mine were defective, skilled artisans?

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Barber Hiker from Pikes Peak Region, CO on Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The right boot is in perfect working order and the problem is the left boot. To start with, the gusseted tongue is off. The left side of the tongue folds too far underneath, which means the right side does not fold under as it should. I have worked with this numerous times to make it work correctly, but I cannot fix it. Secondly, and even worse, is the cut of the boot itself. (perhaps related to the issue with the tongue) Rather than the crease in the boot forming along the ball of the foot as it should and as it does with the right boot, the crease on the left side of the boot stretches diagonally almost to the middle of the boot. This causes pain in the left foot as the crease is burying into my foot because of the unnatural formation of the crease. I’ve look at all my other boots, and they crease as they are supposed to along the ball of the foot. So something about the boot is not right within the cut itself, as can be seen in the not properly gusseted tongue and off balance crease.

I tried to make this boot work, and could have lived with the tongue, but the pain it is causing in the left foot is from a defect in the cut of the boot.

The lacing system is difficult and could use improvements offered by competitors to tighten the bottom of the boot before moving to the top. The lacing hardware is very cheap compared to various competitors.

Water did not just roll off of these boots, but did soak in some. Your feet will get wet in these eventually. I'd definitely lose the 3 mm of leather this boot offers for 2.6 mm by a competitor that includes a gore-tex membrane.

These boots are way too heavy and present day techology has jumped leaps and bounds past these. If you are collecting for a museum, these would be good. For moutaineering, avoid these boots. They don't have welts for crampons and they are not even semi-rigid the way a mountaineering boot should be. They seem rigid, but start to break in right away like a good hiking or backpacking boot should.

Two vehement thumbs down on Alico. I emailed them about treating the leather as they recommend the way outdated flurocarbon spray and they never got back with me.
  • Best Uses: Harsh Terrain
  • Cons: Difficult Laces, Heavy, Not Water Resistant
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Warm
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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