Verdict from 6 experts and 21 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The insulation of this mountaineering boot received praises from plenty of gear bloggers.
  • An expert reviewer mentioned that the Trango Tower GTX kept his foot dry even after slushy snow slogs.
  • It was comfortable straight out of the box, according to an impressed boot tester.
  • Based on a written review, the La Sportiva Trango Tower GTX kept the writer’s foot warm in colder conditions.
  • A couple of mountaineers felt safe in scrambling small edges thanks to its grippy sole.
  • Several surprised owners testified to the lightness of this boot.
  • An alpinist was surprised with the breathability of the Trango Tower GTX. He noted that it maintained a cozy in-shoe feel even under the blistering heat of the outdoors.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to a handful of experts, the sole already showed signs of wear after a few miles.
  • The lack of a toe welt dismayed some mountaineers.
  • It has a narrow fit, as declared by a gear reviewer.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Trango Tower GTX gave mountaineering a new approach through its lightweight and comfortable build. As stated, it performed well on climbs. Despite the overwhelmingly good points, its lack of toe welt and flimsy rubber sole received disapproval. To sum up, the Trango Tower GTX from La Sportiva is worthy of recognition in its alpine performance. Its shortcomings, however, must be compensated to achieve its full potential.

Good to know

  • La Sportiva created a lightweight 3-season alpine boot in the Trango Tower GTX. It replaces the Trango S Evo GTX. Its upper is a combination of materials designed to deliver durability and protection: the 3D Flex System, a Gore-Tex lining and a full rubber rand.
  • The EVA/PU midsole addresses shock absorption and cushioning. It works with a nylon insole which yields stability and support.
  • The Vibram One (alternate name: Cube) sole grips on most types of terrain. It features the Impact Brake System to optimize performance on the trails.

The Trango Tower GTX is created for men and women. It generally runs true to size. The Trango series uses a last that is a bit narrower. Its lacing system allows users to adjust the width and volume to obtain a comfy fit. It is offered in standard width and regular sizes.

The One sole is the outcome of a La Sportiva and Vibram collaboration. Its lugs are patterned to increase ground contact, reducing negative impacts. Also, it is equipped with the brand’s Impact Brake System which increases grip, especially on descents.

This mid-cut mountaineering boot features a midsole that mixes different materials. Polyurethane (PU) is used at the toe and EVA on the central zone. The heel area is a mix of PU and EVA. This structure increases rebound thus enhancing walking comfort. A TPU insert is placed at the back to receive crampons. A 7 mm nylon insole renders underfoot rigidity.

The Trango Tower GTX’s upper features a high tenacity nylon reinforcement with Honey-Comb Guard which are strategically laid out on areas prone to scrapes. Other materials that make up the upper include FlexTec3, microfiber and light PU thermal adhesive inserts. Some of these components are in charge of keeping the design clean and for optimum weight containment. It is also lined with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate for insulation, breathability and waterproofing.

The brand-owned 3D Flex System allows the ankle to move freely for a more precise and controlled stride. Its lacing system uses metal hooks on the cuff and ankle area and webbing eyelets above the foot for a secure lockdown. A rubber rand wraps the base for added security while its tongue and collar are cushioned for comfort.

  • This mountaineering boot bagged the 2018 Backpacker Editor’s Choice
  • The Trango Tower GTX is compatible with hybrid crampons.


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