03-29-2009, 11:03 PM
Re: Korkers? Anybody tried the sandles or the shoe's
Originally Posted by rustydeej
I was caught up with the Korkers after visiting their booth at the local Fly Fishing Expo. Yes I bought a pair. For me it was not money well spent.
Two issues I have with the shoe are:1. The soles are very difficult to interchange. Those demonstrated at the booth were very flexible and easy to change. Not the case in real life at stream side with the temp at 35 degrees.
2. The sole housing is a very hard slick composite that has no grip. One must be standing flat footed to benefit from the felt sole. While walking on slick rocks I found myself in jeopardy. Probably 15-20% of the sole is the housing.
1. I completely agree with you about the difficulty of interchanging the soles. I have both the original 1st generation Korkers Konvertibles and the 2nd generation Korkers Crossovers. In my opinion, the 1st generation were a lot easier to change out that my more recent Crossovers. However
, the difficulty in interchanging the soles has to be compared to boots that aren't interchangeable at all. In other words, so what if you and I are having so much difficulty in interchanging the soles - with any other brand we'd be stuck with what sole's on them anyway and wouldn't even have the option of changing the sole, no matter how difficult it may be with the Korkers (particularly at low temperatures). And one real advantage is that even if one doesn't interchange the soles at streamside that often, when they're worn out it's a lot easier (perhaps at home in a warm room) to change out for a new set of soles than to try doing the same with boots which aren't meant for sole changes.
2. On your point about 15-20% of the felt sole being a hard slippery composite material, I'm baffled. I have felt and studded felt soles for both my Korkers, and they are all felt on the contact surfaces.
BTW & FWIW, reason I have two pairs is that my originals were marginally too small, so when I gained some temporary
weight, I bought a larger pair.
On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .