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Old 04-08-2011, 03:55 PM
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I have to get new boots since Vermont outlawed felt soles. Anybody have something they like? What about the Korkers with changeable soles?

I've been using Simms Freestones and like them. I could go Simms again but am open to something new.
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I have heard good things about the korkers and the simms rubber soled boots. I have the Chota Rock Locs and am very dissatisfied with them. They grip very poorly even with studs and the rubber is deteriorating after one season.

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I have both.

I have the Simms G4 boots, and the older style Korkers.

I've been on streams where the G4's seemed like I was wearing skates. Since then I bought a pack of the carbide studs, that I will screw in, next time I go to a known slippery stream. They are very comfortable boots.

The nice thing about the Korkers.. you can swap out the rubber and use rubber with carbide. Boots are comfortable enough. I'll take these down to NZ next time, so I only have to bring one pair,

I think next time - I'd try the BOA laces they both offer in some of their boots.
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I recently purchased a pair of Orvis River Guard. I have been extremely happy with them and would not wear felt again if I could. They are comfortable and the grip is outstanding. Pricey but what isn't these days. Some people comment that the are big for the stated size but I did not find that to be true for me.
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I'm still wearing felt here in California, but a popular blog Auther of a blog called the Trout Underground did a test of several Major brands the ones I can remember of the top of my head are Simms, Orvis , and Korkers and he found that in the freestone streams of Northern California the Orvis River Guard boots provided the best traction and stability. You can find the Trout Underground at Trout Underground - Fly Fishing's Fun, Independent Voice.
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I have a pair of Simms Freestones with the Vibram soles. I put the Simms star cleats in for a recent trip to the San Juan, which is infested with Didymo. The cleats performed great on that slippery skid stuff.
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Default Re: Any recommendations for non felt boots?

I have LL Bean Emergers and have tried LL Bean Grey Ghosts. Both of them have very good traction, better even than the felt-soled boots I had before. I opted for LL Beans as they come in widths, which was important to me.

I have heard that Korkers are excellent boots, and if I ever wear out the boots I have now, I'll probably check them out.

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Default Re: Any recommendations for non felt boots?

I am a fan of Korkers. Both my wife and I love them. I will switch from the hiking rubber sole to studded felt. I bought the shoe for a bit less weight. Not as much ankle support either

The old Korkers rubber sole is not so good in mossy streams. I don't know about any of their new soles. I can tell you, it is handy to bring hiking soles with you and switch on stream.

I am very worried when I can't wear felt in Missouri. I figure in a couple of years I am either moving on to the Simms if Korker soles haven't' changed to a better less slick rubber.

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PS.. My snide answer was move to somewhere you can use felt...
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Default Re: Any recommendations for non felt boots?

wow Vermont now too..Crazy
I feel for you and the amount of money you now have to dish out to comply with a poorly interpreted report..
I'm surprised at the ease with which these bans are becoming effective.
Isn't there a voice of reason in any state legislature?
For crying out loud. All boots are made of absorbent material.You ever notice how there wet when you take them off? Thats a dead give away.
The uppers are usually some type of Canvas hybrid while the lowers are leather or of the same upper material..lets not forget the shoe strings on all boots( except Korker which by the way would be my suggestion to you) are made of cloth or leather..I'm going to break the law if it ever comes to Colorado..
They can have my felt soles when the can Pry them off my cold crusty feet when I'm Dead..LOL or if I get caught..LOL
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Default Re: Any recommendations for non felt boots?

I've been very impressed with my Korkers thus far. I purchased them in early May 2010 and have about 80 days on the water in them. The soles are lugged up pretty well without feeling too heavy. A majority of my fishing is boulder scrambling and they are tacky enough to prevent slipping.

The walk real well for those times when half the session is the journey. And, they don't leave you feeling fatigued. At this point, I've not tried the felt as I have been perfectly happy with the lugged insert. Switching out is really ingenious. It takes all of about a minute a boot.

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