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Serious protection from the elements.

The Sorel Men’s Caribou Wool Boot uses a knit wool inner boot to protect your feet from the cold for hours in below-zero conditions. A seam-sealed waterproof leather and rubber outer keeps snow and ice out, rustproof hardware stands up to wear and tear, and rubber soles with snow-shedding AeroTrac grips help you keep your footing. Trusted by ski lift operators, outdoor workers, and winter hiking aficionados everywhere, this is the boot to pull on when Mother Nature means business… and you do too.

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5 5

Amazingly happy feet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For one of my jobs, I work outside 8 to 12 hours a day in the snow. These boots have become CRUCIAL to the survival of my toes. Other boots I've tried have claimed to be waterproof, but after the first 5 hours have allowed a little wetness into the boot. These have kept my feet extremely dry all the live long day. Paired with some wool compression socks to wick away seat and keep the blood flowing, I can easily get through even the coldest shifts while trudging through powder or slush. This is probably the third year going into the fourth winter that I've been using these. Great product. Pretty heavy, but I'll take it for how waterproof they are.

5 5

Feet are warm and toasty!

Great boots! If ya live in snow, then these are the boots ya want!

4 5

So far, so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these boots for the last 2 winters and have been pleased with them. Super warm, good grip and easy to slip on without tying. Only complaint is that one of the inserts doesn't want to stay in the boot when I take it off. Other than that, pretty solid.

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I have had the same issue with the inserts. Have you found any workarounds?

4 5

Classic.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Classic fit and style, slightly bulky! Very warm.

4 5

Same as it ever was

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The most classic of boots, the Caribou is made for winter. Waterproof, and super warm. Yeah, a bit clunky, but soo comfortable. These replace my old pair after more than a decade.

I just got these in the mail today. Size...

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I just got these in the mail today. Size 10 and my toe is at the end, so the 11's would be too big. Will these stretch at all?

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Hi rpep, do you think you could do me a huge favor and measure your foot with a ruler or tape measure, and tell me your size in mm from heel to tip of longest toe?

And to answer your question, the fleece might give a slight bit, but the rubber of the boot will not. So if the fleece is in the boot snugly, then you're SOL, and should return them for a bigger size.

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i ended up sending them back and getting the 11's.

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Glad the 11s fit. Would you mind letting me know how big your feet are in mm when you have the chance, it would really help me out. Like actual measurement of your foot. Thanks!

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Hi Adam-
It's about 11.25" or 285.75mm

5 5

Good clunky boot

I am a woman and normally have to get men's shoes, so I opted for a pair of these in a size 10. I usually wear women's 11 or men's 9.5. I figured that I'd be wearing big wool socks so it's better to error on the larger side than the smaller side.
The boots a super sturdy and they fit great. A little loose in the toe, but perfect for cold winter days. They are very heavy and clunky.

5 5

Solid, heavy, winter boot

Classic boot. It’s kept me very warm for my first winter in Utah. They’ve stood up well to deep snow and some spring mud. It’s too soon to tell if there will be durability issues down the road, but for now I love them. One thing that comes with the territory – they are very heavy. I’m fine with this, but you can definitely notice it as you wear them around.

What is the diff of sorel caribou wool...

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What is the diff of sorel caribou wool boot and sorel caribou is it the same leather

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Scott, I believe the leather is the same and the only difference is the wool insert in this boot.

5 5

All men need a pair of these bad boi's

If your sick and tired of having wet/cold feet in the winter OR use the excuse "I don't have the proper footwear" when your girlfriend asks you to go on a walk in the freezing cold, YOU NEED THESE BOOTS! They will save your feet and your relationship! Get em! Boom.

2 5

Disappointing - Poor Quality

I walk all the time, hike on most weekends, and am pretty hard on shoes and boots. I've got no problem spending top dollar and paying retail prices for a quality product that is built well and is going to last. These boots are neither well built nor a good value.

This said, they are not terrible. I live in Boston, which has seen its share of snow this winter. While trudging through a lot of this snow, my feet stayed warm and comfortable. I've walked up to four miles in these boots and, as long as the weather wasn't wet, I found them to hold up. If snow did not melt, I would keep these boots.

Unfortunately, snow does melt and keeping dry in all conditions is the real reason I decided to pay $150 for these boots. Snow in Boston stays dry and cold for about two days but quickly thereafter turns to black slush and partially frozen mud puddles. I was also hoping to stay wet and dry as the city started to thaw. This was not the case.

I tried to jump over one of these partially frozen mud puddles while walking my dog on a Sunday morning. I didn't quite clear it and my heel slipped into the puddle. Because of the waterproof claims made by Sorel, I figured this wouldn't be a problem. A couple of steps later though, I noticed that my heel was a little soggy. When I got home from the walk I took out the boot liners to inspect the damage. I needed to use paper towels to dry out the insides of the shoes. Another time, while walking home from work, my toe slipped into a puddle - same thing.

Ideally I would not need to take the liners out of the boots as often as I do, but leaking requires me to remove the liners in order to preserve the wool I splurged for. Leaks aren't the only thing ruining the liners though. As if the leaks weren't bad enough, the stitching and material on the back of the liner is starting to wear. Inside of the boot, the plastic is very poorly stitched to the leather upper. This leaves the plastic kind of jutting out - which you can see (on the right of the inside of the boot) in the attached picture. So much for built to last a long time.

I hate to return products to backcountry.com. I appreciate their generous return policy and really try not to take advantage. Unfortunately, after about 1 month of use, I know these boots aren't going to cut it. I'd prefer to reinvest in a better product - but am not sure what to try. Sorel has an amazing reputation, perhaps my problems with these boots are anomalous. Based on other reviews though, I don't think this is the case. I know Columbia bought Sorel. Columbia makes nice jackets, maybe they should stick to outerwear...

Disappointing - Poor Quality
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I've had a pair of Caribous for over 20 years and they are still fine, while on their third pair of liners. I just bought my son a pair expecting the same quality. Not so. Mine, made in Canada, have high quality stiching and thick full grain leathers that started waterproof and while softening with age are still waterproof and in great shape (except where I tore a toe - never mind how - and repaired it with urethane caulk and fiberglass sheetrock tape). The new ones are made overseas, have excessively large stiching holes, half thickness leather, and the tred feels like it will tear through at the edges of the traction nubs after a couple of years. The liners appear to be made of mixed recyled fiber, which while great in concept appears to not be well executed. One coat of seam seal wasn't enough to fill the stitching holes. He says they're comfortable though, and we've looked around and haven't found anything better. So it goes.

4 5

so warm!

my husband LOVES his new boots! they keep his feet nice and warm on his walks to work, and the heavy treads keep him from slipping on the ice and snow. the only complaint that he has is that its hard to keep the laces tight enough around his ankle to keep his heels from sliding, but its worth it to keep his feet protected during the long chicago winter. overall, he is very pleased with his boots, and i like knowing that i got him a gift he will use year after year (sorels last FOREVER). also, they cost almost $20 less than the same pair at the #1 huge website for shoes, so we are both very happy about that as well :)

I have a pair of Sorel's (Caribou I think)...

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I have a pair of Sorel's (Caribou I think) which have dark brown, open-grained leather uppers, like a suedy feel, with brown rubber bottoms and the standard felt liner that has the elastic strap across the front. But this boot also has small lace grommets in place of the big D-rings. Any ideas which model these are. I purchased in the early 90s in Meredith NH. Are they perhaps a Canadian model?

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Answering my own question here...Sorel (Kaufman) CRUSADERS, made in Canada. Nappy brown leather uppers with the first (bottom) 3 eyelets being the usual type of eyelet, small and round and punced into the leather, and the remainder being a smaller d-ring. Anyway...awesome boots...wouldn't trade them for the world.

Answering my own question here...Sorel (Kaufman) CRUSADERS, made in Canada. Nappy brown leather uppers with the first (bottom) 3 eyelets being the usual type of eyelet, small and round and punced into the leather, and the remainder being a smaller d-ring. Anyway...awesome boots...wouldn't trade them for the world.
3 5

Have their limits!

These boots are stylish, warm (although they DO NOT live up to their -40 rating, not even close), and easy to get into. Fit is good for wide feet, sloppy for people with narrow heels. The worst part is the loose inner boot. It is cumbersome to get out of the boot without removing the inner boot. If you can put up with that. Great. Oh, by the way: The wool ones are absolutely worth the extra cost. The fit and feel is much better, especially the heel. It is more snug than the polyester ones. The polyester ones would only get two stars.

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I would trust matt and go for the wool ones...he knows a good thing when he sees it. He's incredible

1 5

Poor Workmanship

My last pair of Sorel's lasted 15 years.
The problem with these boots was poor workmanship.... Where the rubber meets the leather there was a hard rubber lip inside (was not trimmed correctly). I did not notice this until I walked in them as they rubbed the outside of both ankles raw through the liner. BackCountry let me return them with no hassle.

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I had the same problem with the pair of standard Caribous I bought last winter. I tried to break them in by leaving the boots with mason jars in them for long periods of time, but it didn't help. I've heard from at least two other people who've experienced the same thing. I'm not sure if it's a quality control issue or just poor design. Either way, it stinks.

1 5

Cheap?

These go for $95 at my local "expensive" shoe store

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Are you sure this is the price for the wool ones?

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$95? That's a great deal. I just paid $180 with tax! (Canada)

5 5

Sorel Caribou

These boots are a classic. I bought a pair mostly for shoveling and snowblowing to keep toasty. They have good traction, and are high enough to keep out the snow. They'd be good for a moderate non-technical winter hike too, or with snowshoes.

The 'Black' colorway here looks like a...

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The 'Black' colorway here looks like a dark brown. Can anyone confirm/deny?

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Dark dark brown. It almost looks black but it isn't.

On a side note - the WL model's leather is very soft compared to the regular Caribou. I'd buy another pair in a heartbeat.

I wear a size 10.5 shoe. Would you recommend...

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I wear a size 10.5 shoe. Would you recommend a size 10 or size 11 in a Sorel Caribou Wool Boot.

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I wear a size 11 and that's what fit the best. I would go bigger than smaller and just wear a bigger sock :).

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My shoe size is an A width/low volume size 10-10.5. To achieve the best fit for my foot I purchased a woman's size 10(yes = sz 9 men's) boots and added an extra set of felt insoles to hold my feet in place.
They work very well; no length problems. I would not go larger.

I have had my leather Caribous for 25 + years. They have used a lot and have held up through hiking, elk hunting, etc. Has quality changed?? Maybe.

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Hi,
Quick question, for anyone wearing a size 10 or 11 (and if you find the fit snug or loose), what is your exact shoe measurement in mm (it only takes a few seconds and a large ruler or tape measure). And it would really help me out.

Thanks!