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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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My old ones are just about toast, so was wondering what model you wearers of said boots prefer, and reasons for not selecting other models (not brands)?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 12:52 AM
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Bob, I like the K5 Bombers, no longer produced. Although I have the floor mats from Clackacraft in my drift boat and rubber mats in my Klamath skiff, I like the new Korkers aluminum bar cleat soles that have interchangeable components.

Not sure which boot I will purchase next, but I have an extra pair of the K5s in my closet so am good for a while.

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Thanks for the recommendation. Yeah, you need all the aluminum you can get on the D! Tricky river to wade sometimes......a lot of times!

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Thanks for the recommendation. Yeah, you need all the aluminum you can get on the D! Tricky river to wade sometimes......a lot of times!

thanks again,
I 100 percent agree. For the Deschutes, I have dedicated pair of Simms boots that have both the Alumabite cleats and studs. This year, I finally relented and started using a wading staff, the high quality one offered by a Speypages member. Been carrying it for several years in the boat and finally unfolded it during a trout trip earlier this year. Going to use it wading through steelhead runs in September.

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I'm still wearing the Chromers with the studded rubber sole. These soles have the big carbide spikes that allow me to walk confidently on slick cobble (with my wading staff). I probably have 2 more years left in them. I did a quick search on the Korkers website and I like the Darkhorse model ... looks comfy. The Devil's Canyon looks as if it would be too tight on the lower calf muscle for me. The new rear entry boots (Hatchback) look cool, but I would want to try them on first before purchasing.

They have some crazy sole combinations now. The Triple Threat soles can be had with Aluminum bars, Spikes and Hex Disc or a combination of all three. Talk about grippin' !!


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Bob, I splurged on a pair of Devil's Canyon boots. I thought they would be much quicker on and off. To some extent they are, but they are a bit too tall for my ideal comfort and desire. The rear entry is nice, but I probably won't do that model again.
Regarding soles, not souls(!), I put a rug on my deck and have plastic interlocking tiles on the floor. Studs are part of the game for me. I don't like anything slowing down my participation during the morning and evening golden hour! I am more concerned with corks on my plastic coated running boards (on other rivers) than on my boat.
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I have the K5 Bombers and Im very happy with them. A couple of years of hard wading and they are still holding up (fingers crossed). When they are dry they are relatively light so they pack and travel nicely.
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Thanks all. Plenty of good info to chew on! 😉

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I don't think you can go wrong with any Korkers. I bought a pair of Buckskins because that what my local store had in stock in my size. Also, I think you get what you pair for, so for me, when it comes to wading boots, I am not looking to save money. I also bought a pair of Korkers' aluminum soles. I think they work much better than the Simms' studs.

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Years ago I started with the Redsides until they went critical mass. I replaced them with the Dark Horse model and have been very happy with them. Comfort is great considering the odd angles your feet wind up in during the day. The ankle support/protection has been the biggest thing as the Redsides are very pliable and soft. I did buy the Triple Threat sole and am using the carbide spikes on them. That sole should be able to fit anyone's needs with all the options available. I wasn't sure if I would like the Boa M2 system over laces, it is pretty handy when your hands are really cold. Hope this helps.
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Thanks all, for your thoughts.

Interestingly enough, my thoughts mirrored Fishead's exactly.

I had a pair of Redsides, and thought they were the bomb, until the sides started to break down. They're now my backups. I just bought a pair of Darkhorse, and although they looked heavy at first glance, they were surprisingly light.

I too had reservations regarding the boa lacing system, thinking that if they break down, there's nothing to be done by send them back for repair, whereas traditional lacing is easy to fix with any piece of string.

So far, very happy with the support, ease of use, boa system is pretty cool. A tip I was told - undo the rubber tab at the heel of the boot to relax the rubber. It will last longer.

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I too had reservations regarding the boa lacing system, thinking that if they break down, there's nothing to be done by send them back for repair, whereas traditional lacing is easy to fix with any piece of string.
Bob, Korkers sells a replacement kit for the BOA System. It's cheaper than a set of quality laces too. Instructions come with the kit, seems really simple that you can do it right there on the river bank. I bought the kit as a back up because the wading boot laces never last me more than two seasons. The kit is still in my river bag, I put it there 8 years ago when I bought my first pair of Korkers with the BOA system. I haven't had the need to replace the wire yet.


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I haven't had the need to replace the wire yet.


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Wow! That's the kind of news anyone likes to get!

Thanks Mike!

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I just got a pair of BOA system boots (Simms) and was told that a lot of snow board boots are now using BOA systems. So if your BOA system fails while on a trip and you don't have a backup with you, in a pinch you could go to a ski shop and see what they can do. Convenient that rivers and ski slopes are often in close proximity.
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The usual failure of the BOA system is the plastic guts inside the knob wear out from small amounts of sand that will find its way in. Every time I would fish I would take the knob off and clean it out. Like other people have said doing a rebuild is a snap.
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