10 things you need to know about Boa Technology

Makers of reel-based shoe closure systems storming cycling world

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The prototype lab has access to a 3D printer and two CNC machines that aid in rapid prototype turns.

The prototype lab has access to a 3D printer and two CNC machines that aid in rapid prototype turns.

8. The Boa test lab has machines that replicate freezing temperatures, muddy trails, and even the ocean. The goal is to identify the point of field failure and whether or not it’s at an acceptable level. They claim it can replicate virtually any environment in the world. For instance, one test reproduces the effect of having gritty sand rubbing all over your mountain bike shoes; another replicates sitting inside a stifling storage container being shipped by boat from China to the U.S. Boa also does extensive real world testing, such as placing force measuring strain gauges on a shoe and then having a tester run up and down a mountain.

9. The harshest environment is a tie between kids and fishing.
Kids are constantly crawling around in the dirt. Fishing means constantly being submerged where water transports abusive particles into the dial’s many nooks and crannies. Mountain biking also ranks high due to the increased likelihood of exposure to dirt, water and abrasion.

This test lab machine reproduces the effect tightening and loosening the laces thousands of times.

This test lab machine reproduces the effect tightening and loosening the laces thousands of times.

10. If you’re looking for a new job, Boa is a great place to work. Employees get a $500 a year health and wellness bonus that can be put toward things such as gym memberships, bike races, and yoga classes. There’s also a fleet of office cruiser bikes that are available for all to ride.

For more information visit www.boatechnology.com.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


  • Michael Khaw says:

    The article tantalizingly mentions aftermarket kits to replace conventional laces with Boa laces, but doesn’t provide any links to finding them! Where does one find them?

    • Carlo Ritschl says:

      Hey Michael,

      My name is Carlo and I am the Social Media Coordinator here at Boa. We currently do not sell an aftermarket kit. We have our Retrofit Lab where we can add the Boa system to a pair of low-cut shoes, but that is something that we only do at various events (for free!).

      Send me a message on Facebook or Twitter and I will find out if there is an upcoming event near you.

      Thanks for your interest!

  • Trout Bum says:

    I’ve ridden with a pair of Specialized S-Work shoes with Boa for the past 5 years and logged over 17,000 miles in them. I won’t even consider another closure system on my shoes then Boa. They are so easy to loosen or tighten on the fly and you have even pressure all over the top of your foot. I’m glad to see over bike shoe makers are finally starting to catch on.
    I have had to replace broken cable twice but it is not a difficult procedure.

  • Al Denard says:

    For what does the acronym, Boa, stand? If not an acronym, why Boa? Just curious! Thanks in advance for satisfying my curiosity!

    • Burt says:

      Al Denard: I would hazzard a guess it’s a reference to the snake “boa constrictor” which kills by constricting prey… This system is designed to constrict your feet in a shoe.

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