What the TX Guide Leather brings to the approach table
Marketed as more than just a leather version of the original TX Guide, the TX Guide Leather comes with features that make it its own shoe. These unique elements are as follows:
Mythos-inspired fit. The TX Guide Leather puts a stronger emphasis on climbing, thanks to its lacing system that is directly inspired by the Mythos. Once you get it laced up with the right tension—preferably one for the toe part and another for the instep—the shoe should be quite secure for trickier low-grade climbs.
Overlap tongue. This curious construction for a tongue provides twofold benefits. The first is better rearfoot hold, keeping your heel from sliding during lateral maneuvers. The second is the elimination of bunching, resulting in a comfier instep zone and allowing for quicker lace-ups, with or without socks on.
Anti-torsion shank. Returning in this model is the TX Guide’s TPU plate (shank). Its presence allows the sole unit to adapt to various ground conditions, upping stability as a result. It also provides extra rebound, boosting strides and preventing premature leg fatigue at the same time.
Alternatives to the La Sportiva TX Guide Leather
The lightest of the TX family of approach shoes, the La Sportiva TX2 is something you can opt for if speed is your top priority. It is also quite flexible, making it highly pack-friendly.
The La Sportiva TX4 is a piece that toughs it out on rugged and extended approaches without being too burly. It is also fully randed, which means you can be a bit more haphazard (or creative?) in climbing low-level boulders in it.