Great 'old school' leather hiker

Reviewed by Arr-gee from New York on Thursday, September 27, 2007
Heavy for their level of stiffness (4 lbs. a pair), but that's to be expected from an all-leather boot with Norwegian welt construction. Super high quality leather is very supportive and durable. Vibram soles give really good traction on everything short of wet, slippery logs. These boots have protected my feet through all kinds of bushwhacking and trail hiking.

The boots' old-school Norwegian welt construction lets them stretch in all the right places for a great fit (after they break in).

I've backpacked frequently in them and climbed many northeastern mountains through rain, snow, slush and our lovely mud. These Alico boots always get me through. With proper care and cleaning, and since they have replaceable soles, these boots should last years, years and more years.

My only complaint is that they can get very wet after a couple of days in cold mud and melting snow. But they're not designed for that, so maybe that's not a fair criticism. No Gore-Tex, so you'll need to waterproof the leather with something like Limmer Boot Grease. SnoSeal or other beeswax products don't seem to work as well on these oil-tanned leathers. I've completely soaked my Summits in swamps, mud and falling into beaver dams, and they've always bounced back. At any rate, I bring a pair of waterproof overboots for when it's really nasty, and that does the trick quite nicely.

Highly recommended, especially if you're not a fanatical ultralighter and you can do without a Gore-Tex liner.
  • Best Uses: Backcountry, Backpacking, Bushwhacking
  • Cons: Heavy, Not Water Resistant
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer, Avid bushwhacker
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Non-slip sole
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: Feels true to width
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