Boa-Powered Products Wins “Best in Show” at Outdoor Retailer
Wednesday February 05th 2014, 10:39 am
Filed under: Company News,Outdoor,Skiing

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 with Boa

 

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.”

Read The Gear Institute’s review of the K2 Route here.

It will be available in fall 2014 for $150.

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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.

Read Gear Junkie’s review here, Outside magazine’s review here and Gear Patrol’s here.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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

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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.



Boa Products Win Three Awards at Europe’s ISPO Tradeshow
Thursday February 14th 2013, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Company News,Outdoor,Skiing,Snowboarding

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

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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

Backcountry-Series_Spark-SummitWith 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.

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Boa-Powered Louis Garneau Snowshoes Win Multiple “Best in Show” Awards at OR
Thursday January 31st 2013, 11:49 am
Filed under: Company News,Outdoor,Running,Skiing,Snowboarding

web_GI_BestInShowOR_lgAt this month’s Winter Outdoor Retailer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, several media outlets presented “Best In Show” awards to Boa partner brand Louis Garneau.

Louis Garneau’s Yeti snowshoe, featuring the Boa-powered Contact Pro Harness System, was received the “Best In Show” award from leading outdoor gear-review website, The Gear Institute. Say the website’s editors: “Louis Garneau’s Yeti Snowshoe is the first we’ve seen to use a Boa System instead of straps and buckles, and the system is much lighter than most.” Read the full story here: http://www.gearinstitute.com/best-in-class/item/best-of-outdoor-retailer-awards.

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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.

Louis Garneau’s Course running snowshoe received Gear Junkie’s coveted “Best in Show” award. “Amongst the lightest made, the Louis Garneau Course snowshoes touch the scale at just 720 grams per pair (…) Bonus: A webbing shoe harness and turn-to-tighten Boa Technology dial let you wear any of your normal trail-running shoes in the Course,” wrote Gear Junkie in his review. Read the full review here: http://gearjunkie.com/best-in-show-outdoor-retailer-show-winter-2013

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.

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Louis Garneau Course

And last but not least, Gumption Gear awarded the Louis Garneau Yeti snowshoe its “Best in Show” award. The editors lauded the Yeti with comments like this: “By merging a high-performance snowshoe with the Boa Closure System, Louis Garneau is shaking up the snowshoe industry.” Read the full review here: http://www.gogumption.com/gear-reviews-2/best-in-show-awards-outdoor-retailer-winter-2013/

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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

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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!



Scarpa Alien AT Boot with Boa Wins Backpacker Award
Tuesday October 02nd 2012, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Skiing

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This week, Backpacker Magazine named SCARPA’s Alien AT boot winner of its Editor’s Choice Snow Award.

Backpacker editors took the Alien, designed first and foremost for randonee racing, on a five-day backcountry tour. They were impressed with the Alien’s versatility as an extremely light touring boot, and with its unique shell design and materials, including integration of the Boa closure system.

“One of our main ski-boot testers didn’t believe the single-buckle Alien could cut it on a five-day, yurt-based backcountry tour. Understandable, seeing as they’re more like high-top trail shoes (with tech-binding compatibility) than any AT boot we’ve ever tested. But her fears were unfounded. The innovative design weighs in at just 3 pounds, 2 ounces per pair—half of what standard AT models weigh—without gutting critical support and control,” say the Backpacker editors.

Learn more about the SCARPA Alien on www.scarpa.com



Boa Technology Forms Partnership with Glenbrook Consumer Partners

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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!



Got Snow? Black Diamond Factor Boa Ski Boots In Action
Wednesday July 06th 2011, 9:01 am
Filed under: Skiing

Black Diamond athlete Zack Giffin (Black Diamond Quadrant Boa Ski Boot) is always prowling around the Pacific Northwest backcountry for prime lines, and the adventure featured in this video and report is absolutely prime. Big, steep, committing and sweet—this epic line on Mount Shuksan was for sure one of the highlights of Zack’s spring ski season.

BD athlete Zack Giffin and friends make an epic descent on Washington’s Mount Shuksan from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.