La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX ReviewDecember 7, 2016
- Flexible around the ankle
- Very comfortable
- Laces can come loose easily
- All plastic construction
The Trango TRK GTX is a lightweight backpacking boot with a narrow fit that provides plenty of support and flexibility when travelling across different terrains. It uses all synthetic material and seamless construction to create a lightweight boot that performs well in all conditions.
Support & Stability
With an EVA midsole and Flex insert for the footbed these boots provide a good amount of support while being the most flexible of all the boots tested. They give enough ankle support when crossing loose terrain but also feel less restrictive compared to most other backpacking boots.
The Trango is made out of a different material than most of the other boots, which is thermoplastic urethane (TPU). It has a plasticy look but La Sportiva touts the material as highly abrasion resistant and exceptionally strong in cold weather. The lacing system uses thermoplastic hooks, which are lighter than the metal hooks (and most other companies use), though only time will tell if they are as durable. However the laces are a good thickness and it’s an easy system for quickly lacing up the boots versus the Salmon Quest, which takes a bit more time to tighten in place.
Even after a wearing these boots all day hiking with a heavy pack they still felt good. They don’t have as much padding compared to the Salomon Quest but their lightweight flexible style makes them even more comfortable. The ankle cuffs are fairly loose too so they manage to give enough support without feeling restrictive. However they have a narrow cut to them so they wouldn’t be well suited for those with wider feet.
The Vibram Mulaz sole of this boot provided great traction when on rocky ascents as well as descents. They felt quite nimble going over a variety of terrains while simultaneously providing enough support to feel confident going down rocky surfaces with a heavy pack. It also features an aggressive tread pattern, which contributes to the shoe’s good traction.
The Trango is the lightest of all the boots tested by a considerable few ounces per boot. Even though it’s the same size as the other boots it feels much lighter on your feet.
Adrianne Bouchard is a triathlete, skier, backpacker and lover of all things outdoors based in the Tahoe area.