Updates to La Sportiva TXS GTX

  • This rugged hiker from La Sportiva combines the best qualities of the Trango and TX models. It features a durable mesh upper, an extra-grippy sole, and a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof lining for weather protection. 
  • It comes with a 3D Flex design for freedom of movement, a Vibram rubber rand for 360-degree protection, and a differentiated lacing system for a secure fit.

Size and fit

The La Sportiva TXS GTX is a mid-top hiker featuring a 3D Flex system which gives the ankle freedom of movement. The mesh upper hugs the foot snugly while its unique lacing system lets the wearer adjust the tightness of the forefoot differently from the top part of the boot. Furthermore, the tongue and collar are well-padded which ensures comfort in your every move.

Outsole

This boot is equipped with a Vibram outsole that is long-wearing and highly resistant to abrasion. The aggressive tread pattern and wide contact areas create a solid bond to varying surfaces while the Impact Brake System (IBS) increases the shoe's stopping ability by up to 20%. This makes the TXS GTX ideal for hiking in the mountains where you are likely to traverse steep hills and descending paths. Furthermore, there's enough space between the lugs so that there's no mud or dirt will get stuck and slow you down.

Midsole

Between the midsole and the outsole is a durable EVA midsole that is integrated into the boot through direct-injection. Compared to the traditional method of mold compression, this process leads to a more precise and durable boot construction. The TXS GTX hiker also comes with a removable Ortholite performance insole that is 4mm-thick, giving the foot extra cushioning, support, and protection against uneven terrain.

Upper

For the upper, this boot uses high-performance mesh that is substantially resistant to abrasion. It's very breathable as well. So even if the La Sportiva TXS GTX boot has a waterproof lining, it's less likely to cause overheating. Reinforcing the durable upper is a rubber rand also from Vibram. The rand protects the mesh upper and the stitching around it where wearing usually occurs, thereby enhancing the longevity of the footwear.

Inside the boot is the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort which protects your foot from getting wet on the trail. And since it's a mid-height model, Completing the upper is a differentiated lacing system comprised of hooks on the top half and loops on the bottom. 

This mid-cut, yellow-profile boot is ideal for hikers and backpackers looking for an abrasion-resistant boot to use in navigating rugged terrain with heavy loads.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 17.8oz / Women 14.8oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.