La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (B1)
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An ideal candidate for scrambling, via ferrata & Alpine walking & glacier crossings. Stiff enough for long Alpine rock routes that require a glacier crossing or have a bergschrund to cross at the start.
La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (B1) Reviews
Reviewed by Jon D (Herts, England) on 2009-03-12:
General comments: The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX are fantastic boots. I have used them on multiple occasions in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Perthshire, Peak Distinct and the Herts/Essex county side. In August I am off to Chamonix for alpine and glacial walking. The boots are coming to! The stiffness of the boot is enough to keep the foot secure on tough terrain but also has enough flex (under my weight) for more rolling sections of mountain ridges or the countryside near my home. The boot has proven its self waterproof in all but the river crossings where water rises above the top of the boot. The rubber sole has great grip which gives confidence on dry rock. The boots are great for approach work and scrambling. This added grip from a soft sole is the reason I shy away from taking the boot on routes that involve long road or tarmac pathways (I can already see the sole wearing in the toe and heal area).
Pros: As soon as I put this boot on in the shop the hand made quality made it stand out for the competitors. I get the impression that the Trango S Evo GTX has nothing more or less than is needed for the activities I have used them for. My brother recently bought a pair of Meindl in the same class as the Trango S. He spent £20 more than I did for the Trango’s and in comparison the Meindl are heavy, clumsy and the sole technology is clearly less developed. I have yet to use the La Sportiva Trango with crampons. The only alteration I have made to the boot is to add a pair of Superfeet.
Cons: I wander if they will have to be resoled in a couple of years. Prior to the Trango I was wearing a pair of Brashers for 8 years. I think the Trango could last as long if I maintain them as well as the Brasher but I am sure they will need resoling. I wish I had the opportunity to wear them more!
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John Whittle, Cumbria responded : I am 18 months into my pair of Trango S Evo's and I couldn't agree more with the review. I was recommended them by fellow members of my MRT in which they are the choice of a sizeable number. Mine get a bashing once or twice every week over every kind of terrain including peaty Northern Pennines and I have used crampons on them very successfully.
Super light and quite special on rock, they are a scrambler's joy, they are very low maintenance, just wash them off with clean warm water, dry them over night and off we go again. No leaks, no breakages no sore feet just put my second pair of Superfeet insoles into them.
My heels and balls of feet are showing signs of wear( 40%) on a rubber that is quite soft and not that thick......but I have identified a repairer so will get them done.
My wife has just bought a pair of the women's and is delighted with them. (2009-06-03)
hijamesdawes responded : i too have heard these are top boots from my local MRT. where too, a significant number of members have them, and have had no problems with them. the only thing i have found when wearing them, is they are quite rigid, but that sums up a winter boot, strap on crampons wont work with my summer boots so i guess this is somthing i must get used too.. all in all, a awesome boot. (2010-11-07)
Reviewed by Slowpoke (Spokane, Wa, USA) on 2010-08-16:
General comments: Wow! Great boots. My old boots were no longer waterproof so I splurged on a pair of Trangos a month before my trekking trip in the Swiss Alps (I was worried about breaking them in- but they were comfortable out of the box). Walked from Chamonix to Zermatt (around 100 miles) in 13 days. Conditions were variable- dry rocks, wet rocks and grass, snow and ice, uphill/downhill and these boots did fine in all situations. These boots kept my feet dry and did not rub any skin off my feet. This boot also had enough room in the toe area to prevent rubbing. Some days were warm and this boot breathed much better than my old all leather boots. From previous recent hiking trips I had rubbed skin off the bottom of my big toes and heals and bruised a toenail in such a way that it was threatening to fall off. My feet actually healed during my 13 day Haute Route trek while wearing these boots- now that is a testimonial to La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX!! I consider this money well spent!
Pros: lightweight, good grip, really waterproof, comfortable for all day hikes
Cons: No bad points for the conditions/situations I dealt with