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La Sportiva TX3 Approach Shoe - Men's


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    14 Reviews


    Ready for anything.

    A burlier version of the TX2, La Sprtiva's TX3 Men's Approach Shoe is well-suited for everything from high ridge crossings to brushy approaches with multiple creek crossings. The shoe's lightweight polyester mesh upper is breathable for hot summer days and dumps water quickly. The shoe is supported by a full-wrap rubber rand for extra protection from abrasive terrain and is fitted with a Vibram Techlite toe rand for extra purchase on more technical approaches. Underfoot, La Sportiva gave the the TX3 its MEMlex midsole for comfortable cushioning and added a Vibram MegaGrip sole for a sure-footed feel on high, exposed traverses.

    • Polyester mesh upper
    • Protective rubber rand
    • Techlite Vibram toe rand
    • Non-slip mesh lining
    • Lace closure
    • MEMlex midsole
    • Vibram MegraGrip rubber sole
    • Impact Brake System
    • Item #LSP00A5

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    polyester mesh
    non-slip mesh
    Traverse, strobel lasted
    MEMlex compression-molded EVA & SBR
    Vibram Megagrip rubber
    Claimed Weight
    12.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Comfortable and grippy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Mens 8

    I go through a pair of approach shoes every year working as a climbing instructor. I'm in my mid 40's so I like to spend as much time in my approach shoes versus my climbing shoes as possible. I like the lighter weight and flexibility of the TX3 compared to other shoes I have had and they still allow me to climb many of the routes I do with clients and move around a wide variety of terrain with confidence. The clip in loops on the back feel strong and secure for the times I do need to hang them on the back of my harness. Love these shoes. They have held up as well or better than previous Sportiva approachies I have owned. Looking forward to another pair.

    Fantastic Shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    These shoes are fantastic approach/light hiking shoes. They are super supportive, the rubber is sticky, and the upper is light and breathable. Whether its technical rocky approaches, sandstone slabbing, or just wearing around camp these shoes are awesome! They do have a wider toe box than is normal with LaSpo running shoes, but I still felt that they were true to size.

    The Grand Tetons "Full Exum"

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    These shoe find the bridge between everything you want out of an approach shoe. They have the solid sticky rubber when you need it on those low angle granite slabs. Supportive on those hard, long approaches.

    I wore these climbing The Grand Tetons - "Full Exum" route car-to-car and they didn't disappoint. They had the sensitive feel that you want out of a rock shoe but didn't sacrifice the supportive performance on the long approach.

    I know some people have had a hard time when it comes to sizing but I went true to size and they worked well for me. I know some people have gone a half size small but I didn't find it necessary.

    These are highly recommended.

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    The Grand Tetons "Full Exum"

    Absolutely incredible

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 7
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    For me, this is the perfect approach shoe. I've taken these up the steep hike to the Incredible Hulk and throughout the Sierras, bushwhacked through the trail-less slopes of Sedona in search of sandy splitters, and solo'd plenty of 5th class among J-tree domes. One thing remains constant: these shoes stick to everything and feel oh so wonderful while at it. I've run through the gamut of approach shoes and these are BY FAR the best.

    The only items I would asterisk with these are they are pretty beefy (which is a great thing on hard hikes with heavy packs) and I'm not super into the Euro bright colors (wish they had a more neutral color option). If I'm doing a shorter approach or something that has a walk off and I need to clip my shoes to my harness I go with something lighter (like the Evolv Psych).

    Best pair of shoes I've ever owned

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I purchased these shoes for when I climb the Grand Teton next month and have been putting them through the wringer in Little Cottonwood Canyon. They stick to rock like glue and I trust these shoes almost as much as my climbing shoes. Today I took them on BushWhack crack and these preformed very well. I can't wait to use them on the grand!!

    Absolute Crusher Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I have worn these for over a thousand miles in the last year! Most recently I climbed Mt Stuart North ridge in these shoes. Crossed 4 passes scrambling over sand and granite boulders, crossed a half a mile of firm glacier with crampons strapped onto these shoes, simul-climbed 1500 feet of granite up to 5.6 and had complete confidence that I would keep me and my climbing partner safe without question! Then we descended the cascadia couloir (4000 feet of knee and foot pounding hell). Not even a hotspot! The shoes were well broken in, but in all my other approach shoes I have always gotten hot spots and/ or some discomfort. These shoes are very well made and give great confidence on all types of terrain. Well done La Sportiva. These have a wide toe box and fit those with caveman feet well. I plan on running a 22 mile trail run in these next month and am sure they will do great!
    Update to my original post- I climbed 5.9 in these shoes today and they stuck with no problem in a stem corner on basalt rock. buying my second pair today!

    The perfect shoe for everything.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The La Sportiva TX3's are the best shoes I have ever worn. They have some of the best grip ever, are super comfy, are perfect for everything. I use my TX3's for everything whether that is hiking up a mountain, or walking around town, they are just the perfect shoe for everything. I always have knee pain and I do not get that with these! On my second pair!

    Fits like a glove

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 168lbs

    They are very comfortable and seem to hike well but I will see how they do compared to the ganda on low class five once the snow melts from the west slabs.

    Comfortable grippy shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Used them for the first time this weekend and they were able to handle steep terrain, dusty boulders, and damp gullies just fine. All around great shoe for approaching climbs.

    The Promised Land!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    This is actually a followup to my initial review. I've have been now using the TX3's for a few weeks now, everything from warming up my bouldering sess. (up to V4!) in them to scrambling up 5.easy Flatiron routes (up to 5.7).

    I have been very happy with the fit and performance of these shoes - something I wasn't surprised given the La Sportiva pedigree.

    The shoes have seen some outdoor abuse bushwhacking to off trail climbs and look great. Mesh is holding up well. The out sole is super sticky, so it shows some wear - the stickier/softer the rubber, the faster it's going to wear. Luckily, these shoes look pretty resole-able.

    I've haven't done a considerable amount of running, but they've been great on 6+ hour summit-bagging days. All things considered, I'm pretty stoked on my new true love, the TX3's.

    The Promised Land!


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    I'm picky about shoes, but these did not disapoint. Probobly the most comfortable shoes I've had in a while. They are almost as light as running shoes, but have a very stable foot bed. I have only just started breaking them in around the hood walking the dog and such, but ultimately bought them to do some sections of the pct. I like them so much, I'm going to get another pair for work (I'm a nurse on mt feet 12 hrs a shift).

    Different sizing than LS trail runners

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Quite surprisingly, even though I have been running in size 46 La Sportiva trail runners (Ultra Raptors, Wildcats, Helios, Helios SR, etc), size 46 TX3's were laughable clown-sized. I moved down to size 44's, and the fit was much better for the intended purpose: scrambling 5.easy routes in Boulder's Flatirons, while still being usable running between them.

    Size 44 is closer to what I would wear with a LS rock shoe like the Katana, rather than related to their trail running series (which makes sense, in a way). Katanas though, were too tight for me, while the TX3's seem really nice and wide in the toe box, without being too loose/floppy.

    So just an FYI, the last on the TX3 is yet another variable in LS's line - it seems actually truer to what other brands release, rather than what I've experienced with LS: you have to size up at least 1 or 2 EU sizes.

    TX2 vs TX3/4

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    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 imagine 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

    I typically wear size 11.5 running shoes in most brands like New Balance or Saucony, unless they are a narrow brand. In narrower brands like Salomon I wear a 12. Most Sportiva running shoes are really narrow, and in the Helios, Helios SR, and Crossover 2.0 I wear a 46.5.

    Unanswered Question

    Given the last on these, would these fit more similar to the Boulder X's or to the LS trail runners (Ultra Raptor, Helios, etc.)?

    Unanswered Question

    I see several good reviews of these but no one mentioned their typical US size shoe to compare with the euro size they bought. Can anyone comment i.e. I wear US 12 and a 45.5 was perfect. Thanks

    Unanswered Question

    How do these climb? It seems like they wouldn't hold up to crack climbing or big walls... anyone have experience? Do those lace loops blow out right away?