Alico Ski March Boot

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby Inspiredcapers » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:17 pm

Good Morning Mr. Eater of Fish,

Thank you for directing me to that article. I’ve had some success using the SnoSeal on my Insulated Vibram Men's Trek Ascent FiveToe shoes (still wearing them for running and walking this winter). I’m looking to order another pair, I’m thinking I’ll try out the Zamberlain product and see how it performs on them too. The impact of beeswax on leather Gareth mentioned is something I’d never considered. Good to know and I’m glad I didn’t go ahead with the SnoSeal last night...

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby bgregoire » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:41 pm

For your sizing information:

A ebay Ski March boot seller has measured the length of the insoles on two sizes for me, here are the results:

The approx lengths are as follows:
SZ 7: 268mm
SZ8: 277mm
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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby Nick BC » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:54 am

Thanks to Ben's comment on sizing, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of these boots. I hope the UK 7's are going to work. One comment I noticed in the various threads was how much heavier it was than the Antarctic and Refugio. How much are we talking about?

I guess I'm regressing - Kazama Mountain High/Hierling boots in 1980, through the first Terminators in the early 90's, T1's in the naughties and eventually to the NTN promised land in 2014 or thereabouts However, I am now getting a bit long n the tooth, so more mellow tours are looking like more fun. I have a pair of G3 Stinger waxless skis, which I ski with last generation T3's and I'm going to try the Alico March on those. If it's not enough boot for that maybe a Fischer Excursion 88.

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby bgregoire » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:15 am

Nick BC wrote:Thanks to Ben's comment on sizing, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of these boots. I hope the UK 7's are going to work. One comment I noticed in the various threads was how much heavier it was than the Antarctic and Refugio. How much are we talking about?


Cannatonic, can you weigh both boots for us?

Keep in mind these alico ski march boots are available in wide (W) and norwal widths, if you prefer one of the other, you can ask the ebay seller for the one you want during the purchase.
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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby Inspiredcapers » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:22 am

They are breaking in quite nicely. I was experiencing some pinching in the instep so I started heating up that area with a hairdryer, put on a couple of pairs of heavy socks, laced up snuggly, and did step-ups for about twenty minutes before taking them off. Also used them for snowshoeing a few times. My longest trip ski day on them to date was about 12 miles and whilst my feet were tired they definitely weren’t sore. I tried a different insole but really didn’t like the feel so went back to the whelted insole that came with them. Very satisfied with this purchase.

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby fisheater » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:39 am

Nick BC, I really like my Ski March boots. The range of movement is so far beyond what I have in my T-4, it is like comparing the T-4 to an alpine boot. The Ski March is very powerful, so powerful I was surprised when skiing in crud I felt the sole torqueing. All those things are great, a powerful boot that I have turned skis up to 78 mm underfoot, with power, and the wonderful feel of the Vibram sole.
The downside is when I pick up a Ski March and a T-4, they seem to weigh about the same. The main reason I would look at a lighter leather boot in NN, would be to get some snappier action out of the boot sole. The Ski March flexes beautifully, but I believe a lighter sole would offer more kick and glide performance. A good day for me is 15'miles, the weight of the Ski March is not an issue. Kick and glide performance far exceeds the T-4. Comfort far exceeds the T-4. Very powerful, but the sole of a T-4 would not torque in chopped up crud.

I hope this helped. Buying a scale would be very expensive for me. I would need to then keep buying lighter ski gear.

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby Buda » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:43 pm

Thanks for the review. These boots are worth a try. Especially at that price.

I think I'm between UK 8 and 9 (I have Teletours in US 9) so I ordered a pair of each in medium width.

I'm hoping the 8s will fit well with a normal ski sock and based on Ben's info:
The approx lengths are as follows:
SZ 7: 268mm
SZ8: 277mm

the 9s should be around 286mm so I'll try to use them as a double boot with 5mm thick felts:
https://www.thefeltstore.com/default.aspx?CN=875BE569226C

There's a good chance that everything won't work so perfectly so I may end up selling a pair.

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby bgregoire » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:31 pm

Buda wrote:Thanks for the review. These boots are worth a try.
the 9s should be around 286mm so I'll try to use them as a double boot with 5mm thick felts:
https://www.thefeltstore.com/default.aspx?CN=875BE569226C

There's a good chance that everything won't work so perfectly so I may end up selling a pair.


Thats a neat idea. If I was doing the same, a double boot, I would order 2 sizes up and definitely WIDE, cause that is 5+5mm on the sides of your feet too. By the way, cheap old leather double boots are relatively easy to find on Kijiji or otherwize these days. The main issue with them (I have temporarily owned two) is they normally weight more than plastic Excursions). Actually I am quite convinced most of them were actually produced by Andrew (check out the EXPEDITION LACES) but rebranded.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2188&start=60#p25151

To my tastes, the only amazing pair of double boots I have seen are my friends old Monashees and those Andrew Articos. All the other "Andrew expedition" laces style boot I have tried are heavy and stiff. The last in those is really voluminous to allow room for a nice liner.
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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby Buda » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:49 pm

bgregoire wrote:If I was doing the same, a double boot, I would order 2 sizes up and definitely WIDE, cause that is 5+5mm on the sides of your feet too.

I'm sure you're right. My 1st goal is to get one pair that fits well and that's why I ordered the 2 sizes that should be closest. It would be nice if I could use both pairs but unlikely.

I am quite convinced most of them were actually produced by Andrew (check out the EXPEDITION LACES) but rebranded.

That's a good thing!

To my tastes, the only amazing pair of double boots I have seen are my friends old Monashees and those Andrew Articos.

I'm very intrigued by the Articos. The Lundhags Huskies may also be a good warm light boot for walks in the woods. I have the Polar Quest and a couple pairs of single layer (Forest) boots so finding my size would be easy.

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Postby bgregoire » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:32 pm

Buda wrote:I'm very intrigued by the Articos. The Lundhags Huskies may also be a good warm light boot for walks in the woods. I have the Polar Quest and a couple pairs of single layer (Forest) boots so finding my size would be easy.


Lundhags boots and pants are EXTREMELY AWESOME. Those Polar Quest look fabulous.
I don't know if they are still making the huskies given they now offer the Guide 75:
https://www.lundhags.se/en/products/kae ... n-75?c=912

Keep in mind these Lundhags 75mm boots cannot be used with pins exclusively, you need cables, or else you risk tearing the sole.
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