Trango Tech Leather GTX: Who is it for?

Mountain-goers will be happy to find out that the Trango Tech Leather GTX is among the most versatile of La Sportiva’s mountaineering kicks. Case in point, this hybrid piece may be the “it boot” for the following thrill-seekers:

For those who climb grades III to V. The featured mountaineering boot is ideal for a day of harnessed (roped) climbing up to an overnighter on technical routes. Note that you may need to wear semi-automatic (C2) crampons for steeper pursuits.

For adventurers who work with their forefoot mostly. Sufficiently randed on the front, the shoe in question will give you both protection and smearing grip on smooth to semi-rugged rock (think limestone). That said, its sides lack randing, so try not to ascend sideways haphazardly in it—especially around extremely jagged surfaces.

For those who trek on bouldery terrain. Heavy backpackers will benefit from the Trango Tech Leather GTX, particularly where boulder-climbing is required. The boot’s low-profile sole and climbing zone make such traversals quite possible.

Alternatives to the Trango Tech Leather GTX

The following suggestions are all classified as B2 mountaineering boots, which may be characterized as having a middle ground between stiffness and flexibility. They are also mostly compatible with semi-automatic crampons. Now on to the list:


Lined with Gore-Tex (waterproof):

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 640g / Women 520g
Use: Backpacking, Mountaineering
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe, Single / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.