La Sportiva VK BOA: The makings of a Vertical Kilometer running shoe
The three most important aspects of a good mountain racing shoe, especially for a Vertical Kilometer competition, are (1) lightness, (2) fit, and (3) traction. And it's safe to say that the La Sportiva VK BOA nails all of these.
- It's "extremely light," as reported by experts. This is all due to its very minimal upper and cushion.
- For the fit, the combination of the upper and BOA technology is responsible for the shoe's precision lockdown.
- Since running uphills demand more use of the shoe's front part, it has a rock plate, toe guard, and more contact points upfront than the rear.
In summation, the Vk Boa is a mountain racing shoe that's designed to move quickly in a featherweight construction.
A perfect blend of ground feel and protection
The La Sportiva Vk Boa is a minimalist trail runner, meaning that it has less cushion than most trail models. This is the reason why you have sufficient ground feel in this shoe, encouraging good proprioception.
Despite being minimal, the shoe also has its fair share of protective elements. One, there's the toe guard in front. Second, the outsole has a rock plate, muting the sharp objects on the ground.
What's the difference between the OG La Sportiva VK and the VK BOA?
The only difference between the parent La Sportiva VK and the BOA version is the use of the BOA Fit System for lockdown in the latter. Other than that, they're pretty much identical in use and in design.