Who should buy La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX

The La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX is a mid-range mountaineering boot that features insulation. It is recommended for:

  • Climbers who tackle snowy alpine routes
  • Vegan mountain climbers

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Updates

  • As the Trango S Evo’s successor, it is made using a combination of quality fabrics and light, synthetic materials which make this version less heavy than its predecessor.
  • The lower half of the boot’s lacing system is now made of TPU (a sturdy, plastic material) as opposed to the previous version’s synthetic fabric.
  • From the 7mm TrangoFlex footbed, the The Trango Cube GTX now has  4mm graded nylon footbed
  • Giving climbers traction on rocky and icy surfaces is the boot’s Vibram One. It replaces the Trango S Evo’s Vibram Mulaz outsole.

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX updates

Traction designed for mountain terrain

La Sportiva's Trango Cube GTX provides wearers the traction they need over mountainous terrain, thanks to its Vibram One outsole. This rubber sole sports low-profile lugs which are designed to help mountaineers secure their footing on uneven surfaces.

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX vibram outsole

Impact Brake System

The lugs around the heel zone make up the outsole’s Impact Brake System. This proprietary technology by La Sportiva has the lugs slanted and positioned at opposing angles to improve the boot’s shock absorption and impact force reduction by about 20% each.

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Stabilizing midsole

The Trango Cube GTX’s midsole is a stabilizing rubber platform which is made using a combination of polyurethane (PU) and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Majority of the midsole is made of polyurethane which gives it the ability to support the user's weight and withstand wear and tear. Part of the heel zone and the entirety of the arch section, on the other hand, are tough against cracks and give the boot ample rebound as they are made of EVA. Its heel end, which is reinforced with thermoplastic urethane (TPU), serves as a crampon connection.

When it comes to underfoot comfort, on top of the cushy midsole, the boot also has a 4mm graded Nylon footbed. This removable insole has contoured midfoot borders for extra arch support and a perforated forefoot zone for added breathability.

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX midsole

Protective and insulated upper materials

With its multi-layered upper—seamless, waterproof QB3 fabric, Flex-Tec2 fabric, TPU overlay and Vibram rubber rand—the La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX gives wearers a protected mountaineering experience. Debris protection is primarily handled by the boot’s gusseted, outer tongue. Walling off water and other wet elements is the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner. This waterproofing technology also improves the boot’s breathability and durability. The interior, which includes the removable tongue, has enough padding for extra comfort.

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX upper

Lace-up closure for a customized fit

The Trango Cube GTX’s standard lace-up system features TPU lace hooks and loops which work hand in hand with the upper’s synthetic overlay in giving wearers a snug fit. It has a pair of lace loops that the designers slightly offset from the main path of the eyelets to give wearers the ability to set their desired fit from the ankle up.

The boot’s toe box is reinforced with a rubber coating. This rubber coverage, together with the Vibram rubber rand, guards the footwear against abrasions and gives wearers extra protection against forefoot injuries and toe bumps.

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX lace up

Crampon Compatibility

The La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX is compatible with hybrid bindings (crampons).

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX crampon

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 710g / Women 600g
Use: Snow, Alpine
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Insulated, Lace-to-toe, Vegan / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
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.