For the wet, steep, and techy.
- Seamless polyester mesh upper
- Liquid rubber rand
- TechLite toe rand
- Non-slip mesh lining
- MEMlex midsole
- Vibram Mega-Grip sole
- C2 ComboCord
- Item #LSP00A7
- Q & A
great for short, moderate approach
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10.5
I wear a 10.5 in most brands and ordered the same for the TX2s and they were more-or-less true to size, slightly on the snug side. I have average width feet and they did feel a bit tight at the outer bulge near my little toe. It doesn't help that I typically wear thicker socks (standard cotton athletic socks) but I don't always have that problem in other shoes. The second time I wore them with no socks and they felt better. I was impressed with how good they felt barefoot and will likely wear them without socks going forward.
That said, I've only worn these a few times for short approaches of .5 miles or less and that is typically the distance I hike into the crag. If I were to make a longer approach in these shoes, I can't say how they'd hold up without socks or if the mild pain on my outer foot would increase. I'll have to update this when I do.
They're definitely great for wearing while belaying and hanging at the crag. The laces are great (both on the tongue and on the heel); easily switch from tight enough for the hike to loose enough to very comfortably slip on and off.
I haven't really put the toe to the test yet, but the vibram sole grips great. I had no problems hiking around on slick granite.
TX2 vs TX3/4
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 45
I ordered the TX3 and the TX2, and I tried on the TX4 locally. The TX4 and TX3 fit almost identically. They seem to be the same shoe, but with a leather upper on the TX4 and synthetic upper on the TX3. The forefoot on the TX3/4 is pretty wide, and it fit my wide forefoot well. Better than most Sportiva shoes, and way better than the Ganda.
The TX2's upper is much lower profile than the TX3/4. You can see it clearly in the photo I attached. In addition, the TX2 was much more snug on my wide forefoot. My 6th toe pushed outward uncomfortably on the TX2's upper. I didn't notice it on the TX3/4.
There is a weird bit of rubber on the sole at the outside of the ball of the foot as that I can image would help folks who supinate. Would be a detriment for people who over-pronate.
None of these shoes are as precise as the Ganda, and they probably won't climb as well. But they all should hike much more comfortably for me. I wound up returning the TX2 and keeping the TX3, despite the TX3 being heavier. A single size 45 TX2 weighed 10 ounces on my scale, and a size 45 TX3 weighed 13 ounces.
Can anyone who owns these shoes offer some sizing info? What sizes do you wear in other popular shoes, e.g. La Sportiva Solution?