La Sportiva was founded in the 1920’s in Italy. Originally the company focused on manufacturing boots for farmers and lumberjacks. During the second world war, however, the founder provided the soldiers of Italy with custom-made mountaineering boots and that’s where the brand began to take form. After World War II, the company began to manufacture ski boots and then finally branded themselves as the La Sportiva we know today. Today the company provides footwear all over the world for all sorts of outdoor adventures like mountain climbing, skiing, and hiking, just to name a few.
Today we’re going to take a look at the La Sportiva TX4. The TX4 is considered to be an approach shoe. This is a type of hybrid footwear that combines characteristics of hiking boots and climbing shoes. This type of footwear typically performs really well for rock scrambling and traversing various types of terrain on your way to a climb, but can perform just as well as a replacement for a hiking boot. The TX4 has been widely-praised for the features it offers climbers and hikers alike so let’s take a deeper dive and see if the shoe is everything it’s cracked up to be.
-Excellent quality leather
-Sole is sticky
-Provides a lot of control while scrambling
-Heavy and bulky
-Break-in period can be lengthy
-Wider forefoot (maybe a ‘pro’ depending on your foot shape)
-Not waterproof unless you buy the Gore-Tex version
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-Full-wrap rubber rand
-Lacing system provides a customizable fit
-Leather upper for added comfort and durability
-Mesh lining in the midsole for breathability
-Vibram MegaGrip outsole