The Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots for women are a very popular option and have many very satisfied customers. They're a great looking boot in the classic leather style. Let's take a closer look.
Brand and Model
Alico Tahoe women's Hiking Boots
$274.95 (Guide retail price, subject to change)
Average User Rating
Handcrafted leather upper, resolable for extended life, Vibram soles, classic style just looks really nice
Some reports in both the men and women's version of the Tahoe Boots that they may be a bit heavier than you’re used to
Day hiking, backpacking, general outdoor use, day-to-day casual use
Today I wanted to take a look at a classic style hiking boot from Alico, the Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots for women. We've already reviewed the Tahoe boots for men here on Cool Hiking Gear so I wanted to take a look at the experience people have had with the women's version of these popular boots.
The Tahoe's are a deceptively simple looking boot in many ways but they stack up well as a hiking boot across the board. They have a classic Alpine style leather hiking boot look which I am a fan of. The nubuck leather one piece upper combined with Norwegian welt construction is always a good way to craft a hiking boot and this enables them to offer good comfort and support on the trail.
They feature a Vibram sole and offer a good level of protection from the elements in terms of water resistance and breathability. So, let's take a closer look at the ladies version of Alico Tahoe Hiking boots.
By all accounts, the Alico Tahoe's are a very comfortable pair of hiking boots. The insole is comfortable and removable which is handy should you want to air them out or wash them.
The Midsole is EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate). Not to get too technical but this is basically a technology used in boots and shoes to create a polymer that has good flexibility, water resistance, softness, etc. To you and me it looks and feels like foam rubber 🙂 It's commonly used in hiking boots for midsole construction and performs well.
Next up in terms of comfort, we come to Norwegian Welt Construction. Not to go into that in too much detail, but if you look at the picture below, you can just about see a lighter colored strip between the outsole of the boot and the leather upper.
That is the welt and it is usually made from leather, rubber, or a similarly suitable material. Norwegian welt construction refers to a double stitching of the seams that is use to connect the upper to the welt and the outsole, see the stitching along the outsole in the picture below.
Aside from looking pretty sharp, the main advantage is enhanced stability, strength, water resistance and so on. In short, it's a good thing 🙂 The only thing to consider, which may be new to you if you're not used to leather hiking boots, is that there will be a longer break-in period for this type of construction.
The Alico Tahoe's come in a classic hiking boot style and look, and are only available in one color, dark brown. These are of course hiking boots but they won't look out of place with a pair of jeans. On the contrary, they will look quite fashionable. that isn't really relevant in terms of hiking but I don't think the classic hiking boot look has ever not been in fashion in some form.
They Tahoe's are made with a full-grain nubuck leather upper. The insole is synthetic to enable moisture wicking from your feet. The Tahoe's are currently only available in one color, dark brown, at the links on this page. I do believe other colors are available but you would probably need to source them direct from the company in Italy.
Next up, the tongue is fully gusseted which means that the sides of it are connected to the side of the boots. This is very useful to keep small stones, debris and so on out of your boots and also provides a further bit of water resistance.
In terms of sizing, from all the user reviews I read, the Tahoe's were more or less true to size across the board with the odd exception here and there, so pretty much standard in that regard.
The Tahoe's leather construction offer good water resistant capabilities so they will provide good protection in heavy rain, snow and will keep you dry for small stream crossings. As with any pair of leather hiking boots, they're waterproof and will perform well up to a reasonable point. Overall, the Tahoe's should meet the needs of most hikers all year round. Extreme environments excluded of course.
Support, Stability and Grip
The Tahoe outsoles are Vibram®, pictured below. Vibram are one of the leaders in technology when it comes to designing a sole for boots that will grip the trail and keep you stable on trickier parts. My personal experience of Vibram soles has been very positive so I am a fan. I find them very effective.
The next neat thing about the Tahoe hiking boots is that they are resoleable. With that in mind, if you look after them, you should get many years of great use out of them.
I think the resole option is pretty sweet. If you find a pair of boots that work for you on all counts, it can be a shame to have to go back to the start with a brand new pair, breaking them in again, etc. A comfortable fitting boot molded to your feet over time is a good thing so if you can keep that going as long as possible, it can only be a good thing. Resoling is available in any good show repairer.
The Tahoe's have a nylon and steel half-shank which provides solid and sturdy support to your foot and ankle. The leather these boots are made from is tough so the whole construction adds to the strength of the shank and so you will have solid ankle support for trickier terrain.
It's worth noting that in the both men and women's version of the Tahoe's, top notch construction of the boots was the main thing folks kept commenting on in all the reviews I read. I noticed that these boots are marked as 'closeouts' in STP at the link below. I really hope they get another stock of these in as they're pretty sweet and I think a lot of people will be disappointed if they can't get their hands on them 🙁
The recommended retail of the Tahoe's is $274.95. However, there is great value to be had at Sierra Trading Post, as they have had the Tahoes available at about $200.00. More value is to be had by using the Sierra Post coupon code in the sidebar on this page. That will potentially knock another 20 / 30% off the price so you can get a very good deal indeed on these boots.
In saying the that, as I also said in the men's review of the Tahoe's, even at $275.00, in my opinion I think they are still well worth it. To get a really good pair of leather hiking boots for that price is a good deal and is something that is increasingly hard to come by in terms of general hiking boot models i.e. they're usually machine manufactured, unless you go for custom made boots which is very expensive. To help illustrate that point, for a custom made pair of boots you will starting off in and around $700.00, so pricey.
If you're taking a shine to the Tahoe's but are still not 100% sure, I suggest you read the reviews at the links below. They will give you a further idea of what to expect with these boots. The reviews are all mainly very positive so you won;t be going far wrong if you buy a pair. As always, be sure you know what you need your hiking boots for and match your expectations to your needs.
The Tahoe Hiking boots are a great all round pair of leather hiking boots. Great for all types of hiking, in most terrains most of the year year round, depending on how severe your winters and summers are of course.
They'll keep you good should you want to go off trail for a bit and they will hold their own for backpacking trips. If you've not ever experienced leather hiking boots before, you can expect them to be a bit heavier than you're used to but that's all good with the comfort, stability and longevity you get in return.
The Tahoe's are also very suitable for all sorts of other outdoor activities so you're not pigeon holed to the trail only with them. They'll look great with a pair of jeans 🙂
As of the date of this post, from about 80+ reviews, 91% gave the Tahoe boots 4 stars (out of 5) or more, 62% gave 5 stars so they're scoring well with a lot of people.
I got these for off-trail wilderness trekking in hard desert and mountain terrain. I could not be more pleased with the construction, the performance, the comfort or the appearance....Read More Here.
I loved these boots at first sight--was a bit taken aback by the price--but was able to get a great discount. I've been breaking them in the last week or so. Actually, breaking in isn't the right term; they were comfortable and supportive from the first time I put them on....Read More Here.
Average User Rating: 4.5
Please note that the video below is for the men's version of the Tahoe boots but the features are fundamentally the same.
Pros and Cons
- Handcrafted leather upper
- Resolable for extended life
- Vibram soles
- Classic hiking boot style looks really nice
- The Tahoe Boots that they may be a bit heavier than you’re used to
Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots For Women Features Summary
- Gusseted tongue
- Water-repellent smooth leather upper
- Textile Lining
- Removable Insole
- EVA midsole; Vibram outsole
- Steel shank
- Height: 5"
- Weight: 2 Ib 10 oz.
- Made in Italy
From reviewing what customers are saying about these boots for both the men and women's models, it's hard to see how you could go wrong with them. The Alico Tahoe women's hiking boots have a whole lot of positive user experience feedback which is always a really good sign. I really like the classic and simple look of these boots, they're functional with lots of practical features so they do what they say on the tin while providing comfort and stability.
The resoling option and the fact they're handcrafted in Italy seal the deal on them I think. Overall, just a quality pair of hiking boots that will keep you good on the trail!
If you're still unsure what type of hiking boots you should get, check out the hiking boot buying guide and these hiking boot recommendations. I hope you found this review useful. Please comment and / or share it around your networks if you did.
Have you tried the Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots for women? I'd love to hear about your experience with them in the comments below!