• When I compared the two, the Tahoe was larger. The leather appears to be the same but the dimensions are different.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 11:56:06 AM by Merlin from California
  • I'll try to answer based on the Belluno boots that I purchased - the leather is thick and not at all thin. The boots are heavy and comparable to my top-notch Asolo leather hikers. I don't think these Belluno boots are made from the very best full grain leather - my guess is they are constructed from one or two pieces of very high quality nubuck leather (they are most definitely not suede). The leather is very durable, even supple - the feel and heft of the boot is high quality - you'll be pleasantly surprised. The heels are Vibram and are very solid as well. The stitching is minimal and strong. These Belluno boots are handsome, somewhat dressy and would look great for the office - I wear them casually with jeans. They'd be fine for any mountainous hike too, but I'm sticking with my tried and true Asolos for that.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 12:44:15 PM by scrittiwolf from Vermont
  • I have the Belluno and the Tahoe--my Tahoes are from 10-15 years ago so I have to assume they're made the same as the ones you're comparing. I haven't weighed them but I bet the Bellunos are lighter as reported. From 10 feet away, the Bellunos and Tahoes might look the same but up close, everything about the Bellunos is trimmer, smaller, a bit sleeker: The width of the stitched area of sole around the perimeter is a few mm wider in the Tahoes which is noticeable up close, and Tahoes are overall a little bulkier all around compared to the Bellunos. The Belluno Vibram sole is thinner and trimmer in a way that made me doubt durability but I've been wearing them in summer and hard winter conditions and have not seen any wear--the black vibram on the dark brown Bellunos seem to wear as well as all my other vibram soles. The vibram sole on the mid-brown rough out Belluno is sort of half translucent (I've seen them up close in the store) and is not the same rubber composition as the black vibram. I also have the light brown Belluno with the light color translucent vibram sole and that one wears well too so I wouldn't be pessimistic about the non-black vibram. That trimmer vibram on all Bellunos will account for some of the weight difference.
    The Belluno leather is tops. I got these for work--my work is white collar city work but includes hiking about in the mountains so the Belluno looked like the rare thing that can go back and forth easily between the two. In snow and ice, the leather holds up, is really waterproof out of the box, and looks as high a quality as any boot leather I've used in 40 years of wearing alpine boots from Italy and Austria. I don't wear the Tahoes anymore because they seem clunky for this compared to Bellunos. I got more than one pair of Bellunos because they're that good. Despite the lightness (for a welted boot) they're supportive enough I wouldn't hesitate to use them for mid-weight loaded backpacking if I didn't have other boots for this.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 2:00:21 PM by allroad from high desert
  • Less overall durability is the best answer, particularly in the sole. I do not climb mountains, rather walk the woods; the Belluno is more the type boot I'd lean to, more for careful walking in town and country. The issue with any boot I've purchased centers around the questions of whether one can use the insole provided, what type socks can fit inside, and what size I need to accommodate these concerns. I have given away nearly as many boots as I have kept over the years, the right footwear is crucial to one's ability to stay active in the outdoors ... and I am not the daredevil type, longevity is massively more important to me than thrill-seeking. Note: Sometimes you need to buy, try, and let fly before you're sure its the right one, this is the downfall of mail order, however I've given away several in-store purchased boots, as well. At least with STP, returns are easy and deals are very good.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 2:23:02 PM by redeyehawk from New Hampshire
  • The leather is not full grain but the soles are just as durable. The belluno boots are better than the tahoes as I own a pair of those boots also. The are much warmer and more water resistant. Not %100 waterproof. I also own a pair of mountaineering boots that are designed for ice climbing and those boots are %100 waterproof. But for all around hiking I would definitely prefer the Bellunos over the Tahoes.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 2:43:41 PM by Gary the Skier from Idaho
  • Not sure about the "type of leather" but I will say these boots are durable and lighter than any other hiking boot I have ever owned, and I have owned quite a few. I am very fussy about my footwear, and have purchased two pair of these boots. Leather is very strong, not thin, and the foot bed in extremely durable so no complaints there. It is definitely leather, and tough, as I use these boots out on my farm also.
    Answered on 1/28/2017 5:43:29 PM by The farmer from Adrian, Michigan