Boa Taking Over As Bike Shoe Closure Of Choice

Boa Technology touts its twist-to-tighten, cable-and-dial closure systems as light, easily adjustable and strong. Manufacturers seem to agree. Eight bike shoe brands will release 39 new models with Boa closures by spring 2014.

“Pro riders and cycling enthusiasts appreciate the Boa Closure System’s ability to adjust the fit while riding on the bike,” said Alois Badegruber, Boa’s new European Director. “Partner brands report that the mechanical performance on micro-adjustability, light weight and strength are key for cycling footwear.”

Read on for a glimpse at the flagship Boa model for each brand. —Sean McCoy

Specialized – 2014 S-Works Trail, $350
The new S-Works Trail is a hybrid cross-country/trail shoe with a carbon midsole, ankle protectors, a fixed toe and two independent Boa closures for snug adjustment.
Weight: 370 grams.
Available: Spring 2014

Louis Garneau – Carbon LS-100, $199
The new Carbon LS-100 features Louis Garneau’s Carbon Composite HM Air-Lite outsole, which has a 4.3 mm carbon platform. The synthetic leather and cycling-mesh upper features the L4 Boa Closure System providing a customized, locked-in fit.
Weight: 235 g, 8.29 oz
Available: Now.

Scott – MTB Premium Shoe, $350
The MTB Premium uses dual-zone Boa Lacing for adjustability in two separate portions of the asymmetrical microfiber and airmesh upper. The insole features Poron shock dampening, adjustable arch support and removable metatarsal button.
Weight: 380 g
Available: Spring 2014

Lake – CX402 Road, $TBD
Lake tries for a precise fit in the CX402 with thermal-formable technology, dual side-mounted Boa Closures and perforated kangaroo leather and mesh upper. Available in a women-specific model.
Available: Spring ’14

Diadora – Vortex Pro Road, $TBD
The Vortex Pro is made from anti-stretch mesh fabric. The footbed features a vented, perforated EVA arch support and carbon fiber sole.
Weight: 269 g

Gaerne – G.Speed $TBD
Laser-perforated microfiber upper with mesh inserts and a single Boa dial work together in this shoe designed for adjustability and breathability. The G.Speed has Gaerne’s new full-carbon sole.
Weight: 272 grams
Availble: Spring 2014

DMT – Pegasus Road, $TBD
The DMT mesh upper uses a Boa dial combined with a padded tongue over the instep and two Velcro straps. Also available in a women-specific fit.
Weight: 270 g
Available: Spring 2014

Pearl Izumi – P.R.0. Leader, $270
The Pearl IzumiP.R.O. Leader has the Boa bi-directional closure system that gathers equally from both sides of the upper for foot retention. The seamless, breathable upper is .9mm thick.
Available: Spring 2014

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.