Improving Performance by Rethinking Fit? BOA Fit System (Ep.75)

Dan Feeney & Kate Harrison of the BOA Performance Fit Lab go on Blister's Off The Couch Podcast to discuss how BOA is using new methods to measure fit and how it relates to performance
BOA Performance Fit Lab

Most of you are familiar with the BOA fit system — you know, that dial thingie that you sometimes see on various shoes and snowboard boots instead of good old fashioned shoe laces. But how many of you are up to speed on what BOA is up to today? And how many of you have seen those BOA dials and thought, What’s wrong with regular old shoe laces? (And I’ll admit that I’ve pretty much been in this camp.)

I headed to the BOA technology headquarters located in Denver, Colorado, to check out the BOA Performance Fit Lab and sit down with a couple of scientists, Dan Feeney and Kate Harrison, have them fill me in on what BOA is up to today, and see if maybe I’d have a change of heart.

Dan Feeney is BOA’s Biomechanics Research Engineer. He has a Ph.D. in Neuromechanics from the University of Colorado Boulder and he has a background as a former professional triathlete and D1 runner. Kate Harrison ran for West Virginia University and Team Canada, and did her Ph.D. studying the biomechanics of injury in runners.


  • BOA’s background & the Performance Fit Lab (2:29)
  • Dan Feeney & Kate Harrison’s backgrounds (6:20)
  • BOA vs traditional shoe laces (8:20)
  • 3rd-Party Testing (14:28)
  • BOA’s biggest categories & emerging categories (16:15)
  • Trail running benefits of BOA (21:50)
  • Lateral Stability & BOA (23:50)
  • Working with companies for optimization (25:55)
  • Different foot shapes & BOA (28:37)
  • Data collecting with athletes (30:10)
  • Current BOA products to try on (32:55)

1 comment on “Improving Performance by Rethinking Fit? BOA Fit System (Ep.75)”

  1. I was skeptical of boa when I bought my first biking shoes with boa (now have two). I’ve since become a believer. I’m sure as hell that system is not making me a better cyclist, but if I were to try to convince someone who was skeptical to part with extra money.

    1. Easy to “tie”. You just twist and they are secure. Evenly and comfortably secure.
    2. They don’t come undone. Bike, run, swim, hike, skip and saunter all day, and they will be just as secure as they were when you put them on.
    3. Easy to take off. Pop the top and slide out. Who’s not a little lazy after doing what you do all day?

    I recently needed flats for dh biking and got a pair of Vans on sale. $40, not bad. But those will be my last pair, at least for that purpose. More biking flats are coming out with Boa it seems. Likely next season I’ll skip the bargain feel, and just go for comfort and reliability. Care to do a deep dive on Boa MTB shoes? Especially the 5-10 and Pearl Izumi’s. Or reader comments welcome.

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