La Sportiva TXS GTX Review
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Cons: Diminished comfort
Manufacturer: La Sportiva
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|Pros||Excellent traction, lightweight performance||Comfortable out of the box, fast and nimble, great stability, support, water resistance||Best choice for rock and snow travel, durable, breathes well||Amazing comfort, stable, great traction||Comfort of a trail runner with more support and stability, good all around performance, lightweight|
|Cons||Diminished comfort||Not as good for warm or hot environments, pricey||Wider fit, not the best lace locking system||Not as capable in off-trail terrain, rockered sole feels unnatural at first||Could be more breathable, not great traction on smooth rock|
|Bottom Line||This hybrid boot combines top traction performance with added support making it great for hiking and scrambling||This boot is a capable beast of stability and protection without weighing you down||For hikers venturing off trail into rocky or snowy terrain, this boot offers stability and traction that no other boot does||The ultimate in comfort for on-trail enjoyment||A proven performer from short walks to intense thru-hikes, with shoe comfort in lightweight boot form|
|Rating Categories||La Sportiva TXS GTX||Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX||Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX||HOKA ONE ONE Kaha GORE-TEX||Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||La Sportiva TXS GTX||Salomon Quest 4D 3...||Scarpa Zodiac Plus...||HOKA ONE ONE Kaha...||Salomon X Ultra...|
|Weight per Pair (Size 11)||2.47 lbs||3.30 lbs||2.65 lbs||2.45 lbs||2.28 lbs|
|Boot Type||Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot||Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot||Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot||Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot||Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot|
|Width Options||Regular||Regular||Regular||Regular||Regular and Wide|
|Waterproof Lining||Gore Tex Extended Comfort||Gore-Tex Performance Comfort||Gore-Tex||Gore-Tex||Gore-Tex|
|Upper||High-Abrasion resistant mesh||Nubuck leather and textile||1.8mm Suede Perwanger||Leather||Waterproof PU coated leather|
|Last Board/Shank||Traverse||4D Advanced Chassis||BZ last||None||Molded shank|
|Midsole||Injection Molded EVA/STB Control Inserts/2.5mm Polypro Stiffener||Dual density EVA||PU + 3D EVA-MP||EVA||Injected EVA|
|Sole||Vibram Megagrip w/ Impact Brake System||ContaGrip||Vibram Drumlin / Mont||Vibram MegaGrip||Non-marking ContaGrip|
|Warranty||Condition dependent||2 year||1 year||45 day||2 year|
|Sizes Available||38-47.5 EU||7 - 13 US||37 - 48 EU||7 - 14 US||7 - 13 US|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The La Sportiva TXS GTX could be considered a very comfortable approach/mountain climbing boot, or a bare-bones hiking boot, depending on how you look at it. La Sportiva developed this model to bridge the gap between hiking boots and approach shoes, and in this sense, they did a great job. This boot is more comfortable on long hikes than some other contenders in this review built with ascents in mind. This is due to the fact that the upper material is not as rigid, so it flexes with the foot better, and the midsole is not as stiff, making for a more comfortable experience on the trail.
When we compare them to some of the comfort-forward models that top the comfort charts, however, these boots come up short. They feel like a high-top approach shoe, in that the minimal padding gives them a rough, jarring feel when pounding out the miles on firm trails or rock slabs. We really like with these boots the lacing eyelets that keep the laces secure and stop them from jumping out if they get loose.
Stability is a metric in which the TXS GTX shines. They have an adequately high cut ankle to really support those carrying heavy loads or traveling in rough terrain. This boot's outsole is 4.5 inches at its widest point, making them stable enough to avoid rolling ankles but narrow enough that they can hold their own when edging on steep slopes. The upper material itself does not provide a lot of structure, but it does produce more rigidity when laced up snugly. The combination of a molded EVA midsole with a polypropylene stiffener and STB control inserts gives this boot a very stable platform that you can depend on while climbing or scrambling in exposed sections of off-trail travel.
La Sportiva is no stranger to the climbing world, having long produced rock shoes and approach shoes known for being some of the stickiest around. In designing the TXS GTX, they employ an outsole made from Vibram Megagrip rubber compound that is sticky enough to smear on rock slabs but does best when in wet or loose conditions where it can use its durable and thick lugs to bite in and grip securely. These were some of the best performing hiking shoes when it comes to versatile traction.
The La Sportiva TXS GTX weighs in at 2.47 pounds per pair in size 11 US, which is right in the middle of the pack compared to the rest of the boots we reviewed. If you are looking for a lightweight hiker and only plan on hiking on the trail and relatively simple terrain, then the added weight that this boot tacks on might not be worth it. But if you're considering this boot, you are probably looking for something that will let you climb confidently and securely on more challenging routes. Then, this model starts to look pretty good. Of the boots that we would want to wear on 3rd and 4th class mountain scrambles, the TXS GTX is the lightest we tested.
The TXS GTX uses Gore-Tex Extended Comfort to ensure a waterproof and breathable barrier, much like many of the boots in this review. We found that it did well and kept our feet dry up to a flood height of 4.25 inches. Something to keep in mind when looking at boots that use mesh uppers, even when it is abrasion resistant, is that when the material starts to get a bit fuzzy from wear, it will start to wick water. This tends to impact the Gore-Tex liner's usefulness negatively, so you might find the water-resistance diminish as you wear these boots.
The upper material is a combination of high-abrasion resistant mesh fabric and a molded Vibram toe cap and rand. We feel that the mesh fabric is a worthwhile weight-savings for most 3 season scrambling trips into the backcountry, though if you really want a durable boot, then something with a more robust outer would be recommended. The extra rand sure helps keep the upper from getting nicked and abraded by rocks, so should help them last a bit longer.
We feel that the La Sportiva TXS GTX is a pretty good value, considering its climbing ability and awesome stability. You would have to spend quite a good deal more to get similar performance.
The La Sportiva TXS GTX is a hybrid boot that blurs the lines between approach shoes, mountain boots, and hiking boots. It climbs better than most hiking boots and is more comfortable than an approach shoe. It is a niche product, but we feel that it offers a lot to a wider range of users, especially those who want their hiking boots to do more than just pounding out the miles on the trail.
— Ryan Huetter