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92 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews
The La Sportiva TX2 is a lightweight approach shoe with some serious climbing credentials.
They are incredible to climb in.
The La Sportiva TX2 is the best approach shoe we've ever put on! Stop reading and go buy these right now!
I’ve purchased two more pairs since this original review… one that I actively hike, approach, and rock climb in while guiding mellow moderates all summer, and a third pair I bought in reserve in case LaSportiva ever stops making these. They are that good!
Simply a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a shoe for those technical approaches and descents that won’t weigh the harness down.
The La Sportiva TX2 excels when the terrain is moderate, loads are light and getting to the route base involves slabs.
-The La Sportiva TX2 is a lightweight shoe engineered for folks who wish to tackle approaches with enough underfoot support and security. Its lightness is partly attributed to its Strobel construction, which also gives it improved flexibility.
-It is built with C2, also known as ComboCord. This proprietary technology puts a stretchy cord around each shoe’s heel, allowing the pair to be stacked for easy carrying and storage.
-The TX2 has a flared fifth metatarsal area. This design choice bolsters the shoe’s stabilizing capability. It also gives the footgear enhanced rigidity for additional support during twisting maneuvers.
La Sportiva’s TX2 is a low-top approach-centric shoe for men and women. Every pair is engineered on European half sizes, translating to four extra sizes per run. Owners may set the shoe’s fit to their preference through its ghillie lacing. This closure system has a to-toe construction, which allows for more configuration options.
The TX2 from La Sportiva offers adequate grip performance on different types of terrain with its long-wearing Vibram outsole. Its overall stickiness, which works whether the surface is dry or wet, is thanks to the Megagrip compound. It comes populated with circular protrusions (commonly known as lugs) to deliver sufficient slip resistance on soft or loose soil. It also has a dedicated climbing zone at the forefoot to provide hikers with more latching power while smearing.
On the La Sportiva TX2’s injection-molded MEMlex midsole, wearers can trample over rugged terrain with as much cushioning and protection as possible. It is made with a combination of rigidity and lightness to give outdoorsy men and women a stable ride without weighing them down. At its heel is where the ComboCord is safely lodged.
On top of the TX2’s midsole is an approach-specific Ortholite footbed. This underfoot component is both resilient and cushy for added comfort and support.
The La Sportiva TX2 (men’s and women’s) shields the foot from various terrain hazards in its knitted polyester mesh upper. Inside this low-cut shell is a liner made of non-slip mesh. Its lower perimeter—from heel to forefoot—has a rubber rand for extra abrasion protection. The upper’s toe box comes with the TechLite toe cap, which is made of polyurethane (PU). Its rear end, on the other hand, is furnished with a similar reinforcement for improved support around the heel.
This approach hiker puts a unique spin to its closure system. Indeed, it features a series of loops and non-plated and plated lace holes for eyelets. The shoe’s lace, however, takes a more traditional approach by being made of interwoven synthetic cords.
The TX2, which is part of La Sportiva’s Traverse X collection, is sufficiently equipped for challenging trail-to-rock trips. After all, it is among the brand’s top-quality approach kicks. That said, so is the TX3—another member of the aforementioned collection. These two have similarities. That said, what will be highlighted in the following points are their differences.
Weight. Those who prefer to go as light as possible in the lead-up to their climbing spot might find the TX2 as the better offering. Indeed, the featured shoe is lighter than the La Sportiva TX3 by an average of 70 grams.
Supportive technology. While both shoes in this comparison provide a level of torsional (twisting) security, the technology that grants this particular ability is different in each. In the TX2, it is the flared construction of its fifth metatarsal section. In the TX3, it is thanks to the STB Control System, which is engineered within the footgear’s sole unit.
Asking price. In this round, the La Sportiva TX2 bags the crown. Yes, it costs about $5 less than its competitor.
Profile. Although the two La Sportiva products in this head-to-head are both low-top approach shoes, one of them (the TX2), has a more slender, low-profile construction. The TX3, on the other hand, has a burlier build and may not be as stackable as the TX2 by design.
-The La Sportiva TX4 is also part of the Traverse X collection.