2017 Approach Shoe Review: La Sportiva TX4

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The La Sportiva TX4 approach shoe.

The La Sportiva TX4 approach shoe.

Weight

26 oz per pair; unisex.

Comfort

Our Sasquatch-footed tester appreciated the purpose-built wide forefoot zone, which alleviated pressure points during long days and while breaking the shoes in. Leather uppers and a non-slip mesh lining meant a rapid break-in period, and these stylish kicks stayed comfortable and held their shape nicely throughout testing.

Approach 

The TX4 is a built-up, extremely supportive shoe—especially in the beefy “Trail Bite Heel Braking Platform”—meant to hold shape and spring over the long haul. This makes for a stiffer, mini-hiking-boot feel that our tester appreciated for slogs to remote climbs in the Boulder Mountains—he never felt like he was going to roll an ankle, even with the shoes's low cut.

Scrambling/Climbing 

The TX4 was a precise, fluent all-around climber, thanks to the dot-matrix Vibram Mega-Grip outsole and 360-degree sticky rand with high toebox coverage. With its blunt toe, it particularly excelled in cracks, with little or no signs of wear on the rand and uppers. “You can climb pretty dang hard in these things!” he said. The sleek Euro style was welcome, too.

$140, sportiva.com

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