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La Sportiva Mens TX4 GTX Carbon Flame

La Sportiva Mens TX4 GTX Carbon Flame

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The TX4 by La Sportiva is a highly supportive, tough and versatile all round leather approach shoe. Designed just as much for technical approach routes as well as walking in the mountains with a bit of everyday use thrown in. 


Season : 2020W R

Code : LYLSTX4

Weight : 0KG

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The "TX" in the TX4's stands for Traverse X; La Sportiva's range ideally suited towards prolonged use in the mountains and technical climbing routes but also with a bit of everyday use thrown in.

Lined with Gore-Tex, the TX4 is completely waterproof and allows them to be used in wetter environments as well as during climbing situations. As well as a Gore-Tex membrane, they also feature a full suede leather upper for durability and added water resistance. 

La Sportiva have transferred their knowledge from stiffer mountain boots into their approach range, naming it their STB Control System. Essentially, the upper wraps around the midsole at the middle of the shoe which enhances stability on traverses and rough terrain. This also provides a more supportive and snug fit, in turn increasing the comfort and precision while climbing. 

Durability was a main concern while designing the Traverse X range, therefore the upper's of the shoe are a thick suede leather, with a tough PU TechLite rubber rand wrapped around the lower of the TX4 and around the toe area to offer increased durability and essential abrasion resistance while either in the mountains, climbing or via ferrata. 

Moving onto the sole (arguably the most important part), La Sportiva have chosen the widely used Vibram Mega Grip to stick the TX4's to almost any surface. Mega Grip is a super soft and sticky rubber compound, originally designed for those who frequently encounter slippery surfaces while also needing the ability to work in the dry too. A soft compound provides large amounts of grip on rock and wet surfaces, however the Traverse X needed to be a good all rounder on not only rock and gravel but also mud and slop. The TX4 features a raised heel to aid grip on downhill traverses, appropriately named a Trail Bite Heel. This not only aids you while going downhill but also provides essential grip when winter sets in and we inevitably enter slop season.

The TX4's are perfect all rounder for just about everything outdoor related, with every detail studied to guarantee grip, comfort and protection in a wide range of conditions.    

  • Gore-Tex waterproof lining
  • Leather uppers
  • STB Control System
  • High abrasion resistant PU TechLite rubber rand
  • Shock absorbing midsole
  • Sticky Mega Grip compound 
  • Climbing zone section at the front of the sole
  • Impact brake system to aid downhill traverses
Care & Advice

Here at Trekitt we know all too well of the difficulties people face when purchasing footwear online. The hardest part is being confident that you have picked the correct fitting footwear, so that is what we will cover in this blog (or if you prefer you can CLICK HERE to watch our video).

In our Hereford shop we offer a professional boot fitting service where we assess your feet, find a selection of boots that match you foot shape and most importantly we make sure that they are comfortable. This is easy to do in the shop, where we have access to the right tools, the option of letting you try on as many styles as you like and a knowledgeable member of staff that can communicate directly with you regarding your needs.

But let’s not dwell on what you don’t have, instead we shall teach you how to ascertain your size using some common household objects.

What you will need:

  1. A piece of A4 paper
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. A floor and a flat wall
  4. A ruler or tape measure

What you need to do:

  1. Put on the socks that you intend to use with the footwear you have selected
  2. Place the paper/cardboard on the floor with one end flush against a wall
  3. Stand on the A4 paper with your heel pressed firmly against the wall and your foot pointed forward with the edge of your big toe aligned with the edge of the paper.
  4. Draw a line just in front of your big toe
  5. Measure the distance from the wall edge of the paper to the line you drew
  6. Repeat the process for the other foot
  7. Finally, check the longer of the two measurements against the table below to find your size
Your measurement (cm) UK Size EU Size
21.7 3 35
22.1 3.5 36
22.5 4 37
22.9 4.5 37.5
23.3 5 38
23.7 5.5 39
24.1 6 39.5
24.5 6.5 40
24.9 7 41
25.4 7.5 41.5
25.8 8 42
26.2 8.5 42.5
26.6 9 43
27 9.5 44
27.4 10 44.5
27.8 10.5 45
28.3 11 46
28.8 11.5 46.5
29.2 12 47
29.6 12.5 47.5
30 13 48
30.4 13.5 49

NOTE: The above table is only a guide. Manufactures don’t like to make it easy as every single one of them strays from the measurements above.

So, once you have received your chosen footwear please take the time to do these simple tests to check they are actually the right size and that they fit the rest of your foot correctly.

The length test

  1. Whip out the removable footbed from the boots.
  2. Put them on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
  3. With your socks on, stand on the footbeds making sure that your heels are right to the back of the heel cup.
  4. You should now be able to see approximately 2 cm (about an index fingers width) of the footbed poking out in front of your toes.

If you can see this amount of space then you are pretty much on the way to making sure that your boots are the correct size. This space between your toes and the end of the footbed ensures that you will not stub your toes on the inside of the boot when you descend. This can be excruciatingly painful. If you can’t see this amount of space then it’s a good bet that the boots will be too small.

The heel lift test

This test will tell you if the shape of the internal heel cup matches your heel to ensure it holds you securely, especially when ascending steep ground. We are trying to eliminate the dreaded heel blister.

Before you commence this test it is imperative that you have laced the boots correctly.

  1. Tap your heel so it’s as far back in the boot as possible, being sure to keep your foot at a right angle to your leg at all times during the next few steps.
  2. Make sure that the laces have no slack in them across the forefoot by starting at the front of the boot and working the slack backwards and to the top. You should just be able to squeeze the end section of your finger under the laces, not easily, but just about.
  3. If you are wearing shoes then ensure the last upper part of the lacing is tight, not cutting off your circulation tight, but certainly comfortably snug as this will hold your heel back in the heel cup and will reduce any excess slipping (If you are wearing boots, this will be the eyelets that sit just below/inline the ankle).
  4. Please also make sure when trying out boots that use all the lace hooks, don’t be tempted to leave the top one undone as your foot needs to be held securely right in the back of the boot.
  5. Now that your boots are done up properly stand up on your tiptoes and walk on the spot on the balls of your feet as if you are walking up a steep hill. If your heels lift more than approximately 5mm from the footbed you may need to pull the laces tighter, or the boots may just be the wrong shape for you.

The toe wiggle test

This test is designed to check whether you have enough room around your toes. Your toes need to be in a happy place, they need plenty of room to wiggle without being squashed together, or cramped in from above. However they don’t want to be swimming around in acres of space either, this will cause friction blisters and stability problems when traversing hillsides. So, with the boots done up properly, walk around your house and make sure that your toes can wiggle freely.

Home Trial Period

However, even after the most rigorous assessment and testing, there is no better way to be absolutely sure than to have the boots on your feet for an extended period of time. We therefore offer our Home Trial Period which gives you the opportunity to wear the boots around your house to give you an indication of how they feel before you venture outside. We recommend that during the Home Trial Period that you wear the boots for as long as possible and at different times of the day, wear them up and down stairs, when moving around and when resting, you can even sleep in them if you want. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the Home Trial Period we insist that the boots are worn indoors only. All footwear must be returned in a new and perfect condition with the original packaging and a proof of purchase. We retain the right to refuse to refund or exchange if footwear shows any sign of being worn outside.

For full details on footwear aftercare please check out our related blog here.

Technical Information

Weight: (per shoe, size 8) 400g

Upper: Suede leather and protective 1.5mm PU TechLite rand and rubber toe

Lining: Mesh

Midsole: Shock absorbing, injected EVA

Footbed: Ortholite Approach 4mm

Sole: Vibram Mega-Grip with Impact Brake System and climbing zone at the toe 

Sizing Information
EU Sizing UK Sizing 
41 7.5
42 8
43 9
44 9.5
45 10.5
46 11.5
47 12


  • 5

    Reviewed by Tom M,  On 12/04/2018 09:56:55

    Excellent pair of approach shoes. Incredibly comfortable. Ive just worn out a pair of Salewa Wildfire which were also amazingly comfortable and in comparison these certainly seem to hold their own so far. Many more miles to put on them yet but after the first few weeks Id highly recommend them and cant fault them at all.
    YES Tom M would recommend this item
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