Who should buy the La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX

The La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX is a super solid hiking and approach shoe that excels in stability. Many hikers stated that these shoes are protected by a super bumper. They also stated that it is not only suitable for regular mountain hikes, but also for longer trips with a medium-weight backpack.

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Who should not buy the La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX

To a seasoned shoe expert, the hiker falling on the heavier side of the weighing spectrum is a disappointment and its thick seam is at the most sensitive place in the shoe. If you are looking for an approach shoe that allows you to hike, climb, and hang out to your heart’s content, you might want to check the Evolv Rebel.

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Features of the La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX

  • All-round, abrasion-resistant rand
  • Soft and comfortable high-quality Nubuck uppers
  • Structured and protective thanks to the stabilizing Insole that allows prolonged use
  • Lightweight, the fast tape closure system

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Excellent surface traction

Hikers stated that it has excellent traction on rocks, scree, and unpaved roads. They also stated that its wide heel and lugs grant them improved traction on challenging terrain when going both uphill and downhill. 

La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX outsole

Structured and protective insole

Many hikers stated that its stabilizing insole makes the shoe ideal for prolonged use by mountain guides and mountain operators.

La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX insole

Waterproof and breathable

Thanks to the shoe's Gore-Tex membrane, many hikers stated that this shoe grants them protection against water and awesome ventilation.

La Sportiva TX5 Low GTX upper

Provides protection against damage and abrasion

Hikers stated that this shoe is perfectly protected against both damage and abrasion. 

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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.

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!


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…


Of 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.


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.

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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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.