TX5 Low GTX vs. TX4

They say that competition is good but not when siblings are the ones pitted against each other. Fortunately, while the featured shoe and the La Sportiva TX4 are direct relatives, they are approach kicks and not really human, so on with the comparison!

Waterproofing

Yes, the elephant in the room. The TX4 lacks water protection unlike the TX5 Low GTX. That said, because of this missing component, the competition is the one you will likely consider when it comes to…

Lightness

Between the two La Sportiva approach shoes, the TX4 is the clear winner. Indeed, being about 100 grams lighter than the TX5 Low GTX is quite a draw.

Toe protection

Both participants in this head-to-head are sufficiently randed around the toe box. Having said that, the La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX takes things a bit further by having a shock-absorbent tip, which is actually part of the shoe’s Vibram outsole.

Asking price

There is roughly a 10-dollar difference between the TX5 Low GTX and the TX4, the latter of which being the cheaper.

Takeaway: if your approach adventures take place where moisture is almost always present and ruggedness is more pronounced, then the waterproof TX5 Low is the way to go. Otherwise, the budget-friendlier TX4 is a competent pick.

Additional info

The TX5 Low GTX’s mid-top brother is simply called TX5 GTX. This ankle-supportive offering, however, is primarily built for multi-day backpacking trips.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16.6oz / Women 13.4oz
Features: Heel brake
Technology: Gore-Tex, Ortholite
Material: Leather
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Javin Hung
Javin Hung

I am passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle. I’ve been running and playing tennis since high school. In the last 5 years, I’ve picked up weight lifting and bouldering as part of my regular fitness routine. You can usually find me hitting the weights or rock walls at the gym, or trying out a new sport.