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Information about Alico Summit Backpacking Hiking Boots - Leather (For Men)

Closeouts. Nestled within the Alps, the Dolomites are known for jagged peaks and deep crevasses that have challenged the climber's craft for centuries. The Summit from Alico was handcrafted by artisans in this awe-inspiring region. Its one-piece oil-tanned leather upper was made to explore the tough terrain of rugged landscapes. Soft leather interior and moisture-wicking insole reduces friction and blisters.

Specs about Alico Summit Backpacking Hiking Boots - Leather (For Men)

  • Lace-Up
  • Non-Waterproof,Non-Insulated
  • Waterproof materials: Seam-sealed leather
  • Upper: 2.6 mm. one-piece oil-tanned waterproof full grain leather
  • Lining: Brushed Leather
  • Removable insole
  • Midsole: Leather and Nylon
  • Outsole: Vibram® Montagna
  • Height: 6"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 4 lb. 6 oz.
  • Made in Italy
  • Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide

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Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Monday, February 11, 2013
I just picked me up another pair of Alico Summits... and this is the 5th pair of Alico boots that I have purchased. I currently have 2 Alico Tahoes, 1 Alico Guide and now 2 Alico Summits and I can honestly comment on each and every model.

The Alico Tahoe is a good overall hiking shoe that is very c... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by martin from ny on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    The Alico Summit is a very well made and comfortable boot. I have worn these boots on construction jobs for about two years. They have held up well and still have years left in them. I just ordered a second pair to replace worn out Danner Quarry boots.(also a very tough boot) The stitched sole seems more durable than glue on. The EE feels slightly roomier than other EE boots I have worn.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Ben from MN from MN on Monday, April 4, 2016
    My first pair lasted almost 3 years of almost daily use and, just now, the soles are starting to split. Leather lining is very comfortable.
  • Reviewed by Cscottrun4it from Greater Colorado on Thursday, March 31, 2016
    ...at least my feet had real problems with the insoles. In essense, the insoles are thin, soft rubber over coated with what might be very thin leather. When in the boot, I didn't even know the insoles were in place. (In fact, I didn't believe insoles were present at all.) The OEM insoles are so thin no support/impact absorbtion is provided.

    So, because I love the construction of the boots - I had to do some Class 2 hiking with short Class 3 climbing - I ordered new insoles. After much research and more than a little trepidation that was somehow going to screw up the boots, or my feet, I bought a pair of Sole EV Altras. These insoles were designed in cooperation with Ed Viesturs specifically for use in hiking/mountiianeering/ski boots. After some trimming, oven molding, and general screwing around, they work!

    Other than the insoles, these boots are terrific. They provide incredible support at the ankle, and they wrap my foot in a warm leather glove that is tough as nails. The soles are just what you would expect on a pair of serious hiking boots. The lacing system allows the wearer to customize the boots' grip on the foot. The boots' tongues are actually adjustable independent of the lacing system. (The tongue is affixed to the outer boot using a very tough piece of velcro. ) While this feature seems superfluous, I love it - I can exactly adjust how the tongue grips my shin to create the best support and comfort.

    In the end, buy these boots knowing your gonna stack another $50 on solid insoles. However, the endroduct will last for years and serve you very well.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Bob from Leicestershire, UK on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    I have been after a pair of these ever since I bought a similar pair in Vancouver in 1983

    They are simply the best things to walk in and I cannot wait to test them out in the Black Forest in July.


  • Reviewed by Brian from Washington State on Monday, March 28, 2016
    I was a mountaineer from the early 70s through the early 90s. Lives change and I took a long hiatus from backcountry adventures until 5 years ago. My REI re-branded (Danner?) and Galiber Peuterey climbing boots with 3/4 steel shanks and Goodyear and Norwegian welt construction respectively from the 70s and 80s served me well; both having been resoled after countless outings and miles, but were 6+ lbs for size 12s. A more recent pair of Asolo boots with glued-on soles weighed 3 lbs 3 oz but after 60 miles or so the soles are worn down pretty far and separating from the upper. It was time to return to a pair of boots built to last and could be resoled at least once. IIRC Goodyear welts are good for one or two resoles, Norwegian welts can be resoled multiple times. After seeing the astronomical prices for well built boots, and prices for boots with glued-on soles that cost more than I paid for the very stout Galibers I stumbled across the Alico Summit. I was real hesitant about buying boots online but a highly detailed STP review by "hikermike from LaGrange GA" extolling the virtues of the Alico Guide, Summit and Tahoe boots, other highly positive reviews on the Summit, the rock bottom STP pricing and Customer Service convinced me to take a chance.

    Initial impression is that the Alico Summit Boots are very well designed and built boots, and the full grain leather uppers look beautiful. The kitchen scale says the Alico Summit boots weigh 4 lbs 6 oz in a size 12D; not bad. The uppers on my old boots were rough-out (not suede) full grain leather that resists, or at least doesn't show scuffing. The Summit boots have the smooth finish on the outside that will scuff so they will need at least two or three coats of a good non-petroleum-based preservative; I've ordered some Obernauf's LP before going outside. I believe these will gain a well-worn patina during their first trip but I use leather roper cowboy boots for working around the property and they clean up nicely with a good boot conditioner cream. The padded leather lining looks and feels nice but really can't be felt through the socks. Unlike my old climbing boots' leather linings, the Summit linings are glove soft. Only time will tell if they are durable. I cannot find any tech specs on the Alico website gives no tech specs but one of the STP answers to a question was they have a 1/2 shank; probably rigid plastic or fiberglass. The midsole and stock insoles provide more arch support than my old climbing boots do. Time will tell if I need to get some upgraded insoles.

    I wear a size 11EE street shoe but have typically sized up 1 size to a 12D (Reg) for hiking and climbing boots. With a Wigwam wool hiker sock over a liner sock the fit seemed a little loose with too much heel lift, but after lacing up Tight and using a double overhand knot at the first set of (offset) hooks at the ankle they snugged right up. Finishing off with snug lacing to the top set of hooks, my feet and ankles are well supported but not pinched. There is plenty of room in the toe box and so far the supportive fit feels like my toes won't be jammed on a long/steep downhill stretch. BTW, those offset hooks at the ankle really provide for a better fit. I think there would be room for insoles with better arch support.

    At first the boots felt pretty stiff but after being warmed up by my feet the leather has form-fitted well to my feet. I would NOT buy these as street shoes but as backpacking boots with heavy wool hiker socks over liner socks, I believe these will need little or no break-in. So far I am very-very pleased with this purchase.

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    • Answer Thinner sole and slightly less thickness the leather.
      Answered on 2/7/2016 7:50:34 AM by Tennessee Rob from Tennessee
    • Answer Beav:

      I couldn't give you a concrete answer, but what I can say is that the Summit is an awesome boot. I'm hard on footwear by dint of my location(Kodiak Island, Alaska); lotsa slate/shale, sharp rocks, mud, and rain. I'm treating the Summits like I did my old American-made Herman Survivors of the 70s & 80s: Heat 'em in a low oven, melt some beeswax & pour in either Mink oil or Neats-foot oil and mix it up, then start rubbing it in, especially seams & stitching. I've been wearing the Summits for 2 months now and they are a very sturdy boot. The leather is very substantial and doesn't appear to be wearing in as easily as some boots I've worn out in no time(like my last pair of A$olos). My guess is that you should gauge your activity level to decide just how sturdy of a boot you need. If you're hiking a ready-made trail, get the lighter boot. If, like me, you're bushwhacking while dragging a buck back to the truck, or cutting firewood on a hillside, your feet will thank you for the heavier-constructed pair. My toes are comfy in the rather roomy toe box (unusual for me), and my only beef is that for some reason the boots eat laces. I've broken both laces and re-tied, and they're showing signs of breaking soon again. Possibly better laces will fix this.
      And as for looks, I can't stand the techno-geek styling of most of those gaudy hiking boots I see. The Alicos are just what the doc ordered. Besides, fewer panels=less stitching to fail. I think these are going to last me many years.
      Answered on 2/7/2016 3:54:47 PM by Semi-Retired Jack-of-All-Trades from Kodiak Island, Alaska
    • Answer Although I do not own a pair of Alico Summit Light's, based on the photo's I viewed at STP, the sole seems to be made of a different material than the Alico Summit Backpacking Hiking Boots, although the photo's reflect "Vibram" as a sole of both style of boots, the makers of Vibram do make different types of soles out of different types of material. In addition, the sole on the lights appear to be thinner than the soles on the Summit Backpacking Hiking Boots.

      I "think", the thinner sole may make the lights easier to break in. I don't know how the thinner soles will treat your feet if you have to walk or hike in rocky terrain.

      I took my time breaking in my Summit Backpacking Hiking Boots. I no longer use mole skin heel pads on my feet and have had no hot spots or blisters, although my left boot does still slip in the heel a little, no matter how I tie the boot, it has not caused any problems. My foot is probably the reason for the slippage.

      I do not consider my summits completely broken in. After wearing them around the house for several hours each day, sometimes all day, I began running errands and shopping, etc. in them. After that, I went on several short walks in the woods/on trails (1-2 miles max), then a few 3 to 6 mile strolls, on easy trails in the woods; easy as in not too steep, rocky in places because we have to walk through a couple of dry creek beds. I think after two or three more 5-6 mile walks/strolls on the same trails, they will be perfect. Then I will grease them up AGAIN with some Pecard dressing and use a hair dryer to make sure the stuff soaks into the leather and stitching.

      Please note that I REALLY took my time breaking them in...easy and slow, does it; but that is for the Summit Backpacking Hiking boots. If you are tender footed, like my wife, even though you are considering the lights, I recommend you do the same for a break in period.

      Sorry I could not provide you with more information concerning the Summit Light.

      Answered on 2/8/2016 12:42:55 PM by VanKoven from Oklahoma
  • Question “What is the length of the shank, 3/4 or full”
    Asked on 11/3/2014 7:34:25 PM by George the Goalie from New York
    • Answer Dear George, I am going to answer a full length shank, have done some serious long walks in hard country and there is still no give or twist in the
      footbed, only total support of which i am really impressed with, hope this helps with your decision,
      Kind Regards d3scameraman.
      Answered on 11/4/2014 3:21:25 AM by d3scameraman from Vistoria, Australia.
    • Answer According to their website, half shank.

      Answered on 11/4/2014 11:46:17 AM by Chance from Washington State (formerly Northern New England)
    • Answer sorry goalie, I have no idea! sounds like a question for the manufacture.They have a more than average rigidness, but I don't mind
      Answered on 11/5/2014 11:59:51 AM by Johnny the Hiker from So. Ore.
  • Question “what size in UK would be matched by 8.5US? and in EU size?
    is it UK7.5 and EU41.5?”
    Asked on 8/10/2014 5:58:13 PM by dimako from Upstate, NY
    • Answer please contact sierra customer service or do a google search for a size conversion chart.
      Answered on 8/10/2014 6:17:57 PM by Aaron from OK
    • Answer UK 7 EU 40 2/3 UK7.5
      Answered on 8/10/2014 10:03:12 PM by Himalayan THE HIKER from FENGWEI
    • Answer UK size would be a 7, and the EU size would be 40.6
      Answered on 8/11/2014 5:15:24 AM by d3scameraman from Australia
    • Answer My Alico Summit boots are marked 8-1/2M with no corresponding UK or Euro sizing. I have other boots/shoes in 8-1/2 with UK sizing in both 8 and 7-1/2 and Euro sizing in both 41 and 42. You would expect more uniformity, but that is not the case. Whenever I buy Euro sizing I get 42.
      Answered on 8/11/2014 6:41:40 AM by Jack from Michigan from Michigan
    • Answer I wear 41shoes & They are usually a little large for my foot. I've never owned scarpas, so I can't compare directly with the Alico's. But compared to Asolo's, Garmont's and Lowa's, the Alico's seem wider and shorter. Since the lacing doesn't go all the way down to the toe box and they are a little wider, I felt my toes needed the extra length. I settled on a 41.5 and I think they fit better.
      Answered on 4/13/2014 7:36:57 PM by Ningbobilly from Northeast
    • Answer I usually wear size US10.5 and after break in they fit great.. but the break in is kinda brutal.. so an 11 would probably have been better in my experience... This is my third pair.
      Answered on 4/16/2014 7:48:02 AM by HAL from N.E. Washington
  • Question “Is there a sizing chart available for Alico boots?
    If not is it recommend to size up?”
    Asked on 4/12/2014 11:00:59 PM by Jeff from Grunden
    • Answer they run a bit small, i ordered a full size up and was happy. The will need a good break-in to fit properly, but once they do you will love these shoes
      Answered on 4/12/2014 11:18:30 PM by Aaron from the trails
    • Answer I wear size 9 in Vasque and New Balance---8.5 in Redwings------the Alico size 9 fits me perfectly----maybe this will help a little.
      Answered on 4/12/2014 11:58:22 PM by Boot wearer from USA
    • Answer They were pretty true to size. I would order your size and the next size up and send the one back that fits the least. I ended up with some hanwags because I ordered the Alicos too small and I wasnt overly impressed with the build to order the right size. The tongue gusset was the killer for me. I did wear them out to test their water resistance which was fine for puddle jumping but they would probably leak with prolonged wet trail use or creek crossings.
      Answered on 4/14/2014 2:26:37 PM by rotartiller from AL
    • Answer I wear 8 1/2 and bought the same size changed insoles and wear heavy socks. Still a good fit.
      Answered on 4/15/2014 7:06:30 AM by Fat Cobra from Texas
    • Answer I use "Montana Pitch Blend" and it works very well. Redwing boot conditioner (same stuff) is available at your local redwing store if you have one. Use only natural leather conditioners and avoid those with silicone or petroleum in them and your shoes will last longer. Most important thing with these type boots is to remember to clean them after use. The residual dirt is what really breaks the shoes down fast. Obenaufs is another good choice. I dont recommend NikWax or SnoSeal for these boots, because of the type of leather.
      Answered on 4/12/2014 11:23:52 PM by Aaron from the trails
    • Answer According to our fit models this item is running true to size. We suggest ordering your normal size.
      Answered on 1/23/2014 10:10:22 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer According to our buying guides for hiking footwear we usually recommend getting a 1/2 size larger to accommodate thick hiking. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/hiking-footwear-guide/
      Answered on 11/1/2013 9:28:05 AM by Jack from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer It would be a 10.5, maybe an 11 if your intending to wear heavy socks. For footwear questions regarding sizing please refer to our printable links in our sizing chart:
      Answered on 9/19/2013 1:57:21 PM by Jack from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer @Ken. I assume you mean a size 10 'Wide' shoe. Btw, wouldn't the size 10 shoes be too long for my feet? My previous hiking boots were a Size 9, Normal width Timberlands and they fit me fine.
      Answered on 9/19/2013 2:26:13 PM by Kettik.com from India