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La Sportiva TX Hike GTX Review

This rugged little hiking shoe tears up the trails without getting torn up, thanks to impressive durable
la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review
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Price:  $169 List
Manufacturer:   La Sportiva
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 1, 2022
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SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 15
  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Support - 20% 8.0
  • Traction - 15% 8.0
  • Weight - 15% 8.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7.0
  • Durability - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The La Sportiva TX Hike GTX is a shoe we have been waiting for. The TX line has long been a staple of La Sportiva's approach shoe line, designed for more technical rock climbing and scrambling, but they have thus far lacked the support we would hope for to be able to hike longer distances and still get up a moderate peak ascent. Enter the TX Hike GTX. Ruggedly durable, offering grippy traction and waterproof protection, this is a solid shoe for those wanting a lot of underfoot structure and stability, especially for those with wider feet. It does give up a few things, though, most notably in regards to comfort, so be sure also to check out all the best hiking shoes we have reviewed this season.
REASONS TO BUY
Stable
Supportive
Durable
REASONS TO AVOID
Diminished comfort
Wide fit
Editor's Note: This review was added to our fall lineup on November 1, 2022.

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Pros Stable, supportive, durableExcellent performance, lightweight, great traction, water resistance, supportSuper comfortable, durable, stableSupportive, great traction, lightweightSupportive, versatile, well-cushioned
Cons Diminished comfort, wide fitCuff can be uncomfortable on ankle for some, Quicklace lacing not everyone's favoriteNot great for off-trail, average tractionStiff, lacing is hard to tightenAverage traction, regular width is relatively wide, hard to lace tightly
Bottom Line This rugged little hiking shoe tears up the trails without getting torn up, thanks to impressive durableThis is a rugged hiking shoe that can do everything from day hikes to tackling long multiday backpacking tripsThese super plush hiking shoes feel like you are walking on clouds, perfect for long days on hard surfacesThis is a burly hiking shoe capable of getting off the trail and onto rugged terrainA comfortable and versatile pair of budget-friendly hiking shoes with a casual look that's great for both the trail and the town
Rating Categories La Sportiva TX Hike... Salomon X Ultra 4 G... Hoka Anacapa Low GTX Salewa Mountain Tra... Columbia Facet 60 O...
Comfort (25%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Support (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Traction (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
Water Resistance (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs La Sportiva TX Hike... Salomon X Ultra 4 G... Hoka Anacapa Low GTX Salewa Mountain Tra... Columbia Facet 60 O...
Weight (per pair) 1.87 lbs (size 44.5 EU) 1.76 lbs (size 11) 1.79 lbs (size 11) 2.16 lbs (size 11) 1.78 lbs (size 10.5)
Upper Recycled Air Mesh Synthetic, textile Nubuck leather, GTX Textile Synthetic Seamless mesh
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Waterproof Lining Gore-Tex Gore-Tex membrane Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Extended Comfort OutDry
Flood Level 2.75 in 3.25 in 3 in 3.5 in 4.25 in
Last Board/Shank TX Hike ADV-C chassis Not specified Nylon Not specified
Midsole Compressed EVA EnergyCell Compressed EVA EVA Techlite+
Outsole Vibram Ecostep EVO Contagrip MA rubber Vibram MegaGrip Pomoca MTN trainer Lite Omni-Grip rubber

Our Analysis and Test Results

The La Sportiva TX Hike is a wide-fitting hiking shoe capable of various tasks, from walking around the local park to hitting the trail and spending a couple of weeks on an extended backpacking trip.

Performance Comparison


la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - light on the feet, the tx hike is supportive for on and off trail...
Light on the feet, the TX Hike is supportive for on and off trail hikes.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Comfort


We tested the TX Hike GTX on an overnight climb of Mount Humphrey in the Sierra Nevada range. Requiring an 8-mile approach over rocky trails and open cross-country talus fields, we hoped that these shoes would be up to the task. The fit is on the wide side, which is a bit strange given that the rest of the TX line is so narrow, so it is hard to get a fit that doesn't feel a bit sloppy with the heavy laces. On the one hand, the stiff sole keeps you from feeling all the sharp rocks underfoot while hiking. But with very little cushioning, without a padded aftermarket insole, we felt as if we had spent the whole day wearing stiff mountain boots — not as comfortable as we'd hoped for an all-day hiking shoe.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - this scrappy mountain terrain is a good place for the tx hike to...
This scrappy mountain terrain is a good place for the TX Hike to shine.
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Support


The support offered by the TX Hike is pretty good. You get an EVA midsole, built with stability in mind, and a +15mm drop. The forefoot is only 4.25 inches wide, allowing it to be used more effectively while edging or kicking steps in firm and/or loose terrain. One of the main issues we had while testing this shoe was filling it out. With a wider, comfortable fit, we found it to be sloppy and had a hard time getting the laces tight enough to make up for it. So for those with low and medium-volume feet, you might expect a loss of support and stability — those who have wider feet will have a much more secure fit.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - boxy and rather unyielding, these shoes are supportive and useful if...
Boxy and rather unyielding, these shoes are supportive and useful if they fit your foot, but for many may be too loose to be stable.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Traction


Traction is always a metric where La Sportiva does really well, and the TX Hike GTX is no exception. The Vibram EcoStep rubber compound is not as sticky as other rubber they have used in similar shoes, but it does a good job in loose, muddy, and rocky terrain. The deep lugs chew up this terrain and do not suffer from getting clogged. In places requiring more smearing and traction on smooth rock surfaces, they do adequately well, though they are not as capable as some models with softer rubber outsoles.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - climbing steep 4th class terrain in the la sportiva tx hike gtx, a...
Climbing steep 4th class terrain in the La Sportiva TX Hike GTX, a solid option in the category of off-trail capable shoes.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Weight


We checked the weight of the TX Hike GTX on our digital home scale and verified them at 1.87 pounds for a pair of size 11 US. For how solid the sole is and how tough and rugged the upper mesh material feels, we were surprised to see them come in under two pounds.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - the tx hike on our home scale.
The TX Hike on our home scale.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Water Resistance


While testing these shoes initially, we were caught by a long thunderstorm that left us walking out along a trail that had turned into a torrent. Despite these challenging conditions, they performed admirably well for a low-top hiking shoe. The Gore-Tex membrane worked well until they were inundated by stepping through too many deep puddles.

Durability


Even though the upper of the TK Hike is made almost exclusively out of mesh (the remainder is a no-sew upper that is similar to molded rubber), this shoe is quite capable of resisting the trials of off-trail travel. We had no issues (and showed no real signs of use) even after abusing these shoes over a long weekend, kicking steps up loose and unstable scree — which is much more than we could say for much of the competition.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - a durable woven mesh combined with the no-sew upper makes this shoe...
A durable woven mesh combined with the No-Sew upper makes this shoe highly wear-resistant.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Should You Buy the La Sportiva TX Hike GTX?


There are attributes of the TX Hike that we really like, and we feel that it provides good value for the price. However, there are more comfortable shoes that do the same task for as much or less money.

What Other Hiking Shoes Should You Consider?


There are other good options, like the Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite GTX, for those with medium to low-volume feet who also want a beefy mountain shoe capable of peak scrambling. Those who just want a comfortable shoe with great durability could look at the Hoka Anacapa Low GTX, a shoe with way more cushioning for pounding out those miles.

la sportiva tx hike gtx hiking shoes review - where the tx hike is at home. if this shoe fits your foot, you will...
Where the TX Hike is at home. If this shoe fits your foot, you will find it to excel in rugged terrain where the priority goes to stability and traction over all day comfort.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

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