Alico New Guide Mountaineering Hiking Boots (For Men) in Brown
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Alico New Guide Mountaineering Hiking Boots (For Men)

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Information about Alico New Guide Mountaineering Hiking Boots (For Men)
Closeouts. For good reason, these classic hiking boots from Alico come recommended by expert mountaineers. Superb heavy-duty hiking boots are crafted to take on rigorous alpine terrain. Beautiful, one-piece leather protects your feet, and the leather-lined interior is breathable and nearly friction free. Created in a small factory in the Dolomites by skilled artisans, these are boots you'll treasure.
  • Rugged 3/4 steel shank supports you even while carrying a heavy load
  • Fully gusseted tongue keeps out debris
  • Exceptional Norwegian welt construction is resoleable
  • Leather uppers
  • Made in Italy
Specs about Alico New Guide Mountaineering Hiking Boots (For Men)
  • Non-Insulated,Non-Waterproof
  • Upper: Perwanger leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Outsole: Vibram® Montagna
  • Height: 6-1/2"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 6 lb.
  • Made in Italy

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Reviewed by DD from Baltimore on Saturday, December 31, 2011
Toughest and most comfortable boots I've owned in 35 years of heavy duty boot abuse. Bought a pair nearly 9 years ago and they are still going strong. Unfortunately I did not look after them as well they looked after me, and allowed the lining leather to dry out and crack- my fault. Beyond that, not... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by squirrler from Greater Rocky Mountain region on Saturday, August 9, 2014
    Working as a land surveyor in the Rocky Mountain region places a lot of demand on a pair of boots. Anything from steep mountainsides to swampy river bottoms may be encountered during a day of work. These boots are capable of handling just about anything I have thrown at them. I love the fact that they are leather with a leather lined interior, coupled with a pair of wool socks and you have happy blister free feet. Not sure why most boot manufacturers feel the need to only offer boots that are lined with gore-tex. Might as well wrap your feet in a pair of plastic trash bags on a hot summers day. As others have said this is a stout boot, fast and light does not apply to this boot. Expect a bit of a break-in period, what else would you expect from 3mm top grade leather? Treated with Obenauf's LP and you can rest easy that your made in Italy, red laced, retro mountaineering kicks are going to be walking around long after you are.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Bob from Eastern Oregon on Monday, June 16, 2014
    The number of lined, non Gore-Tex welted boots is a pretty short list unless you're willing to pay for custom boots and wait a year or three. These appeared to be closest to what I needed. These boots are very different than the summits, of which I have two pair. Much stiffer, one piece uppers, stiffer soles. However, the thin leather flap sealing the tongue to the boot body was coming unstitched after wearing them three times for short durations to break them in.

    The boots were desperately dry out of the box, and as I'm not one to wet a new boot for break in, I treated them lightly with Obenaufs liquid.

    The toe boxes broke in nicely but the soles and uppers are not in synch and are still so stiff that heel lift is a problem. I have to wrap the very substantial laces around the boot to squeeze the shaft of the boot above the heel. This forces them to flex and sped break in.

    When lacing the boot, the lower portion is designed to fold with two equal flaps as shown in the photo's. Not going to happen. All of the material goes to one side so you have no roll on one side and all of the roll on the other. This forces that portion of the upper off center. When that happens, it drags the tongue with it, so one must struggle to center the tongue especially during break in. It also stretches the web of thin material all the way out on one side of the tongue which will not help longevity. It's all caused by the tongue being stitched in differently in each boot. Maybe they were seconds.

    Don't get me wrong, they are up to the job I'm using them for. They address all the shortcomings of the summits and then some, but they are far from perfect. They will undoubtedly outlast the Summit's, but that's really not saying much.

    About the Summits. I bought two pair on the same day, same store. It's like they were from two different companies. One pair broke in immediately, lost all of it's body and shape and is little more than a shapeless work boot with no stiffness anywhere. The other took extensive break in and has kept its shape for the most part. I was hoping to alternate them to get the best out of them, but they fit so differently that wasn't practical.

    I work in dry, rough country everyday, and the Summits are not up to it. Sole not stiff enough for rocky terrain, not stiff enough for side hilling, and not thick enough for protection in the toe box. The Guides are definitely up to it, despite my nitpicking.

    After seeing the indifferent attention to detail on every pair of boots I've purchased, this is likely my last pair of Alicos. I'll spend twice as much and get some European (not U.S.) Meindl Super Perfekt's.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Big Boots from Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, June 5, 2014
    I just got these and I am still breaking them in. I used to wear a similar pair of these boots by Asolo 24 years ago when I lived in the Pacific Northwest and they were great for the mountains. Wish I knew where they were-Whomever has them is probably still wearing them! These boots are obviously well-crafted. I went the hot water soak-and-wear route to break them in. I wore liner socks and the thickest, heaviest wool socks I had to get a good mold with space for hiking socks. First thing I noticed-water stayed in the boots, aside from a slow leak at the speed laces. With some waterproofing, these boots will obviously keep me dry. I've been wearing them for about 3-4 days now around the house and they're starting to soften up. The leather is starting to crease across the top of the ball of the foot, as expected. I'm pleased. I think these will turn out to be excellent hiking boots and I can't wait to get them in the field. I will try to return with a more thorough comment when I can as I get to know them better.

    Note-these are big, heavy boondockers, not lightweight techie hiking tennis shoes. They are not for fast, light movement, but hard slogging through the brush and up the slope. I can't wait to put them to the test.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by WL Firefighter from N . IDAHO on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    I owned this type of boot years ago. Stiff and took awhile to break in. On this pair the left tongue wants to slide off to the side. Don't need my ankle brace with these.
  • Reviewed by Anoop from Buffalo on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Well, I had to write this review for good KARMA.. I did not have or come across a review that described aspects that I was looking for.. So here it goes, side by side comparison of the Alico Guide with the summits. I got the guides first and not i am going through the summits before deciding which one i want to stick with.

    Sizing:
    I wear size 10.5 in my shoes and sneakers and the Guides run true to size, The summits run 1/2 a size bigger, Both have enough toe room, so they will do fine with swollen feet. I felt the Summits toe box to be more roomier (on the loose side that the guide's)

    Construction:
    Well, I got the guides first and compared to that the summit look puny in build. The sole is beefy for both. One thing though is that the Vibram lug pattern and compound is great for dry, jagged terrain but is a bad choice for slick environment (Slick wet rocks). The upper on the Guides are super thick and atleast 4 times stiffer than the summits. The leather on the guides cannot be polished to a shine, they almost take a finish of an Oiled canvas when you apply treatments. One thing to note is that the Guide has a true single piece upper and thus no two shoes are the same. The leather has natural fold lines and flex points. I had two different pairs and one did not fold on the right spots and thus was irritating my foot, the other folded at different places and broke in nicely.

    Footing and Outsole:
    The Vibram sole is the same on the shoes. The lug pattern and compound does not lend itself well to wet rocks and the like. The slippage is more pronounced on the guides, being 3/4 shank, the guide will only flex so much before the shank flexes and kicks in like a spring. When this happens, the shoe will slip on the rock. I did not feel comfortable using the guide in this environment. Summits are more sure footed in such terrain, since they flex as two points (Ball of the feet and the mid arch).

    Fit:
    Guide being a single piece upper are difficult to lace up when new, but after 2 months of usage, the guides can be laced up more snugly than the summit. This is also in part due to the lacing on the summits. The eye lets on the summit are backed up on a reinforced leather perimeter that does not allow the uppers to be drawn close and snug like the guides can.

    Design Quirks:
    Well, the tough part...
    The guide has a fantastic upper, but being 3/4 shank, it only flexes at the ball of the foot, around the bid toe. That means that its only fit for walking with a springy gait. No Running, No climbing down stairs, or for that matter any activity that would require you to flex your foot. The guide is perfect for climbing rock terrain, but for a backpacking shoe, is out of place for 50% of the time. I really wished they made the guides in half shank version. Also, the leather being stiff and all the flexing taking place only at one point and not gradually from mid foot, develops crack at the folds.

    The summit has a quirky lacing pattern. The top reinforcement of leather and the stitching around the lacing eyelets mean that the uppers cannot be drawn in close for a tighter fit. Also the sole is stiffer than the upper, sort of mismatched. Its like canvas upper mated to a stiff outsole.

    Ideally I would want a guide upper mated to a summit lower. The best combination.

    Comfort, usability and long term durability:
    Comfort and usability outright goes to the summits. I wanted to have a reason to hold on to the guides, but I found very little. I felt very uncomfortable jogging in those shoes, climbing down stairs was a chore and my connection with the ground was not good,. I am a five fingers guy and I want to be able to feel the ground. The stiffness of the shoe means that you hardly can discern whether your next step is ankle twisting or not and if so, whether you need to flex your muscles for that. Summits provide more feedback and is more suitable for all areas minus plowing your way through jagged rocks on a level field.

    Long term durability : Guides of course. that upper is beefy and indestructible.

    Winner:
    For me its the Summit. The swiss army of the boots. They excel in most areas and are usable in some scenarios. Its the one pair I will have, if I am allowed only one shoe

    The guide: I compare them to the Axe. They are unbeatable in 2 areas - Flat, rocky and dry ground and Non technical climbing up steep slopes. For everything else they are pretty much useless. They are especially a bad choice for hiking in the dark, since you can only see so much and thus rely on feedback from your foot and stepping to maintain balance and stability of your ankles. One thing I would say is that if you use the guide to plow your way up, be sure to get another sue to get down. your knees will thank you.

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