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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
What makes this boot a good value isn't just its low price. Though it's the strongest at rock climbing, it also puts forth a satisfactory performance on steep ice or mixed ground.
[T]his is one of our favourite mountain boots this season.
I've had the opportunity to test out the Tower Extremes for several weeks in Alaska and I have been thoroughly impressed.
Its TPU midsole keeps it stiff enough for cramponing and edging, but PU inserts add some bounce under the forefoot, which we appreciated on longer approaches.
With its extra warmth and durable synthetic construction, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX is a strong contender for steep ice routes and multi-day mountaineering trips in warmer conditions.
The Trango Tower Extreme GTX are very good boots, and perhaps after a resole they will be the perfect British winter climbing boot.
- The La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX is intended for winter day hikes to high alpine pursuits. It grants weather and outdoor protection through its abrasion-resistant upper lined with a moderately insulated Gore-Tex laminate.
- Under the foot, it employs a sole unit called La Sportiva One. It includes a TPU midsole that delivers comfort and a Vibram outsole that creates traction.
The Trango Tower Extreme GTX from La Sportiva caters to male and female mountaineers. It is offered in standard width and regular sizes. It reasonably runs true to size. The boot’s differentiated lacing system permits users to customize the tension on the forefoot and the shaft.
Making this high-cut mountaineering boot adhere to different ground surfaces is a Vibram outsole. It comes with a Climbing Zone in the toe area which assists wearers on steep uphill slopes. On the other hand, it is incorporated with the Impact Brake System at the rearfoot which enhances downhill grip.
This mountaineering boot comes with a 6-7 mm TPU midsole with PU inserts to receive crampons in the toe and heel areas. It sits atop a dual-density micropore EVA which yields extra cushioning. An antishock insert is placed at the rearfoot to optimize comfort upon ground contact. Additional warmth is provided by the gear’s default footbed, the 9 mm Insulated IBI-Thermo.
The Trango Tower Extreme GTX’s upper is made of high-tenacity nylon with mono-bava reinforcements. There are Honeycomb Guard inserts and FlexTec 3 in areas prone to scuff to amplify its durability. The boot is lined with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate that yields waterproofing, breathability and insulation. A combination of lightweight Microfiber inserts and Light PU thermo adhesive contributes to the overall design of the product.
The La Sportiva’s 3D Flex System is also equipped in this mountaineering boot. It maximizes the mobility of the heel and renders better control.
The boot comes with a PU Tech Lite toe cap that serves as a shield for the forefoot. It also features a collar tip gaiter for additional warmth and protection against intrusion of loose debris and snow. Its lacing system uses combination eyelets. Then a pull tab at the back facilitates smooth on and off.
- This La Sportiva product is compatible with hybrid and automatic crampons.