Good backcountry boot

Reviewed by Dave from Helena, MT on Monday, February 22, 2010
I am a 63 year old male with feet that measure about 12 1/4 thus usually need a 13. I also have enlarged great toe joints (bunion) and thus use leather boots because they have no seams over the big toe joint and can be stretched out. I ski quite often on the continental divide trail with conditions of deep snow, climbing and decents of usually less than 30 degrees. Leather three pin boots are scare. These Alico boots measured 7.5 inches from bottom of sole to top of cuff -- not the 5 inches noted on the web. I found the height to be about right and the leather quite good quality however not quite of the quality of say a Zamberlan boot -- they are however also comparitively light which is the trade off. When new the leather fold over the toes can be bothersome and moleskin should be applied over the toes for the first few times. The heal pocket could have somewhat more inward curve however due to the nice fairly soft tongue I found minimal heal slippage. The interior is well made. The Vibram sole has appropriate stiffness and good traction. My leg at the cuff measures 9.5 inches around. The boot closes near its minimal closing circumferance with my leg size thus a smaller leg with this size boot may have closing problems. I skied 13 miles (6.5 hours) with at least 2000' of climbing the first time I use them and only had two small toe blisters. The blisters are probably due more to my old misshapen feet than the boots. The lower height and softer tongue as well as the lighter weight of these boots makes them excellent for the use described. Telemark boots with greater height and stiffer tongue area generally results in greater heal slippage but naturally are better at cutting turns, especially on slopes over 30 degrees. I think these are a good boot and a good value. Dave
  • Describe Yourself: Intermediate
  • Pros: Comfortable, Good Traction, Looks Great
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: Feels true to width
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