Great for back country

Reviewed by Jack from NE Pennsylvania on Friday, January 29, 2010
I love my Alico's, which I use for my 2-4 mile daily hikes, with occasional back country ventures on weekends in good weather. Good support for my weak ankles on rocks and roots that dot my favorite trails. My low-volume 10/10.5 C's are hard to fit. Ordered 10.5 med Alico's, placed my superfeet greens on top of the stock footpads and with some lace tightening got a fairly good fit wearing my usual medium weight hiking socks. As I added miles I have been able to snug the laces a little tighter and improve the fit. One negative: even though I have put a couple hundred miles on the boots, I still feel I'm walking on stiff boards when on asphalt or flat flooring. A positive factor when hiking. Another annoyance is that small stones accumulate in the heel treads, which I have to dig out with a skewer after each hike. That's to avoid scratching the floors in the house. For those who like comparisons in fit (I certainly appreciate them from reviewers), I find my Asolo Fugitives 10.5 med (from STP) to be a better match for my narrow feet, and I don't experience the board-walking effect with them. I alternate both, but somehow I favor the Alico's because of how they look, being full grain leather.
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Harsh Terrain
  • Cons: Too Stiff/Not Flexible
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Sturdy/Durable, Warm
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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