The best bonded boot, bar none.

Reviewed by stanleebob from Nevada on Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Backcountry Hiker is basically a Alico Tahoe without the steel shank and stitch-down construction. Instead, you get a cemented soul and a nylon shank. Not only does this make the boot inherently more waterproof, but the nylon shank is easier on the foot. For instance, a steel shank like on the Tahoe places all the weight on the forefoot, and this can contribute to metatarsalgia if the fit isn't spot on. Who gets a perfect fit with an off-the shelf boot anyway?
Alico's Backcountry Hiker comes as close to a perfect fit for my foot as is possible outside of a custom boot. The toe box on the boot is generous, and the body of the boot is slim fitting enough around the waist of my foot to keep my foot from sliding forward. I would say the Backcountry Hiker fits true to size, as does the Tahoe. If you are thinking of buying the Summit, size down half a size if possible as the fit on that boot (which I also own along with the Tahoe) runs large.
The best features of the Backcountry Hiker are the Anfibio leather it is constructed from and the attractive bright-metal hardware. Not only does this leather seem to be thicker than on boots made from chromium tanned leather, it is reportedly more waterproof.
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