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…
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.
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.
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.