The popular Tofino Cat boot by Sorel is a uniquely stylish winter boot in an increasingly crowded winter footwear market. Yet, like all Sorels, the Tofino Cate is nearly as functional as the popular and rugged Caribou Boot. The rubber bottom provides solid traction and waterproofing, while the excellent insulation gives the boot a temperature rating of -25 degrees.
|Sorel Tofino Boot for Women|
While the rubber bottom is similar to what is used on other boots from Sorel, the upper on the Tofino is unique. The upper portion consists of a fully waterproof waxed canvas with a leather overlay that has attractive stitching. The result is a unique looking Sorel boot that looks like anything but a “typical Sorel.”
Another less noticed benefit of the unique upper on the Tofino Cate is the canvas/leather upper makes the boot significantly lighter and less bulky. The Tofino Cate tops the scales at 1 pound, 8 ounces. By comparison, the one-inch shorter Caribou boot weighs nearly a pound more.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the Tofino Cate isn’t a great mud boot. The attractive furry faux sherling cuff at the top of the boot, which effectively prevents snow from slipping inside as well as providing a nice flair, isn’t an especially easy fabric to clean if it gets muddy. Thus, if your plans take you into lower-leg grabbing deep mud frequently, get another style of boot that is easier to clean.
Overall, the Tofino Cate is an ideal winter boot for women who don’t plan on spending much time playing in the mud. While not quite as warm as some other Sorel’s, with a temperature rating of -25 degrees the boot is plenty warm enough for most climates during the winter. The lightweight of the boot also makes it much more pleasant for daily wear, particularly in town and city environments.
Where to Buy & Prices
The Tofino Cate is widely available online. Amazon generally has all colors and sizes in stock, as well as the best prices.
The Tarafino Cate is generally priced around $170, although Amazon usually sells them for less. If Amazon doesn't have a particular size or color you want in stock, the next best place to try is Sorel's own website. Although the prices are higher, Sorel's website almost always has every size/style/color in stock.
Basic Boot Information
- Temperature Rating : -25 degrees.
- Colors Available : Changes yearly, but recent colors are : Black, Kettle Orange, Grizzly Bear Sierra, Curry Red Plum.
- Weight : 1 lb 8 oz.
- Snow Cuff : Yes - faux fur
- Bottom : Molded Rubber
- Upper : Wax Canvas with Leather Overlay
- Waterproof? : Yes
- Replaceable Liner? : No
- Sizes Available : 5 to 10.5
- Other Notes : For Women Only
Advantages of the Sorel Tofino Cate
Some of the advantages of the boot include:
- Unique look for a rubber bottom boot
- -25 degree temperature rating works well in most areas during the winter. Just remember to use the right winter sock.
- Lighweight and not bulky
- 100% waterproof
- Height of the boot and the furry snow cuff work well as a snow gaiter (keeps snow from sneaking inside the boot), but remember to stay out of the mud.