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Old 09-09-2011, 01:58 PM
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Getting ready to get some new boots and my local rivers are banning felt. Anyone have or tried Korkers? They seem like a good boot and get solid reviews but I had to know what the Forum thought.
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catpoop,
my wife has a pair of korkers predator wading boots that she absolutely loves. they are the fixed rubber kling-on sole model no studs, and she seems to get around pretty well. nice boots imo
plus the boa lacing system is soooo slick...


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I have the Redside, a 99 dollar boot that has the interchangeable soles. It comes with felt and rubber but I spent the extra and got the studded soles and I'm happy I did. Overall the boot is solidly mediocre for the price, with the studs it has good grip and it's light in weight. Comfort wise the boots are very good but they lack in terms of support over rugged terrain. I wear a size 11 shoe and the sizing in these boots dictated I buy a 12.

Recently I purchased a pair of Simms Rivershed boots (179.00) and they are as comfortable with much better support- if these fit your budget I would go for these over the Korkers- even the funky Boa lace up versions...
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I have a pair of Korker's Guides w/ interchangeable soles and BOA lacing system. I use the sticky rubber soles in gravel streams and sticky rubber w/ studs in streams w/ clay/silt streambeds. They work really well and are very comfortable. Also love the BOA laces.
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I have Simms wading sandals with Vibram. They are great in really cold water where no algae or slime are on the rocks. They are really great for cruising around town, or hiking trails too. When the bottom of the river is slippery with muck I can hardly stand in them - I would like to get a pair with studs for such places.
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I also have Simms Rivershed boots but I have seen a number of good reviews that people like them! I was considering them when I finally purchased the Simms.
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I take public transportation to the streams, so I love my Korkers. And most models are cut wide.

Very comfortable hiking boot as well.

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By the way thecatpoop, what state are you in? This banning of felt sounds like something they would do in my home state - or believe it, my home city San Francisco, where banning things is a politicians ticket to higher office.

Seriously though - anybody else have felt bans in their state, and if so which ones?

These are the Simms wading sandles I have, and they come in size 15 for you bigger folks:
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This banning of felt sounds like something they would do in my home state - or believe it, my home city San Francisco, where banning things is a politicians ticket to higher office.
What is ironic is that banning felt soles in California is being hardly discussed. I talked with a few DFG biologists who understand that there are waters with Didymo (Bear River, North Fork American) and New Zealand Mud Snails (Putah Creek). Besides trying to deal with a lack of a budget, the top priority is salmon restoration.

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Several rivers here in Western Maryland have didymo and felt waders have been banned here. It was effective January 1st but they are only giving warnings this year and full effect will be 2012 but most people have the rubber bottoms already.
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