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…”
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.
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.”
Boa Partners came home from January’s 2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show with several awards from Gear Junkie, Outside Magazine, Gear Patrol and Gear Institute, four of the industry’s authorities on what’s new and what’s hot in sports gear.
K2 Route Helmet At a mere 320 grams (0.7 pounds) the well-ventilated K2 Route is the lightest snow sports helmet ever. With industry compliant safety certifications, for both ski and bike, as well as seamless goggle integration, the Route steps to the front of the head-protection category. The Boa Closure System provides incremental adjustment around the head, creating an optimal and secure fit.
Says Gear Junkie: “We liked it for potential multisport use — K2 notes it can be used for biking as well as snowsports. For backcountry skiing, the Route offers a lighter, more-breathable alternative to standard ski helmets, which can be too hot when heading uphill on a peak.”
Scarpa F1 Evo
For touring-focused skiers who want ultimate function in a super-light package, the F1 Evo pairs game-changing performance: a hands-free ski/walk function that switches modes automatically based on whether the heel is locked into the binding, all at 2 lb 7 oz per boot.
The F1 Evo is the first ski boot with a rigid tongue and to use the Boa Closure System on the boot’s lower scafo. The light weight yet powerful Boa Closure System provides maximum adjustability to optimize fit and functionality without adding any significant weight.
The boot is designed with SCARPA’s Carbon Core Technology, a carbon-fiber frame that runs the length of the boot under the foot and provides stiffness for ultimate power transfer to the ski while retaining the progressive flex skiers seek in the upper boot.
The Scarpa F1 Evo will be available fall 2014 and retail for $729.
In all, the Scarpa F1 Evo won four awards, including “Best in Show” recognition from the Gear Institute, Gear Junkie, Outside Magazine and Gear Patrol. “This is one of the most innovative touring boots to come along in years,” reports The Gear Institute. Read their review here.
Last week’s 2014 ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany was one of Boa Technology’s most successful yet, with more partner brands than ever participating in the outdoor industry event that showcases new products that will be available to consumers for the 2014/2015 winter season.
Several Boa partner brands submitted their new and innovative Boa-powered products for coveted ISPO Awards. After submitting product descriptions and videos, a jury comprised of industry experts identifies the winners in various categories by sport and product type. The following Boa products are among the 2014 ISPO Award winners:
Topo Athletic Sante
Ideal for functional fitness training programs that involve running, jumping, climbing or lifting, your feet stay secure with the Sante’s unique stabilizing technology. This zero-drop shoe has a total stack height of 14 mm to keep you balanced and close to the ground, weighing just 8.4 ounces (6.9 ounces for women). The 3D-printed upper features the Boa Closure System, which provides micro-adjustable fit of the foot-conforming upper connected to a co-molded rubber/EVA sole. The mid-foot strap adds additional stability and security. $125
Tubbs VRT Snowshoes
The FLEX VRT (Vertical) was designed to deliver premium performance for backcountry exploration. The new DynamicFit™ binding with the Boa® Closure System produces evenly distributed tension around your boot for ultimate security. The ability for micro-adjustments ensures exceptional, precise maneuverability, while preserving comfort with an optimal fit. The FLEX Tail™ design eases stress on your joints, allowing you to reach even the most intense summits. $250
With its heat welded, non-quilted seam tape construction that effectively prevents moisture penetration, the Mizusawa Down Shuttle is an extremely waterproof down jacket. The hood uses the Boa Closure System to create an optimal fit around the head and face. The light weight, durable dial and lace system quick delivers the preferred hood setting, with maximum comfort and convenience by simply twisting a knob. Learn more here. Descente Platinum Jacket
The Platinum Jacket won the gold metal in the two-layer insulated segment of the Ski Category. The Platinum jacket is made from four-way stretch material and uses the new Heat Navi Print lining technique. The hood is adjusted using the Boa Closure System, which allows it to be worn over a helmet, and with a simple, one-handed twist of the dial, can be adjusted quickly and easily to achieve the best-possible fit around the face and head.
Thusane Ankle Brace with Boa Closure System
The Thuasne sport ankle brace is a new generation of orthotic that allows an optimum comfort and support during athletic activities. Its anatomic design provides a maximum stability without any constraints. The thinness of the product makes it easy to wear inside all types of footwear. Thanks to the Boa Closure system (lifetime guaranteed) the brace offers a perfect fitting and a reliable and easy closure system.
“The Thuasne Ankle Brace is a helpful, medical-orientated sports recovery device for people who are recovering from foot/ankle injuries. The lightweight and lean construction, combined with the sportive design, and high usability – thanks to the BOA closing system – makes it a comfortable product to be used anywhere in the daily life.” said ISPO Award Jury member, Max Barth.
K2 Route Helmet
At a mere 320 grams (0.7 pounds) the well-ventilated Route is the lightest snow sports helmet ever. With industry compliant safety certifications, for both ski and bike, as well as seamless goggle integration, the Route steps to the front of the head-protection category. It will be available in fall 2013 and will retail for $150.
Viking Constrictor II Boa
The Viking Constrictor II Boa won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award 2014 from the Scandinavian Outdoor Group.
Primary Innovation Features:Boa Closure-System; high isolation features: Made from a durable textile upper with nubuck reinforcements and a snow block cuff. 100% waterproof and breathable GORE TEX ® membrane and a high loft wool blend lining. Getting in and out of the boot is easy thanks to the BOA® closure system. The EVA midsole is shock absorbent, add to the cushioning, and helps keep weight down. Natural Rubber outsole with Viking’s own Ultimate Grip Concept®, provides excellent traction on snow and slippery surfaces. It will be available in select European markets starting in August 2014.
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.
On-site Boa prototypers remove shoes’ existing laces and replace them with a Boa Closure System, which consists of aircraft-grade stainless-steel laces and a low-profile, powerful dial that work together to provide a premium alternative to traditional laces.
“We’ve believed since we started in 2001 that, once people try Boa, they love Boa,” says Boa Technology Marketing Director Garett Graubins. “This retro-fit 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.”
One of the most popular shoe brands to receive the Boa Closure retrofit is Newton Running, the official run course and shoe sponsor of the IRONMAN® U.S. Series and GoPro IRONMAN® World Championships. The white shoe pictured above is Newton’s limited-edition IRONMAN Elite Trainer sold this week at the Newton Running expo booth in Kona.
Edie Fisher, age group podium finisher, is psyched about her new Boa-powered Asics shoes.
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.
On-site Boa specialists will retrofit attendees’ shoes with the Boa Closure System
Boa Technology is giving attendees of this month’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (OR) an opportunity to “Get Closure” by installing complimentary Boa Closure Systems on their traditional lace-up shoes. This industry-only offer allows anyone attending OR to experience the performance and comfort benefits of the Boa Closure System’s light weight, dialed-in fit.
“We’re confident that once people experience the convenience, durability and great fit that the Boa Closure System provides, they’ll seek out Boa-powered products from our many brand partners,” says Mark Soderberg, Boa Technology CEO. “The Boa Closure System is a highly customizable system of cables, guides and tension-adjusting dials that can be applied to almost any type of footwear. In the interest of efficiency, however, this offer is limited to low-cut athletic or casual lifestyle shoes with traditional laces.”
During the first three days of the OR show (July 31 – August 2), attendees can drop off their traditional lace-up shoes (sorry, no kids’ shoes) at the Boa Technology tent located outside the south entrance of the Salt Palace, where Boa’s team of prototypers will install the Boa Closure System. Later in the day, after receiving a photo text of their now Boa-powered footwear and message they are ready, attendees can pick up their shoes and start to experience first-hand Boa’s superior fit and performance.
In anticipation of high demand for the offer, interested parties are encouraged to reserve a time slot in advance by emailing email@example.com. Walk-ups will be accepted, but space will be limited. “We’re encouraging people to pack an extra pair of new or lightly-used shoes,” says Boa Marketing Director Garett Graubins. “Still, we’ll be prepared to take the shoes off people’s feet just to help them experience Boa.”
The award-winning Boa Closure System is found on over 26 million products worldwide, produced with 140 different partner brands across seven product categories: cycling, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, golf, utility and medical. Outdoor Retailer exhibitors debuting new Boa-powered products at this summer’s OR show include Topo Athletic, Hobie Cat, Orvis, Vasque and Treksta.
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PRESS RELEASE: April 3, 2013 (DENVER, CO)—Boa Technology Inc., maker of the award-winning, patented Boa® Closure System, has signed an agreement with Life Time Fitness to sponsor the Leadville Trail 100 and Leadville Silver Rush 50 mountain bike races taking place August 10 and July 13, respectively, in Leadville, Colorado. Boa Technology will also award a coveted spot to the sold-out 2013 Leadville Trail 100 MTB race through the “The Ride That Changed It All” Facebook campaign.
To enter, participants go to Boa’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/BoaLacingSystem and submit a personal cycling photo or video along with a 200-word-or-less story about the “ride that changed it all,” which could be about their first time on a bike, their most heinous wipeout, best biking adventure or most memorable ride. Essays will be judged on creativity and how well the story reflects the degree to which the writer values bike riding. Four-time winner of the Leadville Trail 100 (and women’s course-record holder) Rebecca Rusch, who wears the Boa Closure System on her Specialized cycling shoes, will select the winning essay.
The winner, announced on May 9, will receive a free entry to the 2013 Leadville Trail 100-mile MTB race and a pair of Specialized S-Works MTB shoes featuring the Boa Closure System. Three runners-up will receive a limited-edition Boa-branded cycling jersey.
Boa Technology will exhibit at both races, where attendees can take advantage of the “Upgrade To Boa” offer, which allows people to trade the shoes on their feet for Boa-powered footwear. Used shoes will be donated to One World Running and Mountain2Mountain, two Colorado-based non-profits serving people domestically and abroad.
Boa will also capture finish-line photographs of each racer the Leadville Trail 100-mile race and post them on Boa’s Facebook page, where they can be downloaded or shared on social media.