Originally Posted by Hardyreels:
". . . Going to look at the Korkers before I buy anything. Are they comfy on long walking days?"
Hardyreels, sorry about the delay in responding - was out of town away from the internet. I guess the answer depends on how much you walk. I've probably only worn my new Crosscurrents
about half a dozen times since I bought them. Probably the most walking I've done in them in a single day was five miles - 1 1/2 miles each way hiking in and back, and the rest along or in the river (San Juan
/NM). They felt as comfortable at the end of the day as they did in the beginning, and that's without having to cinch up the laces even once. Probably the toughest wading conditions I've had with them was a day on the Los Pinos
/CO, which entailed scrambling over boulders all day long - both in the river and walking along it - in the course of probably putting 3 miles on them including a short hike-in involving steep river banks. On that day the interchangeability of the soles was a life-saver, because I'd had studded felt on them for the extremely slick San Juan
river bottom, which studs acted like ice skates on the Los Pinos
boulders; fortunately, I had my felt-only soles with me, so it was a simple matter to change them out (& with it, no doubt saving some nasty falls).
Originally Posted by BigCliff:
". . . Anybody have any experience with their Cross-Current model? Theyz lots cheaper and I have to wonder about their durability."
BigCliff, I don't have a lot of experience with them yet as you can see in my above reply to Hardyreels, but so far they seem as durable as my original Korkers Konvertibles
, which are an earlier model whose soles aren't interchangeable with the newer Cross-Currents
. Differences I note are that the soles on the Cross-Currents
are more difficult to put in for me despite use of the "key" which didn't come with my Konvertibles
. While my Konvertible
s never had a problem losing the soles, I suspect that some users did have problems, thus leading Korkers to beef up the sole-anchoring system in the Cross-Currents
(& probably Guides as well)
. Although they cost twice as much, had I to do it over I would have bought the Korkers top-of-the-line Guide
model because of its unique "dial" lace-tightening system which would have taken some load off my lower back cinching the laces up. Reason I didn't was that I'd put on enough weight
to where my Konvertibles
are now too tight and I didn't want to put a lot of money into the new larger boots because I expect to drop my weight down enough to again fit into the Konvertibles
. However, considering that you'd never have to buy a new boot because the soles wore out, it would have been a good investment to buy the twice-as-expensive Guides