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Having tested a variety of La Sportiva's mountaineering boots and mountain running shoes over the years, the Italian brand never disappoints so I was eager to get my feet into the Trango TRK GTX trekking boot and put them to the test.

la sportiva trango trk gtx
Best for...
Backpackers and trekkers looking for a high quality, lightweight and robust boot to for long days on the hill and multi day mountain adventures
Overall Score
An immediately comfortable and lightweight trekking boot with serious alpine style
Bright colours could be a touch too 'Euro' if you like your gear to be a little more subdued

Born in the Italian Dolomites, La Sportiva's mountain heritage is evident throughout their range of technical footwear. With the Trango TRK GTX, La Sportiva have taken the performance, style and technology from the mountaineering-specific Trango range and poured it into this robust yet lightweight trekking boot. The result is a top quality, lightweight boot with a host of high-end technical features designed for adventures off-the-beaten track.


The bright colours and alpine-esque styling of the Trango TRK GTX make an immediate impression and will appeal to those who appreciate Euro alpine climbing style. Whilst the good-looks of the Trango TRK GTX are one thing, what's equally impressive is how comfortable they are straight out of the box. We found there to be almost zero breaking-in period with the Trango TRK GTX which is pretty rare for a high-end technical mountain boot.


The seamless TPU upper is light, comfortable and protective and the soft, flexible ankle cuff means no stiffness or rubbing in this area. Long lacing helps deliver a precise fit and comfort is enhanced further by the dual-density EVA midsole that simultaneously makes the boot lighter and more cushioned underfoot.


Out on the trail the Trango TRK GTX offer support without stiffness which is exactly how you need a trekking boot to perform. Ideal for remote mountain missions that involve long approaches combined with more demanding terrain, the Trango TRK GTX flexes perfectly to allow for a natural stride yet retains enough lateral rigidity to provide support in technical terrain. The Vibram Mulaz sole provides good levels of grip and if you find yourself facing a spot of scrambling, the smooth 'climbing zone' rubber under the toe will give you confidence to have a go.


At 595g and £185, the Trango TRK GTX is a lightweight, capable and good-looking that won't cost the earth. With cutting edge design and a host of technical features including a waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX liner, it's a boot that offers protection and performance in droves. An ideal choice for an alpine escapade like the Tour du Mont Blanc.

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