La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX (2012)

The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is a very lightweight boot for its class, and yet it still manages to offer the all-important stiffness and support that are needed when wearing crampons on easier winter terrain. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic layers with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a full rubber rand for durability. The lacing has a good locking eyelet at the ankle that works very well to ensure good tensioning along the forefoot. The outsole has a very deep set of widely spaced lugs and a deep heel breast, which is ideal for soft ground such as mud, scree and snow. The stiffness is very good too for 3-4 season use, being solid enough to use on snow; and yet it features enough flex for comfortable walking below the snowline. You do not get quite the quality of rolling walking action on every step that you get with the best boot in our test, but that is a very minor drawback. The main problem with the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is the price, which is quite a leap above other boots without offering major benefits over the competition to justify it.

Upper materials Perwanger leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Men’s sizes 41-48
Women’s sizes 36-43
Weight 1874g (pair, size 46)


The verdict
The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is an excellent weight and a very good performance for 3-4 season use, but the price lets it down considering what is on offer.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012