I found an original pair of Sorel Caribou, the standard issue winter boot, in a Thrift Shop in St. Augustine, Florida a few years back.
Great boots for winters out here in Utah.
However, the liners were dying – particularly the fur cuff.
Last winter, I searched and could not find Sorel branded replacements. Found some other options, but the compatibility was questionable.
Well, it appears July is a good time to search for winter boot liners. They are currently in stock at Sorel.
Mrs. SFTE said I should go with the black collar vs. the white. Know. Your. Audience.
The only question was my boots say size 9. They also say they were made in Canada. So I guessed they meant size 9 in U.K. sizing. Sorel’s run a bit big, but I am generally not a 9 in anything. So, I went with size 10 U.S., which corresponds to size 9 U.K. and size 43 in EU.
We have lived in snowy climates for sometime, but the environs of Park City certainly upped the the snow fall levels a bit from Central and even Northeastern Ohio. We also changed the requirements with the addition of our van – which at close to 10’ tall – is not going to fit in most garages.
Here is what we were using in Ohio.
I am not going to spend time reviewing these older brushes, but you can see by the design, that ice scraping was a bit more important than actually moving snow. I actually try to avoid scraping ice and use this method to defrost icy windshields (https://www.today.com/home/defrost-windshield-solution-t106477) quickly.
Last year, I upgraded our snow brush to the SubZero 48” Polar Vortex based on a review from Blister Gear Review. A definite upgrade to what we had been using. The foam part did fall off. But an ample application of Gorilla Glue seemed to provide an adequate repair.
This year, I went ahead an upgraded a bit more to the 60” Snow Moover. Again, an upgrade from prior brushes.
A few features of the Snow Moover vs. the Polar Vortex brush to point out:
One side of the head is a brush and another side is a soft scraper vs. an integrated brush / foam scraper. Both sides pivot, but you can see the difference.
Longer reach – 60” vs. 48”.
Straight vs. curved. This probably impacts ease of storage more than anything else.
Feels substantial vs. a lighter tool (a touch subjective).
Ice scraper – pretty similar, but as I said above, I try to avoid scraping.
In summary, my recommendation is to get the right tool for the job. That is 80% of the battle. Either of these brushes is a good upgrade, but I have found the 60” Snow Moover to be superior.