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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Korkers Wraptr question

Before I drop $260 CAD on a pair, can anyone attest to their bombproofness/overall quality? Searched on here but couldn’t find any reviews of the wraptr boot specifically, and online reviews are always questionable. Any good feedback is appreciated thank you.

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I would also like to hear opinions on this topic.

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Well, I have been a loyal Korkers buyer for over 20 years and have stuck with them through the various changes and upgrades. I presently have 2 pairs of their newest style boots. While wading, one of the two pairs experienced what I would classify as a manufacturing default. The rear plastic knob tore loose that the rubber sole attachment latches on to. I contacted Korkers and they said the boot was "out of warranty" or something to that effect and basically offered nothing. Now, understand, I do a very limited amount of fishing and never misuse my gear. Would I buy another pair? Yes. And the reason is I think they are the best design out there. I just wish they would have done the right thing for an expensive pair of boots.
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Thanks, steelguy! That is disconcerting that a company that large wouldn’t stand behind their products more.

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Well, I have been a loyal Korkers buyer for over 20 years and have stuck with them through the various changes and upgrades. I presently have 2 pairs of their newest style boots. While wading, one of the two pairs experienced what I would classify as a manufacturing default. The rear plastic knob tore loose that the rubber sole attachment latches on to. I contacted Korkers and they said the boot was "out of warranty" or something to that effect and basically offered nothing. Now, understand, I do a very limited amount of fishing and never misuse my gear. Would I buy another pair? Yes. And the reason is I think they are the best design out there. I just wish they would have done the right thing for an expensive pair of boots.

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the history of korkers is built off the backs of suckers.
stop paying this firm to practice making fishing boots.

they (quite obviously) aren't very good at it.
firm should have went the way of the dodo years ago... it's these unhappy people that keep them afloat.

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DO NOT buy Korkers! Several years back I bought them and the rear plastic knob broke as well. Not once, not twice, but THREE different times. I threw them away and bought SIMMS! They broke because I wade where there are rocks, and the knob breaks from hitting a rock.
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I have owned two pairs of Korkers. Had the soles tear loose of both of them. Very little fishing time on both pairs. It took a major battle to get the first pair replaced. I threw the second pair away and bought a pair of Simms G3 guide boots. After 3 years the Simms boots developed a small tear. I mentioned it to my local dealer and he said to send them back. I had a new pair of the latest version in three weeks. Iíll stick with Simms.
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Well, I have been a loyal Korkers buyer for over 20 years and have stuck with them through the various changes and upgrades. I presently have 2 pairs of their newest style boots. While wading, one of the two pairs experienced what I would classify as a manufacturing default. The rear plastic knob tore loose that the rubber sole attachment latches on to. I contacted Korkers and they said the boot was "out of warranty" or something to that effect and basically offered nothing. Now, understand, I do a very limited amount of fishing and never misuse my gear. Would I buy another pair? Yes. And the reason is I think they are the best design out there. I just wish they would have done the right thing for an expensive pair of boots.
Poor customer service and you would buy another pair???????????
Why would korkers fix them or honour their warranty when people don't care if they fall apart and continue to buy them?
Can't believe what I just read.
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I am with the second pair of the Whitehorse. Not what you are asking for, but the system is the same. And the system is where the problems are ! The shoes themselves are very light and would be comfortable with conventional laces and with glued soles.

To be honest, I wouldnít buy another pair. Not only one reason - several:
- Broken laces. On the first pair, the laces broke two times, on the second after short use once. Not funny to stumble back to the car in the night with broken laces, I can tell you...
- The thin laces are cutting through the material.
- The metal laces are only anchored on one place and are freely moving. No differentiation in lower or higher pressure to the feet. For good ankle support in a wading boot we need higher pressure in the upper part without too much pressure in the lower parts. Itís only possible with conventional laces, more and different anchor points.
The Boa system is fine for skiing and the stiff skiing boots, but definitely not for softer shoes to which wading boots belong to, also exposed to sand and gravel and everything out while fishing.
- The changeable sole system is also not funny, when wading in mud. You need a lot more power to bring the feet out again, because mud is between shoe and soles additional. In consequence I lost one sole while sunken deep into mud in slow water, but was happy I came out without lost of rod or life. To be fair, that happened only once, but it was enough.
- Useless and dangerous rubber soles for wading (the ones they are delivered with). Maybe good for walking, to safe the felt soles. If one likes to carry interchangeable soles, replacement kit - and willing to take the time for the changing process between walking and fishing... If not, the rubber soles stay mostly unused and are a completely unnecessary lost of resources and will end with the boots in the rubbish container.
- Felt soles wear down all too fast. Not only because they are thinner than any other felt soles on other boots, but they need to be thrown away as soon (better before !!!) the outer edges of the hard plastic under the felt gets into touch with the ground ! If one waits too long, itís like skiing, believe me !
No problem at all on any other conventional boots with felt attached to the lower sole parts, mostly made of soft material.

I do some sports and mountain hiking and know whatís needed in a good boot for comfort, protection and safety.
If one wants an easy in and out boot for not the toughest of fishing itís okay. Be prepared with the Boa replacement kit. I bought two replacement laces and got the third from Boa company free of charge after only a short E-Mail. Unluckily it was the wrong length (too short)...
I canít say anything good or bad about the service of Korkers, because I didnít try. But what should they do? The problems described are system immanent and hard to solve. Even if they are generous with a new pair after a warranty case in exchange one gets the same problems again.

I use the second and last pair as my Ąevening jump onlyď-boot for trout fishing at a nearby river with easy access, but donít take it with me for serious fishing, salmon fishing and any sort of longer excursions. If something happens after some wear with conventional laces, it can be seen, not with the metal laces. In case of a breakage conventional laces are changed at the water within minutes and on it goes. Also not that easy with the Boa system.

I didnít try every wading boot and label on the market, but after 30 years of trial and error with other labels I came to some pairs of Simms boots and didnít have many complaints. After some other models I am in the third pair of the old G3 model. I got some pairs in reserve of this old model because I couldnít wear the new model of the G3 with itís hard and stiff hard plastic edges exactly on the ankles. But every foot is different. Try before you buy in the office or at home !

For serious fishing I wouldnít recommend the Korkers and Boa. And for every other label or boot model, one have to try for individual fit. Every model is different within one label.

Hope this was some help.
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Thanks a lot for all the opinions folks!
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Before I drop $260 CAD on a pair, can anyone attest to their bombproofness/overall quality? Searched on here but couldn’t find any reviews of the wraptr boot specifically, and online reviews are always questionable. Any good feedback is appreciated thank you.
I hate mine. First pair from this company last pair from this company. I’ve had the felt soles tear off and come loose on the toes and heels both. Yes they have replaceable soles and they have lasted three outings On the first ones. The last one to come unglued was two hours in the water. They look like great boots. They are not.

I learned to fly fish at 9 years old because putting a worm on a hook is gross. It still is.
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I had a pair of Korkers and will never buy another. They're crap. Of course you could pay $549 dollars for a pair of Patagonia Foot Tractor boots. The boots are made by Danner, so they're probably bomb-proof. But $549?! No thanks. Patagonia's aluminum bars grip better than anything I've tried. For winter steelheading I use Patagonia River Crampons on my boot foot waders, and they're great. But when it comes to spring, summer and fall wading boots I'm sticking with Simms. They've never disappointed me.
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I like my Wraptr boa's a lot. They are the first one to figure out the BOA that fits comfortably. Interchangeability of sole is nice. I would say the quality is the same as a set of g3's. I also have amazingly good Simms customer service stories, but for now I wear my Wraptrs once Im out of bootfoots. Everything I need in a boot.

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Wow, so many negative response. what is going on Korkers.
I bought the lower end Simms wading boots. After a season, the felt is almost gone, one broke lace though the boots remain in good shape.
So I bought a pair of korkers. I find the felt wears slower than simms boot. I also bought steel studs sole to fish the world slippery Thompson river. The boot need more time to test out though.
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My experience with Korker's is limited to one pair, I had the same problem that has been mentioned of having the felt tear loose after only a couple of trips. The loose felt could have been easily fixed but I also found the boots narrow, I should explain that I have a high instep and somewhat wide feet and the only boot that fits me is Simm's. Obviously the narrow could not be fixed so I sold the boots.
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