La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTXs are at the top end of the scrambling boot range both in terms of capabilities and cost. In truth they are very lightweight mountaineering boots, but despite this they fully deserve their place in this review. This is because scrambling is such a diverse branch of mountain sport, and at the higher grades it overlaps both summer and Alpine climbing. These boots are warm enough to tackle Scottish winter challenges and the higher peaks of the Alps in summer, yet because of their superb design they will happily cruise over any scramble in the UK. Use them in summer on home ground and you might find them a tad warm, but this aside there is no limit to what grade of technical ground you can cover in them. Jamming, balancing on tiny edges or smearing over slabs, they stick just as well as any other of the boots reviewed. So long as they fit your shape of foot they are amazingly comfortable and feel almost featherweight in action. The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX’s cost makes them a fairly serious investment, but if you are an ‘out and out’ mountaineer then it is an investment worth making.
Upper materials Cordura, Flex Tec 2 and Lorica
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram with climbing zone
Women’s sizes 37-43 (inc half)
Men’s sizes 41-48 (inc half)
Weight 1676g (pair, size 46)
The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX is a popular mountaineering boot, great on any grade of scramble. But its insulation makes it best suited to chillier temperatures and lower-priced boots provide adequate performance in warmer climates.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine April 2012
Update: The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX was reviewed again for the April 2014 issue of Trail magazine, but narrowly missed out on appearing in the review as it was bettered by the La Sportiva Ganda Guide boot.