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La Sportiva TX4 Approach Shoe - Men's


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    6 Reviews


    The biggest and burliest in the TX family.

    Sitting at the top of La Sportiva's TX lineup, the TX4 Men's Approach Shoe is a veritable all-terrain crusher with the chops to put a handle on any terrain you take it up. Forgoing the mesh upper in favor of tough and supportive leather, the TX4 is well-suited for dry, rocky, and more demanding approaches. A full-wrap rubber rand is punctuated by a Vibram Techlite toe cap for additional purchase on small footholds, and the MegaGrip sole offers a sure-footed feel whether you're scrambling up loose rock, packed-trails, or big boulders. Underfoot, La Sportiva hooked the TX4 up with a cushioning MEMlex sole and its STB control system for added torsional rigidity and support.

    • Leather upper
    • Full-wrap rubber rand
    • Vibram Techlite toe rand
    • Non-slip mesh lining
    • Lace closure
    • MEMlex midsole
    • STB control system
    • Vibram MegaGrip sole with Impact Braking System
    • Item #LSP00A3

    Tech Specs

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

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    My go to

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Height: 5'0"
    • Weight: 125lbs

    This is my new go to shoe for every day use around town and for getting up in the mountains for a day of adventure. at first they were a little stiff but now they are comfortable and supportive.

    Leather Support

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

    This is a great approach shoe, especially if you want something a little burlier than the TX3. The leather upper will ensure that they last long and keep your feet protected on those dicey approaches. I really like the way these hike and smear, the only reason they are not 5 stars is due to the wider forefoot and they are a little too supportive for me. I'm sure once they really break in I'll appreciate it, but the break in period was a little odd. Really sweet shoe though, a must have for serious climbers.

    Stout & Beautiful

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45.5
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    A stout beautiful shoe. Fit is true to size and feel is that of a super stable hiker with the rubber and sensitivity needed to climb low grades. 4/5 because it's my first sportiva shoe (Muira, TC Pro, Mythos, Omega GTX) that are made in china and I can't say I'm stoked on that.

    never going back

    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I questioned whether or not approach shoes would be worth the price and let me say they are, hands down. The climbing rubber is invaluable for talus, easy scrambles, and easy climbing to get to the base of the route, or if you're into free solos like the west slabs of olympus or flatirons. The leather seems very tough and they are also extremely comfortable. Seem to be resoleable. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of these shoes.

    TX2 vs TX3/4

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • 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 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

    All Terrain Crusher

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    After putting these to the test through talus fields, chossy 5.8 climbs, and several long distance hikes, these are my favorite all around shoes. The Megagrip rubber is fantastic, allowing me to ascend with confidence and ease, while the leather upper lets me put these bad boys to work without worrying too much about scuffing them up.

    At 13 oz, they are much lighter than my regular hiking boots, but provide just as much protection for my feet when I'm on the trail for long days. Definitely at the top of the line for Sportiva and it is easy to see why!

    Hey Max,

    I'm not incredibly familiar with the Xplorer's but looking into them a little, it seems like these are a few ounces lighter than the Xplorer's and are made of leather instead of the synthetic upper on the Xplorers. Thus the Polyester TX3s might be closer to the Xplorers!