Re: 2 Boot questions
My opinion probably isn't worth much as I'm a newb and haven't used them long, but I bought a pair of korkers 4-5 weeks ago and have been really happy with them. I went with the white horse (the less expensive model that comes with BOA lacing). The soles are easy to change out and the break-in period was very short. I've got 6-7 trips in on them and have hiked a mile or two on a couple of those trips, and have no complaints.
Shoes are one thing I definitely don't mind paying a premium for to buy local and support a fly shop. I bought mine in Golden and both the shop employee and the guide hanging out had great things to say about the Korkers.