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We review La Sportiva's new Trango Alp Evo Gore-Tex boot, which combines a lightweight, comfort-centric approach shoe attitude with basic winter capabilities. The question is: does it pull it off?

la sportiva trango alp evo gtx
Overall Score
Superb weight rating and excellent versatility
Only basic winter abilities, narrow fit won't suit all



Superseding a previous edition, known simply as the Trango Alp GTX, the Evo Gore-Tex edition goes for versatility, low weight and comfort at the expense of full-on winter performance. If you enjoy alpine hiking, scrambling, entry-level climbing and think that you might occasionally slip on a C1-rated flexible crampon on snow or ice then you're the target customer.

That weight rating is just 725g per boot, which immediately communicates a nimble feeling in comparison to its main competitors. That's all the more impressive considering that a supple silicone-impregnated leather upper (made in the South Tyrol, no less), with a very broad over-the-toe rand, is protecting your foot within. La Sportiva claims that when combined with an internal injection system for what lies beneath it, the boot is entirely waterproof. This wasn't disconfirmed by our testing.

The Vibram sole, dubbed 'Cube', is decorated with a great selection of lugs and although its heel brake is not the largest the performance was still excellent - particularly on rock. To boost its appeal as a scrambling and entry-level climbing boot there is a truly excellent and broad "climbing zone" at the toe.

Everything else is judiciously put together with beautifully supple heel padding and a traditional lacing system that writes no new rules, but does what it's intended to do efficiently. Crampon compatibility is basic, with a heel lip allowing you to fit lightweight units when dipping your toe into high alpine terrain.


In conclusion: a superbly simple, styish, comfortable and lightweight hybrid boot, and for many it will be all they will ever need for all manner of Alpine adventures. However, if your winter ambitions lie beyond the occasional use of crampons you may need something more technical.








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