If you have to work in colder conditions, the Carolina CA7518 is the perfect logging boot. It has 200 grams of Thinsulate™ Insulation which is the required amount for keeping your feet warm.
Now, most of the winter work boots will have more than just 200 grams, but I’ll get to that later on. For now, let see what this boot has to offer in this Carolina CA7518 Review.
The Carolina 7518 is a 10-inch Gore-Tex line insulated steel toe logger boot. Now most of the time when you see insulated loggers, they’re going to be well over 200 grams.
But Carolina built the 7518 with only 200 grams of insulation. So, it’s enough to keep you warm, but at the same time, you’re not going to overheat. Because they’ve completely overbuilt the boot for some sort of conditions that you’re never going to be in.
- Black Full Grain Leather Upper
- Steel Safety Toe Cap
- GORE-TEX® Waterproof Membrane
- GORE-TEX® Axiom 4L Lining
- 200 Grams of Thinsulate™ Insulation
- Removable AG7™ Polyurethane Footbed
- Removable Kiltie
- Electrical Hazard Rated
- Triple-Rib Steel Shank
- Leather Welt Construction
- Vibram® Tacoma Outsole
Carolina CA7518 Review
Now, when Carolina set out to build this boot, they use the best possible materials they could.
Black Full Grain Leather Upper
Now, outside of the fact, that is this black full-grain really heavy-duty leather, and this is some heavy-duty stuff. This is not soft, out of the box ready to go boot. You got to put some time and energy into softening up this leather.
This is the kind of leather that you’re going to find on lots of those heritage type boots. It’s that full-grain thick, really just beefy and manly type leather.
Now there’s a lot of characteristics in this boot that you’re going to see across the whole Carolina line. And one of those things is the way they shape this top.
It’s just a beautiful little arc that goes on up here so that your boots never too high in one spot or low in the other. It gives you a really nice shape when this is wrapped up around your calf.
Carolina did a really nice job of hiding the boot pull into the back of the boot. It is right back there from the heel cup up; they’ve just kind of tucked it right back in there so that your jeans or your pants are going to fall right over at the top of the boot.
And it’s never going to catch, and you’re not going to get that annoying little thing that your pants are always stuck at the top.
Brass eyelets, brass speed laces and brass eyelet at the top, isn’t that beautiful? I mean this stuff is riveted in there and backed super nicely. This isn’t just smashed back. These are nice riveted pieces.
Carolina sends this boot along with a kiltie. Just like how you see this boot online, this is actually what the boot looks like out of the box.
Now the boot is fully welted. It’s a leather welt all the way around. Which also makes this thing resole-able, re-craft able, re-buildable, whatever you need to do it can happen due to the construction of this boot.
Vibram® Tacoma Outsole
Underneath that welt, there is a rubber midsole that’s connected to this Vibram Tacoma sole. Now, this is, in my opinion, this is the ultimate longer sole. This is a beast.
This is the perfect sole for a logger boot. It’s beefy, it’s chunky, and there’s a lot of material here. The heel is a single piece. This is all cut from one solid piece of Vibram rubber. The Tacoma sole is one badass sole.
Now, I didn’t even get to the best part yet.
This boot is Gore-Tex lined. It’s a hundred percent waterproof. And not only that, not only do they use GORE-TEX® Waterproof Membrane, but they also lined it with the GORE-TEX® Axiom 4L Lining inside there.
So, it’s just not some aftermarket lining. It’s actually a liner that is provided by the Gore company to protect the Gore-Tex membrane. Now building that in a boot, that’s not a cheap process.
That isn’t like you know just throwing Gore-Tex and then throwing some other type of lining on the other side. That’s got some time, some energy, some investment, some thought put into how they’re going to build a boot.
Now, inside the boot which you’re going to find is you’re going to find an AG7 footbed. These are those beautiful footbeds from Carolina. They don’t really break down. They hold up.
Breaking in The Carolina CA7518
They always look good; they always feel good. But something that I noticed about the AG7 inside the CA7518 with some guys, is they don’t use it.
They actually wear this boot for the first few weeks without the insole inside. They say that the boot needs to break in first to your natural step before you start putting in the super soft cushion.
I don’t know how I feel about that, but if guys are doing it and if they keep buying the same boot every three to five years, I guess there’s some truth to it.
Triple-Rib Steel Shank
Now I did mention that the boot has a steel toe, but not only does it have a steel toe, but it also has a steel shank that runs from heel to the mid under section.
So, it’s a nice Triple-Rib Steel Shank, which means you’re going to get a lot of climbing power. You’re going to get a lot of standing power, and you’re going to get a lot of life out of this boot.
Size & Fit
Now, about the size and the fit. Well, it’s a logger, and when it comes to buying loggers, you got to be that logger type of person. If this is going to be your first pair of loggers out of the box, I might suggest that you try on a few different sizes.
Start with your size and move up, you know half size up, and a half size down and also take out the footbed at some point.
I know the boot is engineered with the Gore-Tex lining and all that for the insole to stay in there in order to protect the lining, but you’re going to get a different type of fit once you remove this.
I’m not saying it’s going to be soft and comfortable and cushy like a lazy boy, but it’s going to show you what this boot actually feels like and what it can do.
And also, how something like this can benefit you if you really need this in your type of work.
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So, that’s the Carolina CA7518 review. Gore-Tex line, 200 grams Thinsulate, steel toe, steel shank, Vibram Tacoma sole and all that.
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