La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX (2016)


The La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX weighs just 1732g per pair, yet it still has a B2 rating for stiffness. The weight saving comes from the upper construction, which is seamless and incorporates a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, an abrasion-resistant nylon and a thermoplastic covering. You get a rubber rand too for more durability. Underfoot a Vibram Cube sole unit provides very deep and well-spaced lugs. 5/5


Sizes are just men’s 41-47 with no women’s option. The fit is quite narrow but it does feel quite neat and precise on the foot. The toe box has good volume, though, so you can wiggle your toes up and down. The cuff is a good height but there is less forward flex than in some models. 4/5


The low weight adds to the comfort to some degree, but the La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX isn’t quite as luxurious as some models that are heavier. The narrow fit and stiffer forward flex of the ankle cuff all impact a little on overall comfort. But that’s not to say it’s uncomfortable; it’s more that others are just slightly more comfortable. 4/5

In use

The weight is a benefit here and also the precise closer fit, as that makes the La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX better for mountaineering, scrambling and placing your feet on the snow when knackered! The outsole grip is great and you get a smooth area for climbing precision, but this isn’t needed when walking of course. The toe flex isn’t quite as smooth as some others so walking action isn’t ideal. 4/5


You are paying to save weight, so it depends on how much value you place on that. 4/5


The La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX is a very lightweight boot that’s great for more technical ground, but when walking others have a smoother flex and more comfort. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine January 2016