Tours and Turns!

Reviewed by Jabba the Hut from Colorado Front Range on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I bought these boots to replace both my worn out Asolo Summit leather double telemark/backcountry boots, and the Garmont Excursions I've been using for a few seasons. The Asolos were comfortable and warm, but lacked much ankle support. The Excursions are supportive and fairly light, but like all plastic tele and backcountry ski boots, just don't feel "right" when touring and skinning uphill.
These Alicos seem to be the solution, at least for me. The sizing is right with a single pair of socks. They're plenty warm enough in Colorado winters, supportive for turns, and have the right feel for both long day tours and hut trips.
I've been able to crank some nice tele turns on moderate terrain, with and without big packs, in all kinds of conditions, with these boots. They turn at least as well as the Garmonts, and are much more comfortable on trails and approaches.
Both Rottefella, and G3 cable bindings, and Voile 3 pin cable bindings work well with the Alicos, in my experience.
They're not a boot for lift service use or extreme skiing, but for general backcountry touring with moderate width telemark skis, skinning, and pack carrying on overnight and multiday hut tours, these are great.
  • Best Uses: Downhill, Long Trips, Short Trips, Uphill
  • Describe Yourself: Advanced telemark skier, Nordic ski patroller
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Quality Construction, Retains Warmth
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: Feels true to width
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