Trango Tower Extreme GTX
The Trango Tower Extreme GTX is an insulated, waterproof, lightweight mountaineering boot for single day ice and high alpine objectives.
- Durable abrasion resistant uppers with Honeycomb Guard™ inserts in high-wear zones
- • Vibram® One sole with sticky rubber and edging platforms
- • TPU midsole with PU inserts for full crampon compatibility
- • 3D Flex™ ankle for longitudinal lock out and lateral flexibility
- • Collar tip gaiter for additional protection and warmth
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|Boot Weight|| |
|Single or Double boot||Single|
|Best Uses|| Best Uses: Technical Mountaineering, Alpine Climbing, 4-Season
Also designed for: Technical Ice and Mixed Climbing
|Crampon Compatability||Toe + heel bail - all crampons styles will work (universal, semi-auto, and auto)|
|Boot Features||Lock-off lacing|
Euro: 38 - 48 (half sizes)
Tips: La Sportiva recommends that you add one 1/2 size to your street shoe size. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when you are standing up with the boot unlaced and your toes touching the front. If the boot is too short, your toes will get smashed walking downhill. Too long and your heel will slide up and down and give you blisters.
|Materials & Construction|| Upper: High tenacity Nylon® water repellent with abrasion resistant Honey-Comb Guard™/ FlexTec 3/ Microfibre + Light PU Thermal adhesive/ Vibram® rubber rands
Liner: Microfiber/ Gore-Tex®
Insole: 9mm Insulated IBI-Thermo
Midsole: 6-7mm TPU / Dual-density micropore EVA
Sole: La Sportiva "One" by Vibram® (exclusive) with Impact Brake System™
Overall the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are great winter climbing boots carrying on the fine tradition of earlier Trango Extreme models. And while the RRP of £345 is hardly cheap, few other B3 boots cost less. At least within their class, the TTEGs are not expensive. They climb very well, in part due to their lightness - but have we possibly put too much emphasis on light weight and forgotten about durability? It's a bit sad to admit, but I love my old pair of Trango Extremes - in part because they've been on so many little adventures with me; mile after mile, day after day, winter after winter. They weigh 250 grams more than the TTEGs - but surely that is acceptable in order to get a decade of use out of a pair of boots? The Trango Tower Extreme GTX are very good boots, and perhaps after a resole they will be the perfect British winter climbing boot.
The lightweight mountaineering boot can be an incredibly useful tool for mountaineers who like to enjoy all four seasons and for climbers who's main focus is the rock climbing but like to get out in the mountains occasionally. Both of those groups will be rewarded by this boot's low weight and comfortable hiking performance. It also climbs reasonably well overall, with an above average showing at mixed climbing and dry tooling and on rock without crampons. In many ways, this boot reminds us of Scarpa's excellent but now-discontinued Rebel Pro. For the above reasons and its low price (for a mountaineering boot), we've honored the La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX with our Best Buy Award.
I've had the opportunity to test out the Tower Extremes for several weeks in Alaska and I have been thoroughly impressed. One of the first things I noticed was the enhanced rocker. Compared to other boots I've used lately, the Towers walked like a dream. On vertical ice, they performed exceptionally well and felt light and nimble. In temps ranging from 5F to 32F, I've had toasty feet. I was recently climbing Bridal Veil Falls in Valdez, Alaska, and I kicked through a sheet of ice on a particular belay ledge. About thirty seconds later, I realized I was standing ankle deep in a pool of frigid water. Amazingly, not a drip of water had soaked in. A leather boot would have been frozen solid, but I finished the day with warm, dry feet.