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Lightweight, waterproof support. Get everything you've ever wanted in a mountaineering boot in the Trango.

The La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot received a 2004 Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice Award. This boot, weighs in at a super light 2lb 10oz, one of the reasons it's won favor with mountaineering gurus worldwide. The Gore-Tex membrane is guaranteed waterproof, while remaining breathable. La Sportiva took their climbing shoe background to heart when they created the snug-fitting Trango's lacing system with lace lock. Another feature that sets the Trango apart from the competition is the 3D Flex ankle-hinge system. This support system remains flexible from side to side while providing stability when front pointing in crampons. *AVAILABLE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SHIPMENT ONLY.

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Shell Material
[shell] Cordura
Gore-Tex membrane
Removable Liner
Thermo-moldable Liner
Crampon Compatibility
Claimed Weight
[single] 1 lb 10.2 oz
Recommended Use
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LaSportiva S EVO GTX is fantastic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 46

The boot does run a bit small - order 1/2 size bigger from other LaSportiva boots and you should be good. Comfortable on trails in the White Mtns with capacity for snow and glacier travel with flexible crampons. Plan on wearing mine on an upcoming month long trip to New Zealand for backpacking and light mountaineering adventures. I give them 5 stars

Great boot!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

I got these boots several months ago as my first pair of mountaineering boots for a Mt. Shasta climb. Being the fourteen year old that I am, I wanted something that didn't break the bank, were functional, and made with quality , and good looks didn't hurt either. The moment I tried these on, I knew that these would be the boots that would take me to the summit. Fast forward 4 months after I got them, with a decent amount of break in hikes, it was time to prove themselves, and they did so flawlessly! Every other member of the seminar got blisters on their feet at one point or another because of terrible rented boots; all except me. They were comfortable on the hike to base camp, and comfortable on summit day. The only part of me that wasn't cold at the summit were my feet, thanks to my trangos. And with a trip to France next year, with my mom talking about a potential mont blanc ascent, they have much more climbing in store.

Fantastic boot!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

I have fairly narrow feet which consistently gives me footwear trouble. Sportiva is the only brand of climbing shoe that fits me reasonably well so after some trouble finding last minute boots for a trip to RMNP I ordered these without trying them on. I definitely got lucky with the fit, the first day I put them on I did 12 miles - no blisters, no hot spots, and I've worn them for every long hike I've done since I bought them and they're holding up great. I'm saying they run a little small, only because any boot that doesn't won't fit me well. I have a size 45, and I wear a 10.5-11 street shoe, but 45.5 climbing shoes.

They also look great, if your'e into that.

Summer mountaineering

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Had the pleasure of going on CAMP USA's Adventure week with some of my Expert Gearhead comrades and the guys from CAMP threw all the gear out on the table(or the hood of a vehicle). We spent the whole week camping and climbing with a focus on fast and light, spending all of our time in the high alpine.

These boots are a great choice for a light weight summer mountaineering boot. The fit was perfect with a light sock. I did make the mistake of not bringing my gaiters along but even with some snow coming through the top of the boot my feet stayed dry and warm.

The support that these boots give allowed for a long alpine climb and descent. We did a 2 pitch ice climb and the sole gave the rigidity needed to stick the crampons with confidence.

Eric Watford
Expert Gearhead

Great 3 Season Boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These boots are light on the feet and easy to walk in, making them great for summer mountaineering. Warm enough for any summer time summit in the Lower 48 and mild winter conditions. I just used this boot during CAMP USA's adventure week, the boot performed well on the muddy approach, 3 pitch ice route, and steep scree fields nearing the summit. <br ></article><br />Fit is a little more narrow in the toe box but worked well for my standard fit foot. The boot does seem to have a high arch, which again worked well for me. If you have a wide flat foot you might want to consider something else. <br /><br />For fit questions or if you are interested in this item please contact me directly.<br /><br /> Dan Gates<br />Expert Gearhead<br />801.746.7582<br /><br />

great boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.5

used on California 14ers and Mt Shasta during warm conditions. work great as long as it isn't too cold. heel cup doesn't grab as well as my other la sportivas (nepals, makalus), best way to describe it is the boot overall is a little bit more shallow. I also used these on Pico de Orizaba in cold conditions and my feet froze, I also thought that on the steeper sections of the glacier I could have used a little bit more support around the ankles. Once the sun came out around 7am the boots were plenty warm though. Wish they had a front toe welt for automatic crampons, gotta get trango extremes for that. I would say that these boots offer a trade off. when approaching, descending and in warmer conditions the are awesome. when I don't like them is when things get really steep and the weather gets colder. So on trips where it is only cold in the morning and the steep sections aren't as long and sustained ill pick these over heavier duty boots such as Nepals. I may have cold feet in the morning and put a little more wear and tear on my ankles/feet on the steep sections but the trade off is worth weight and comfort these boots offer on other parts of a climb. A good way to describe these boots compared to other mountaineering boots is that they don't feel like you are wearing a "boot" as much as a stiff soled tennis shoe

great boot

Love these, but quite snug

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

I've worn these for about four seasons in the Sierra Nevada. If they fit, they are the perfect California climbing boot - stiff enough to climb well and warm enough to handle our current winters. But ... on the small side; I ordered a 45, my normal size. 45.5 was too long to climb well. I found them super snug through the toe box but they'd loosen a bit after they warmed for an hour, and I had to be careful walking downhill to avoid toenail damage.

The new Cube seems to be a slightly looser fit, so I'll be trying that next.

Numb toes and minus a toenail

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Purchased European equivalent to a 12, my normal size with average socks. These things, out of the box, felt fine and worked well for a short trip into the Sierras. However, every use after caused numbing of my toes due to the compression in the tight toe box; look at the aggressive toe.

These boots climb well, I wore them on wet 5.7/5.8 in the Cascades and felt comfortable. However, kicking steps will destroy your toes in these if you have a wide foot like I do.

I have had Sportiva approach shoes a long time ago, Exum Ridge, and really loved the fit and feel of the Crosslite Trail Runners, but I should have listened to everyone that told me the Reds are super tight on the toes.

Numb toes and minus a toenail

Kick a$$

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These boots are a great compromise between a hiker and mountaineering boot. Took them to the Dolomites with me and put a lot of miles on them. Also led 5.7+ on wet, rainy limestone in them. They edge great and are stiff enough to support without being inflexible. Some insulation, but would probably still take my Nepal Evos if I'm gonna be in very cold weather. Love these boots.

(Caveat: I've not owned these particular boots for that long. I own many shoes from La Sportiva and love them.)

Toe box issue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I'm having issues with my toes getting smashed on descents. I've tried relacing the boots half dozen ways. I'm a 11.5/.75 shoe size and bought true to size. Did I buy to small?

these boots will take you places

16 hour hike over glaciers and their outwash fields? Not a problem

Jaunts in the icy woods of New England? Not a problem

They are light, comfortable (if you get the right size), great with or without crampons and just all around reasonable.

Just look at the kinds of places you can go in them!

these boots will take you places

Great Price, Light Weight, Mid Temp Boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I picked these up as a replacement for my Trango Extreme boots that were lost in a house fire. I wanted to shoot for a lighter weight boot and have the comfort of the Trango Extreme's. My first mistake was picking up a size to large (doh) and my second was giving up the warmth for wanting to be a weight weeny. I did manage to take them out on a couple of training hikes, one short hike that I noticed they were a bit big. The large size I was hoping to overcome via a new insole along with my normal Smartwool Trekking socks and a mid-weight liner for warmth. On the second hike with the new insoles I was noticing that I wasn't going to overcome the sizing mistake, but managed to make to a quick winter summit at 9,000' where the temps were in the low 20's. At the summit I noticed my feet becoming cold fast, something I never experienced with the Trango Extreme's. I gritted my teeth to get to the bottom of the snow pack so I could change out into a light weight pair of approach shoes and take a look at the blister damage which was pretty ugly.

These may make a great summer boot where you need the great water protection, but don't expected them to keep you warm on a Mt. Rainier attempt. I'll now wait until the new La Sportiva Nepal Cube is delivered to our distribution center, hopefully soon, and will pick em up for some PNW glaciers later this year.

Best summer boots

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've used these bad boys for it all, long knarly approaches, technical rock climbs, and summer snow/glaciers. Paired them with Petzls Sarken crampons and there's not much that can stop you besides the weather and your own limits. I've also got a handful of my friends using them now. The soles have a short life due to the sticky, soft rubber that enables them to smear up chimneys, but you can get that redone. Favourite pair of boots in my arsenal.

A great all around boot

    I did a 5 day backpacking trip in these boots. They worked great always stayed dry. I have been using them for everything to hiking to some LIGHT mountaineering. My only compliant would be that they are not the warmest but that's not what they are for now is it.

    Solid Boot

      I have been a long-time La Sportiva boot user. Started off with the Makalus, then had the Karakorams for a while. Both of those boots were pretty heavy and in the case of the Makalus, took about a solid month of backpacking to finally break in. I was looking for a great boot that was relatively light versus the prior boots yet provided the same stiffness and ROM without taking forever to break in. The Trangos delivered in all criteria. I will say this though, don't use this boot for backpacking in lower elevations during the height of Summer. Your feet will cook. This is a boot for bagging technical peaks, doing some technical work on mixed snow, rock and ice at moderate elevations.

      Great boot, narrow fit

        Great boot. I wear a size 14 in Asics, Brooks, Vasque, Columbia etc so I bought the 47.5. Length was fine but the narrow width borders painful.

        Funnily enough Backcountry first sent two left boots. They found the right boot and sent it my way a week later. Great customer service.

        Do these boots have a full shank? I was going to buy these for my husband, he's had 4 or 5 pair of Makalus and really loves them. He needs the full shank for when he's in his hooks and climbing poles. Thanks!

        hello, being a lineman i understand the importance of good boots. i also know that you can wear Sportiva with your hooks, they just wear out fast, for their not intended for that. I think your husband would rather have a pair of Nick's, or Whites, or Wesco's. they're full leather with a steel shank and rebuildable. I hope you guys find him the right boots stay safe!

        hello, being a lineman i understand the importance of good boots. i also know that you can wear  Sportiva with your hooks, they just wear out fast, for their not intended for that. I think your husband would rather have a pair of Nick's, or Whites, or Wesco's. they're full leather with a steel shank and rebuildable. I hope you guys find him the right boots stay safe!

        Would these work on a climb for Mt. Shasta? These will be my first boots and I have a budget of only around $350.

        For summer: absolutely. these are good with crampons (except for ones with wire toe bail) and my friend who wore them up Shasta had warm feet. I had rented plastics which were no fun for my shins at all. (I now have a pair of la sportivas and highly recommend them as a brand)

        For winter, I don't know but perhaps something with more insulation would be better. Ask someone with real winter experience.

        *side note: I have the La Sportivas Karakoram boots and, if you snowseal them, they are a brilliant boot for backpacking in PNW and climbing in many of the cascades. The trangos are probably much better for technical alpine stuff.

        for walking in double plastics: while leaning forward in your boot, only lace the outer boot to just below the top eyelet. lace the inner as usual, as this will help create friction between the liner and shell, not your foot and the liner.

        Hey, Zac! I am chuckling here at your question. Here is why. I am noting this from Alaska. Right. Now, I went to Southern Oregon State; we used to call that SOSC. I know just about every route on Shasta. People ask me, "Why don't you climb Mt. Denali?" I just don't have a polite answer. Now, Mt. Shasta, if you have ever seen it is one, hot, sexy mountain and one of the most unknown, underated mountains in North America, and if the word doesn't get around about that, that works for me. Anyway, about these boots. Check out a mountain in the Anchorage area called the "Williwaw." The first time I did an ice route on that in the winter, Christmas holiday, the temp on my Kestral dialed in at -6f. It kept telling me that, but my feet were not cold, so I thought the Krestral was broken! LOL. Now, I am an old arctic paratrooper and my feet do no like the cold one, single, little bit. So while I am climbing my first ridge in these boots in the dark, I keep looking down at my feet, "Hey, what's wrong, why aren't my feet cold?" Climb another 50 meters, look down, "Hey, there must be something wrong with my temp gauge, because my feet should be cold!" Climb another 50 meters, "This is freaky in the dark up here. I must be getting "halusonogeticallywackizmo'ed" out because I can feel my feet!" Man, I better get off this mountain!!! Climb another 50 meters! Look down, "Man, these are cool looking boots!" It warmed up to about 15F and stayed there. One silk liner, one pair medium socks, and 10 hours on a winter climb on the Williwaw in Anchorage. I was 55. Would I climb Shasta with these with the same rig, one liner, one medium to heavy socks. For me, mate, I would - for me, they are the perfect Shasta book - light, fast, go, climb, hike, move, make the summit. For me, this boot was designed for climbs just like that. Would I take this boot on more technical routes on Shasta? For me, why the hey-ho not? My thought now is, would I take these on the Eiger? Sir, that is a good question - I am not sure. Denali? I don't think so .... Shasta, for me, perfect. Fit them with a liner and heavy sock before you buy. My foot is a EU 43. These boots for me fit that size el perfecto.

        Everybody's feet are different. It is hard to say. I have climbed 8 routes on Shasta, only 2 were summer climbs.

        Anyone use these ice climbing? If so, what crampons would you recommend: straps, hybrids, or pros? (I'm particularly interested in trying to use grivel g12s or sabertooths, but I don't know which compatibility type to get.)

        Hi! These are for ice climbing. Either of those crampons would work. With these boots in particular you need the black plastic toe piece in the crampon. The one that goes over the toe box as opposed to the wire bail in the front. The wire bail in the front would not work with these.

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        Tried these on in a shop here in CO. Tried...

        Tried these on in a shop here in CO. Tried on a 45 (on sale, and no 44.5). They fit slightly roomy, and am nervous they will pack out and become a sloppy fit. I wear the Boulder X in a 44.5 for summer and fall 14er hikes, and they fit very well with a medium weight Smartwool hiking sock. Im looking to pick these up for snow routes. Should I be concerned with the extra room, or be looking for that as far as layering? This will be my first mountaineering boot, so any help will be awesome.

        How would these do for Mt Washington? Doing...

        How would these do for Mt Washington? Doing the Presidential Traverse in mid OCT, my regular Asolo FSN won't handle the trek. So looking for more of a mountaineering boot. Thanks

        Any one use these for technical ice climbing?...

        Any one use these for technical ice climbing? How are they?

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        I used them for my first season of ice until I got a boot with a toe welt. For newmatic crampons, they work great--plenty stiff enough for vertical ice, you just have to make sure you're using the right crampon.

        If you're looking to climb a lot of technical ice, I would go for a boot that has a toe-welt..but there are plenty of ice climbers far better than I am who prefer newmatic style crampons and boots.

        trango weight 1484 / 52 oz nepal evo ...

        trango weight 1484 / 52 oz

        nepal evo 35.7 oz / 1012

        is that correct nepal is lighter than trango ?

        Attention: Phil Maher/Lexi D, Do you have...

        Attention: Phil Maher/Lexi D,

        Do you have another e-mail address I can contact you on that is a little more private than this one? I would like to communicate in a more candid way with either of you regarding these La Sportiva Trango boots,this system is a little to public!?!

        regards Mike Moffitt

        If I buy a pair of these boots through...

        If I buy a pair of these boots through your company are you able to send them to New Zealand?

        Best Answer

        Hey Mike,

        If it was my company, I would be shipping myself to New Zealand, too...

        **update** No, La Sportiva can't be shipped outside the US, but I'm positive there aren't any restrictions on shipping me there...unless the State Dept revoked my passport and didn't tell me.

        Here's the link for the policy and details:


        Hey Mike,

        I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but we actually cannot ship the La Sportiva brand to N.Z. While we can ship to NZ, we cannot ship all brands due to vendor trade restrictions placed upon us by our brands. Unfortunately, we can ship La Sportiva only to North America. If you have a friend or family member living in North America, we would be most happy to send them there for you.

        I apologize about the disappointment! And Phil is right, I wish we could both be shipped to New Zealand, what a wonderful place you live in!

        Can these boots be used for climbing...

        Can these boots be used for climbing 6500-7000 m peaks in the Himalayas ?

        I think you need a double boot for those kind of altitudes. I used the Scarpa Phantom 6000 on Aconcagua and Denali (with overboot on Denali summit day,for insurance) and they performed well. As other poster said, Spantiks are good, as are Baruntse. It is all about fit.

        Looking into buying a pair of boots than...

        Looking into buying a pair of boots than would be good for backpacking, approaches, and eventually some snow/ice so these seem to fit the bill pretty well. Basically, i need something stiffer than my Asolos, but not as stiff as my Nepal Evos. Would this be a good medium? Or are there other boots worth considering?

        PS: Scarpas and other wider boots don't fit my foot well.

        Best Answer


        I don't know which Asolo boots you own, but these sound to be the boot you're looking for. The Trangos work well for mild-weather alpine climbs where you need the ankle support of a boot for either the approach or climb, but don't need the stiffness of a full-shank mountaineering boot. With these boots I can easily climb 5.8/AI3 and carry 60 lbs of gear to basecamp. They do have a sticky rubber bottom so if you were planning on using them as a backpacking boot they would get torn up quicker than say a pair of heavy full-grain leather boots, but these will climb technical terrain much better and be more nimble on the approach.

        Would these boots or the La Sportiva Glacier...

        Would these boots or the La Sportiva Glacier be okay for single pitch ice climbing? Also I want something that can be used on approaches too.


        The Glaciers and the Trangos do not have a toe welt, so you would need to use a pair of crampons with a plastic toe basket. This method is great for alpine climbing, though doesn't offer the precise fit/stiffness of a rigid set of crampons with a metal toe bar. Additionally, if you're looking to use these on waterfall ice in the winter you may end up with colder feet than you would like. The Trango S Evo is a great boot for more mild temperatures where you plan on long approaches and single day alpine climbs.

        I would instead recommend the Trango Extreme Evos since they have more insulation and a toe welt to accomodate more aggressive crampons. Additonally, these boots will still hike very well as they have the same last and are comfortable enough for a lightweight winter backpacking trip.

        Hi I would like to buy this boat in a 40

        Hi I would like to buy this boat in a 40

        Would these work for Shasta and some 14's...

        Would these work for Shasta and some 14's in Colorado? I know im eventually gonna need to upgrade but just dont have the cash to do so at the moment

        Hi- Is this boot compatible with the Black...

        Hi- Is this boot compatible with the Black Diamond Sabaertooth, Serac Pro, or Neve crampons? Thanks. I love these boots; I'm on my 4th pair!

        Hi, do these boots take Crampons with...

        Hi, do these boots take Crampons with anti-balling plates

        How do these work for hiking and backpac...

        How do these work for hiking and backpacking?

        Crampons? What sort of 'pons do you guys...

        What sort of 'pons do you guys recommend for the S Evo GTX boot?
        Strap on or step in?

        I currently have the G12 strap-ons, but it would be nice to use a step-in 'pon if possible?


        These boots do not have a toe welt and are not fully rigid so they can take accept the Grivel Cramp-o-Matic style crampons with a metal toe bar. These boots do have a heel welt though and as Jeff states earlier, the New Matic style would work just fine. The La Sportiva Trango Extreme boots have a toe welt and are the next step up from these if you're looking to use the Grivel Cramp-o-Matic style.

        I have an opportunity to pick up the Asolo...

        I have an opportunity to pick up the Asolo Fugitive for 105$. I am planning a trip to Kilimanjaro in Sept as well as many practice hiking trips in the Northeast till then. I am torn between Trango which I was told below would be 'perfect' for Kili or the Fugitives that have amazing reviews and are 70% cheaper.

        Hi - I own a pair of Nepal Evo Gtx boots...

        Hi - I own a pair of Nepal Evo Gtx boots in a size 45. I usually wear a very thin Bridgedale liner sock and then a medium-weight Bridgedale wool sock in the Nepals.

        My questions are: is sizing similar in these boots as compared to the Nepal Evos? And assuming I want to wear them for Spring, Summer and Fall activities, would you recommend a lighter wool sock? And if so, would that affect the size I would wear?

        Thanks in advance. Hope my questions were not confusing.


        These boots fit very comparably to the La Sportiva Nepals, so you should be fine selecting the same size boot. If you're used to wearing a liner with your boots I wouldn't recommend changing up that system as long as it's working for you. For warmer weather conditions, keep the liner and swap out the midweight wool sock for a lighter version, there should be minimal slippage in the boot from a size difference, though you can always take this space up if necessary with a pair of insoles such as SuperFeet.