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Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Greg

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Te­va Lifty Chair 5: Ul­tra-Lightweight, Win­ter­proof Boots

When you think of the name Te­va, the first thing that comes to mind is prob­a­bly not win­try weath­er and ski­ing down moun­tains. And when you think of win­ter boots, the fur­thest ad­jec­tive from your mind is prob­a­bly lightweight. If you’ve spent any time on the slopes in the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen pret­ty im­pres­sive ma­te­ri­als make their way in­to boards and coats and even socks- tech­ni­cal ap­par­el con­tin­ues to im­prove, and it isn’t just mar­ket­ing. But, per­haps odd­ly, boots are still pret­ty tra­di­tion­al and cer­tain­ly hefty, chunky and clunky.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s the les­son of the Te­va Lifty Chair 5 boots- a new prod­uct and a new face to a com­pa­ny that is tran­si­tion­ing in­to mak­ing gear for year-round, all-sport use. The specs are im­pres­sive: an ap­prox­i­mate weight of 1 pound, 3 ounces and tem­per­a­ture rat­ed to -25 de­grees F. We def­i­nite­ly had to try them out, and we’re hap­py to re­port back: this is a great new en­trant to the win­ter are­na and should def­i­nite­ly give es­tab­lished man­u­fac­tur­ers pause. They aren’t per­fect- but are the light­est win­ter boot we’ve tried, and pack up neat­ly for easy stor­age or stow­ing away in your bag while trav­el­ing.

There are a few com­pro­mis­es. This is not a boot that is for se­ri­ous, all-day win­ter sports fa­nat­ics; those who are plan­ning ses­sions in deep snow or who are look­ing for a ski boot. The Chair 5s are sol­id but can’t per­form mir­a­cles- still durable, they held up to some de­cent snow­fall and near-ze­ro tem­per­a­tures pret­ty well for a while, but def­i­nite­ly got a bit chilly af­ter a cou­ple of hours and some sweat. The com­pa­ny just­ly brags about the “one piece, in­jec­tion mold­ed EVA out­er con­struc­tion” and “lightweight, rip-stop wa­ter­proof lace up­per” and we re­al­ly did like the laces here, as well as the stitch­ing.

In terms of looks, they ap­pear sim­i­lar to a pair of rub­ber ga­losh­es or rain boots with a more se­ri­ous sole. Avail­able in two col­ors of black and brown, ours were the dark­er col­or and fea­tured a bit of blue re­flec­tive strip­ing on the up­per as well as on the lo­go. The sole of­fered quite a bit of trac­tion- though not as much as, say, some hik­ing boots like those we checked out ear­li­er this year from Wolver­ine or Lowa. But the Te­va Chair 5s per­formed well on icy side­walks and trails, pre­vent­ing us from slip­ping or slid­ing around. They don’t of­fer quite as much sta­bil­i­ty or pro­tec­tion from side-to-side twists or sprains, since the ma­te­ri­al is much less stiff.

One fea­ture was re­mark­able: the re­mov­able 250-gram Thin­su­late LiteLoft lin­er can be tak­en out and worn around the cab­in as a light bootie of sorts. It was a bit dif­fi­cult to get in and out of the boot wi­htout some fuss, though. Fit felt true, and the mul­ti-part vel­cro and elas­tic kept wind and mois­ture from get­ting in around our an­kles. The area around the mid-front of the boot, above the foot, felt a bit loose and lac­ing tight cre­at­ed a bit too much crin­kling and wrin­kling. Which con­nects to the on­ly oth­er is­sue we had- they’re a bit noisy and squishy! That sounds like a small thing, and it is, since boots are al­ways a bit loud. But these feel so soft and light that the odd sneak­er-like sounds made an im­pact.

For lightweight win­ter use, these are just the thing- a pack­able, com­pact boot that is both very com­fort­able and quite warm. While we don’t think it’s the right choice for the tough­est con­di­tions or en­vi­ron­ments, the Te­va Lifty Chair 5s do point to a rad­i­cal­ly new style of boots that don’t re­quire a sep­a­rate bag. We won’t miss get­ting a work­out try­ing to lift our feet, and you won’t ei­ther. Avail­able now, at $170, and a slight­ly dif­fer­ent wom­en’s style (the Jor­danelle) runs the same price. For those who aren’t sure or would like some more in­for­ma­tion, here’s a nifty video that Te­va put to­geth­er.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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