Alico New Guide Mountaineering Boots - Leather (For Men)

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Overview

About Alico New Guide Mountaineering Boots - Leather (For Men)

Closeouts. Handmade in Italy of Perwanger leather, Alico's New Guide hiking boots are built for years of use in rigorous alpine terrain. The durable speed lacing system ensures a supportive fit, and the leather-lined interior is breathable and nearly friction free.

Specs

Specs about Alico New Guide Mountaineering Boots - Leather (For Men)

  • Waterproof (All)
  • Waterproof materials: Waterproof materials and construction
  • Upper: Perwanger leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Outsole: Vibram® Montagna
  • Height: 6-1/2"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 6 lb.
  • Made in Italy

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4.602484 5 Overall Rating: 4.6 Based on 322 reviews

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Reviewed by DD from Baltimore on Saturday, December 31, 2011
Toughest and most comfortable boots I've owned in 35 years of heavy duty boot abuse. Bought a pair nearly 9 years ago and they are still going strong. Unfortunately I did not look after them as well they looked after me, and allowed the lining leather to dry out and crack- my fault. Beyond that, not... Read More
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  • Reviewed by Todd from Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
    The best boots I've ever owned!!! These boots are nearly indestructible! The leather is stiff and heavy with great foot protection and ankle support. Even side-hilling, running or sliding down a talus slope through the rocks will not damage these boots at all. I've been wearing a pair every day from about March 1 to late December in the backcountry for work and play for years. It's the only boot I will buy for my backcountry trail work, backpacking, off-trail hiking, and hunting. Keep them treated with a waterproofing or conditioner and your feet stay dry all day in snow or rain. I now have four pair. One I keep just for hunting in the snow with a sharp-edged sole. Two are used daily for either work of play in the mountains. The last pair is still in the box just in case. :) NOTE: I buy these boots a size larger and wear two pair of heavy Smartwool socks for extra cushion against any rubbing or possible blistering. (my feet don't sweat, so not a problem with two pair of socks) These boots are very stiff and do not flex much, so one could get hot spots or blisters on the heels when accending up steep slopes or trails. It takes about a year to break these bad-boys in. HINT: If you get the boot a size larger, a 2"x2" piece of neoprene taped into the back of the heel of the boot, will greatly reduce heel rubbing and blisters. I double a piece of duct tape to one side of the neoprene and just stick in in there to curve around the back of your heels. But the boot has to be big enough or your toes will be too tight against the front. I also do things a little different than most and keep the boots loose so my heels slide up and down easily when going uphill. For me, this prevents the harsh rubbing that creates hot spots or blisters in a stiff boot. The boots are so stiff that they give great support even when loose. BOTTOM LINE: Excellent boots if you like 6 pounds of indestructible stiff, traction strapped to your feet. Just wear thick, cushy, moisture wicking socks to prevent possible blisters or try the neoprene trick. Most people I know think they are too heavy and bulky, but I love the durability and the leg workout. Hope this helps. Todd
    • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Day hikes, Everyday, Wet Weather
    • Cons: Heavy, Little flex
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great ankle support, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Stable, Water Resistant
    • Sizing: Feels half size too small
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Reviewed by Arr-gee from New York on Thursday, September 27, 2007
    The New Guide is a throwback. I remember big boots like this back in the 1970s. Remember Fabiano? These are similar. HEAVY! Maybe too heavy.

    This is a Norwegian-welted 'light mountaineering' boot, meant for climbing and hiking rugged terrain, not for day hikes, light backpacking or rolling terrain. Good for rugged rocks, heavy backpacking and will work pretty well even for ice and snow. They look and feel like they should last forever.

    The good points are that these are stiff, supportive (steel half-shank), well-made and aren't too much of a chore to break in. They have ultra-high quality Ido Perwanger chrome-tanned, waxed leather uppers, which are relatively warm and waterproof, and are as rugged as it gets. The leather is thick enough (3mm) that it repels water very well, even if you're sloshing through cold mud for many hours. The boot seems bombproof. It also fits well and looks like a classic.

    The bad point is that all this ruggedness makes the boot extremely heavy - 6 lbs for the pair. I actually had to work my legs into shape for hiking in these. I got leg cramps the first time I took them out on a big hike.

    I use these boots for winter hiking and northeastern US mountain climbing, often with snowshoes or strap-on crampons. I'll also use them if I know I'll be carrying a very heavy pack load.

    I'd only recommend these if you're looking for an all-leather, light mountaineering boot like those from days of yore -- but only if you don't mind their heavy weight. If that's what you're looking for, then these are the real deal!
    • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Rugged climbing
    • Cons: Heavy
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Stable, Water Resistant
    • Sizing: Feels half size too small
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Reviewed by Timbo from St Louis Mo on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
    These boot are the real deal. If you are looking for a cheaply constructed shoe just to get by. then pass on these. They are comfortable, durable and stylish at the same time. These boots reek of QUALITY.
    • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Day hikes, Everyday, Wet Weather
    • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
    • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Stable, Water Resistant
    • Sizing: Feels true to size
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Reviewed by Herb from Missoula, MT. on Thursday, December 6, 2007
    I'm a forester in Montana. I've never had a pair of boots last two years, these have. In everyday use, down through the slash, boulders and brush, (rarely on trails), nothing compares. You'll forget about their weight (3 lbs. apiece) when you feel the support. It's good to know that a missed step won't cost you a snapped ankle or worse.
    • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Day hikes, Everyday
    • Describe Yourself: Professional Guide
    • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Stable
    • Sizing: Feels true to size
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by jason from Seattle, WA on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
    I've been looking for a sturdy backpacking boot for quite a while. In the past, I've owned two Vasque and a Montrail boot with no complaints. However, I wanted a traditional Norwegian Welt style boot that I could simply replace the tread from time to time, vs. breaking in a new boot.
    Make no mistake, these boots are stiff and will take considerable day and urban hikes to get comfortable. But once they're broken in, these boots are gold.
    • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Mountaineering, Wet Weather
    • Cons: Heavy
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Bombproof, Durable, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Stable, Water Resistant
    • Sizing: Feels full size too big
    • Width: Feels too wide

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About Alico

Nestled within the Italian Alps, the Dolomites are known for jagged peaks and deep crevasses that have challenged climbers for centuries. Alico boots are crafted by artisans who have perfected their craft in this awe-inspiring region. This rugged terrain has inspired a rugged line of boots designed for trekking, cross country skiing and telemarking. Alico hiking boots are made from oil-tanned, water resistant leather with moisture-wicking linings and state-of-the-art comfort. Alico ski boots for Nordic touring are equally robust and well-crafted. Whether your outdoor sport takes you to the highest alpine peaks or snow-covered forest trails, Italian-made Alico boots are sure to provide the superior stability, support and traction you need to go the distance.