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La Sportiva TX3 Approach Shoe - Men's

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    6 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

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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