The La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is designed for ice climbing, mixed climbing and cold-weather alpine pursuits, so it has an insulated lining as well as Gore-Tex to keep your feet comfortable. The upper is made from synthetic materials to keep weight down, with extra durability provided by the rubber rand that extends all the way around the boot. The outsole is a Vibram unit with a good set of well-spaced lugs, but they aren’t as deep as those on the Verto S6K Glacier, which means they aren’t great on soft snow. There is, however, a smooth area under the toe to enhance grip on rock when climbing and mountaineering. On the foot the fit is close and precise, making the La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX ideal for climbing or scrambling. The ankle cuff is lower than the Verto S6K Glacier and the forward flex is better too, so they’re surprisingly comfortable when walking on level terrain. This boot is ideal for winter and Alpine mountaineering, which is exactly what it’s designed for, particularly with the extra insulation inside. But for walking up British winter peaks, a deeper pattern of lugs would be good, and such boots are available at a lower price.
Upper materials Cordura, Flex Tec 2, Lorica, Gore-Tex Duratherm insulation
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 41-47.5
Weight 2146g (pair, size 46)
The La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is ideal for more challenging climbing and mountaineering in colder conditions, but you don’t need to pay this much for a boot that’s good for more general winter walking and easier mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014