Designed to meet the demands of the sport's most driven athletes, the all-new BR1 represents a revised approach to performance, comfort and safety. Harnessing feedback from elite, club and masters-level rowers, the BR1 is the sport's only specifically-built footwear to offer a true anatomical fit without compromise. It's everything you've come to love about Bont Rowing shoes, only better.
Featuring a lighter, stiffer and lower stack two-piece carbon fibre chassis, BR1 takes our renowned PBR1 and delivers better energy transfer, greater durability and reduced bend point force for a more natural and powerful interaction between foot and stretcher. Our uncompromising approach to performance pushes beyond power transfer with a lower forefoot cradle, increased bend point elasticity, wider heel cup counter and achilles gateway for a more versatile fit across the entire size range. Usability is further enhanced with targeted Super Stretch fabric placed around the first and fifth metatarsal for our most supportive and stable anatomical fit yet.
The all-new BR1 harnesses the effective and reliable BOA Fit System with single or optional dual-release safety mechanism for faster removal of shoes when getting in and out of the water and is FISA approved for competition. The all-new laser cut hydrophobic microfiber upper and anti-stretch backing improves foot hold and stability while the proprietary Tech Mesh liner takes comfort and ventilation to another level for a more comfortable row in all conditions.
Anatomical Forefoot Shape
Developed with the rower’s foot in mind, every pair of Bont Rowing shoes is specifically-built for rowing and is designed around the shape of a human foot. Our anatomical shaping allows the foot to sit more naturally inside the shoes during the drive and recovery phase for improved comfort, stability and efficiency. Our shoes don’t look like the others and that’s exactly why our shoes are trusted by the sport’s top athletes, schools and clubs – because there is no turning back once you experience the Bont Rowing difference.
World's Only Carbon Split-Sole Design
Bont Rowing shoes harness over 46 years of carbon fiber sole development to deliver a unique and innovative Sweet Spot Flex Zone. Featured across the entire range, all BR series shoes utilize a rowing-specific carbon fiber heel counter (cup) and forefoot cradle for optimal power transfer while the Sweet Spot Flex Zone provides light and controlled flexion of the foot for a stable and comfortable catch.
Sweet-Spot Flex Zone
Located at the most effective bend point of the foot, the Sweet Spot Bend Zone bends with the foot, reduces foot roll through the stroke and guides movement for a more controlled, effortless catch and effortless row.
Anatomical Heel Counter
Our anatomically-correct heel counter (cup) maintains a secure hold on the heel to maximize comfort through the drive and recovery. Say goodbye to blisters, hot spots, foot cramps and enjoy a pain-free row session after session.
Achilles Cut Out
Heel connection and load are vital for the ultimate stroke, engaging your hamstring and gluteal muscles helps with force and control through the legs, pelvis and lower back. Bont Rowing brings you a carbon heel cup that supports your every stroke and moves with you.
Carbon Fiber Forefoot Cradle
Effective force transfer, more responsive steering, improved connection with your boat and your most comfortable row yet, the BR-series carbon fiber forefoot cradle also provides lateral support for more direct and precise steering control.
Tongueless Midfoot Wrap
Designed to adapt to a variety of foot shapes, the BR2 is built for natural movement along with quick entry and exit while the vented Durolite material delivered improves airflow and drainage.
Precision BOA Fit System
Globally recognised as the gold standard in sports footwear closures, the BOA Fit System is integrated into the BR1 for a fast, effortless and micro-adjustable precision fit. Backed by the BOA Guarantee, BR1 owners can row with additional confidence knowing dials and laces are covered across the lifetime of their shoes.
Structural Arch Support
Every pair of Bont Rowing shoes is designed to support the foot across the transverse, lateral longitudinal and medial longitudinal arch for a more natural and stable position throughout the stroke. Bont Rowing shoes provide complete support of the entire foot for correct knee tracking, improved pelvis stability along with reduction in lower spine load. It's only through entire arch support system that the foot can also play a reactive role in the energy transfer and force generated by the leg muscles as they push against the footboard.
Carbon Fiber Heel Cup
A strong heel and foot plate connection are vital for the ultimate stroke. Our carbon fiber heel cup provides a direct contact point so your hamstring and gluteal muscles can effectively activate and drive controlled force through the legs, pelvis and lower back.
Lateral Shoe Placement Adjustment
Bont Rowing shoes come with built in lateral adjustment so that you can attain the ideal position on the footplate. Obtaining the closest foot position in relation to your hips is crucial in maximising power through the drive and correct knee tracking.
Adjustable Heel Set (sold separately)
The adjustable heel set by Bont Rowing is customisable to suit rowers of all flexibility levels. Compatible with all BR shoes and easily fitted via the pre-drilled installation port. Designed to provide extra stability at the catch through early heel connection and to utilise the body’s two largest and most powerful muscles – your glutes and hamstrings. Our heel set is essential for any rower looking to instantly increase their potential. * The Adjustable Heel Set is is sold separately and is available for purchase via our Online Store and our Dealer Network.