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La Sportiva TXS GTX Review

This is a cross between an approach shoe and a hiking boot, well-suiter for the hiker with alpine adventure objectives
La Sportiva TXS GTX
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Price:  $179 List | $179.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Excellent traction, lightweight performance
Cons:  Diminished comfort
Manufacturer:   La Sportiva
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 23, 2020
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#9 of 17
  • Comfort - 25% 5
  • Stability - 20% 8
  • Traction - 15% 9
  • Weight - 15% 7
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7
  • Durability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The La Sportiva TXS GTX employs somewhat of a hybrid boot design, blending the climbing performance of an approach shoe with the support and stability of a hiking boot. We really like this combination and find that it works very well for hiking in more technical terrain where the benefit of improved traction is outweighed by the diminished comfort found in this stripped-down hiking boot. This boot is for someone who plans to hike on all kinds of trails with a light to moderately heavy backpack, and who also wants to travel into more challenging cross-country areas and have effective footwork in rocky and engaging terrain. If you don't plan on such objectives, we think you'll be better served by another model.

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Pros Excellent traction, lightweight performanceComfortable out of the box, fast and nimble, great stability, support, water resistanceBest choice for rock and snow travel, durable, breathes wellAmazing comfort, stable, great tractionComfort of a trail runner with more support and stability, good all around performance, lightweight
Cons Diminished comfortNot as good for warm or hot environments, priceyWider fit, not the best lace locking systemNot as capable in off-trail terrain, rockered sole feels unnatural at firstCould 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 scramblingThis boot is a capable beast of stability and protection without weighing you downFor hikers venturing off trail into rocky or snowy terrain, this boot offers stability and traction that no other boot doesThe ultimate in comfort for on-trail enjoymentA 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
Comfort (25%)
5
9
7
9
8
Stability (20%)
8
9
9
8
7
Traction (15%)
9
8
10
7
8
Weight (15%)
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4
6
7
9
Water Resistance (15%)
7
9
8
7
7
Durability (10%)
5
8
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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
Color Options No Yes No Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Hiking in a lot of miles to climb to the top of a peak? This boot...
Hiking in a lot of miles to climb to the top of a peak? This boot has all the bases covered.
Photo: Nathan Atkins

Comfort


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.

This boot offers enough comfort to get you to your destination...
This boot offers enough comfort to get you to your destination, though your feet might be a bit more fatigued than some of the ultra-comfy models we tested.
Photo: Nathan Atkins

Stability


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.

We felt super stable tromping down loose scree slopes wearing these...
We felt super stable tromping down loose scree slopes wearing these high-tops.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Traction


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.

Built with climbing in mind, the Vibram soles stick to almost...
Built with climbing in mind, the Vibram soles stick to almost anything you want.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Weight


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.

Verifying the weight of these delightfully light boots.
Verifying the weight of these delightfully light boots.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Water Resistance


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 TXS GTX easily withstood our water submersion test.
The TXS GTX easily withstood our water submersion test.
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Durability


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.

The interface between the mesh upper and the rubber rand wrapping...
The interface between the mesh upper and the rubber rand wrapping around the boot is an area that we saw start to exhibit premature signs of wear.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Want a boot that can do it all, from hiking to climbing mountains...
Want a boot that can do it all, from hiking to climbing mountains? The TXS GTX might be the boot for you.
Photo: Nathan Atkins

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