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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

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    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