August Bwrote a review of La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe - Men's on February 24, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Very preliminary review. Hopefully I'll remember to update this as I use them more.
The climbing ability is very good, somewhere in between a rental shoe with the slick grey toe protector rubber, and my comfortable lace up Scarpa Helix's. I normally do 5.12a/b at my gym in the helix's and was able to climb 5.11c/d clean in these. Above that, the rubber was sticky enough, but was too flexible to take the tinier holds.
As for comfort, plenty wide in the toes and supportive for walking around. The lacing system goes down to the toes, and the mesh really lets you synch them down for climbing, and loosen them up for walking around.
I can't speak for hiking in them yet, and I can't speak for their durability beyond two days at the climbing gym not damaging them.
I wore them on the 2 approach to a sport climbing crag. it was a little in places where streams crossed the path, and the traction was good, not what a cleat would be, but good enough to feel comfortable on the slick sloped ground. The heel gives a good amount of support and cushion, like a running shoe, but is stiff like hiking shoe, and comfortable for rucking in 20lbs of gear.
At the crag, I warmed up on a 5.7 while wearing the TX2's and they gripped the rock well. The lack of point made edging on the faces of the limestone an upper body endeavor, and while stiff, they aren't in the league of a dedicated climbing shoe. I lead the climb comfortably, but I probably would begin feeling uncomfortable on a 5.8 at this crag where I normally feel uncomfortable in climbing shoes on a 5.10.
Since we spent a little too much climbing, to keep on schedule, we jogged back to the car, which was a steep downhill, about 1.5 miles of flat, followed by a moderate uphill section for a total of 2 miles. The TX2s ran like tennis shoes, with no mugginess on my feet like leather hiking boots.
I hope to take them on longer hikes soon and will report back.