La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

Best footwear for mountaineering from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
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Last spring, we gave the Trango Tower GTX an Editors’ Choice Award for its combination of big-mountain performance and approach-friendly comfort. The only draw-back? It’s a three-season boot, so it isn’t warm enough for winter ascents. Solution: this redux, which adds a Gore-Tex insulated lining. “I wore these while ice climbing near Cody, Wyoming, in -10°F weather. My hands were practically frozen by the time I made it to the top, but my toes barely felt the cold,” one tester says.

THE DETAILS

The Extreme is compatible with fully auto and semi-automatic crampons. (Note: The shallow toe bale means it sometimes doesn’t work with older, thicker crampons.) Its TPU midsole keeps it stiff enough for cramponing and edging, but PU inserts add some bounce under the forefoot, which we appreciated on longer approaches. And at just over 1.5 pounds per foot, the Extreme is lighter than most of its competitors. “We had a 1.5-hour approach, and aside from a minor hot spot on the outside of my foot, these boots were comfy,” said one tester after an ice-climbing weekend in Utah’s Wasatch Range.

TRAIL CRED

“I wore these boots for two weeks of daily ice climbing, and I can’t find a single ding from any of my sharps on the high-tenacity nylon upper," says our Wyoming tester. 

Weight: 3lbs, 3oz.

Sizes:Men’s 5-15, Women’s 5.5-12

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