TX2 Evo Men
• Innovative and patented resole platform is designed for quick and easy resoling by replacing the tread and compressed EVA ESS platform
• C2™ ComboCord: an elastic cord that allows you to pair and store shoes compactly in your backpack or attach them to your harness
• Vibram® Idogrip™ outsole offers optimal grip on wet or dry surfaces
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A running inspired shoe, designed to excel on technical trails. These shoes may have less rubber lasting and a smaller climbing zone on the sole but tend to be on the lighter and less bulky side of the spectrum, similar to a classic technical trail runner.
Great for flat ground, short approaches, and slabby scrambling. Casual approach shoes are great daily wear for folks that find themselves scrambling and hiking a lot in between trips to the crag and the grocery store.
A more rugged shoe with more lasting and typically a thicker sole. Made to handle the most technical terrain and talus fields. Technical shoes can also have more ankle coverage and waterproof coatings.
Size vs Gender
Volume refers to the overall sizing of the shoe in relation to the size of the foot from top to bottom and side to side. Many brands make a Mens/Unisex shoe and some have both a Men’s and Women’s model. Brands are slowly updating their language away from gender to Low/High volume -- recognizing that any person may have a high or low volume foot.
Flat laces are found most often on casual or running shoes, as their low bulk helps with aesthetic and having a lower profile.
Cord laces are found on the majority of approach shoes. Their rounded shape makes them more durable than flat laces and their woven structure makes them much stronger.
Webbing & Buckles
Though fairly uncommon, some approach shoes are made to be closed via a combination of threaded flat webbing and a tightening buckle.
Low vs Mid
The rise of an approach shoe mostly affects the support and coverage of the ankle but can also limit articulation and range of motion. Most approach shoes have a low rise. A mid rise should be chosen when scrambling through large loose scree or boulder fields is a regular need or when in wet or snowy environments where slippery surfaces can benefit from more ankle support.
The climbing zone is a quintessential part of an approach shoe; without it, we consider a shoe a hiker or trail runner. The climbing zone is a flat or flattened area of the sole directly beneath the toes on every approach shoe. This zone is specifically designed to not have lugs for grip and instead is intended for smearing and edging on rock during an approach to a technical climb. Some manufacturers add splits or shallow texture to this zone, but it is not lugged as in a traditional hiker.
A foldable heel is designed to flatten into the shoe so it may be slid on and off easily similar to a clog or a croc. This is becoming more common with newer models and is most likely to be seen in casual shoes than hiking or running.
Low Toe Lacing
Low toe lacing is a feature where the closure of the approach shoe extends greatly towards the toes as compared to traditional hiking shoes. This will most usually be an extra 3-5 extra lacings across the shoe that are usually partially across the knuckles of the toes. The advantage of lacing extending this low is that it allows a greater tightening of the shoe around the toes when terrain requires technical footwork like slab climbing or crack jamming.
An approach shoe with this feature either has a built-in elastic or webbing or an accessory strap or band that is designed to connect the shoes to each other when they aren’t worn. This allows them to be hung from a harness or bag on a multipitch climb. This is fairly uncommon and usually found on light-weight shoes.
Since there is no standard in the shoe industry for what exactly qualifies a shoe as ‘Vegan’, we only list this if the manufacturer has stated it in the product description.
Refers to an applied coating or material technology that either makes a shoe resistant or impervious to water. Not every manufacturer tests waterproofing in the same way so this can be difficult to compare. We list items as ‘Waterproof’ when the manufacturer states they have one or more of these technologies.
Low toe lacing
|EU: 37 - 47.5 (half sizes)
|Materials & Construction
| Upper: Recycled knit upper with differentiated zones / Integrated tongue / PU TechLite toe & heel / Mythos Lacing System with recycled laces
Midsole: Traverse lite injection MEMlex with co-molded TPU shank / ESS Resoling Platform / C2™ Combo Cord
Footbed: 4mm Ortholite® Hybrid Approach
Insole / Liner: Non-slip mesh
Sole: Vibram® Idrogrip™ with Impact Brake System™ & Climbing Zone Platform / 3mm lugs
These shoes deliver excellent performance at an attractive price. They perform among the best approach shoes on the market, yet they are priced among the lowest. They do everything well, including hiking, climbing, and disappearing when the rock shoes come out. The only place they don't excel is on long approaches through rugged terrain, where a more burly approach shoe will provide more support and long-distance comfort. For climbers who spend most of their time approaching over relatively short distances on well-groomed trails and scrambles, these are the only approach shoes they'll ever need.
I like using ropes, thanks very much, and have no aspirations to become the next free soloist, but the idea of eschewing socks and having a bit of climbing-honed performance underfoot for the approaches and technical scrambles is something that interested me. And so it was with that in mind that I picked up a pair of the Sportiva TX2 Evo approach shoes, one of the more technical and lightweight approach shoes made by this Italian company.
Straight out of the box the TX2 EVO felt comfortable and needed no breaking in. I wore my usual size (EU42) which felt snug enough for a comfortable fit and confidence on technical sections, but with enough room that my toes were not hitting the front of the shoe on steep descents. The lacing system allows you to adjust the tightness all the way from your toes to your ankle, while the knitted upper envelopes your foot comfortably and securely. The knit removed the need for a tongue, meaning the shoe fits closely to your foot and feels like an extension of your foot rather than a clunky shoe. An added benefit of the knitted upper is that it sits close to your ankle, meaning there is little room for stones to enter, especially handy when tackling scree and bog.