I like the idea of having the laces tucked away, traditional laces can get burrs or thistles and can snag on any branch or root.
TrekSta Men’s Kobra II GTX with the BOA lacing system
One of my concerns whenever I am running in a new trail shoe is how the laces will affect the overall running experience. Will the laces slip or move around? If you strike the sole of the shoe and shift will it loosen the laces laterally? With the BOA system these worries are history.
TrekSta has put the BOA lacing system onto a great shoe for trail running. I first saw the BOA style lacing system on Snowboarding boots. This system is pretty new and has been tested many different ways. I think TrekSta has it down on this Kobra II GTX. When I first started running it squeaked a little the first 2 times I ran in them. The squeaking went away. Now after over 40 miles the shoes are still solid. The BOA system does not just tighten the front there is also a chord that goes around the heel of the shoe. As the BOA system tightens it is balanced toe to heal.
There is good reason to check out the BOA system. I like the idea of having the laces tucked away, traditional laces can get burrs or thistles and can snag on any branch or root. The BOA system tightens down smoothly against the top of the tongue. The BOA wheel that tightens the cords is easy to crank and can secure the shoe so much faster than tying laces. I really like the BOA wheel for loosening you just lift the wheel away from the show and there is a click and the cords are relaxed. I have now used the shoe hiking around, running and even with my son at Cub Scout camp. The grip is fantastic. The sole of the shoe is a durable well shaped grid that has extra coverage around the big toe. This provides great protection for the occasional rock or root that could potentially stub a toe. The ICE LOCK feature is not something I have been able to thoroughly test.
The only con that I could find for this shoe is that I can’t put my foot pod for my SUUNTO on the BOA system.
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