Trango S EVO GTX


Trango S EVO GTX
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Trango S EVO GTX
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By Smith93
Page Type Jan 31, 2007 / Jan 31, 2007
Object ID 2421
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Product Description

Revolutionary fusion of ultralight technology and mountain boot protection designed for moving fast and light over technical terrain in the mountains. Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice in 2004, the addition of Gore-Tex® represents the EVOlution of this proven design. This is a new generation of mountaineering footwear that changes the old paradigm and redefines what it means to be a mountaineering boot.


•Innovative 3D Flex™ ankle provides lock-out power for front pointing in crampons, kicking steps in snow or standing on small edges when rock climbing all the while remaining flexible from side-to-side for efficient flat-footing (French) technique on hard frozen snow and soft alpine ice
•Gore-Tex® lining for waterproof breathable performance coupled with an all synthetic upper keeps you dry when the snow gets soft and sloppy
•7mm Trailflex insole with a Dual-density Micropore midsole for the perfect combination of step-kicking rigidity, pack full-o gear stability and twenty-mile 3,000 vert cushioning
•Vibram® Mulaz sole with Climbing Zone platform for technical rock climbing performance
•Water-repellent Cordura® nylon uppers with Flex Tec 2 rubber-coated, Aramide-reinforced polyester panels are super durable and lightweight
•Reinforced with water-repellent Lorica® synthetic leather for maximum durability and strength
•Waterproof, seam-sealed Gore-Tex® inserts keep feet dry while allowing excess moisture vapor to escape to prevent overheating
•Wicking Dri-lex® nylon linings absorb excess moisture and disperse it for fast drying and enhanced comfort
•Fully-gusseted and padded tongues keep out debris and water while relieving lacing pressure
•Full rubber randing protects feet and uppers from abrasion and bumps while enhancing edging ability on thin edges
•Trailflex nylon midsole supports with half-length steel shanks provide optimal torsional rigidity while remaining comfortable for long approaches
•Dual-density micropore rubber provides fine-tuned performance with differing levels of cushioning and support for long-haul trips
•Durable Vibram® Dru rubber outsoles deliver amazing traction on wet and dry surfaces; undercut heels for braking and edging platforms at toes
•Outsoles are compatible with both strap-on and hybrid(New-matic) style crampons


UPPER: Waterproof Cordura® with idro-treatment/FlexTec2/Water-repellant Lorica® with Antiacqua™ external coating/Vibram® XSV Rand
LAST: Trango
LINING: Gore-Tex®
SOLE: Vibram® Mulaz (sticky Supertrek rubber)
MIDSOLE: Micropore (forefoot)/PU (heel)/TPU crampon reinforcement in back
INSOLE: 7mm TrangoFlex with integral nylon shank
WEIGHT: 3 lbs. 2 oz. (Size 41)



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MCGusto - Feb 9, 2007 3:40 am - Voted 4/5

Aside from the name being rediculously long, this boot is really great. I just got a pair for my birthday, and was apprehensive about buying a pair online because I had heard about La Sportiva's feeling really comfortable, or not fitting at all. Luckily, my feet fit pretty well in them.

I have medium width fit, and that seems to be just about the limit in this boot. The toebox seems to be "snugger" than most boots I've tried on before, so I would recommend trying them on before getting them. They are a lot stiffer than they look!

My pair of 10.5's weigh 3lb 5oz.

Redwic - Feb 19, 2007 4:32 pm - Voted 5/5

Great choice!!!
I just recently purchased a pair of these boots. They are fantastic. While I was trying on different models of mountaineering boots, it ultimately came down, for me, to choosing either this La Sportiva "Trango S EVO GTX" or the Scarpa "Charmoz GTX". Both types of boots are very comparable; both fit my feet well, both allow me to easily traverse tough terrain, and both are well-constructed.

However, for me, the deciding factor to go with this La Sportiva was the section above the toes. This La Sportiva has an extra rubber covering on top of the boots, directly over the toes, which the Scarpa does not have. As a test, I wore the La Sportiva on one foot while wearing the Scarpa on the other foot, and then I had somebody stand on both feet (pressing as hard as possible) at the same time. Guess what? I could *totally* feel the pressure on my toes with the Scarpa, but I couldn't feel *any* pressure on my toes with this La Sportiva. Being a person who has experienced rocks landing onto & bouncing off of my toes during hikes & climbs, this was a major factor for me.

Considering the toe-cover which I have mentioned, the high quality of the boot's overall craftmanship, and the lifetime warranty, in my opinion you cannot beat these La Sportiva mountaineering boots for the money.

My pair is for Size 11 (44 EURO).

mcdonnellms - Sep 4, 2007 8:38 pm - Hasn't voted

I agree 5/5
I wore these for four days in the Holy Cross Wilderness, CO. It rained for three days straight. Temps in the 40's. my feet stayed dry and warm. I was surprised at the traction on wet rocks. Comfortable, warm, dry and excellent traction.

Tie-Dye Mike - Sep 5, 2007 1:02 am - Hasn't voted

I've put over 40 miles on these boots in the last few weeks, including climbing 16 miles in 4 days, and over 10,000 vertical. Still not one blister. Recommend getting yourself good foot beds, it will make an incredible difference! The high ankle support and Gore-tex has made stepping in creeks 8 inches nothing to think about! I cannot wait to use them this winter, they do tend to get a little hot in the summer on long hikes. Traction on rocks is phenomenal!!! 40+ degrees and never slips! Truly worth every single penny.

steste - Nov 10, 2007 4:36 pm - Voted 5/5

5 stars
Comfortable, very light and good both for hiking and mountaineering. Used in winter too and found them warm.
I can only recommend them.

jonmeek16 - Feb 4, 2008 3:14 pm - Voted 5/5

Awesome Mountaineering Boot
I bought these and did a 10mile trip. Fit my crampons great, real stiff, feet dry, and ZERO BLISTERS! I highly recommend these boots.

GCutforth - Apr 5, 2008 3:48 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Boots
I use these boots primarily for long approaches with a full pack. I have used them in an alpine environment as well but with less frequency.

Firstly, the boot is incredibly light and supportive. The sole is quite rigid, but there is some rocker effect so they remain quite comfortable to hike in.

They are reasonably durable and have been, in my opinion, constructed with the usual La Sportiva craftsmanship.

They are great in class 4 and easy class 5 terrain. The sole is likely the greatest asset here.

My only complaint is that they are not compatable with front bale crampons. This is not unique to these boots, rather it seems to be consistent accross all boot manufacturers with a similar model.

Norris - Jun 4, 2008 10:55 am - Voted 5/5

Not just for narrow feet
Over the years I have read a lot of postings claiming that La Sportiva boots only fit narrow feet. Not so! My size 12.5 to 13 feet are a bit on the wide side, yet the size 48 (Euro) in these boots fit me perfectly, with 2 socks. I put these on and did a strenous multi-day outing involving hiking with a 50lb pack and kicking steps up a slope of deep snow. No blisters, and warm dry feet the whole time.

Bill Kerr - Jun 10, 2008 1:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Sole wears quickly
Love these boots for climbing and hiking and the softer vibram soles climb great but do wear out quickly on broken rock and scree. Twenty days off trail scrambling on sharp limestone in the Canadian rockies and they needed a resole.

Holsti97 - Jun 16, 2008 10:51 am - Hasn't voted

These boots have served me well on a variety of climbs. I have a pair of Superfeet in the bottom and use a liner sock and Smart Wool sock. I have never had a blister even on a 50 mile hike in the Wind River range. Wore these on Mount Hood on a day that my water bottle froze and my feet were plenty warm and dry. My Grivel G-12 crampons fit well on these boots. I highly recommend these boots.

Rick Huff - Sep 9, 2008 8:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Never a blister
These are the most comfortable mountaineering boot I've owned. They do it all. I've done mid 5th class rock, steep ice, glacier slogging, and long approach hikes in them. You would be hard pressed to find a better all around boot with little or no break-in time. They aren't warm enough for me for winter, but I don't have great circulation in the toes. One of my climbing partners calls them "disposable boots", as they do seem prone to fraying at the seams after 2-3 years of hard climbing. I love them though!

Macmac - Jan 15, 2009 6:08 pm - Voted 5/5

Very light and comfy....
..really a top quality boot. Probably to be so light was necessary to sacrify a bit of the lasting. In fact mine started to seem "not that young" after only a dozen of climbs.

JHH60 - Feb 4, 2009 1:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Anyone tried resoling?
I'm on my 3rd season with these and the soles are pretty close to worn out. Has anyone tried resoling them, and did the boots hold up long enough to make it worthwhile? I do note that the upper is starting to fray a bit, and I'm wondering how long the Gore-Tex waterproofing will hold up. I'm wondering if, like my running shoes, the uppers really aren't designed to outlast the soles, and the boot should just be replaced when the soles are worn down.

Tsuyoshi - Mar 16, 2009 5:10 am - Voted 5/5

ideal... in my mind
i can't ask for a better boot (within reason that is)...

the only complaint i have is that they won't last too long. but on the upside they are ridiculously light and climb exceptionally well. i just wore out my last pair because i decided i was going to spend the summer rock climbing in them to gain more confidence while in boots... they held up for about 10 climbs (after one year of normal approaches and glacier slogs and scrambling). i found myself comfortable leading 5.8 and beyond while wearing these boots. they are extremely sensitive for a boot and confidence inspiring while running it out 40 feet over your last crappy nut.

i'd buy these boots any day. right now i'm climbing in a pair of scarpa charmoz which are a bit heavier but pretty much just as good. they only reason i don't have another pair of trangos is because i got my charmoz for $30 at the rei garage sale!

Casey Bates - Nov 7, 2009 11:46 am - Voted 5/5

I have used these boots for about three years and have been very happy with them. They work well for someone looking for a boot that can do a bit of everything. I use them all summer when it is warm, but feel comfortable wearing them for a long day on glacier. They even work well for some light ice climbing. I live in Washington where it never gets too cold, so I am able to use these boots year round. As others have mentioned, they are not the most durable boots on the market, but their light weight makes up for that. For folks who like this boot, I also recommend checking out the Scarpa fits very close to the Trango but has a bit more room in the toe box.

WML - Apr 26, 2010 2:35 pm - Voted 5/5

Good boots
Work great for walking, hiking, alpine rock, and moderate-angle, non sustained alpine ice - due to the fact they are not full-shank boots. They do a great job at what they are designed to do, again, a good 3-season mountain boot.

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