La Sportiva Trango S
This is a very lightweight boot which is crampon compatible…
Materials: all "new materials"
Weight: 1,6 kg per pair
Price Paid: 170 Euro
This is a very lightweight boot which is crampon compatible because of its little flex. For me this model is neither fish nor fowl, because it is far too cold for use on ice and definitely not waterproof - after walking half an hour in wet grass my feet were totally soaked, even though I had sprayed the boots with Nikwax - and for long treks they are too uncomfortable. What they are good at is climbing in moderately difficult terrain; there they allow very precise steps. But if there is a long approach I will not use these boots again, because they make your soles burn when you have to go downhill after the climb due to the limited shock absorbing capability, I guess.
Second rewiew after owning and destroying two pairs…
Materials: kevlar plastic
Use: daily rock hiking w. good weather
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: under 2kgs/pair
Price Paid: 200 EUR
Second rewiew after owning and destroying two pairs of these shoes. The main reason not buying a third pair is they are quite short-lived, even with massive repairs. Sportiva claims they are easy to resole but the time you would resole they are completely decomposed, mainly due to the poor toetip construction (no toetip reinforcement at all). CAUTION the new model Trango EVO has seemingly the same construction, although many weak points in the heel/ankle area reinforced.
No insulation whatever, ideal for dry weather rock climbing. After all they are the Ferraris among shoes: fast light Italian design, much broken down, uncomfortable and expensive, but you never will forget the feeling once they are in movement.
Walked 200 days in one year since I bought them. In…
Materials: kevlar+plastic mix
Use: dayhike in mixed rock
Break-in Period: 1 month!!!!!
Weight: 1,5 kg
Price Paid: 180 EUR
Walked 200 days in one year since I bought them. In the beginning those were hard days because those boots were rather uncomfortable (one star off!). Did some trimming with scissors and grindstone and they turned out to be very good. Very lightweight allows fast movements. Super stiff, ideal for hard rock walk/climb/jump. Extremely precise toe/edge feeling. Big ankle freedom allows moves like a climbing shoe. Not waterproof or insulated, only for good weather. Now they are done and I am going for the next ones.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The La Sportiva Trango S is a multi-purpose alpine boot. The Trango S has edging soles, sticky rubber rands, water repellent Lorica synthetic leather uppers and a low-profile lacing system. The innovative 3D Flex ankle-hinge system provides plenty of support when straight front pointing, yet reamins laterally flexible when ice-climbing flat-footed "French style". An excellent choice for alpine hiking, vie ferrate, big walls and classic alpine climbing. The Trango S is compatible with new-matic style crampons.
The Trango S is a multi-purpose lightweight alpine boot with edging soles, sticky rubber rands, water repellent Lorica synthetic leather uppers and a low profile lacing system. The innovative 3D Flex ankle-hinge system provides plenty of support when straight on front pointing yet remains flexible from side to side when ice climbing flat footed in French style. The Trango S is La Sportiva's finest boot for alpine hiking, via ferrate, big walls or classic alpine climbing. Newmatic style crampon compatible. Upper: Aramide reinforced Cordura w/ FlexTec & Lorica synthetic leather Construction: Board Lasted Last: Trango Lining: Dri-Lex Sole: Vibram Dru (Sticky Super-Trek rubber) w/ Antishock Heel Insert & Crampon Reinforcement (heel only) Midsole: Dual Density Micropore Insole: 7mm Trailflex w/ 1/2 steel shank Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Backpacker Magazine, April '04 issue says, ''Meet the best summer mountaineering boot for backpackers, period.''. These multi-purpose, lightweight boots are built for alpine hiking via ferrate, big walls or classic alpine climbing. Water-repellent Lorica synthetic leather and Cordura nylon uppers are fast drying, durable and feature a low-profile lacing system. 3D Flex ankle-hinge system is supportive when straight on front pointing, yet remains flexible side to side when ice climbing flat-footed French style. Dual-density micro-cellular rubber midsoles absorb shock. Tapered nylon with half-length steel shanks provide lateral support. Vibram Dru rubber outsoles are sticky, with antishock heel inserts for comfort. Hybrid step-in crampon compatible.
Comfortable right out of the box, the ultralight Trango S from La Sportiva is the boot of choice for Alps mountain guides -- great for approach, mixed climbing and straightforward glacial terrain, summer and winter. 3D Flex ankle-hinge system provides plenty of support when straight-on front pointing, yet remains torsionally flexible when ice climbing. Stiff soles are designed for edging. Water repellent Lorica synthetic uppers with reinforced Cordura
- Sierra Trading Post