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Sorel Tofino II Review

This super stylish boot is both weather proof and comfortable, suited for all-day wear.
Sorel Tofino II
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Price:  $170 List | $119.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Cute, stylish, great weather protection, precise fit, lightweight
Cons:  Not suited for super cold weather
Manufacturer:   Sorel
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 14, 2018
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weather Protection - 25% 6
  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Traction - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Tofino II is one of the cutest and best-performing winter boots. Although it doesn't shine in any one particular performance category, it's very comfortable and performs well as a winter boot. This stylish option has a faux-fur collar and waterproof canvas shaft that measures 11 inches tall. With just 100-grams of insulation, it's not as warm as competitors nor is the traction on hardpacked trails super bomber. We do, however, love It's lightweight and streamlined design is not bulky. Enjoy this versatile and cute faux fur winter boot while commuting to work or shopping around town during the winter months.


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Pros Cute, stylish, great weather protection, precise fit, lightweightSuper cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.Comfortable, good traction, waterproof, warm, supportiveVery protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces.Warm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and support
Cons Not suited for super cold weatherExpensive, shaft lacks stability.Poor on ice, shorter construction, technical style, 1/2 size too small.Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use.Aggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch support
Bottom Line This super stylish boot is both weather proof and comfortable, suited for all-day wear.The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute, yet high performing waterproof package.A stable and comfortable winter hiking boot with many uses.A durable and protective neoprene boot offering warmth and protection.A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.
Rating Categories Sorel Tofino II UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa... Arctic Ice Tall Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat
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Specs Sorel Tofino II UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7"... Arctic Ice Tall Bugaboot Plus IV...
Maximum puddle depth before major leaking 8.5 inches 9 inches 5 inches 15 inches 6 inches
Measured Weight (one boot, size nine) 1 lb. 6 oz 1 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 4.8 oz 2 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 4 oz (size 7)
Type of Boot All around winter All-around winter Hiking Outdoor work and chores Hiking
Fit Details True to size True to size True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft, Size 9) 12 inches 10 inches 7 inches 17 inces 7.5 inches (size 7)
Lining/Insulation 100g fleece liner UGGpure wool 200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation Fleece lined & 5mm of neoprene Omni-Heat reflective lining, 200-grams of insulation
Removable Liner? No No No No No
Footbed Removable molded EVA with microfleece topcover EVA O FIT Insole™ Thermal Removable contured PU Techlite EVA
Upper Material Waterproof coated canvas upper, faux fur collar, waterproof breathable membrane construction Waterproof suede and leather Waterproof nubuck leather Neoprene 8mm & rubber Leather, nylon
Toe Box Molded rubber Rubber Molded rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Molded rubber Molded Spider Rubber Granite Peak winterized rubber Vibram Arctic Grip Michelin winter compound rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating n/a -32 n/a n/a -25
Animal products used? No Yes Yes No Yes
Sizes Available 5 - 12 5 - 12 6 - 11 5 - 11 5 - 12

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.

Performance Comparison


The Tofino II is super cute and comfortable with great weather protection.
The Tofino II is super cute and comfortable with great weather protection.

Warmth


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.

The outsole of the Caribou is much thicker than the Tofino II  providing more insulation and warmth.
The outsole of the Caribou is much thicker than the Tofino II, providing more insulation and warmth.

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.

The outsole if completely waterproof.
The outsole if completely waterproof.

Weather Protection


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.

The synthetic textile is also waterproof.
The synthetic textile is also waterproof.

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.

Comparing the water resistance of the Sorel Joan of Arctic (right) and Tofino II (left).
Comparing the water resistance of the Sorel Joan of Arctic (right) and Tofino II (left).

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.

This boot features a super cozy faux-fur collar and fleece-lined shaft.
This boot features a super cozy faux-fur collar and fleece-lined shaft.

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.

The laces require one simple pull to tighten up.
The laces require one simple pull to tighten up.

Traction


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.

This boot features a wave-like lug pattern that floats on top of the snow.
This boot features a wave-like lug pattern that floats on top of the snow.

Value


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.

Heather tests while going out for a beer at the local brewery Colorado Boy. This boot is cute enough to be worn out for an afternoon drink or while walking around town. A favorite among our testers!
Heather tests while going out for a beer at the local brewery Colorado Boy. This boot is cute enough to be worn out for an afternoon drink or while walking around town. A favorite among our testers!

Conclusion


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.

Here we wear the Tofino II on a short local hike around town.
Here we wear the Tofino II on a short local hike around town.


Amber King