“How stiff are the Alico Summit Backpacking boots? I notice from answers to earlier questions that they don't have a shank which I thought is used to "Stiffen" boots.
My regular hiking boot is a Mephisto "shock absorber" Hiking Boot. It's got a soft leather upper(like butter) and a vibram sole but when I walk up and especially down Mount Monadnock or similar well worn down (rocky) trails in the Northeast I feel each and every rock right through the boot's sole and after 6-8 hours hiking...... This summer we plan on extensive hiking in the Alps and I want to get (and break in) the right boots before we go.
Are these the right kind of boot for that type of day hike on very rocky trails or are other boots better? I'm 62, 200 lbs and usually only carry a daypack. Being that I am primarily a fair (weather hiker apart from brief stream crossings I don't mind boots that are only water resistant”
Answer These are a classic old school hiking boots and will require breaking in. They have a very stiff sole. These should do the job. Another boot to consider is the Asolo Sasslong.