TX3 Approach Shoe
A burlier version of the TX2, La Sportiva'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
What do you think about this product?
August 21, 2019
ok I guess
these things fit me perfectly and are comfortable and light. i can climb comfortably w them clipped to the harness. but... Not very durable. only takes a few crack climbs and the mesh rips. Even when not ripped, the mesh allows dirt/sand to pass through, scree surfing sucks in these. your socks and feet get super dirty Think about stepping anywhere near mud or water and your feet get wet These things suck in snow. yea they are not made for that, but even the smallest snow field crossing and your feet are soaked and freezing and these things soft sole can't dig in at all so when it's steep snow it's real treacherous.
August 16, 2019
not to bad
The shoes are of good quality, but not suitable for people with wide feet
May 3, 2019
Bliss for the feet!
First of all, the stock insole is pretty weak, so toss it and put something in like Soles or Superfeet, whichever you like. With Sole Medium (rubber bottom version) insoles that I cut to shape and heat molded with the oven, I can use these shoes for mostly anything I would have used heavier boots for in the past. They also cover my scrambling and beach use as well. Here's a list of all the different modes I use with these shoes: 1. Standard mode with Sole insole and Smartwool PhD Light socks with the laces tied just tight enough to pull in any loose areas. Perfect for walking around town, driving, and easy trails with any weight of pack. 2. Easy trail, hot weather mode. Same as #1 but with laces untied and loose all the way to the toes. Wears like a flipflop and airs out well. 3. Rainy day mode with same setup as #1 but with oven bags or silnylon booties over socks. 4. River fording mode with socks removed, and possibly insole. Drain and either walk to dry with or without socks back on in addition of oven bags. 5. Cold water and/or sand mode with insole removed and sock replaced with 2-3mm thick neoprene bootie. Insole may be retained if room to spare. 6. Snow mode using dry neoprene booties, oven bags, and wool socks together, with insoles removed or swapped for thinner insoles. 7. Mountain mode using same as #1 but with ultralight gaiters and tighter lacing for scrambling and scree thrashing. 8. Mountaineering trail-runner mode of any combination combined with strap-on crampons for low angle slippery stuff.
April 30, 2019
The other reviews say it all! I was really impressed with these shoes! They feel fantastic and look great! Incredibly comfortable!
April 3, 2019
Great stiffer shoe
I really like the extra support these give for hiking compared to many other hiking shoes. They are stiffer and more supportive through the toe area which makes them great for hiking up steeper/rocky areas. I love to use these to hike up Snowbird in the summer and hitch a ride down the tram. When I wear these all day sometimes by the end of the day my feet get a bit sore since they are bit stiffer than your average hiking shoe but they are designed to be an approach shoe so it is to be expected.
December 1, 2018
My new dancing shoes
The night I picked up these new shoes, i took them to a concert to break them in. Little did I know, that these shoes are insanely fun to dance in! Nimble, grippy, and lightweight. Perfect for busting a move, either on the horizontal or vertical dance floors. The shoes perform great on approaches, making talus look less like ankle busting minefields. I took these up a climb ive done many many times before, and they climbed crack pretty well and edged nice for an approach shoe. Im excited to use them on long multipitches
October 5, 2018
I rarely write reviews but every once in a while you come a across a product that forces you to do so (for good or bad). That's the case with the TX4s. I do lots of hiking and climbing (11 14ers this year, plus Buck Mtn. in the Tetons [Class 4 route], etc.--I wore one pair of TX4s for all of these). I also own a lot of approach shoes because nothing is more important than your feet when hiking and climbing. I have worn the TX4s for most of the hiking I've done, and even wore them on some of the lower-grade technical climbs, when rapping, etc. These things are beasts! Not only are they extremely comfortable, they are very burly (very important when bouncing all over scree, mud, slabs, etc.). They are basically little foot tanks both on the sole and on the sides, and yet very comfortable, not too heavy, and nicely breathable (I hate hot feet and these have been no problem for me). Their burliness is is what distinguishes them from the otherwise-worthy TX2s and TX3s. They even smear pretty well. I can honestly say these are one the best things I have purchased, ever. BTW, I have seen plenty of professional mountain guides wear them too, which should tell you something. I have size 11 feet (fairly wide) and I found that the 44.5 fit perfectly.
November 8, 2019
nice review that should get moved to the La Sportiva TX4. These are the TX3.
September 24, 2018
I picked these guys up as more breathable alternative to some of my other approach shoes. I not only wear approach shoes on trail or at the crag but throughout my daily life and was really looking for something that was a bit lighter, more breathable and more comfortable than some of the other approach shoes that I currently wear. The TX3's fit the bill perfectly for what I was looking for. The integrated tongue (much like some of Sportiva's climbing shoes) is perfectly padded and the shape of the shoe really works well to fit comfortably without loosing traction. Initially the only complaint I had was the stack height seemed a bit taller than what I was used to but after wearing them for a few days I no longer noticed it. I find that they also fit true to size and went with my normal shoe size. I have a narrow lower volume foot and the extra width is nice for some added comfort comparatively.
August 30, 2018
Some may call my bouldering.. erratic.
For the last year and a half these have been my go-to shoes for getting my turns outside Winter. The mesh toebox will get your feet wet easily in any stream crossing, but they will dry out fairly quickly down the trail. Spring stream crossings may need you to go knee deep, so you might as well get something that dries--never again Goretex for the BC. Just wear a good lightweight wool sock with them to prevent blisters. These work great for minor edging and scrambling across scree and talus fields, but I wear lightweight (think thru-hiker type) gaiters to keep the volcanic bits out. I feel really stable on rock with in these, but they're sketch across some exposed-slopes on snow in drainage/avy paths. Avoid it if you can or have your Whippet/axe ready. The inserts are ok for light hiking and scrambling, but if you have a heavier pack, rip the inserts out and replace it with something good (I used SOLES) --like mountaineering boots, I think they expect you to do this from the start. I can carry 50lbs over 12 miles and these shoes feel fine. These are light (but not quite trail running light) and they have some pretty solid loops in the back to crab to your pack.
July 2, 2018
Best Approach Shoe I've found yet
The La Sportiva TX3’s served as the perfect shoe to help get me out of my winter slump and into full-on, hardcore, spring sendage mode. Through several climbing trips to the around the Midwest and Southeast, around town, and even during a weekend in New York City, the TX3’s provided a great fusion of function, fashion, and comfort. Thanks to the Midwest’s ever-changing weather, I was able to put the TX3’s to the test in mud, snow, ice, concrete, rock, and sand. I used them as approach shoes for hour-long mud jaunts through the Red, for scrambling up ledges and around boulders in the New, and as my daily street shoe between sends. As an avid climber with five years of global climbing experiences, and as a local climbing guide, I’ve cycled through various approach shoes with mixed results. Some performed well in mud but the rubber was too hard for decent scrambling or easy climbing. Others performed almost as well as some of my rock shoes, but were too stiff to comfortably wear on an approach. The TX3’s – though not perfect – are the most well-rounded approach shoe I’ve worn yet. "I wrote a longer review you can see here -http://bit.ly/2MFR0Nb"
August 4, 2018
Did your feet get wet at all with the mesh body or did they stay pretty dry?
June 29, 2018
What's not to like?
This is the most versatile approach shoe I've worn in a long time. It hikes, scrambles, and climbs (low grade) very well. It is also supportive without being over burly. I give the TX3 my unqualified recommendation. A note about sizing: my normal shoe size is US12 (Brooks, Merrell, Oboz, etc.), and I size up to a 46.5 in the La Sportiva Wildcat and Ultra Raptor. The TX3 has a roomy toe box and I find the TX3 45.5 fits me well - enough room to be comfortable without compromising performance.
May 3, 2018
Best do it all shoe
Canyoneering with a pair of 2 mil neoprene socks, mt bike, trail running, backpacking, or climbing, this shoe will do it all. Comfortable, light weight and durable. Sticks to steep rock like glue. Hands down the best active shoe I’ve owned. I wear an 11.5 and the fit was spot on.
April 20, 2018
Comfortable and grippy
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.
April 13, 2018
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.
May 7, 2018
January 10, 2018
Synthetic approach monster.
I like this sportiva model as an all synthetic approach. Well built with a solid vibram sole and climbing style toe. Just what the doctor ordered.
December 7, 2017
The Grand Tetons "Full Exum"
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. If you have any questions, email me: email@example.com or give me a call at: (801) 204-4571
December 1, 2017
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).
August 6, 2017
Best pair of shoes I've ever owned
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!!
August 3, 2017
Absolute Crusher Shoe!
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!
July 26, 2017
The perfect shoe for everything.
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!
October 11, 2016
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.)?
August 21, 2016
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
July 1, 2016
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?