Author Topic: Sorel...What Happened?  (Read 27370 times)

Mainehazmt

  • Iceshanty Militia
  • Team IceShantyholic
  • *
  • Posts: 9,968
Re: Sorel...What Happened?
« Reply #60 on: Apr 08, 2010, 05:10 PM »
I can't believe Kamik boots have not been mentioned.  They are made in Quebec.

This is what I wear. They are rated to -100*F

http://kamik.com/GenfootWeb/servlet/webProductDisplay.webProductDisplaySrv?currentMode=DETAIL&curCatalog=2009&curSeason=WINTER2009&curRow=102
then add in discount   lol   good for summer wear! lol     
I am a Veteran Not a Terrorist!

yooperdave

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 406
Re: Sorel...What Happened?
« Reply #61 on: Dec 06, 2010, 06:42 AM »
baffin apex is rated down to -148 degrees
da splake chaser

GotScout

  • IceShanty Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Sorel...What Happened? *I'LL TELL YOU* !!!
« Reply #62 on: Feb 23, 2017, 10:12 PM »
Okay... so as many have mentioned... the company is no longer, only the name remains.

Fast history... Sorel was made by the KAUFMAN RUBBER COMPANY... so they knew RUBBER.
All the current failings of the Chinese versions... are in fact the RUBBER.  (Also the CARIBOU is no longer from REINDEER... it is cow!)

So moving on... you **CAN** still get GREAT Sorels... but you buy them USED.   Search Ebay and search "Kaufman Sorel Boot"... then start surfing your size.
To spot the REAL ones... Canadian... Look for the "K" on the side of the boot, the K in the leaf on the sole bottom, and the "Kaufman" name on the heel.
If it says "WATERPROOF" on the heel, those are the fakes.

Also look at the inside label on the liner... "made in canada" in french... = real.  Soles *can be* "made in USA"... as some were VIBRAM soles, rather than the Kaufman soles.

So... that is the trick!

NOW... keeping them good.  First, pull the liners out, trace to base, and cut a thick felt or metallic mylar insulation base pad.  Lay that inside the boot first.
Then with liners out... warm the boot and rub SNOWSEAL  into the boots... use a hairdryer to warm and open the leather pores to suck in the SnowSeal.  Now the leather is both conditioned to last another 20+ years, and waterproofed!!!

See these vids:  (the first is me)





And see the "0.38" mark of this vid.... this is the classic Chinese fake!: 
&t=52s

Drop me a note if you want more tips!



LAKEGEORGEJEFF

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 386
Re: Sorel...What Happened? *I'LL TELL YOU* !!!
« Reply #63 on: Feb 24, 2017, 06:43 AM »
Thanks!!
Okay... so as many have mentioned... the company is no longer, only the name remains.

Fast history... Sorel was made by the KAUFMAN RUBBER COMPANY... so they knew RUBBER.
All the current failings of the Chinese versions... are in fact the RUBBER.  (Also the CARIBOU is no longer from REINDEER... it is cow!)

So moving on... you **CAN** still get GREAT Sorels... but you buy them USED.   Search Ebay and search "Kaufman Sorel Boot"... then start surfing your size.
To spot the REAL ones... Canadian... Look for the "K" on the side of the boot, the K in the leaf on the sole bottom, and the "Kaufman" name on the heel.
If it says "WATERPROOF" on the heel, those are the fakes.

Also look at the inside label on the liner... "made in canada" in french... = real.  Soles *can be* "made in USA"... as some were VIBRAM soles, rather than the Kaufman soles.

So... that is the trick!

NOW... keeping them good.  First, pull the liners out, trace to base, and cut a thick felt or metallic mylar insulation base pad.  Lay that inside the boot first.
Then with liners out... warm the boot and rub SNOWSEAL  into the boots... use a hairdryer to warm and open the leather pores to suck in the SnowSeal.  Now the leather is both conditioned to last another 20+ years, and waterproofed!!!

See these vids:  (the first is me)





And see the "0.38" mark of this vid.... this is the classic Chinese fake!: 
&t=52s

Drop me a note if you want more tips!

CALLING ALL FISH!!!!!!!!!

Chris338378

  • Team IceShantyholic
  • ***
  • Posts: 5,751
Re: Sorel...What Happened?
« Reply #64 on: Nov 15, 2017, 09:24 PM »
  Well, instead of just hammering Sorel, what about LaCrossse? As a certified cheesehead, you can imagine my dismay when I went to replace my American made Icemans (probably 12 or more yrs old) with a new pr. of Ice Kings, and turned them over to see made in China on the soles. Then I looked at the Sorels and thought, what the heck, rather feed Canucks... and there it was again....
  If it was something that could have waited, I'd have found an American outfit that sold pacs, but it was an urgent thing, next time, the money stays home.

If you're looking for made in USA packs that are good quality check out Schnee's, they're not cheap but they're made in USA and are rebuildable.  I bought a pair of them about 15 years ago and they're the best pack boot I've ever owned and no more cold feet.

https://schnees.com/schnees-boots/

 


Follow Iceshanty at Twitter Iceshanty Facebook Page Iceshanty Youtube Channel
Iceshanty | MyFishFinder | MyHuntingForum
Contact | Disclaimer | Privacypolicy | Sponsor
© 1996- Iceshanty.com
All Rights Reserved.