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Why the Boa Li2 dials are a big deal


The latest Boa Li2 retention system makes adjusting shoe comfort precise and easy. The updated dial offers 1-millimeter increments in lace tension and can be easily and safely tuned on the fly. It may seem like a small detail, but here’s why this new system is worth paying attention to, plus my short wish list of how it could be improved.

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I’ve worn so many different kinds of cycling shoes over the years, with so many different kinds of retention systems to keep my feet secure and comfortable while riding outdoors in single to triple digits, and of course indoors, too. I’ve worn cycling shoes with just about every retention system available: Three Velcro straps, two Velcro straps, a buckle system, dial-actuated tension cords, Velcro and buckles, Velcro and dials, and a few different combinations of these systems, and of course tried and true shoelaces. Each retention system has its merits, some more than others.

The new Li2 dial protrudes less compared with previous versions of the dial system. Photo: Greg Kaplan

I’ve not raced much on the track, so I don’t need redundant systems — the shoe’s system plus and an extra set of straps that wrap shoe to pedal — to keep connected to my bike. I’m more of a fan of roads and light gravel, so, the need to keep the retention system protected from dirt or mud intrusion is not paramount when I decide what shoes I wear. But I have done my fair share of multisport races to know that getting my feet into and out from my shoes — which remain on my pedals before, during, and after cycling — is a requirement equaled by the need to keep my feet comfortably and securely in my shoes when I’m ripping along on the bike. But from a straight-up functionality and performance standpoint for my day-to-day riding, my preferred retention system remains Boa dials.

If you’ve ever needed to adjust the fit of your cycling shoes while riding, like if you’ve made your shoes too tight while wearing winter socks, or too loose when wearing summer weight socks, then you’ve probably experienced the need to adjust shoe fit after you’ve already hopped on your bike. And more often than not, when I put my shoes on, I’m sitting on a coffee table, or a stair, or someplace convenient for just a few moments, and when I stand after putting my shoes on, whatever tension I had set to keep my shoes on my feet feels different when standing than when sitting. And even afterI’m clipped in, the tension on my shoes often still needs minor adjustment.

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