A good approach shoe can be hard to find. I want something that I can climb well in, can handle jumaring up el cap, and is comfortable to wear. The TX3 fits the bill. It's a rugged shoe made for longer approaches- think 3 hour hikes to the Diamond or multi-day ascents of El Cap. The shoe's stiffness makes it a solid choice for scrambling through the talus on the way to the boulders of Upper Chaos Canyon or for stepping out of the aiders on 5.8 granite terrain on El Cap. While they're a bit heavy for super light and fast missions, these shoes make up for it with durability. I've had 4 pairs and kept getting more. The rubber sticks, the stiff sole offers good edging support, and the shoes can take hundreds of miles of abuse and still hike and climb well.
(Posted on 8/1/2018)
The La Sportiva TX3’s served as the perfect shoe to help get me out of my winter slump and into full-on, hardcore, spring sendage mode. Through several climbing trips to the around the Midwest and Southeast, around town, and even during a weekend in New York City, the TX3’s provided a great fusion of function, fashion, and comfort.
Thanks to the Midwest’s ever-changing weather, I was able to put the TX3’s to the test in mud, snow, ice, concrete, rock, and sand. I used them as approach shoes for hour-long mud jaunts through the Red, for scrambling up ledges and around boulders in the New, and as my daily street shoe between sends. As an avid climber with five years of global climbing experiences, and as a local climbing guide, I’ve cycled through various approach shoes with mixed results. Some performed well in mud but the rubber was too hard for decent scrambling or easy climbing. Others performed almost as well as some of my rock shoes, but were too stiff to comfortably wear on an approach. The TX3’s – though not perfect – are the most well-rounded approach shoe I’ve worn yet.
(Posted on 7/2/2018)
These are the Cadillac of approach shoes and a real jack-knife to deal with different locations. The breathable upper is kind of their ace in the hole. With the rubber coming up so high, I have rarely gotten a soaker and to not have an all leather or GorTex upper means everything to someone with sweaty feet. The sole seems to last forever and smears great!
(Posted on 1/12/2018)
Finally a worthy replacement for the sorely missed Exum Ridges of yesteryear. Too many companies make "approach" shoes with a narrow toe box area. Sure, they may climb a TAD better that way but how many climbers really do that? Most of us want a killer shoe for the hike up and the scramble down. I want comfort, not climbing ability per se. The old Exums were the first to do this and many lamented their demise. The TX3 is the new heir to the throne. LOVE these shoes. Comfort right out of the box. Inspiring grip and a COMFORTABLE toe box area. Thank you! I (and if one searches reviews, many others) love this shoe as it gets the fit and purpose so right. A must buy.
(Posted on 11/2/2017)
Put a ton of miles on these out West. No break in time, excellent straight out of the box. Excellent for bike riding as well if you don't use or like toe clips since the soles grab the pedals and stay there. Breathable mesh for walking through the occasional stream. Perfect fit for my wide width. Excellent purchase.
(Posted on 9/22/2017)
This is the most comfortable shoe I've laced up. I bought them just before my ascent to Grays Peak in Colorado. No breaking in needed. No blisters no problem. All glory!
(Posted on 8/26/2017)
Fresh out of the box for three days through the Enchantments, Leavenworth Wa. These stuck like glue to the multiple granite faces and domes. Also handled some harrowing descents through loose rock and walked like a champ on the basic rocky rooted trails.
(Posted on 8/10/2017)
I love this shoe--and so does everyone who I've introduced to it. Full review: https://mikeshikes.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/review-la-sportiva-tx3/
Note, the wider last is PERFECT for me. I normally find La Sportiva too narrow for my feet. Some La Sportiva fans might fight it too wide.
I wish that put a couple different versions of soles on the shoe so I could wear them in all conditions. (Great on rock. Not so great on snow or deep mud.)
(Posted on 5/7/2017)
Great traction, and breathability. However, the reinforced lacing system's perma-laces touch your feet at the last loop closest to the medial ankle. It is extremely irritating and somewhat painful. The tongue should have been bigger to cover this to prevent from digging into foot. I wish I could return to retailer for money back. Serious design flaw.
(Posted on 4/20/2017)