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 3, 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 Rob-San from Texas on Friday, September 26, 2014
Absolutely happy with these boots. Very pleased to find them in Wide 2D size. I've used them on a Colorado pack trip, a tirp to Sweden, and for mowing the grass. I knew i had a winner after the Colorado trip so i bought a second pair for the future. Really nice, high qulaity retro style boots.
Reviewed by Steve Feuerstein from Bronx, NY on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
First let me tell you what these are not. They are not heavy duty backpacking boots and pale in comparison in quality, for example, to a boot like the Scarpa SL M3s. But they are a fine hiking boot, which contrary to some write-ups that I have read, are in fact comfortable right out of the box. With frequent usage I would estimate a 3-year useful life.
Reviewed by Hiker/Biker from New Mexico on Friday, September 19, 2014
The Tahoe hiking boot from Alico is an excellent everyday hiker and boot. I used this boot regularly for almost two years before needing to get another pair. It is not the most durable boot, due mainly to the textile lining, and leather type this model offers. I used these boots hard and within two years I had worn a hole in the lining above my big toe and completely used up the Vibram sole. I decided to replace the boot instead of resoling due to the worn and beat up condition. It is possible with lighter use that a person could resole this boot. I used an oil based waterproofing agent on my boots and the leather eventually broke down, I was surprised by this, but as I said these boots got hard use in the woods and on the road as my motorcycle boot. I have just purchased another pair of this model boot, and I would again when this next pair wears out. For the price you are getting a solid, comfortable boot with minimal break in time, that looks good and does a fine job. Do not expect to have these boots forever. Buy the Alico New Guide if you want a more lasting boot, but be ready to break those in. Great boot, great price, thanks Sierra Trading.
Reviewed by John from Pennsylvania on Monday, September 15, 2014
I have owned a pair of these boots since 2006. I have worn them backpacking up Mt. Katahdin, through the Mahoosuc Notch, and over the White Mountains, as well as in the Wind River Range, and the Sierra Nevada in all kinds of weather. I just sent this pair out to be resoled, but ordered another pair to make sure I will always have a pair available because they are simply the best boots I have ever owned for backpacking in rough terrain.
They are as water proof as full grain leather boot can be. They have a lining, but the lining is intended to wick not prevent moisture, like waterproof liners. That being said, I've treated them and they have stayed dry so far (day hikes and wooded geocaching).
Answered on 9/6/2014 3:40:54 PM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
Haven't gotten them wet yet, so I can't say.
Answered on 9/6/2014 3:56:23 PM by kds from nc
These boots are water resistant oiled leather. Water resistant, not waterproof, they breathe better than waterproof with a membrane.
Answered on 9/6/2014 4:34:25 PM by GregL from NorCal
I have not worn them in damp conditions. The tongue design would prevent water from filling the boot unless submerged. They are good boots.
Answered on 9/7/2014 9:27:16 AM by Tucson Kid from Tucson
I have worn these boots regularly for around the past 12 years. I can't recall my feet or socks ever getting wet. However, the leather does not repel water, and the boots should be air dried, if the leather has soaked up much moisture.
Answered on 9/8/2014 9:18:54 AM by General Wear George from Florida
If you wax them up they will be fairly water resistance but they do not have a Gore-Tex liner so eventually they will leak.
Answered on 9/11/2014 6:27:18 PM by engineerrock from Arkansas
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