Information about Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots (For Men)
Closeouts These beautiful Alico Tahoe hiking boots are true classics. These boots are made of top quality, full-grain leather and are crafted by a small factory of artisans located in the Italian Dolomites.
Reviewed by hikermike from lagrange ga on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I now own and have used all three alico boots offered at sierra - Summit, Tahoe and Guide. I have hiked at least 200 miles in each style from steep to flat, soft to rocky, wet and dry. These boots were clearly made by very experienced professionals and the workmanship of these Italian cobblers is si...
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Reviewed by Bullfrog from Blue Ridge mountains of VA on Thursday, July 31, 2014
After a week of hiking steep rocky terrain in Acadia this summer I decided (given my age and feet) that I needed a more robust boot with better ankle support than my modern lightweight hiking shoes with glued on soles were delivering. I started thinking back to my first pair of serious hiking boots that I got while still in high school back in the mid seventies - a pair of leather Norwegian welt Vasques with stiff vibram soles that I bought at the original EMS store on Commonwealth Ave in Boston (what a cool store back then). Those puppies were with me through many multi-day backpacking trips in my teens and twenties and went many miles before getting resoled and put back in duty. Truth be told, I'd maybe still have them today were it not for buying into the lightweight, cooler, more waterproof, synthetic hiking shoes and boots that started to appear and replace the old-school leather handcrafted boots of the day. After doing some research online this summer and even thinking about ordering a pair of custom Limmer boots (and a 2 year wait!) I decided to give the Alicos a try - kind of a no brainer given the cost of admission.
My feet are about dead-on size eleven with medium width when measured, so I went ahead and ordered a pair of Tahoes in that size that I received this week. First of all, I can't believe that it is possible to even buy a new boot of this quality (i.e., given materials, design and workmanship) at the current closeout price (especially with great discount on top of that). These are easily ~$300 boots in my opinion. I was absolutely delighted to put them on with my favorite mid weight hiking socks and realize that they fit like they were made for my feet. Granted, everyone's feet are different so YMMV but I'd have to say that these are about as true to size as I could expect (relieved I have no need to send them back for another size). The final proof will be revealed after a few weeks of hiking in the Blue Ridge this summer and fall but these seem to be just what I was looking for - a light to mid weight leather boot with great support and stability for my feet. As expected based on what others have said, I plan to replace the stock insoles with some Superfeet (maybe the Copper - I think I've got the volume for this). Also, it already seems as though the Tahoes will be pretty easy to break in.
I went back and forth on whether to get the Summits instead but I'm glad that I went with the Tahoes. I think they will give me what I want for day trips with a hydration pack for scrambling up rocky trails and bouldering around.
So far I am very pleased with this purchase and I'm really quite amazed that this type of handcrafted quality and modern design in a leather Norwegian welt can be had at this price. I'm not so sure I'll need to keep lusting after those Limmers....
Reviewed by kds from North Carolina on Thursday, July 31, 2014
Bought these for hubby and he loves them. They are very good quality, fit true to size, and provide a great deal of support for his feet and ankles. The only con is that they are slippery on wet surfaces, but all in all he loves them.
Reviewed by Hikeallegheny from Michigan on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I got the backcountry and these during a good sale. I wanted a pair of mid weight boots for light hiking and camping. These are definitely lighter than the summit version, with a much thinner sole and less lacing hardware. Overall the Tahoe boot is taking a bit longer to break in then the backcountry boot. The Tahoe is comfortable and should last for quite a few years. Over all happy so far.
Reviewed by Greg from Nor Cal on Thursday, July 24, 2014
Great boots, they fit true to size. I have only had them a few days. No real break in was needed, I wore them around the house and shopping. They felt great right out of the box. I wear heavy work boots that take more break in than these. I will know more after hiking and backpacking with them. The Vibram soles flex nicely, very comfortable.
Reviewed by mark from pa on Thursday, July 17, 2014
These are really nice boots I had to return because Alico has the lacing design all messed up on these. 5 d-ring rows that don't glide well followed by 2 hook rows at the very top make this new unbrolen boot a real bear to lace up
Not quite sure what you mean as I have never discerned a noticeable difference.
What I will say is that I have a rather wide foot and a high arch; these are the most
comfortable new boots I can ever remember finding. The fit is excellent and the
craftsmanship stellar. The only catch is that the 'break-in' is serious but that's easily
remedied with a few good long hikes or several days just wearing them. Worth the
effort and the price is incredible for handmade Italian hiking boots.
Go for it!!!
Answered on 4/1/2014 8:03:23 AM by Pteryldactyl from Mendocino, Northern California
Like a work boot! The Alico Tahoe has quite a lot of interior volume. I tried a smaller size when I noticed the boot's volume, but chose the larger size for the length that I needed. To take up some volume, I purchased a pair of high quality insoles ("Sole" brand) and new medium thickness Smartwool hiking socks. The boots then benefit from a break-in period of a few day hikes. Also, check out the boot lacing pattern alternatives on this Sierra site. After break-in, I headed out backpacking overnight, with a good load of camera gear, traveling in very rugged Rocky Mountain terrain. The Alicos were in their element on this trip, and performed wonderfully -- supportive, comfortable, no hot spots, and good protection. Athletic shoe? No, although with the volume taken up as I described, these boots will have good overall contact as they continue to soften and mold to your feet. Athletic shoe? No. The Alicos are built with Norwegian welt outsole construction. A Salomon light hiker would be the athletic shoe comparable.
Answered on 4/1/2014 9:07:33 AM by Hugh from Montana
If you are intending to wear heavy socks then you would order 1/2 size larger.
Answered on 4/29/2013 2:02:47 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
My feet measure 12 medium (D). I normally have to wear 13 shoes and in some cases 14 because my feet spread out under heavy load or after walking all day. I ordered the Alico Suimmit and the 12 Wide are good but just a touch too large with one pair of thick socks and with Superfeet Green insoles replacing the original Alico insoles. So from my perpective get your feet measured and just order that size, I think you should be OK with thick socks.
Answered on 5/27/2013 11:30:30 PM by AZ Hiker from Phoenix AZ