Hiking boots recommendation - ALICO at S

Reviewed by Blabber from Ohio on Saturday, February 23, 2008
When I saw these on sale again, I sent the following verbatim e-mail to 10 friends:Anyone who’s interested in a killer deal on a killer pair of hiking boots, read on [...] Or search for Alico I happened across these boots last summer at Sierra trading post. I have 2 pair, and I’m about to buy a third (The Tahoe), just to have for the future since they’re so unbeatable. I wore the Summit ones last year in Montana, no blisters from a new boot in 50 miles of rugged terrain. I’m a HUGE fan.Few boots are still made in Italy, but these are. A former aficionado of Vasque Sundowners, I won’t buy another pair now that the “Chinadowners” are made in China. Read the online forums and you’ll see that they fall apart.These boots have the highest quality full grain leather, very thick, that you can find. I have not seen anything like it for years. They also have a SEWN ON SOLE. NORWEGIAN WELT. This is becoming a lost art. These boots can therefore be RESOLED. But you’re unlikely to wear out the vibram soles anyway. The sole is so thick and stands out from the toebox so much that you don’t even scuff the toebox when you’re hiking as the sole takes all the abuse.The sizing is almost identical to what your foot will measure in the shoestore on that little thing, if you wear thick socks with them. I’m right on at 7.5 EE with just a little bit of slip that I think will disappear after they’re done breaking in and the sole begins to flex a little more.The only drawbacks are that they’re HEAVY, and they are NOT gore-texed. But they’re almost waterproof anyway no the basis of the thick full grain leather that is impregnated with some waterproofing BS. I put Sno-seal on mine routinely, although I have not had to yet with these.This may be your last chance to find made in Italy top quality full grain leather boots for less than $150.These are aggressive boots for serious backpackers. Not for weekend warriors. At least the Summit and Guide are. The Tahoe looks a little less aggressive if the lacing pattern is any guide.
  • Best Uses: Backcountry
  • Cons: Heavy, Not Water Resistant
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Stable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: Feels true to width
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