There comes a time in every hiker’s life when their boots begin to give up the ghost. Cracks appear in the heel, the sole begins to fray, and water finds its way into every nook and cranny. If you’re like me, you’ll limp along a bit longer than you should. Then you’ll relent and go shopping for new ones.
Trango TRK GTX hiking boot by La Sportiva
So it was that I found myself browsing the shelves of Mountain Equipment Co-op. I was adamant that I wanted a fancy pair of Scarpas, but quickly discovered they are far too wide for my narrow feet. I tried on boot after boot. Finally, after much exasperation from the sales assistant, my Cinderella moment came.
The Trango TRK GTX hiking boot by La Sportiva was the perfect fit.
I was a little deflated. Don’t get me wrong, La Sportiva is a great brand with quality products. But boy, these boots are a little loud for someone whose wardrobe consists entirely of neutral tones. I’d been hoping for Nubuck leather. Instead I’d got synthetic materials in an array of jazzy colours.
But you can’t be so shallow about such things. This was the only boot I could find designed for slim feet. They are Gore-Tex. They have a seriously robust sole. And, as the description on the MEC website says, they are ‘built for abuse’. They were the boots for me. As they say, it’s not all about looks.
The following day I embarked on an overnight hike to Hanover Lake from Porteau Cove near Vancouver. Unfortunately, I have very delicate skin. The steep ascent led to Deeks Lake meant there was a lot of pressure on my heels, and soon the skin had worn away, leaving fresh, open blisters.
But alas, I’ve had no trouble since. The boots were well and truly broken in by the time I got home from their maiden voyage, and now I have only positive things to say. I’ve thrown a lot at them – hot and dry terrain, wet and slippery conditions, torrential rain, creek crossings and the odd bit of scrambling. They’ve stood up to the test in all.
Particular plus points include the high ankle support, the solid rubber toe and heel rands, the traction on the sole, and their all-round flexibility. They are sturdy, without feeling like you have iron clamps stuck to your feet. And thus far, they have remained waterproof. Which is an absolute must.
In all, the Trango TRK GTX hiking boots by La Sportiva certainly meet the necessary tick boxes. However, if you are looking for hiking boots, remember that they must suit your feet too. Otherwise you’ll never be comfortable while on the trails. If you have narrow feet, I recommend you give these a whirl.