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Price $130.00 at Amazon$140.00 at REI
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$130.00 at Amazon$168.95 at Amazon$120.00 at REI
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Pros Lightweight, comfortable, supportive, climb wellAwesome balance of hiking and climbing abilities, great supportSupportive, durable, very sticky rubberComfortable, supportive, durableDurable, great traction in dirt and mud, excellent value, workhorse approach shoe
Cons Synthetic uppers not as durable as leatherRelatively heavy and bulkyHeavyExpensive, not great for edgingHeavy and bulky, especially when carrying on your harness or in a pack
Bottom Line Only snow and ice can stop these approach machinesSpecializing in heavy loads and big wall climbing, this model is also a well-rounded favoriteIf you find other brands run too wide, these may be the best choice for long approachesThis shoe justifies its heavier weight with exceptional support and hiking performanceThis workhorse of a shoe is good to go on everything from alpine scrambles to El Cap
Rating Categories La Sportiva TX2 La Sportiva TX4 Scarpa Crux Scarpa Mescalito La Sportiva Boulder X
Climbing Ability (35%)
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Hiking Comfort (25%)
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Support (20%)
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Weight And Packability (20%)
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Specs La Sportiva TX2 La Sportiva TX4 Scarpa Crux Scarpa Mescalito La Sportiva...
Outsole Vibram Mega-Grip Vibram Mega-Grip with Trail Bite heel Vibram vertical approach Vibram Dynamis LBT, Megagrip Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear dot pattern
Upper Material Polyester mesh Leather Leather Leather Leather
Weight per Pair (in oz) 20.3 oz (size 9.5) 26.2 oz (size 9.5) 27.2 oz (size 9.5) 32.0 oz (size 10.5) 32.8 oz (size 9.5)
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mid Height Available? No Yes No Yes No
Midsole Mem-lex/C2 Combo Cord Traverse injection MEMlex EVA 2D EVA-CM Micropore EVA
Sticky Rubber? Toe Rand? Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes
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