For approaches wet and dry.
When a shallow creek stands between you and the base of your route, you won't have to worry about trying to keep your approach shoes dry when you're wearing the La Sportiva Women's TX2 Approach Shoe. Its quick-draining polyester mesh upper dumps water, while the non-slip mesh lining ensures a snug and secure fit when you're hiking up steep slopes off trail. A protective rubber rand protects the shoe from wear and tear, and the lightweight construction with C2 ComboCord means you can easily clip the TX2 to a harness or backpack, without feeling weighed down or off balance.
- Polyester mesh upper
- Liquid rubber protective rand
- Non-slip mesh lining
- Lace closure
- Traverse Lite midsole
- Vibram Megagrip rubber sole
- C2 ComboCord
- Item #LSP00A8
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am a hardcore review reader and took a chance with these shoes since they have mixed reviews. For reference, I wear anything from 35.5 to 37.5 in La Sportiva climbing shoes. I have a pair of trail running shoes that are 37.5. I would say my street shoe size is a 6.5. I ordered a 37.5 and 37 in these and both were too big. The 36.5 fit the best (I wear thin no-show socks with them). I climbed a flatiron in them and they stuck well and had good sensitivity on the rock. I mainly bought them for multi-pitch walk-offs and scrambling, however. The profile of them is pretty low; there isn't a lot of ankle stability, and there were some rocks that got in them, but I really liked how they performed. They felt like comfy climbing shoes. I wouldn't say they are super sturdy, so we will see how they hold up. But the packability and lightness of them appealed to me, and I'm glad I got them before my size sold out!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5/40
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 140lbs
Light and capable approach shoes! I was worried that the polyester mesh upper would wear through quickly, but they've held up amazingly well.
grippy and stable!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 37
- Height: 5'3"
- Weight: 119lbs
I used these on a few multi-pitch climbs this summer and so far I love them. Light enough to clip onto your harness or haul in a pack but stable enough to withstand a tough approach.
The Vibram soles are super grippy and offer great foot stability on a scrambling approach. Stickiness of a climbing shoe with the comfort of a light sneaker.
They run true to size. I went 1/2 size down from my running shoe size since I didn't plan to wear socks
The inside is well made and plenty comfortable enough to wear without socks
I love these and can't wait to use them again soon!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
I tried a pair of these on as a possible replacement for an older pair of Guide Tennies (ca. 2013, before they were beefed up).
They are light and felt comfy out of the box, and their party trick of strapping together with the heel elastic is cool, but they don't pack down nearly as well as I expected---I can squash my old worn-out Tennies down to a more compact blob. The Vibram lugs on the bottom seem more pronounced than the dot rubber on the Tennies so I expect it might last a bit longer and grip a bit better in loose terrain.
They run pretty true to size---I tried on my street size and a half size up. My street size was snug and probably more of a climbing fit, half a size up was a nice looser hiking fit.
However the shoes are very low-volume, and I cannot even tie the laces. The asymmetrical tongue (attached along one side) lets my sock peek out on one side! I can't imagine how much dirt would get in my shoes on a sandy scree approach. Maybe I will try the men's version, if I can find it in my size.
What size is 7 1/2 women’s?