The La Sportiva TX2 EVO looks like a casual run shoe, but it’s an airy approach shoe designed to fit more securely. What’s more, it can be re-soled.
Positioned as long-distance approach shoes, the TX2 EVO shoes incorporate some design notes from lightweight running shoes.
La Sportiva went with a knit mesh upper for what it says is a lighter, more breathable shoe than more leather-like builds. Likewise, the knit upper aims to be easier to stash in a backpack.
This new style of approach shoe targets climbers navigating steep inclines and creek crossings in the backcountry en route to their preferred rocks.
La Sportiva TX2 EVO
The knit mesh upper of the TX2 EVO stands out from other approach shoes. That kind of construction is popular for weight-conscious running shoes (and casual shoes) because of its lighter construction and improved airflow. The same principle works for draining water too.
The knit upper means there’s material to mash down when stashing in a backpack. One climber-friendly design note is the C2 Combo Cord heel loop on each shoe. This lets the pair be strapped together and packed away or hung from a harness without flopping around. (See it in action in the video below.)
For fit, La Sportiva uses its Mythos Lacing system that lets you adjust the fit at each eyelet as well as a gaiter collar to remove gaps around the top of the shoe. Additionally, the upper’s knit varies the amount of flex in different zones, like the midfoot and toebox.
Perhaps more feel than fit is the nonslip mesh lining. Ideally, that could add some confidence when scrambling.
Underneath, the shoe uses a Vibram Idrogrip outsole for traction on wet or dry surfaces. The outsole also incorporates an “impact brake system” in the heel and a flatter “climbing zone” under the toe.
Lastly, these have a polyurethane toe cap and heel counter for protection and stability as well as a padded tongue for lacing tight.
The TX2 EVO might have been named ECO for its use of eco-friendly materials. The upper is a knit mesh and laces made from recycled raw materials. There’s even a touch (7%) of recycled components mixed in the midsole.
Like your favorite climbing shoes, La Sportiva wants to give you the option for approach shoes too. The brand’s patented new ESS Resoling platform means the outsole can be replaced and add life to the shoe for as long as the uppers last.
Adding to the lifespan is not only a potential money-saver, but it also uses fewer materials and manufacturing.
La Sportiva TX2 EVO Specs
- Weight: 10.2 oz. (men’s); 8.4 oz. (women’s)
- Drop: 17mm heel, 8mm toe
- Lugs: 3mm
- Half sizes: 37-47.5 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
- Outsole: Vibram Idrogrip
- Price: $149
The Long Approach
Whether regular approaches require scrambling up steep rocks or crossing creeks, the mesh upper knit of the TX2 EVO is made to breathe and drain more than its other styles.
Climbers should appreciate the design elements that let them adjust the fit in multiple sections as well as the grippy sole and nonslip insole.
Who’s it for? Climbers who have wanted a lighter, long-haul approach shoe should check these out.