Last Updated: July 10, 2019

Sorel Caribou vs 1964 Premium T & Pac: Which One This Winter?

Sorel is renowned for the winter snow boots and the Caribou and 1964 models are classics that you have probably seen everywhere.

They both work really well as daily errand style snow boots that will keep your feet warm and dry, even when the snow is up to your knees.

Although they are quite similar in design, with a removable inner and nice snow grip on the bottom, there are still a few differences that you should check out before you make a purchasing decision.

The table below outlines it all in terms of the specifications. Then below that, I have outlined a few of the other things you should think about.

Sorel Men's Caribou NM1000 Boot,Buff,10 M
Sorel Men's 1964 Premium T Snow Boot, Black, 10.5 M US
Sorel Men's 1964 PAC Nylon-M Snow Boot, Nutmeg/Black, 10 D US
Height
9 3/4 inches
9 inches
10.5 inches
Temperature Rating
-40C/-40F
-40° F / -40° C
-25° F / -32° C
Insulation
Removable 9mm ThermoPlus washable recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff
Removable 9mm washable recycled felt inner boot
Removable/washable 9mm recycled felt inner boot
Upper Material
​Waterproof nubuck leather upper​
Waterproof leather
Waterproof nylon upper. Seam-sealed waterproof construction
Sole
Midsole: 2.5 mm bonded felt frost plug Outer: Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with Sorel aero-trac non loading outsole
Midsole: Bonded felt frost plug Outer: Waterproof vulcanized rubber
Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with herringbone outsole.
Sorel Men's Caribou NM1000 Boot,Buff,10 M
Height
9 3/4 inches
Temperature Rating
-40C/-40F
Insulation
Removable 9mm ThermoPlus washable recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff
Upper Material
​Waterproof nubuck leather upper​
Sole
Midsole: 2.5 mm bonded felt frost plug Outer: Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with Sorel aero-trac non loading outsole
Sorel Men's 1964 Premium T Snow Boot, Black, 10.5 M US
Height
9 inches
Temperature Rating
-40° F / -40° C
Insulation
Removable 9mm washable recycled felt inner boot
Upper Material
Waterproof leather
Sole
Midsole: Bonded felt frost plug Outer: Waterproof vulcanized rubber
Sorel Men's 1964 PAC Nylon-M Snow Boot, Nutmeg/Black, 10 D US
Height
10.5 inches
Temperature Rating
-25° F / -32° C
Insulation
Removable/washable 9mm recycled felt inner boot
Upper Material
Waterproof nylon upper. Seam-sealed waterproof construction
Sole
Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with herringbone outsole.

Style

As you can see from the pictures above, the 1964 Premium and Caribou differ quite a bit in how they look. But, if you go with the 1964 Pac T, it is more in line with the Caribou look.

The Premium looks a little more stylish with the smaller lace holes and low tread. Whereas the Caribou is a class winter boot that also works well when you are out hiking.

Both 1964 have the lower-profile herringbone tread, but the Pac T has the snow cuff which changes the look quite a bit.

Weight

I am not sure what exactly it is that makes the Caribou so heavy (probably a big part is the sole) but this puppy is more than double the weight of the 1964. That means that if you wear them for a while, you will notice it on your joints and muscles. 

A quick trip to the shops or snow shovelling outside is fine, but more than that might become quickly pretty tiresome - literally! Of course, if you are more of a hardcore hiker, you might be trained enough to not notice it. But for anyone just wanting to put them on to go out, it is noticeable.

The Tread / Grip

The Caribou wins out here because it has a far deeper and superior grip when the conditions get more slippery. These are certainly not the best models on the market when it comes to grip, but they get the job done for sure.

After all, almost no boot will save you on sheer ice in any case. Although, having said that, I have a pair of winter hiking boots with embedded metal for more serious grip, but that is not for everyone! Another great option is the Kamik Nation Plus boot for extra grip.

Calf Height

Although it is great to have a really high boot when walking in snow, for some people these boots can be annoying when they are rubbing on your calves, especially when they get too high.

If that is the case for you, then take a shot at the 1964 Premium over the Caribou or Pac T because it is nearly an inch shorter in the height.

Inner Lining

All of these boots have removable inner linings. This is both a plus and a minus. It means you can take them out and dry them at night when you are not using them. Which, if you think about it, is great because if they are waterproof you will sweat in them. And over time, that means you will get cold (wet = cold when it comes to winter temperatures!).

However, it also means the inner is not secured to the boot so the fit is not as great. They tend to be a bit roomy and not super secure like hiking boots. So, overall, I would not suggest you use them for long periods of walking / hiking (or snow shoeing). There are better options for that.

Laces

The Caribou does not tend to lace up as high, which might also be a plus if you tend to use these as quick errand boots in winter. You can just slip them on and go, without having to tie the laces.

The 1964 Premium T has far more loop holes and tends to be a bit more of a chore to undo and remove your foot from (or do up for that matter).

The 1964 Pact T on the other hand, has the D-loops like the Caribou which makes for quicker and easier adjustments, and taking them on/off. Happy days :>

Which Should You Buy?

Overall they are both good choices for a winter boot that you just wear for short trips outside or whilst doing some chores outside.

For me, the choice comes down to a few things - the Caribou looks a lot more like a winter boot., They also have a better snow grip and are easier to slip on and off in a hurry. (as are the 1964 Pac Ts)

The 1964 Premium T is more day-to-day and laces up better. It is a lot lighter than the Caribou. So those are the biggest pluses for me.

Maybe the 1964 Pac is the best compromise with its easier to use D-loop laces, higher cut with snow cuff to keep the snow out, and lighter weight than the Caribou.

Whichever you choose, it's always great to have a decent snow boot when the winter comes. No more wet shoes. No more cold feet. And just less of a hassle heading outside when you finally have to leave that warm fire!

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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