Last year we contacted Alico Boots in Italy and started a conversation about getting some 75mm boots from them. Alico is from the very old boot making region in northern Italy, home to most of the hand crafted leather telemark boots used in the 1980s and 90s. I had worked with them a bit in the past (with Karhu) and knew they did excellent work on their boots. We ordered some samples and tested them late winter early spring around here in a variety of conditions . We were able to customize the boots somewhat and ended up with a great boot from them that will pair well with the Hoks, balancing touring ability, ski control, and downhill performance.
The boots are full grain leather with a rubber rand around the base of the sole. We use a medium stiff insole for ski control and the height is about one grommet lower the the Alpina Alaska (about 1+ inch)there is some closed cell foam insulation as well. The soles are from Vibram and are a little thicker then the soles on the Alpina Alaskas (see image).
The boots are sized in US sizing and with testing so far they are running up to 1/2 size bigger then normal. Sizes will come in women’s 7-10 and men’s 7-13