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

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.

Boa-Powered P3 Pillow Helps Alleviate Sleeping Problems
Monday December 17th 2012, 9:48 am
Filed under: Medical


Launching in February 2013, the P3 Pillow uses an internal Boa adjustment system to deliver the perfect bio-mechanical sleeping solution for back and side sleepers. It was developed by Australian physiotherapists Darren Ross and Andrew Seymour, who describe the inspiration behind the P3′s development here:

“Over the years of being in clinical practice we have found an increase in neck pain. Rather than putting out the spot fires and just helping with the acute pain we thought there must be a better way to help people. The P3 allows for a persons neck and head to be in the ideal position for the entire nights sleep. This allows for relaxation of neck muscles and the unloading of spinal joints, allowing for the neck to recalibrate. The results have been amazing.”

Simple adjustment of the Boa Dials delivers a perfect biomechanical pillow solution for side- and back-sleepers. The Boa Dials allow the pillow to be prescribed, set, and readjusted by a healthcare professional or the user, click by click. See the product demo here:

P3 mini demo from andrew seymour on Vimeo.

Lauren Scruggs Loves her Boa-Powered Prosthetic Arms
Wednesday December 05th 2012, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Medical

people1people2The story of model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs, who lost her arm in a tragic accident last year, has gone viral. Most recently Lauren (and her prosthetic arms) was profiled in People magazine (click link to read the full article).

Lauren reached out to Advanced Arm Dynamics to be fitted with three different, activity-specific prosthetic arms, including ones that employ the Boa Closure System. Lauren slips the prosthetic onto her arm, then uses her other hand to turn the Boa dial until she achieves the optimal fit.

As her limb swells during a workout, she can easily adjust the prosthetic’s fit with a simple turn of the Boa dial.

In the People magazine article, Lauren expresses her appreciation for how the prosthetic arms have helped her regain her former active lifestyle. Since Lauren (or “Lolo” as she’s known to friends), is into fashion and often wears pink, we think she’ll enjoy the pink dials available for almost all Boa-powered products through Boa Technology’s Reel Pink Campaign, the proceeds of which support breast-cancer awareness through non-profit Boarding4BreastCancer.

Learn more about Lauren’s incredible story of bravery and adapting to her new life in her recently published book, Still Lolo, available here:


Peak Prosthetics and Boa Technology Featured on
Tuesday October 30th 2012, 10:43 am
Filed under: Medical blogger Judy Berna recently wrote about her experience with Peak Prosthetic Designs, founded by Joe Mahon, a prosthetist who has pioneered the use of the Boa Closure System into his designs.

Here’s an excerpt from the full article, which can be found on’s Geekmom blog:

“A few years later Joe found himself on the ski chair lift, taking a call from a patient as he took in the mountain views. His patient desperately needed one of those five-minute adjustments before she left town later that day. But for that to happen Joe would have to cut short his ski date on a blue bird powder day and drive all the way back down the mountain, just for a five-minute tweak. Once again, this time for more selfish reasons, he wished his amputee patients could adjust their own leg sockets.

After he slid off the chair lift and headed into what would be his last run, he stopped to wait for his wife to adjust her snowboard boots. Trying to be patient, he watched her turn the wheel to unclick, then re-click, the Boa ratcheting system on her boots until she had complete comfort. In that moment Joe had his revelation.

Why couldn’t prosthetic legs be adjusted with a Boa ratcheting system?  What if an amputee could adjust her own leg, with a few clicks of a wheel, finding her own sweet spot of comfort? The lacing worked so well in snowboard boots and other sports shoes, thanks to the patented system by BOA Technologies, why not incorporate it into a leg?”

Keep reading here:

Denver Post Highlights Boa Technology’s Rapid Rise
Tuesday July 10th 2012, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Company News,Medical,Snowboarding,Utility & Safety

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Here is an excerpt from the Denver Post article, which you can read in full here.

Thanks to an investment last month by a San Francisco firm, Boa is expanding and launching deeper into the medical-bracing and safety-utility industries, offering its dial-to-tighten lacing system in helmets, safety pads, work boots and orthopedic braces.

Boa’s path over the past decade includes large steps. When it moved from snowboarding into cycling in the early 2000s, it nearly doubled its reach. Then, golf shoes doubled the cycling market. Then, outdoor shoes. And now, medical and utility.

“They’re what, 50 times, 100 times bigger than all those markets?” said Boa chief financial officer Merle McCreery. “We proved we could gain market share in snow, and in these new market categories we are going into, we don’t need to gain nearly as much market share to really grow the revenue.

“The new majority stake by Glenbrook Consumer Partners — an investment firm focused on innovative consumer brands with $10 million to $40 million equity investments in such brands as Jamba Juice and Under Armour — will further elevate Boa’s closure system, now found in 100 brands divided into 15 primary categories.

Keep reading here.

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 Prosthetic Devices Helping Haitian Earthquake Victims
Thursday October 06th 2011, 9:13 am
Filed under: Medical

Joe Mahon of Peak Prosthetic Design Inc. in Salt Lake City is currently the Lead Prosthetist for the Haitian Amputee Mother’s Alliance (HAMA). HAMA was founded to provide leading-edge prosthetic treatment to women who suffered limb loss, due to the earthquake. Joe has been using the Boa Closure System on a number of his patient’s prosthetics in Hati to help customize fit and closure on their devices. Visit to learn more and help this great cause.


Boa Technology Launches Medical Business Unit to Expand Category Presence and Support Existing Partners
Thursday March 24th 2011, 10:08 am
Filed under: Medical

Following on heels of record growth in 2010, Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the award-winning, patented Boa Closure System, today launches a new Medical Business Unit, which will strategically support the growing demand seen in this category and service current partners.

Futuro wrist and ankle braces will now feature the Boa Closure System

Futuro wrist and ankle braces will now feature the Boa Closure System

Driving the successful launch of the Boa Closure System on prescription and consumer retail medical braces by Futuro, DeRoyal, and Exos, current Boa Product Manager Jimmy Capra has been promoted to Director of the new Medical Business Unit. Capra says, “As we have become more visible in the medical field, we have received interest from a growing number of potential orthopedic and prosthesis device partners. They see the inherent added value of having the Boa Closure System on their products and feel confident that their consumers will too.”

Created by Gary Hammerslag in 1998 for the snowboard boot industry, the Boa Closure System provides quick on and off customized comfort with smooth, even closure and no pressure points. Once locked into place, Boa reels and laces stay that way. Boa Technology guarantees the Boa Closure System reel and laces for the lifetime of the product.

“We are really energized here at Boa Technology,” says Boa President, Mark Soderberg. “The launch of the new Medical Business Unit coupled with the incredible momentum we have in terms of category expansion, sales, product development and brand awareness, we want to ensure that we can provide the best service to our customers and partners. This new Medical Business Unit is a reflective commitment to positive and steady growth in the medical category for 2011 and beyond.”

Fast Comany Highlights the Exos Short Arm Fracture Brace with Boa
Thursday October 15th 2009, 4:05 am
Filed under: Medical

Fast Company editor Chris Dannen highlights the Exos Short Arm Fracture Brace featuring the Boa Lacing System. Check out the story and images by clicking HERE.