La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boot - Women's
Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boot
The La Sportiva Women's Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boot has won awards and industry accolades, and yet you're still skeptical. But don't worry, the hype isn't the result of overpaid marketing monkeys turning nothing into something—it's the exact opposite. Perhaps the lightest waterproof mountaineering boot on the market today, the Trango Cube combines Gore-Tex climate control with robust durability to keep your foot warm and dry on your cold-weather attempts at altitude. The 3D Flex system enhances your foot control when traversing convoluted territory, and part of the tongue comes out if you need a little more room in the boot.
Seamless upper construction eliminates pores and seam-sited weaknesses. Waterproof QB3 fabric mixes with stretchy FlexTec 2 material to protect your foot from getting tanked by dankness when assaulted by ground snow or flying graupel. A rugged Vibram rand fends off ice boulders and adds a hit of stability when the twisty trail redefines technical. The direct-inject Thermo-Tech TPU lacing system says "no" to stitching to extend the boot's lifespan while shaving off nearly 1/3 of the weight from a traditional riveted lacing system. Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining guarantees your means of mountaineering motoring (um, yeah, your foot) stays dry and happy in a climate-controlled environment.
A low-profile, 4mm graded nylon insole puts a skinny pillow of softness under your heel and has a barely-there feel by the time it reaches your toes. A strategic blend of PU and EVA maximize midsole cushioning without drawing unnecessary attention or detracting from ground communication. The Impact Brake System uses directionally juxtaposed lugs to give you tacky traction on the way up and the way down. Vibram One, an exclusive sole material made for La Sportiva, maintains this boot's firm fascination with the earth. The TPU heel insert lets you strap on a hybrid crampon to accommodate terrain that changes faster than the weather.
- Ultralight mountaineering boot for summertime alpinism
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort is waterproof and incredibly breathable
- Upper composed of Flex Tec fabric and Vibram rubber rands
- Removable tongue helps the boot dry faster
- Nylon footbed offers a stiff platform for stable support
- TPU heel insert allows hybrid crampon compatibility
- Vibram One sole designed exclusively for La Sportiva
RUNS SO SMALL
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Well, I wanted to love these because of the specs but I've worn them twice on 6+ mile hikes and I have 3 missing toe nails now. So these run extremely narrow through out the toe box and heel. And unfortunately there's no breaking these in at this point and a lost investment into mountaineering boots :(
I have the LaSportiva Nepal Evo's and don't have this issue at all.
Good, but not as good as Trango S Evo
I have hiked around 60 miles in these boots on trails and steep talus. I bought them after my 5th pair of Trango S Evo GTX's died. I really loved those boots. These supposedly have more updated in features. I like them but not as much as the original. Although they might last longer than the original boots, which I could maybe squeeze a season out of before the tread was gone and putting apart from the uppers. Have not tried crampons with these yet. Also I hike probably 3 times per week, usually climbing peaks in Colorado, so I go through boots faster than probably many people.
Here are things I would change:
The toe box is narrow. It can get cramped for me. I wish it was a little more roomy.
Due to narrower toe box these are harder to get on. A loop at the back near your Achilles would be VERY handy.
I don't get why you would want a removable tongue. This tongue is hard to get adjusted right and the velcro will probably fail.
There are loops for the laces near the ankle. These would be useful if they were hooks instead of loops. The loops are useless. You have to thread the laces through but when you do that you lose the tightness lower down in the foot. Would it really have cost that much to add hooks instead of fabric loops?
Summer Alpine Boot of Choice
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
This boot is my summer alpine boot great for early season ascents in the Tetons, or North Cascade Climbing in the summer. Very waterproof the boot does quite well on snow and climbs rock great. I'd expect the climb ability of the older Trango S Evo's but more waterproof and noticeably lighter. The boot can get cold and is not a altitude or winter boot at all, it is very much a spring/summer boot. It takes crampons well but without a front toe weld it needs toe strap crampons. Don't expect to be climbing a lot of ice in these boots, but they can hold their own on moderate steps of water ice if needed.
Best hiking shoes ever!
I have worn them few months now. And it is very comfortable !
Check out the tread on this model here.
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- Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!