Trangos – AKA The Boots That Everyone Has.
One of the few Sportiva staples that I haven’t already tried over the years, the Trango is the boot seen on more search and rescue team feet than any other. Usually brands want to send the newest stuff over for review, but I finally insisted on the Trango because I just had to see what was so great about them that almost every single search unit member uses them.
I was not disappointed. The boots got pressed into service immediately on a two day mission in terrain that ranged from sloppy, greasy mud coating 38 degree slopes, to bushwhacking through impossible vegetation, to rocky ridges, to scree fields. I had only worn the boots a time or two before, nothing in the way of a real break-in, and I was extremely impressed by the Trangos. They were comfortable, sturdy, had great traction, and left not a single mark or blister after two full days of extended wear.
I think these truly are the ultimate mountain boot for traveling in varied terrain, from hiking approaches to technical climbs. They’re super light but they get the job done better than the heavier boots. I pulled a bunch of other boots off my shelf intending to sell them so I can buy another pair of Trangos. Those of you who regularly read this site know I’m not super generous with praise, but I think these boots are faultless. They’re even better with insoles of your choice, since the factory insoles tend to be on the neutral side and might not give support to all types of feet.
Go forth and conquer with the Trangos. You can’t go wrong.