/ La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX reviews or similar boots?..
I mainly tackle scrambles with a decent walk in/out, all year round, so want something light, comfy, fairly ridged, but will give good feedback.
So is there anyone who has used the alps for a while now and can give some feedback? or alternatively suggest some other boots that would fit the profile?
It will obviously come down to the fit of the boot, i have narrow feet so another reason i was looking at the La Sportiva, was also going to look at the Scarpa Charmoz.
I've had a pair of Alps since November 2011. I, too, have narrow feet especially at the heel. They were comfortable straight out of the box and they've performed admirably since on scrambles and winter walks. They're much lighter than my Hanwag Aalska winter walking boots and remain waterproof. Their profile is excellent for climbing but I like the fact that the sole is the Vibram IBS Trek unit which has grip under the toe. Several of my friends have the S Evo version of the Trango with the Mulaz sole and the flat climbing platform on the front of the sole seems to cause slips and stumbles going downhill. Overall, very pleased with them.
Excellent boots so far. Used them on a few winter walks. Light and comfy but tough enough for kicking steps and general battering.
I got them as an all year round walking / scrambling and for grade I&II (maybe 3) Scottish winter routes.
I would highly recommend them.
I'm selling a brand new pair for £168 posted if your feet happen to be size 8.5
My feet are also narrow at the last, although not so narrow at the ball, and the Sportiva's fit very nicely indeed (although I ordered a size too short..)
Tried on Scarpa Jorasses to compare and they felt wider and shorter in the same size, although the shorter feeling might just have been a result of my foot slipping forward due to the extra width.
Also, my old Raichle Boots felt good, if a bit wider at the ball than the Sportivas. I think Raichle were bought by Mammut?? so Mammut might be worth a look? Haven't tried on the Charmoz to give you a comparison unfortunately.
Hope that helps,
had a pair fall to bits on me after one winter season. Cotswolds offered me a refund. so i went on to charmoz, they have been a stunning boot, Used them for two seasons in the alps and now on there third winter. Would says ill get this season out of them.
Sole is very good with excellent heel grip making heel plunges very stable.
I am quite flat footed with a narrow heel and they seem to not give me any problems with blisters. I use superfeet custom insoles with them.
I may be being a bit thick....but what are tongue de-compressors? :)
I have a toe hitting the end of my boots on descent and am about to sell them as a result...would be nice to know if there was another option!
They are just 2 bits of foam that are shaped to fit behind the tongue of the boot to push the foot back. In hindsight you could make a pair if you have a karrimat you don't need. I have also been wearing one pair of thick socks instead of the 2 pairs (thick and liner) that I had been wearing. Slightly less snug but no toe bashing.
Glad to hear it..... I bought a new pair on friday so hoping to get out in them this weekend!
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