Who should buy the La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX

Mountain-goers will be happy to find out that the Trango Tech Leather GTX is among the most versatile of La Sportiva’s mountaineering kicks. Case in point, this hybrid piece may be the “it boots” for the following thrill-seekers:

  • For those who climb grades III to V. The featured mountaineering boot is ideal for a day of harnessed (roped) climbing up to an overnighter on technical routes. Note that you may need to wear semi-automatic (C2) crampons for steeper pursuits.
  • For adventurers who work with their forefoot mostly. Sufficiently randed on the front, the shoe in question will give you both protection and a smearing grip on smooth to semi-rugged rock (think limestone). That said, its sides lack randing, so try not to ascend sideways haphazardly in it—especially around extremely jagged surfaces.
  • For those who trek on bouldery terrain. Heavy backpackers will benefit from the Trango Tech Leather GTX, particularly where boulder-climbing is required. The boot’s low-profile sole and climbing zone make such traversals quite possible.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Logo

Who should not buy the La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX

The La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX might not be for mountaineers with a wide-foot profile. One owner laments that the toe box section fits really tight. Also, folks looking for a shoe that they could store or keep easily might have to look at other alternatives. To a professional shoe reviewer, not being able to clip the boot to his pack is a missed opportunity.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Not Buy

The lightness of Trango Tech Leather GTX

About a dozen hikers, including a gear pundit, agree that the La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX feels lighter than most mountaineering boots.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Light

It bites the surface well

The semi-rigid outsole of this mountaineering boot, according to many, adheres to rocky surfaces (whether wet or dry) with remarkable tenacity.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Outsole

No water allowed

Reviewers, including an experienced blogger, find this boot astonishingly watertight.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Waterproof

Strong and mighty

An expert has no complaints about Trango Tech Leather GTX's lasting ability. 

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Lasting comfiness

Wearing the Trango Tech Leather GTX means ascending vertical routes in extended comfort.

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Your ankles are safe

Technical routes and rugged inclines should pose little threat to your ankles in this La Sportiva boot.

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Ankle

Alternatives to the Trango Tech Leather GTX

The following suggestions are all classified as B2 mountaineering boots, which may be characterized as having a middle ground between stiffness and flexibility. They are also mostly compatible with semi-automatic crampons. Now on to the list:

Backpacking-friendly:

Lined with Gore-Tex (waterproof):

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX Alternatives

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 22.6oz / Women 18.3oz
Use: Backpacking, Mountaineering
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: La Sportiva Trango
Features: Lace-to-toe, Single / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.