Sorel Tofino II Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Cute, stylish, great weather protection, precise fit, lightweight
Cons: Not suited for super cold weather
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Our Analysis and Test Results
A long-time favorite of our testers, the Sorel Tofino II is cute and weatherproof. This high-performing women's winter boot offers terrific comfort and weather protection along with a stylish appearance. We recommend if for women looking for an all-around faux-fur winter boot that will protect against tall snowdrifts and slushy puddles.
While this boot has a few great warmth features, it's not very warm when compared to the other boots we tested. While it will keep feet relatively comfortable in sub-zero temperatures, it does not do well in double negative digits. This boot is a single-piece construct offering 100-grams of insulation and a fleece-lined liner. In contrast, most of the other boots tested offer 200 or 400mm of insulation. As a result, we don't recommend this boot for super cold weather. It's comfortable to around 30 degrees but pair it with beefy wool socks if it gets much colder than that.
During our warmth testing, we noticed that heat left readily through the thinner shaft of the boot. Since the sole of this boot is relatively thin in comparison to other super warm contenders, it doesn't insulate from the ground as well. As a result, we don't recommend it for standing around on snowy surfaces for long periods of time. We do appreciate the fuzzy liners that help to keep calves cozy.
Boasting top points in weather protection, this boot has a waterproof coated canvas upper and is 11-inches tall. When performing our slush bucket tests to determine both warm and water resistance, our feet were bone dry.
This was after marching in seven inches of slush for about seven minutes. It wasn't until the lake test that we learned the maximum puddle depth of the boot, which was about 8.5 inches! Roughly to the point where the tongue meets the main body of the boot. In snow tests, the faux-fur collar does a great job keeping snow out of the boot up to 11-inches.
Comfort & Fit
This boot has many comfort features that we love. To start, we like the support of the footbed and the soft lining throughout the inside shaft of the boot. We also love the fur collar that provides additional coziness. The fit is far more precise than any other Pac boot tested. The toe box isn't as roomy as other Pac Boots, fitting a narrow foot best, with a snug heel. The shaft of the boot is less voluminous than other boots and also a little stiffer, offering better support overall. The fit is precise and doesn't feel bulky while weighing in at 1 lb and 5.5 ounces. It's a great option for all-day winter wear.
Ease of Use
We enjoyed how easy this boot is to take on and off. The stiffer shaft and slippery plush lining make sliding your foot in and out simple. The laces are extra long so that you can loosen them enough to kick off the boots and pull them on with one action. When you're ready to pull the boot back on, the leather pull tabs at the top are easy to grip and tug.
This boot is not ideal for conquering steep snowy slopes or icy sidewalks. Instead of a lug-based outsole, the Tofino II has a herringbone/zig-zag tread with a rubber outsole. While these boots do great on soft and hard-packed snow, you're bound to slip and slide when it gets icy outside. Overall, decent traction on snow but not ideal for slippery surfaces.
For its level of versatility, it makes for a fairly good deal, but it's a lot of money for a marginally warm boot. Our only hesitation in recommending this boot is that it is not the warmest in our review. Additionally, you need to like faux fur to appreciate it. But if you are ready to rock the faux fur and you don't have to endure super cold winters (or you're willing to sacrifice a bit of warmth for increased comfort), then this is a great choice.
This super stylish boot provides stand-out protection and comfort from the elements. Although it falls short in warmth, it makes up for its shortcomings by earning high marks in style and water and snow resistance. This winter shed snow and give your wardrobe a boost with the 11-inch faux-fur collared Tofino II.
— Amber King