Knox beat out the competition from leading international brands, includin Alpinestars, Dainese, Held and Spidi to score a perfect 10 out of 10, thanks to its similar specification to other top-of-the-range gloves, but with the added benefit of the patented exoskelton covering the fingers.
BIKE noted the use of reinforced thread, kangaroo and aniline hide, as well as the sliding surfaces and wrist-mounted Boa Closure System, which they found easy to operate with one hand. The testers liked the innovative technology, especially the exoskeleton, and tight fit, although they did note that the Handroids can take a long time to bed in.
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 Companytroops 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.
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.
Knox Armor’s new video highlights the unique features of its Boa-powered Handroid Gloves motorbike riding. Check out the video on their website here: www.knox-lab.com/hand-armour. In this application, the wrist-mounted Boa Closure System gives riders the confidence of a secure fit, especially when traveling at high speeds.
Similarly, performance and efficiency matter at work. This new product video from Bata Industrials Australia highlights the ease at which their new Boa-powered Bata Hero Boots can be put on and taken off and the comfort that comes from a customizable fit. Click here to watch the video.
Lastly, Ride‘s Mike Erwin explains the tech behind the triple Boa on the 2014 Ride Trident boot. What the full video, produced by TransWorld Business here: http://bcove.me/a1z9kmu8
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.
How many people thrive on riding a motorcycle over 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours? How about in less than 17 hours? Not many, but there are a few and there’s a club called the Iron Butt Association that pushes these road warriors to set lofty goals and then go for it!
Boa Product Design Engineer Eric Irwin set out this weekend to prove his case for inclusion in this coveted club and he rocked Boa all the way. Here’s his summary of the weekend’s adventure.
We started from Denver’s C470 and Santa Fe at 5:00am and returned back there at 9:15pm. In that time we went to Trinidad, CO; followed by Idaho Springs, CO; through the amazing Glenwood Canyon to Mesa, CO; back through Denver and out to Brush, CO at sunset; and finally back to our start.
Boa's Eric Irwin with his game face on during the 1008 mile ride around the block. begins!
We stopped about every 2 hours for 15 minutes or so. Every other stop was for fuel, just about every stop included a bathroom break for some reason. We snacked on PB&J’s and granola bars and drank water during each stop.
The odometer showed a total 1008 miles, start to finish. This particular route has already been verified by the Iron Butt Association. At the finish, we had to show our ride log, where we had recorded information at all the mandatory stops as well as gas receipts for each of those stops.
I had one brain malfunction and forgot to latch my saddlebag lid, which sent us back in Glenwood Canyon to find it along the side of the road. Luckily it landed on the side of the road, so it did not get run over. Some tweaking with a pair of pliers got the aluminum back into form enough to put back on the bike. That cost us about 30 minutes, otherwise we would have broken the 16 hour mark. Apparently, that is somewhat of an accomplishment.
I wore my Boa AXO Striker boots and Knox Handroid or Zero gloves for the entire ride. We had great weather with hi temps around 80 and low’s around 50 and only a few minutes of light rain on the return trip through Glenwood Canyon.
The crew at Knox just forwarded over this customer email.
We can read product reviews all day long about motorcycle technology, but only a letter like this truly illustrates the strength, quality and durability of the Boa Closure System on moto gloves when put to the ultimate test…a real world crash. The Boa Closure System on the Knox Handroids stayed tight and secure during the entire slide and kept the gloves on his hands. What more can you say? Glad you are doing OK Brandon!
Let me start off by saying you guys rock. About a year and a half ago I bought myself a pair of Knox Handroids because I kept hearing good things about them. I picked up a pair and loved riding in them. They felt great, looked great, and I hoped they would protect me as well as they looked. Last week they got put to the test. I went down going around a turn at about 105mph. I low sided because of some gravel, slid across the road, across the gravel, and flew into a ditch which then turned into a corn field. And my hands came out perfectly! Without even a scratch, bruise, burn etc. I did mess up my left knee, my back and my left thigh sense they weren’t covered by something that Knox makes!
Way to make one damn amazing product. Enclosed are some pictures of the damage to the gloves.
I’m also curious if you guys do some sort of refurbish if I were to send you the gloves?