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Alico Backcountry Boot

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Backcountry Boot has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Alico Peak.

photo: Alico Backcountry Boot backpacking boot

Italian built backpacking boot. Water resistant and true to size. Provides excellent ankle protection and the stiff sole assists when traveling across rocky terrain.


  • Italian, all leather construction
  • Water resistant
  • Excellent comfort


  • STIFF! Takes a few miles to loosen up
  • Easily scuffed (makes them look used)


I have terrible ankles, always have. I am just getting back into backpacking and wanted a pair of boots that provided good support, were water resistant, looked OK, would last, and wouldn't break the bank. These things deliver.

I purchased online and went with my normal 9.5, and these fit me very well. There is enough room in the toe-box to allow wiggle, but my feet don't slide forward. The thick padding around the ankle allows me to really tighten the laces there. The lacing system does allow customization (which was welcomed during break-in).  

The only discomfort was the usual during break-in. Stiff tongue pressed hard against the top of my foot when the boots were laced tight enough to keep my foot from sliding. That has since (150 miles in) passed.

Also, during break-in I developed blisters on both heels, was to be expected. Then I changed the insole, and developed the blisters again. Lesson learned there.

Also, I wear Smartwool socks, and these boots do warm up. I generally change socks during a hike. Again, with their construction I expected this, but if you live in warmer climes, this may be an issue.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159

Best of Old and New Worlds.


  • Excellent Italian craftsmanship
  • Quality materials
  • Rugged Vibram outsole
  • Wide widths available


  • Limited product availability
  • Online or mail order only (from one online merchant only, as far as I can tell)


This boot, now renamed the Peak, is an excellent choice for someone looking for a very stable platform for both day hiking, as well as multi-day backpacking adventures.

Although these boots are slightly on the heavy side (3 lbs. 4 oz. per pair), they are well worth it given the amazingly solid and supportive ride they give your feet.

For reference, I have had Vasque Superhikers, Alpines, and Clarion GTX in the past, as well boots by Montrail (aka OneSport, at the time), Aku, Keen, and LL Bean.

These Alicos combine the best traits of all my former boots.


Been on the trail for about 40 years.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $138 with tax (shipped)

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