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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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).
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.
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.
At the ISPO tradeshow in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, Boa Technology’s partner brands Atomic, Deeluxe and Smith all came away with awards for innovative new products that employ the Boa Closure System. Here’s the scoop on the winners from each of these category-leading brands:
Atomic Race Skate Nordic Ski Boot Gold award winner, Cross Country Ski category
The new Atomic Race Skate is the world’s first skating race boot to feature the ultra-effective Boa Closure system. This smart system combines a thin, highly durable, stainless-steel lace cable with a mechanical reel on the exterior of the boot, which ensures a perfect fit with one quick turn of the Boa dial. The Race Skate is equipped with the carbon-reinforced SNS Pilot Racing outsole, so that all power is transferred forward. The outsole makes the boot exceptionally stiff – thereby ensuring precise ski control and explosive acceleration.
Deeluxe Spark Summit Snowboard Boot ISPO award winner: Snowboarding
With a leather shell and lining, the Deeluxe Summit Snowboard boot offers premium performance and decadent luxury for backcountry boarding. Paired with the Boa Closure System, the C3 lacing provides the perfect fit and for a responsive ride and all-day dependability. The Spark Summit has a leather lining and Sympatex membrane to regulate moisture and maximize comfort.
Smith Optics Vantage ISPO Award Winner: Ski Helmets
Updated Fall for 2013, the interior of the Vantage features Boa’s new FS360 fit system, which wraps around your head’s circumference to provide the highest level of resolution, delivering 1 millimeter of incremental adjustment with each click of the Boa dial. The Vantage is a hybrid shell helmet with Aerocore technology that maximizes full coverage protection and increases airflow. Combine this with the Smith-pioneered AirEvac technology for goggle integration, and the Vantage delivers the perfect blend of technology and style.
The Boa Closure System found on the Yeti high-performance backcountry snowshoe (pictured here) applies even, secure adjustment to the super-light weight binding, while also allowing maximum adjustability in order to accommodate most footwear types–from running shoes to winter boots.
The Course (below) features Louis Garneau’s Contact Lite Harness with two Boa dials–one to adjust forefoot fit, and a second to secure the heel. This dual-adjustment design ensures natural foot positioning and running stride.