Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The La Sportiva TX5 GTX impressed quite a number of owners with its fantastically comfortable confines.
  • Many reviewers, including a gear critic by profession, applauded the boot’s astonishing ankle support.
  • Some users were delighted to witness the greatness of the TX5 GTX on the waterproofing front.
  • Its astounding lightness made several wearers extremely happy.
  • This La Sportiva backpacking boot was commended by about a handful of patrons for having excellent surface traction.
  • According to a few patrons, this trekking gear runs true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few La Sportiva TX5 GTX buyers made negative remarks about the footgear’s unamusing narrowness.
  • The boot’s slow drying time didn’t sit well with one reviewer.

Bottom line

Choosing to don the immensely ankle-supportive TX5 GTX means backpacking in tons of comfort. Wearing one also translates to multi-day adventures where owners can boast about its phenomenal waterproofing and cloud-like weight.

The boot, however, may not be so appealing to those with feet falling on the broader side of the fit spectrum. Overall, the TX5 GTX, despite being a challenge to wear when it comes to width, has qualities that make it yet another La Sportiva masterpiece.

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Good to know

The La Sportiva TX5 GTX is a robust trekking boot capable of giving its wearers enough support and comfort whether on or off the beaten path. It is built with the 3D Flex System—an exclusive technology that improves the shoe’s precision and control on steep terrain, allowing for freer ankle movements.

Terrain balance is brought forth by the boot’s injection-molded midsole. It comes engineered with a brand-owned technology called STB control system which ups its stability game. This proprietary tech also gives the midsole a bit more flexibility.

La Sportiva’s TX5 GTX is a generally true-to-size, high-top leather boot for male backpackers. It is offered in regular width in a range of whole and half sizes. Its lace-up closure makes fit adjustments and cinching the foot firmly in place possible.

This waterproof hiker provides sufficient traction over slippery surfaces thanks to its Vibram Megagrip outsole. It comes with aggressively shaped lugs and the Impact Brake System, both of which bolster the outsole’s grip performance.

An injection-molded midsole made of EVA is the component responsible for giving users the right amount stability and cushioning over uneven terrain. It has a TPU stabilizer for enhanced balance on considerably rough surfaces. For extra underfoot comfort, on the other hand, this cushy layer is paired with a 4-mm thick footbed from Ortholite.

The high-cut upper of the La Sportiva TX5 GTX is made of nubuck leather. Both its abrasion-resistant rubber rand and sturdy toe cap are courtesy of Vibram. Since it's a boot with Gore-Tex’s liner (GTX Extended Comfort), trekkers can expect a watertight yet breathable backpacking experience in it.

Completing the TX5 GTX’s upper is its ghillie lacing. It is primarily made up of a synthetic lace and combination eyelets. It is engineered with a cord-like strap at the flex point which, when utilized, further improves the footgear’s ankle support.


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