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La Sportiva TX4 Approach Shoe - Men's


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    10 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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    Great Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Dialing in on the correct size was a bit difficult with these. The toe box is a bit low volume, they run narrow in the ball of the foot, and they felt long. Other than that they are an awesome shoe! The leather is good quality, vibram sole is awesome, lacing system is great and they are a million times more supportive and comfortable than 5.10s. Really happy with them so far!

    super happy with these

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I fit these for hiking a half to one size larger than usual to give extra room for the toes (I have Guide Tennies that fit a little snugger for technical approach/climbing.) The traction, support and stability are excellent. The full leather upper protects well as does the full rand. The sole is super sticky and the tread really digs in. I haven't used them in rain, snow or mud yet, but expecting they'll be fine. The leather stretches with break in. I wear a 10.5 street shoe and fit these in 11.5.

    Favorite Shoe Ever!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought a set of tx3s nearly 3 years ago and I went through two pairs of those in 2 years and wanted something more durable. I found the TX4 and have loved them every since, they have lasted me a long time and are taking the beating well. I am going on over a year with my pair of Tx4s and they are awesome. My one complaint is the weight, I still have a set of Tx3s I use for hauling up multipitch climbs but I use these for everyday use.

    Mixed Bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I currently have a love/hate relationship with this shoe... Let's start out with the good, and then the bad.

    The goods: As far as approach shoes, this has been my favorite feeling and performing shoe thus far. I've used the guide tennies, the scarpa crux and then these. These shoes look and feel amazing. They have a very precise feeling because of the smaller profile and fitted feel. When I'm scrambling and climbing around on a summit push, I feel like I have so much control with my feet. They're super comfy, too. Another thing I like about this approach shoe is that it's basically a hybrid between a an approach shoe and a trail running shoe. They're light enough to do some running in, but they're sturdy and strong enough to rely on for scrambling. The grip is excellent as well.

    The Bad: All of that said... I've only used these shoes 4 times and they're already starting to fall apart. The bit of rubber that comes from the bottom of the shoe and makes it's way up to the back of the shoe is simply glued on. That's all well and fine, but the glue doesn't seem to be too strong. Mine is already peeling off... Another issue that I have had is that the material on the instead one of the shoes got a cut on it from scraping up against a rock. The hole was initially small, but after a hike in the shoes (only like 4 miles) it got worst, and is about .75" long. No bueno. Lastly, I think the design that integrates the lace loops and the handle, for lack of a better term, is poor. These shoes fit tight and snug, and that's awesome as well as what I'm looking for, but that means I typically need to use that little string/handle on the back to put the shoes on. The hole that the string comes out of however is not reinforced and just comes through a small hole in the material. Thus after about 4 times of using these shoes the small string is already starting to rip through the the material on shoes.

    Backcountry is hooking me up with a return of these and I am REALLY hoping that I somehow managed to get a dud/lemon pair of shoes. I want to love these shoes as they are the best feeling & performing approach shoes I've owned so far, but I don't have much confidence in them right now. For $140, I would expect so much more out of a shoe. I paid $120 for my guide tennies and I put them through VERY, very heavy use over the 3.5 years that I owned them. I could easily get another few months out of them if I really wanted to.

    La Sportiva, please take this feedback and run with it. These shoes have a lot of potential, but I would not spend this much money on another pair of your shoes if they're only going to last me a couple of months regardless of how awesome they feel during that time period.

    Mixed Bag

    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!