Excellent boot, got what I expected

Reviewed by Matt from Ohio on Friday, January 22, 2010
A lot a reviews complain about the weight and break-in time of this boot. I have a couple of pairs of all leather work and motorcycle boots(from a nice US manufacturer that also sells boots on this site) that I wear quite often, as a comparison, those are heavier and took longer to break-in, and are still going strong after 12+ years of hard wear. I also have a few pairs of "mid-weight" all leather hiking boots (made by another brand that also sells on this site), that are lighter and required no break-in time (though they bit the dust after only a few years).

Break-in for these boots took about a week of wearing them to the office with just normal ol' gym socks. So your satisfaction with these boots will depend on what you are used to. If you have experience with, and are comfortable wearing hunting or work boots, then these are just a nice supportive hiking boot with a normal to quick break-in period. If your are used to the super-lite fabric-leather mix hiking boots then these might be a significant difference for you.

I will mention, that as a comparison to my "mid-weight" hiking boots, the Alico's don't feel all the much heavier but are way more supportive and my feet are actually dry when I remove them from the boot at the end of the day because they don't have goretex (which is great for jackets and waders, but in my opinion, doesn't lend itself well to boots).

All in all a nice hiking boot for wearing around doing chores, hunting, hiking, or doing some work-at-height and/or arborist work (does well for that because of the steel shank).

Highly recommened.
  • Best Uses: Climbing, Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
  • Describe Yourself: Professional/Guide
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Good Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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