La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX 2011

The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX is the lightest 3-4 season boot we looked at, at just 1724g (size 46 pair), and yet it has the performance to compete alongside the heavier boots even on the toughest terrain. The lightweight upper is made from synthetic materials, but you also get a full rubber rand to add extra durability. The upper is very supportive and you also get excellent flex in the ankle cuff, to make this comfortable and easy to use for a walk on steeper ground. The flex is ideal for 3-4 season use, being stiff enough to hold an edge when scrambling or kicking steps in snow as well as flexible enough to allow easy walking. The outsole is a Vibram unit where the lugs are a notch shallower than some others and there is also a smooth ‘climbing zone’ under the toe – and this makes this boot better for climbing than most here, but possibly not quite so good for general walking. If you want a boot for more technical 3-4 season use such as scrambling and mountaineering then the La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX is the best boot we looked at, but for pure walking others have advantages.

Upper materials Cordura, Textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Women’s sizes 37-43
Men’s sizes 41-48
Weight 1724g (pair, size 46)
Website www.lasportiva.com

The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX relatively lightweight boot that still offers excellent 3-4 season performance with a bias towards climbing and mountaineering rather than walking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2011