One of the few true boots stil out there

Reviewed by Old-school boots rock from USA for the moment on Friday, February 22, 2008
This boot solves all the shortcomings of Scarpa and others (most of whom recently stopped making all their single-piece upper boots in favour of "approach shoes" anyway). The ankles are supported by thick leather, the sole is a norwegian welt, they're a slighly lower volume, and come in narrow widths. It's lined completely with leather. They are also one of the few boots that ooze quality when coming out of the box. Everything is just so stiff and solid, it's just lovely.

Other reviews have commented on the stiffness. Obviously, those who are used to stiff leather boots know how to break boots in and how to use stiffness to their advantage in uneven terrain and bearing loads. If you're used to the sneakers with Vibram soles currently marketed as boots, this obviously isn't your boot. The Alico Tahoe would be a great choice for those looking to get into stiff boots. Additionally, I'd argue that the forward flex isn't unnecessarily stiff - 5 mins of flexing them on your living room floor makes them quite supple.

Sizing is always a bit of a guess when ordering online, especially when it's quoted in US men's sizes, which are a little subjective. I ordered the 11 D. It fits well with a thin inner + thick outer sock (my usual hiking configuration). I use a 45 Scarpa, and 29 mondo telemark boots for all the major brands. Obviously, my foot is 29cm, and I find the inside length accurate, however, a typical male foot would probably want the 2E width, and a typical female foot would more likely go for the D.

People have mentioned that they're heavy. I think "heavy" is an exaggeration. For a boot this size, they're actually kinda light feeling. You have to take into consideration that the sole is thick, that it has a double tongue, and the ankle is high. I would suggest to Alico that they think about using a carbon fibre or hardened aluminium shank though - steel shanks are outmoded and unnecessary these days. Alternatively, perhaps copy the full length semi-rigid carbon fibre sole & stirrups that Crispi has on their telemark boots.

And as a final note, I'd say that these boots are the most aesthetic old-school boots out there. Lookin' good!
  • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Day hikes, Everyday, Wet Weather
  • Cons: Heavy
  • 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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