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Review: La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe

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“Fast and light is the best description for the TX2,” one tester said after lapping Boulder’s First Flatiron a few times. Scrambling approaches, climbing up to 5.6, hauling up a long multi-pitch, the TX2 shines for all these situations. “This shoe was one of the closest-fitting I’ve used thanks to a knitted polyester upper that really wraps around the foot and to-the-toe lacing that cranks the whole shoe securely down.” Although the lacing system did provide added stability when smearing, one tester found the laces “really thin and a bit tricky to handle.” A Vibram Megagrip sole has dot rubber on the whole foot, with a flat section under the asymmetric toe for climbing. Testers found the toe box a little too roomy for feeling really comfortable on harder fifth class moves, but it was a welcome addition when plodding down steep hills on the descent and for putting on after a long day of climbing. Designers also put a slight flare on the outside of the foot near the pinky toe for more control during twisting motions. The low profile and flat sole make them a great fit for folks with low-volume feet and low arches.

Conclusion

These slimmed-down approach shoes have a design and climbing-specific sole for approaches and objectives where weight and speed are the main concerns. However, consider a more supportive shoe for heavy packs and high arches.

$125; sportiva.com