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La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe - Men's


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    For the wet, steep, and techy.

    Frequent creek crossings, steep scrambles, and technical approaches call for the La Sportiva Men's TX2 Approach Shoe. With a quick-drying polyester mesh upper, non-slip lining, and protective rubber rand, the TX2 is well-equipped to put the handle on just about any terrain you encounter. La Sportiva even kept the TX2 lightweight—just over nine ounces per pair—so the shoes can easily be clipped to harness or stuffed in a backpack, without weighing you down or making you feel off balance.
    • Seamless polyester mesh upper
    • Liquid rubber rand
    • TechLite toe rand
    • Non-slip mesh lining
    • MEMlex midsole
    • Vibram Mega-Grip sole
    • C2 ComboCord
    • Item #LSP00A7

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    polyester mesh, liquid rubber protection
    non-slip mesh
    strobel lasted
    injection-molded MEMlex
    Vibram Megagrip rubber
    Claimed Weight
    9.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Awesome shoe not for me

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    My last pair of shoes were Helios SR with the footbed removed. I ran in them till I wore through the sole and into the padding. I got these to replace them for trail running and flatiron scrambles and they were everything I could have wanted. Ultra minimal no padding and felt great with no footbed. Very roomy in the tie box and I sized up half a size than my normal running shoes and they were perfect. Only problem was they were very narrow where my arches should be. I flat feet and it put a lot of pressure on them when I tried to move with them. So I returned them and got a different pair of shoes. If it wasn't for the arch issue I would have worn these for a long time.

    Greta approach and slab climbing shoe

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

    Broke these in on Looking Glass Rock NC yesterday. Climbed 10 pitches on the nose wall exclusively in approach shoes. Loved the sticky rubber. Climbing in approach shoes forced me to use and think about very precise foot placment. But when I pressed the shoes where great. Broke in pretty easy, they definitely fit snug like a climbing shoe. My street shoe size is 10.5, Got a 43.5. Wore on looking glass with a thin sock.

    Incredible lightweight approach shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9 (from comfy street size of 9.5)

    Surprised to see so few reviews of these, and wanted to give my impression after ~9 months because I want Sportiva to keep making them.

    I hate heavy approach shoes--they make me feel clunky in scrambling situations when I want security. Previously my favorite approach shoes were the original Guide Tennie and the original Evolv Cruzer (insole removed). The TX2s climb and hike better than both, and the detailing is just more thoughtful.

    CONS: They run hot and narrow--the rubbery interior of the shoe, while glove-like, is sweaty (not slippery though). I shredded the sheath on the chord lace somehow, which is annoying, but the lace still functions. If you don't have a narrow foot, they might not fit well (I pre-taped my pinky toes for the first month before some longer scrambles and had no issues.)

    -Best laces on a shoe I've ever had, hands down. 10 miles hikes, no double knots, no unties.
    -Amazing rubber. I've followed 5.9 in these easily and I'm far from a superstar. They're soft for edging, but you can smear into almost anything.
    -Durable and comfy for a lightweight shoe. I took these up the East Ridge of Mt. Russell in a day and didn't want anything more. Great for easier sections of multipitch. I've worn these a ton and they still look newish aside from the lace I tore.
    -The finish: Compression bands are great for stacking on the harness, heel pulls are minimal but you can actually get your finger into them (unlike most shoes.) Just great design all around.

    In conclusion, if you're like me and sometimes slip your Moccasyms back on for a hairy J-Tree downclimb because you don't trust your heavy hiking shoes, get the TX2s. They are so confidence-inspiring. Seriously love this shoe--they've turned my beloved Cruzers into streetwear.

    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.

    great for short, moderate approach

    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.

    TX2 vs TX3/4