Great Hiking and Backpacking Boot.

Reviewed by Hugh from Montana on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I have two pair of high-end Lowa Goretex lined leather hiking boots that I use in winter, or in wet conditions. For summer and fall hiking and backpacking, I wanted a full leather, traditional hiking boot without a waterproof breathable liner. I live in the Rocky Mountains where we are not concerned with extended periods of rain in the warmer months, and a Goretex lined boot gets too hot in the summer. I feel that the Goretex liners are in too many of the boot offerings, making them more expensive.

Many people are hiking in fabric-based, glued & stitched boots -- the light hikers. They are comfy out of the gate, and can last a couple of seasons, but I don't see them as a very good value for the price. I was on the search for leather. I like the support and the protection of a leather boot, and I see them as a much better value in the long term. Additionally, I am saving my very pricey, most expensive Lowa boots for winter only. The Alico Tahoe was up against a tough assignment as my go-to summer boot that allowed me to leave my lighter pair of pricey Lowas at home.

I wear a size 12, but I don't need a lot of volume, and the Tahoe was a little too loose for me out of the box. I replaced the insole with a "Sole" brand footbed, and purchased a little heavier Smartwool hiking socks. The Tahoes are now right in line with the Lowas for a go-to boot. After day hiking for a few weeks, they were broken-in, and ready for a backpacking trip in very rugged terrain, carrying a fairly heavy load. The Tahoes were perfect on the trip. I had no heel lift, great support and comfort, and I like the Tahoe's outsole for its positive grip on rocks and boulders. I am really impressed with this boot -- and it's a great value!

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