridge above 12,000 feet in snow and sleet and I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.  I decided at that point to follow my tracks back down to the cabin.  I learned a valuable lesson that day.  Being impatient and tempting mother nature are always bad ideas.  IMG_0545

My shoes have held up extremely well so far.  I have absolutely no blisters to report, my feet feel great, and the Boa system works just like day one.  When I get a chance to stop and meet some of my fellow hikers, they are impressed by both the lightweight shoes that I’m wearing as well as the Boa system that I demonstrate for them.  I have classified the Boa system in the same category as power steering, HD television, and shaped skis… you don’t know what you are missing until you give it a try.  The on-the-go adjustment has been a huge asset as my feet change size and shape a great deal over the course of a 25-mile day, and the ease of entry/exit cannot be overlooked.
That’s it for now.  I have just under 100 miles until I reach Highway 50, and take another brief timeout.  Thanks to all of those listening and take care!
Eric Weis