Who should buy the La Sportiva TX Guide

The TX Guide is a recommendable La Sportiva offering, especially for adventurers who would use it mainly for approach endeavors. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides technical approach hiking performance with as much comfort as possible.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that allows wearers to move across rocky terrain with enhanced agility.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that highlights a supportive sole unit and consists of a resilient-yet-cushy midsole.

La Sportiva TX Guide logo

Slip and skid resistant

On the slip and skid resistance front, hikers have the TX Guide’s Vibram outsole to thank. It is made of two types of rubber—IdroGrip and Megagrip—making it a dual-compound construction. 

La Sportiva TX Guide outsole

Excellent traction over loose- or soft-soiled terrain

Aggressively shaped lugs or protrusions are scattered all around it for multi-directional traction, especially over loose- or soft-soiled terrain.

La Sportiva TX Guide outsole 1

Excellent edging and smearing performance

The outsole designers over at Vibram furnished it with a climbing zone and a heel brake. The former delivers extra stickiness on edge-type projections and for smears, while the latter enables users to navigate downhill slopes with sufficient descent control.

La Sportiva TX Guide outsole 2

Provides protection against hazards 

The La Sportiva TX Guide is capable of stabilizing the wearer’s footing and, at the same time, protecting the foot from virtually all manners of underfoot hazards with its dual-density compressed midsole. It is made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), a rubber-like material commonly known for being tough yet cushy.

La Sportiva TX Guide midsole

Excellent arch support

Within its medial section, La Sportiva shoemakers slipped in an anti-torsion TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) shank, whose presence translates to preventing injury during twisting maneuvers and bolstering the shoe’s arch support. The same brilliant minds from the brand also topped this stabilizing component with a 4-mm approach-centric Ortholite footbed for added cushioning.

La Sportiva TX Guide arch support

Provides bump and abrasion protection

The foot is safely tucked inside the TX Guide’s below-the-ankle upper, which is made of ultra-weave Jacquard fabric. It has sewn-in TPU overlays to improve the shoe’s longevity. For bump and abrasion protection, on the other hand, both its heel and forefoot zones come equipped with hardy Tech-Lite reinforcements made of polyurethane.

La Sportiva TX Guide upper

Lace-type fit management system

Completing the TX Guide’s upper equation is the approach shoe’s lace-type fit management system. It is comprised of heavy-duty synthetic lace and a set of reinforced eyelets.

La Sportiva TX Guide laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 350g / Women 305g
Features: Lightweight / Heel brake
Technology: Ortholite
Material: Mesh
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.