The Sorel Men's Caribou Wool Boot is an updated version of the legendary Caribou boot, which means it is now built better than ever. Sorel uses seam-sealed, waterproof full-grain leather and a handcrafted vulcanized rubber shell with Sorel's Underfoot, a thick rubber midsole for insulation from the cold ground, which means the Caribou Wool boot will provide absolute warmth and comfort in temperatures as low as -40 degrees below zero. The interior of this men's winter boot features a removable 9mm InnerBoot made with a felted wool and cotton blend, a 2.5mm bonded felt frost plug, and a knit wool snow cuff to contain heat. Also using the standard AeroTrac non-loading outsole to supply sure-footing on the iciest of surfaces, Sorel provides a winter boot that you will want to keep by the front door for years to come.
FEATURES of the Sorel Men's Caribou Wool Boot
Upper: Waterproof full-grain leather upper. Seam sealed waterproof construction
Insulation: Removable 9 mm wool inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff
Midsole: 2.5 mm bonded felt frost plug
Outsole: Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with Sorel aero-trac non loading outsole
SPECIFICATIONS of the Sorel Men's Caribou Wool Boot
These boots arrived the day before the first big snow of the season here in Iowa, giving me the chance to field test them right away. So far, they have performed very well as expected. Paired with thick wool socks, these boots kept my feet warm and dry as I spent the day walking through several inches of snow in temperatures at around 15 degrees F. While I can't comment on long term durability, my initial impression is that they "feel" tough. The leather is good quality and the stitching is good. They are flexible enough to drive in and work a clutch without much trouble.
I really like the looks and the boots are comfortable and warm for the most part, but the inside of the left boot is way too tight and it constantly rubs the underside of my ankle. I pulled out the wool insert out to figure out the problem. It seems that while waterproofing (from what it looks like, essentially smearing rubber along the seam where the rubber bottom meets the leather upper) they pulled the leather in too tight or created a permanent rubberized crease. It's that crease that rubs on my ankle. Moosejaw was great and said to send them back, but I just don't want to wait 4-6 weeks for a replacement w/ no guarantee of the next pair being any better.
I bought these boots because I knew that if I paid $150 for boots that say they'll be great boots, I'd get great boots. Well, I got great boots. These are incredibly warm and comfortable. The liners seem to be made very well and I've been wearing these non-stop and they haven't started to stink yet. I make an effort to stomp through puddles and snow drifts because these boots don't let any moisture in at all. They're rated to -40! These are the nicest boots I've ever had and I have a feeling I'll be buying another pair after I've worn these out. (I'd reccomend waterproofing them to keep the leather looking nice.) Spend the money. You get what you pay for.
I bought these boots from Moosejaw mostly just to have a nice pair of winter boots that would last me for more than just a season or two. From the price, I knew that they would be some awsome boots, but these have far surpassed my expectations of awsomenss. They are the warmest things I've ever put my feet into. The wool liner goes in and out without any trouble, to air them out or whatever else you'd like to do. Super waterproof. Most importantly though, they are sexy. I don't think I'll ever buy anything but these boots for winter. Spend the money. Impress your friends.
"Warm, fashionably ugly and run a size big"
Nice update to the Caribou. So far holding up well but the removable felt liner seems like it will not last more than 3 seasons. We will update if any issues. I have a very high arch and wide foot, so the extra room made these one of only a handful of boots that I can wear in this category. Now I feel ready to operate a chairlift somewhere.