Old-school greatness!

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Erik Hansen from Seattle, WA on Monday, October 12, 2009
I've been looking long and hard for some non-Gortex boots, which is no small shakes. I'm also concerned about country of manufacture, which made me smile when I noted Alico is an Italian boot made by artisans who know what the Sam Hill they're doing. First I'd like to mention a con: they are heavy. As a result, if you're looking to do a long-hike, go for the lighter options available: their are plenty of thruhiking-devoted websites and books to help you with this intense style of backpacking. However, if you need some great, durable, waterproof boots that will last for at least 10 years, maybe 20, these are the ones. They fit true[...]. The craftsmanship is impeccable( Norwegian-welt, soft-leather lined, the best gusseted tongue I've seen, incredible Vibram sole, perfectly roomy toebox, impressive leather, and great ankle support... why can't Americans make boots like this in America?), the break-in around Seattle has been easy, and I can't wait to get them in the mountains for some trail maintenance trips and shorter (one day to one week) backpacking trips. So, this isn't a truly complete review, for they don't have any backcountry miles on them, yet, but knowing my feet and how I've trashed boots in the past, these definitely have great potential and are a killer deal.
  • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads, Wet Conditions
  • Cons: Heavy, Insoles are cheap
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer, Thruhiker AT 1999
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable/No Break-In, Flexible, Great Traction, Made by artisans, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
Previous Review “High Quality Craftmanship”
“tough boots !” Next Review