Who should buy the La Sportiva TX4 GTX

Wearing this La Sportiva hiker also translates to a stable ride where the inclement weather virtually poses no threat. It is a solid option if you:

  • You need travel safety and comfort over tricky terrain
  • Prefer lightweight multi-function approach/hiking shoes
  • Needs an agile shoe good for twisting maneuvers with an extra sense of security

La Sportiva TX4 GTX Logo 1.0

Insanely good grip with Vibram

The TX4 GTX from La Sportiva promises footing security on virtually every type of outdoor surface with its Megagrip-based Vibram outsole. It comes with numerous protrusions, also known as lugs, for multi-directional sticking power, especially where loose soil is involved. Along the outsole’s borders, these lugs jut out slightly, translating to extra slip and skid resistance during lateral (sideways) maneuvers.

La Sportiva TX4 GTX Outsole

This grippy component features a climbing zone and the Impact Brake System or IBS. The former is the outsole’s lug-less front end, with which climbers can smear over boulder-type terrain with enhanced surface traction. The latter, on the other hand, lessens impact force by about 20%. This technology, as its name implies, also enables adventurers to go down slopes with additional braking power.

Superb midsole cushioning

Where underfoot cushioning and stability are concerned, hikers-slash-climbers have the TX4 GTX’s injected midsole to thank. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate—a long-wearing material known for its ability to produce sufficient rebound, even under great pressure or the weight of a heavy pack. Its lightness and segmented construction contribute to the shoe’s overall flexibility, while its springy heel mitigates shock on-ground impact.

La Sportiva TX4 GTX EVA FOAM

La Sportiva designers turned to Ortholite to top the TX4 GTX’s midsole with a kind of footbed that is built specifically for approach endeavors. Its presence adds underfoot comfort as well as medial support. Overall, it comes at a thickness of 4 mm.

TX4 GTX is a tank

The La Sportiva TX4 GTX hides the foot in its mostly suede leather main shell. It is unapologetically protective thanks to its PU TechLite rand, which has a thickness of 1.5 mm, and rubberized toe bumper. A heavy-duty cord-like pull loop is engineered at its heel for easier on and off.

La Sportiva TX4 GTX PU TechLite rand

Breathable and waterproof

What sets this shoe apart from the base model TX4 is its Gore-Tex liner, called Extended Comfort. This lining technology provides a pair of benefits—it makes the hiker’s interior breathable and it's exterior sufficiently waterproof.

La Sportiva TX4 GTX Upper

Amazing lockdown with the Mythos-inspired lacing system

The TX4 GTX’s upper equation comes full circle with the shoe’s Mythos-inspired lockdown system. It is comprised of combination eyelets, the top three pairs of which are plated, and a hardy synthetic lace.

La Sportiva TX4 GTX Laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 400g / Women 340g
Base model: La Sportiva TX4
Features: Heel brake
Technology: Gore-Tex, Ortholite
Material: Leather
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Top: Low

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Teddy Dondanville
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.