Sorel Mens Caribou II Boot


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ice fisher In deep snow & cold weather

niekas update. After complaining to Sorel about boots being not waterproof they suggested they inspect them. So I did after getting Return number and paying about $35 for shipping to their warehouse in France. After about a week I got email saying that they inspected the boots and they are faulty and they will send me a new pair. So in a week or so boots arrived. Even though it was summer I decided to check the new pair for waterproofness instead of shelving until next winter. I simply immersed them in a few inches of water. To my horror one boot filled with water right away. And I mean fast. It was full of water in matter of minutes. See attached photo of the boot leaking water when taken out of the water. So in conclusion I might be very unlucky person, but its kind of unlikely since I've got a chance to test two pairs one destined for US market and another for EU market.

North Idaho Gal We live in North Idaho where you rely on a good pair of snow boots all winter long! Our older Caribou Sorels were made in Canada & have been fantastic boots for over 12 years. When we needed to finally get some new Sorels last year, we were so disappointed to find they are no longer made in Canada but currently made overseas. Since we knew & respected that Sorel name & reputation, we tried them anyway. Big disappointment! The fit & quality is no longer there. Please note that most of the good reviews about these boots have been from folks that also owned the older boots from Canada! The newer boots from overseas are not getting the good reviews! They won't get a good review from us either because they do not hold up like our old ones did. The soles on my boyfriends are already worn & even the lining is about in need of replacement & that's only after 1 season! Mine are not much better. They are not as wide as they used to be, so I can't wear my super thick socks with them anymore. My boyfriend, who has very wide feet, was disappointed with the fit of his new boots right from the start! Compared to our old Caribou Sorels from 12 years ago, these things are just junk, not worth the hefty price anymore! Sorry Sorel, but we will just have to try another manufacture as these boots are not going to suffice for the coming winter, & that is such a shame!

mcjustme We live in North Idaho where you rely on a good pair of snow boots all winter long! Our older Caribou Sorels were made in Canada & have been fantastic boots for over 12 years. When we needed to finally get some new Sorels last year, we were so disappointed to find they are no longer made in Canada but currently made overseas. Since we knew & respected that Sorel name & reputation, we tried them anyway. Big disappointment! The fit & quality is no longer there. Please note that most of the good reviews about these boots have been from folks that also owned the older boots from Canada! The newer boots from overseas are not getting the good reviews! They won't get a good review from us either because they do not hold up like our old ones did. The soles on my boyfriends are already worn & even the lining is about in need of replacement & that's only after 1 season! Mine are not much better. They are not as wide as they used to be, so I can't wear my super thick socks with them anymore. My boyfriend, who has very wide feet, was disappointed with the fit of his new boots right from the start! Compared to our old Caribou Sorels from 12 years ago, these things are just junk, not worth the hefty price anymore! Sorry Sorel, but we will just have to try another manufacture as these boots are not going to suffice for the coming winter, & that is such a shame!

MrPulldown Like the others said not the same company or boot. Sorel is actually Columbia Sportwear now. I bought a pair a few years ago thinking that it is the lengendary winter pac boot. The ones people report of wearing for over ten years with great results. But the quality is no longer there. And the customer service isn't either. First off the boots are ill fitting, big and floppy. Do not expect to hike in them. They are best suited for sitting around. After two and a half winters (that's like 10 months) the lower rubber section developed large cracks in both boots. [...] When I mailed my boots back to Sorel, Columbia Sportswear sent them back: SOL buddy our warrant is only one year, even though our product was obivously defective. If looking for a good winter boot I would look at one made by the North Face boots, or Kamik. Even cheap drug store ones would serve you better. At least if those "brake" you are only out 20 bucks.

Petras I bought these boots for ice fishing, but waterproof claims are greatly exaggerated. I noticed right away that boots leak water. I complained to Sorel and they agreed to inspect them. After getting return number I sent them to their warehouse. They looked at them and determined that boots were faulty. Then they sent me new pair of boots. That would be fantastic, if they didn't leak water even worse than previous pair. Right away I tried to check if they are waterproof. One boot was taking in water from where the sole attaches to rubber bottom of the shoe. So I do not recommend you buying these boots. If anything there should be a recall for them or class action suit against Sorel.

Water-Sound 20 years ago I purchased a pair from another retailer on super sale in the spring. I did that again about 10 years ago, same reason.



This year I needed a new pair in a hurry and didn't have time to wait since this was for a last-minute trip as a supervisor. I was going to go with another model but bought the Caribou again since the -100*F model was not carried in the store in town. I stayed with the Caribou since that's what I have always used without problems. They leaked when I tried the 'bath-tub' test. Trip Canceled, lost a days pay. I returned them. Ditto the second pair. I was told to send next pair to manufacturer if I wanted to return them so THIRD pair went to manufacturer as a return after less than 8 miles in wet snow and crossing a shallow creek (I got in-store credit from manufacturer). My feet were not damp, but sloshing wet. Field Trip canceled, three days pay gone.



Ordered a different model -- the -100*F pair with the built in gaiter. They lasted about a month and were returned, again with in-store credit that I might use someday as they considered Sorel their TOP QUALITY BRAND. Not sure what to do about that credit.



After some internet research, I learned that Colombia had bought Sorel a few years ago and that they are now manufactured in SE Asia where I know from experience 'piece work' is the norm rather than hourly wage. EVERY pair had the same problem: NOT WATER PROOF - NOT EVEN WATER RESISTANT if submerged.



On pavement they seemed OK, but it was just cold, not wet, and the holes were ALWAYS on the side or where the upper met the lower. So COLD pavement is OK, maybe even in freezing rain though I did not wear them in those conditions. And to their credit, they didn't start taking on water until I had a pack and was hiking. They had passed the bath-tub test so they seemed OK, I even filled the tub with 6 inches of water and wore the boots in the tub flexing them every way I could and they didn't leak a drop. But on the way out of a canyon in NW Nevada we crossed a creek, and then I felt the damp, and over the next three hours it only got worse. I ended up using candle flame and wax covered with duct tape to seal the cracks which had appeared.



EACH rubber molded sole had either tiny holes in them - or they had cracks around the seams. I generally take exceptional care of my boots, and even with water proofing and oiling with the proper oils for the thread, the Sorel's leaked. On one hike, when I crossed a shallow stream the insulation wasn't damp, it was WET!! and WET is HEAVY -- think about walking around with an extra liter of water on each foot only it's inside the boot and sloshing and squirting out each time you step on that foot!



ANYone who has spent time on-trail knows that this can mean death or loss of a foot. STAY AWAY, THESE ARE ***NOT*** THE SOREL'S YOU HAVE COME TO LOVE AND BET YOUR LIFE ON!!! Shoddy Construction and quality control make them deadly in the back-country, though they MIGHT be OK for using around town where you just need a good pair of boots to keep your feet toasty. I am heart broken that such a trusted boot and a boot I had come to not like, but LOVE, has finally given into the modern world of shoddy construction! Maybe they are exceptional around town, but they are not 'field' boots anymore. STAY AWAY!!!!



In a last-ditch desperation I called REI, and they suggested BAFFIN ICE BREAKER BOOTS (rated at -94*F), BAFFIN ENDURANCE (-148*F), KEEN SUMMIT (-43*F), and the SALOMON NYTRO (-13*f). I now have a brand of far less quality, and am waiting for the next REI sale to grab the Endurance since I tend to have 'cold' feet even while moving.

stihlleifblower Had these 2 years now and just this year water seams to be entering the boot. After being outside for short periods boot liner is wet on the bottom and cold. These are not the boots of 10+ years ago when they were made in Canada. I also had a pair that lasted 10 years. good stuff. New ones are made over seas and i think the quailty has went down

cee-23 I bought these boots specifically because I moved to a very cold climate unlike anywhere I'd lived before. I loved them! For about two months.



I bought them mid-November and wore them daily in non-extreme conditions (just to and from work). No hard wear at all. But this morning, in mid January, I noticed that the rubber casing around the toes has started crack - it's torn open a big hole on one and there are cracks in the same place on the other. The rubber itself is thin and flimsy and, apparently, brittle. I'm incredibly disappointed in the workmanship and have serious doubts about continuing to buy from Sorel. If this is a defect in a single pair, fine, that's understandable if incredibly inconvenient, but if I find out it's a problem with the entire line (which I have some reason to believe after talking to other residents of this city), I will be seriously cheesed off.



They are beautiful, comfortable, and, in some ways if not in others, sturdy boots, but they are no good to me if they tear apart under normal wear conditions.

Petras These boots were bought for me from paragon sports last november. They are not waterproof. After getting them for ice fishing I started wearing them late into autumn after temperature dropped to 30s F. Right away I noticed that they leak water. [...]



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