Exploring the BOA Lacing System: Revolutionising Footwear Technology

27 March 2023  |  Admin

Exploring the BOA Lacing System: Revolutionising Footwear Technology

What is the BOA Lacing System?

The BOA lacing system is a smart system to pull on or take off your safety shoes or boots. It is an alternative to classic laces whereby they are replaced by stainless steel wires, connected to a turning knob. This knob is used to tighten, loosen, and snap your laces into place. As with many innovative technologies and systems, the BOA lacing system has its roots from the sports industry. For a very long time, the system was being used exclusively by snowboarders, mountaineers, golfers, and cyclists. However, the innovative laces are now occurring more frequently in personal protective equipment such as safety shoes or firemen’s boots.

How does it work?

Using the BOA lacing system is really simple. By turning the knob, you tighten or loosen your laces. The pressure gets evenly distributed on your safety shoe. By turning the knob all the way up, you loosen the shoe entirely; this is known as the quick-release function. In addition to the push/pull principle, the BOA knob repels sand, oils, mud, and other dirty materials. This means that if you are wearing safety gloves, you don’t need to take them off to tighten your laces.

The benefit of this configuration over traditional lacing systems is that when you tighten the dial, the laces can be tightened far more than traditional laces and creates a fit that almost hugs the feet. This also benefits the footwear in the long run, expanding their overall lifespan by putting less strain on the uppers.

BOA footwear at Total Workwear

With the BOA lacing system being originally designed for snowboarders, mountaineers, golfers, and cyclists, it makes the system perfect for Helly Hansen, whose heritage is very much from a similar area. At Total Workwear, we have 18 products with the BOA lacing system, all of which are Helly Hansen. For our range of Helly Hansen footwear, the BOA system offers accessibility, comfort and simplicity. Combining this system with safety footwear which already exceeds expectations of workers worldwide.<.p>

With the BOA lacing system explained, here are a couple of the products that we offer for you to see how it looks on traditional safety footwear.


Helly Hansen Magni BOA Composite Toe Cap Safety Boot - 78317

  • SBH Rating
  • SRC Slip Resistance
  • Proven warmth down to -40°C
  • BOA Closure M4
  • PU shell
  • Dri Blaze Lining
  • Leather
  • Composite Toecap
  • Composite Plate Midsole
  • PU Midsole
  • Vibram Fire n Ice
  • Ortholite Sockliner

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Helly Hansen Chelsea Evolution BOA Composite Toe Cap Safety Trainer - 78236

  • S1P Rating
  • SRC Slip Resistance
  • Microfibre with breathable mesh windows
  • Composite Toe cap
  • Antistatic
  • Water Resistant
  • BOA® L6 closure system
  • Air mesh lining
  • EVA midsole
  • Nail penetration protection
  • Ortholite Sockliner with moisture management
  • Rubber Outsole

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In conclusion, the BOA lacing system is an innovative and easy-to-use alternative to traditional laces that provides a comfortable and secure fit for safety shoes and boots. It was originally designed for snowboarders, mountaineers, golfers, and cyclists, but is now becoming more common in personal protective equipment. At Total Workwear, we offer a range of Helly Hansen footwear with the BOA system, providing accessibility, comfort, and simplicity for workers who need reliable safety footwear. Try out the BOA lacing system for yourself with our selection of products.

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