The clue is in the name, as the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is very much an Alpine-orientated boot. It has a neater and narrower profile than some other options we looked at, which makes it feel slightly better for climbing and mountaineering on a mix of snow, ice and rock. The boot is slightly lighter than others, which again makes it particularly suitable for climbing when you need good dexterity. The upper is a mix of leather and fabric, and the ankle has a good flex area due to the use of fabric. There’s a full rubber rand, so even though the upper has more panels and lines of stitching, the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX should be durable. Underfoot is an excellent Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs and a particularly deep heel breast for better braking downhill. You also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your feet dry. I really liked this pair of boots, but for me they are slightly better for climbing and mountaineering compared to the broader and more stable platform provided by boots that are more dedicated to walking. So it depends what you are looking for. If you like a narrower boot and want to do some climbing on mixed ground, the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX would be ideal.
Upper materials Perwanger leather, Flex Tec 2 fabric
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Women’s sizes 36-43
Men’s sizes 41-48
Weight 1912g (pair, size 46)
The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX superb boot for winter mountain travellers who want to tackle some easy mountaineering rather than easy walking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2012