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 Rocky Mountain Photographer from Montana on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I have two pair of high-end Lowa Goretex lined leather hiking boots that I use in winter, or in wet conditions. For summer and fall hiking and backpacking, I wanted a full leather, traditional hiking boot without a waterproof breathable liner. I live in the Rocky Mountains where we are not concerned with extended periods of rain in the warmer months, and a Goretex lined boot gets too hot in the summer. I feel that the Goretex liners are in too many of the boot offerings, making them more expensive.
Many people are hiking in fabric-based, glued & stitched boots -- the light hikers. They are comfy out of the gate, and can last a couple of seasons, but I don't see them as a very good value for the price. I was on the search for leather. I like the support and the protection of a leather boot, and I see them as a much better value in the long term. Additionally, I am saving my very pricey, most expensive Lowa boots for winter only. The Alico Tahoe was up against a tough assignment as my go-to summer boot that allowed me to leave my lighter pair of pricey Lowas at home.
I wear a size 12, but I don't need a lot of volume, and the Tahoe was a little too loose for me out of the box. I replaced the insole with a "Sole" brand footbed, and purchased a little heavier Smartwool hiking socks. The Tahoes are now right in line with the Lowas for a go-to boot. After day hiking for a few weeks, they were broken-in, and ready for a backpacking trip in very rugged terrain, carrying a fairly heavy load. The Tahoes were perfect on the trip. I had no heel lift, great support and comfort, and I like the Tahoe's outsole for its positive grip on rocks and boulders. I am really impressed with this boot -- and it's a great value!
Reviewed by Desmond from Colorado on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I've been a hiker and light climber since I was in Scouts in the early to mid 1950's. Yeah, I'm in my early 70's - and my I still avidly hike the Colorado Rockies where I've lived since '69'. Once in my early 20's when I had surplus money to spend on sports equipment, I ordered custom made skiing and hiking boots from Austria. I had a difficult foot to fit - and this appeared to be the best option. They all had Norwegian welted souls, took a long time to break in - and were good for 10 years or more of hard use.
I haven't had a pair of boots like that since. I got married in 1969, had a passel of kids, and there just wasn't the kind of money around to get custom made boots. The last chick flew the coop last year - and I looked everywhere to find a similar kind of boot which is not custom made - to no avail till I saw the ad for the Alico Tahoes. I live in a Denver suburb, so I drove to Cheyenne to try on a pair of Tahoes.
The clerk saw a great relaxed smile break out on my face when I took my first steps in a pair of 10M. I could immediately tell sevaral things once I walked a few feet in them (1) they felt quite similar to the ones I use to custom order from Austria, (2) the insole was [...] [but from the factory they all are - so I expected that] - that once I put in a quality insole they would fit me like a glove [I use 'Sole' Mediums - and with them heated and fit for those boots - they did fit like gloves. (3) It would have sufficient ankle support even on shale slides without having to wear 2 lbs per foot as a price. (4) They would keep our miserable foxtail weeds out of my boots when hikng in meadows due to the excellent tongue fit around the tops. (5) If I used Obenauf's Leather oil for conditioning & their Heavy Duty LP for water proofing - they would be virtually water proot --- which has proven to be the case. BE SURE TO USE A TOOTH BRUTH TO WORK THE LP INTO THE SEAMS AND THREAD ON THE WELTS.
It took somewhere between 35 to 40 miles of treking to really breaK them in. I started slow and worked my way up to longer hikes - and never got a blister. It is no exaggeration to say that they now quite literally fit like gloves - like no other boot I ever had. I'm pretty sure these boots - with a couple of resolings will last me till I croak.
Reviewed by Oregon Hiker from Talent, OR on Friday, October 11, 2013
If you're of a certain age and are nostalgic for a pair of all-leather hand-made hiking boots circa 1978, these may be the boots for you. However, they may not be for everyone. I'd recommend them for serious hikers and backpackers, and not for those who do occasional light hiking. They are very stiff and supportive in the ankles--good for keeping loose scree out. The soles have good traction on rock.
Unlike some other reviewers, I found them to require extensive breaking-in. After several weeks of about-town walks, I took them on a 10-mile hike in central Oregon (Cowhorn Mountain). Within about 15 minutes, I had bad blistering. Boots like these must be broken in on hills--you won't get blisters walking around town but the moment you start climbing it's another matter entirely. To be fair, though, my feet weren't broken in either, and at the last minute I decided to leave my running shoes (I brought them to switch in case of blistering) in the car. Just some dumb decisions from someone who should have known better. However, I've owned lots of other brands that really didn't require the same extensive break-in.
The lacing system is decent, but I find it hard to get a really snug fit against the heel. I needed a half size smaller (other reviewers also agree that they run big). There is plenty of room in the toe for descents. They are not light, but the extra weight doesn't bother me. They seem about average for breathability and temperature (I've tried many much lighter synthetic boots that were like ovens...)
So who are these boots for? I'd recommend them for serious and experienced hikers and backpackers who go mainly in dry conditions and will use them frequently. The jury is still out for me...
Reviewed by Don the Army Guy from Rhode Island on Saturday, October 05, 2013
These are very well made boots. I prefer a non lined leather boot for most of my hiking. Personally I find 'breathable' lined boots too hot. I also don't need a 'waterproof' boot 90% of the time. These boots are plenty waterproof enough for me as they are and much cooler without a lining.
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