PHOTO: Brian Davis
As I write this, I'm staring at the scattered mountains of winter clothes and ski gear strewn across my floor. I'm procrastinating packing--again. Us skiers spend a lot of time on the road in the winter; chasing storms, chasing friends, escaping responsibilities at home.
My packing system is pretty dialed, but the one thing that constantly trips me up is footwear. Depending on the trip, sometimes I need to pack at least two pair, (plus my ski boots) and they are bulky, usually muddy, and take up way too much room.
However, on a recent road trip through Idaho, I left behind my usual duck boots and my sneakers, and instead opted to pack a single, versatile option: Teva's new Arrowood Lux WP trail sneaker.
Previously, my impression of Teva's were the strappy, thick-soled sandals worn by overly-enthusiastic camp counselors two weeks out from their last shower.
But the brand's new fall line changed that for me. The Arrowood Lux trail sneaker is made with waterproof leather, so they take the place of the duck boots I usually pack for mucking around the parking lot pre-ski boots. High temps in Idaho led to a lot of rain and mud down low last month, but my feet stayed dry in these. Traction is decent; on a scale of one to crampon, I’d give these a seven.
Had I needed to move through much deeper snow, the low-top design would not have worked. (For that, you might opt for the same shoe in the 'mid' height). But in this case, the low-top gives off an easy, mountain town style that make these shoes wearable with jeans for après, and even on my flight.
The Arrowood features Teva's new foam construction, FloatLite, which means they don't have the heaviness or bulk of a traditional hiking shoe, but still gave me plenty of support and didn't take much time to break in. Time will tell how durable the foam is, but after several weeks of wear, I haven't seen any problems.
I've even taken these shoes to the gym once or twice to see if they could also stand in as my workout or running shoe on the road. While they don't have the same flex or feel as a pair of Nike's, the Arrowwood trail sneaker is a fine alternative when I need to get in a little exercise--which saves me from having to pack yet another set of shoes on my next ski trip. The less I can lug to the mountains, the better.