Rigid + Cushioned + Light = Bravo!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 45
I'm a hiking guide in southern Utah canyon country. I wear a Euro size 45 in most boots (La Sportiva, Salewa, Asolo), and a Euro size 45.5 in Scarpas. I require boots that are notably rigid from heel to toe, because they prevent my feet from the constant bending that triggers plantar fasciitis. Yet I also need boots that have sufficient cushioning to allow me to hike long slickrock routes daily. I much prefer all-synthetic boots to leather or partially-leather boots. And, of course, I want my boots to be as light weight as possible. Previously, I relied on La Sportiva's Trango TRK. I was very happy with them, but they've been discontinued, so I switched to the Trango Tech. Opinion: It's excellent, and will be "my" boot as long as La Sportiva keeps it in production. The Techs are just as stiff as the TRKs, perhaps a bit more so. If anything, they might be slightly more cush. And they're exactly 1 ounce lighter (per pair, without insoles) than the TRKs. My size 45 Trango Techs weigh 2 lbs 13 oz, according to my scale. Sizing for the Trango Tech seems to be nearly identical to the Trango TRK. Perhaps the Techs are a smidge shorter (due to the angled toe box), but size 45 still works for me. Conclusion: If you're looking for that rare combination of lightweight + rigid + adequate cushioning, in an all-synthetic boot, for technical dayhiking, the La Sportiva Trango Tech might be your boot.