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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award   
Price $120.00 at REI
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Pros Durable, great traction in dirt and mud, excellent value, workhorse approach shoeLightweight, comfortable, supportive, climb wellAwesome balance of hiking and climbing abilities, great supportSupportive, durable, very sticky rubberComfortable, supportive, durable
Cons Heavy and bulky, especially when carrying on your harness or in a packSynthetic uppers not as durable as leatherRelatively heavy and bulkyHeavyExpensive, not great for edging
Bottom Line This workhorse of a shoe is good to go on everything from alpine scrambles to El CapOnly 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 performance
Rating Categories La Sportiva Boulder X La Sportiva TX2 La Sportiva TX4 Scarpa Crux Scarpa Mescalito
Climbing Ability (35%)
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9
8
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7
Hiking Comfort (25%)
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Support (20%)
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Weight And Packability (20%)
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Specs La Sportiva... La Sportiva TX2 La Sportiva TX4 Scarpa Crux Scarpa Mescalito
Outsole Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear dot pattern Vibram Mega-Grip Vibram Mega-Grip with Trail Bite heel Vibram vertical approach Vibram Dynamis LBT, Megagrip
Upper Material Leather Polyester mesh Leather Leather Leather
Weight per Pair (in oz) 32.8 oz (size 9.5) 20.3 oz (size 9.5) 26.2 oz (size 9.5) 27.2 oz (size 9.5) 32.0 oz (size 10.5)
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mid Height Available? No No Yes No Yes
Midsole Micropore EVA Mem-lex/C2 Combo Cord Traverse injection MEMlex EVA 2D EVA-CM
Sticky Rubber? Toe Rand? Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes Yes, Yes
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