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La Sportiva TX4 GTX Approach Shoe - Men's

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    The TX4 gets an upgrade.

    You've probably seen pairs of the original TX4 scattered around boulder fields or the bottoms of multi-pitch climbs with sweaty socks stuffed inside them. This is partly due to the TX4 being La Sportiva's most popular approach shoe, but it's also because the TX4 is virtually indestructible. La Sportiva upgraded their classic TX4 to the Men's TX4 GTX Approach Shoe for climbers who trek through thick and thin to reach faraway routes. It's essentially the same trail-kicking, invincible approach shoe that climbers love, except La Sportiva lined it in waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Extended Comfort for better protection against mud, puddles, rain, and snow. This version is also a mid-cut option to offer boot-like stability and support on long trails with lots of gear.

    • Mid-cut approach shoe with Gore-Tex for reliable waterproofing
    • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort boasts enhanced breathability
    • Leather upper with TechLite rand for long-lasting durability
    • STB Control System enhances stability, comfort, and precision
    • Vibram MegaGrip sole with Impact Brake System to prevent slipping
    • Item #LSP00BB

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, PU TechLite, rubber
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    Closure
    lace
    Last
    traverse
    Midsole
    Traverse Injection MEMlex, STB Control System
    Sole
    Vibram MegaGrip Traverse with Impact Brake System
    Recommended Use
    hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    Mountain Monsters

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I was a huge fan of the Hyper Mid GTX boot from Sportiva for big alpine approaches in places like the Cascades and the Sierra, and this boot is the answer now that Sportiva no longer makes the Hyper Mid. The TX4 fits similarly to the TX3—which is my go-to approacher for warm, dry approaches—and adds a mid-top and Gore-Tex for added protection. These climb great on moderate scrambles, and protect against moisture when crossing snowfields or creeks. I dig the extra support when I'm carrying a heavy pack.

    Unfortunately, this model is doomed to be discontinued just like so many other mid-cut GTX approach shoes. There just isn't a very large market of rock climbers looking for a tall GTX piece of footwear, and usually go for the low-cut models. La Sportiva would be smart to market this as a hiking boot and not an approach shoe, but also describe how it can be used for approach work. I think you would agree that this is one of the most comfortable and best all-around hiking boots on the market, regardless of how well they do on more technical approaches. Mid-cut GTX hiking boots outsell their approach counterparts by a huge margin. Scarpa has learned this lesson and markets the Zen Pro mid GTX as a hiking boot, even though it fits a similar category of comfortable approach shoe like the TX4 mid.

    I also plan on picking up a pair of the TX3 model like yourself, for hotter weather and when I don't plan on having my ankles smashed to bits by falling debris. They are also coming out with a TX5 model this March which is higher cut than the TX4 mid and has a more aggressive tread for the more sloppy mountaineering approach type of stuff we see here in our region of the world.

    Insane traction. Top-grade everything.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    This is my second pair of these boots that I have purchased. These are very well-designed boots. They fit similar to a Salomon Quest 4D2 crossed with a Salomon X Ultra Mid 2, but with a better lacing system and vastly superior traction over slick surfaces. My go-to boots for hiking, bushwhacking, backpacking, and light rock climbing/ scrambling. I would recommend these boots to anyone looking for a lightweight hiker than has better traction than pretty much every one of the highest rated mid-height hiking boots on the market.

    Break-in Period:
    It's very important that you give these boots a couple of miles before having any idea of how they will finally fit. They come out of the box very stiff and tight, but loosen up and stretch more than any boot I have owned before. Mine were brutally tight around the balls of my feet like a climbing shoe and then after just 2 miles or so on the trail, they loosen up to where I had to retie them from being too loose.

    Traction:
    This is the highlight of the TX4 boots, as you will see in every review of the La Sportiva TX series. They grip like magnets to any hard surface, even if wet and slimy as snot. I find them to be close to how the Five Ten impact MTB shoes grip to stuff like wet roots and slick rock slabs. Just incredible and confident. While they do not hold to steep and loose dirt and mud like a boot with taller lugs, they do well enough if you have strong feet and can kick the toes into the hillside hard.

    The uphill traction is great, but the downhill traction is even better. The heels just dig in and hold like mountain goat hooves. When the boots are tightened down, they provide a crazy amount of multi-directional control and hold onto loose and firm surfaces no matter how slick or steep.

    Comfort:
    These are more comfortable than my Salewas or any of the highly rated Salomon boots. In fact, I think they feel better than other boots, especially when tied down tight for technical footwork. No pressure points and just an even and firm hold over the entire foot, except for the tips of the toes which still get to wiggly in freedom.

    I have read many review which state the cushioning isn't as thick as some shoes, but I don't find this true at all in my experience. They feel just as well cushioned as any good trail runner with a rock plate. If you've ever worn a hard mountaineering oriented boot , the TX4 will feel like walking on marshmallows in comparison. If you have strong feet, like I do, then you will easily get away with using the TX4 boots for backpacking heavy loads. The boots also flex pretty well compared to standard backpacking boots and make for much happier knees due to a more natural stride.

    The toe box has a very nice shape for those of us with more Egyptian shaped feet. The big-toe area goes straight forward and unlike many other boots the TX4 won't push your big toe in and hurt it's joints. It can stick straight out and do its thing.

    Lacing System:
    The lacing system is strange compared to most shoes and boots, but it isn't a gimmick at all. I'm not quite sure how all of the mechanics and physics are working in this system, but the effect is a very even spread of the lacing tension.

    Weight:
    These boots feel like slippers and are very light for the support and durability they provide. 2.4 lbs for size 44.5.

    Stability:
    For a boot that isn't very high up the ankle, the TX4 mid is very stable due to the wider footbed that sits low to the ground. You can hike with the laces loose and still have control over the boot from rolling over on edges.

    Durability:
    They don't seem like it, but the lacing cord system and rubber rand are much more durable than they appear. Just read the many reviews online. The TX3 and TX4 shoes and boots are very hard to ruin and provide long use for their price.