La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX (2013)

The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX combines all the essential features needed to provide performance below and above the snowline. It weighs in at 1874g (pair, size 46), which is lighter than many similar boots and gives it a real advantage when you consider its performance. The upper is a mix of leather with synthetic overlays and a rubber rand, so you’re getting a slightly more durable option here. The ankle cuff has some forward flex to allow more comfort when walking, while also maintaining support for climbing. You get a very aggressive pattern of lugs that make the boot ideal for clawing your way up soft gravel, earth or snow, but there’s also good stiffness that makes use with crampons very secure. The rolling action below the snow isn’t quite as smooth as lower-priced and more flexible boots, but this needs to be weighed up against the extra support on offer. There isn't quite the same precision at the toe as other models, so this isn’t the best option if precise foot placement on scrambles is what you're looking for. But as an all-rounder with good grip on softer ground, as well as good performance on rock and with crampons, the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is an excellent boot.

Upper materials Perwanger leather

Waterproof lining Gore-Tex

Sole unit Vibram

Men’s sizes 41-48

Women’s sizes 37-42

Weight 1874g (pair, size 46)

Website www.lasportiva.com

Verdict

The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX offers great general performance below and above the snowline, while others are slightly better for more precise mountaineering and climbing. The higher-than-average price tag is a drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine December 2013

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