Korkers Darkhorse Wader Shoes with Felt and Kling-On Soles

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The Korkers Darkhorse Wader Shoes are a remastered classic fly fishing shoe. The Korkers Darkhorse wader shoes are lightweight yet offer reliable traction that adapts to any fishing condition thanks to the OmniTrax® interchangeable sole system. The Korerkers Darkhorse wader shoes feature a BOA M2 lacing system that allows for easier on and off as well as a more custom fit. Plus, the Korkers Darkhorse wader shoes have an internal drainage system that removes the excess water for a lighter, more comfortable feel. If you're looking for an incredibly durable and protective wader shoe, try the Korkers Darkhorse Wader Shoes.

  • Molded TPU toe cap for protection
  • Hydrophobic material for quick drying
  • Ultra abrasion resistance for durability
  • Internal drainage removed excess water
  • Outsole adapts traction to any fishing condition
  • BOA M2 lacing system for easy on and off and custom fit
  • Outsole: OmniTrax interchangeable sole system

Customer Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
The only boot I’ll wear!!
These boots are a duplicate of what I been wearing with a few new touches! The BOA system is superior along with the interchangeable soles. A+
July 13, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best I've owned
For my first Alaska trip, I treated myself to a pair and am thoroughly satisfied. Even though I've only fished 6 very full days in these, I can say I like the following things best: The BOA lacing system is secure, easy, quick on/off, and tightens evenly; they are light; I was able to use Vibram (no felt) studded when fishing and Vibram non-studded (in boats and planes, avoiding damage to floors); and able to switch to studded felt soles on quite slick stream bottoms at home. One day while fishing Alaska, I used a set of studded Vibram soles on loan from the outfitter and although they were quite well used, they were still easy on, secure, and gripped the slippery rocks as well as new. I thank John Holman, of NoSeeUm Lodge, for highly recommending them from his guiding experience.
July 11, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
I love them.
I fish 100 days or more a season, about 60% saltwater (striped bass) and 40% freshwater (trout), so put my wading gear through a lot, and expect a lot out of my gear. My wading usually includes several miles of hiking in varied terrain, over rockweed covered granite outcrops, along beaches, briar-covered trails, rocks, roots, and everything in-between, before I even get to where I want to fish. So far, the Darkhorse has been a great companion "workhorse" for me, and I'm pleased with them and would highly recommend them. I love being able to slide on my boots (they are very easy to get on/off), spin the Boa dial to adjust tightness, and go. The boot is high, which I like, and provides extra ankle support/protection in rocks. Like all Korkers boots, having interchangeable soles is great, but I find the Vibram studded sole to be my most-used soles in both fresh and salt, and they have held up well. That said, if solely working lots of rockweed covered granite boulders, the triple-threat carbide sole is unbeatable. The boots, boa system, and soles have held up well through extensive use so far. I expect to get at least another season out of them.

My only gripe is that I need to stop to re-tighten the boa dials several times through a day (they most definitely do loosen after hiking for awhile), but I guess I'd have to retighten laces anyway if these were regular lace-up boots. The Darkhorse is also a tad too roomy for my foot (I wear a 10 shoe, bought these in 11 as recommended). They definitely have lots of volume and are even a little roomy when wearing wool socks and my waders. If wet-wading, I wear thick wool socks and neoprene booties (to take up space) and they're still a touch roomy. That said, they remain comfortable even for 12-hour+ wading days, and I've never gotten blisters in them.
July 6, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Extremely Durable
I’ve owned these boots for over 2 years and have had no issues whatsoever! They have greater than 400 Idaho, Montana and Utah river days and I’ve only worn out 1 set of studded felt soles! I use to buy new boots every year but with Korkers, I fully expect to get at least 3 or 4! Thank you for providing such a great product!
June 9, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Just flat awesome
Have the dark horse boa boots… best boots ever… mine did come apart on the inseam and had to glue repair them, but still doing five stars because even with quick fix they are going strong! Have the alumitrax hex soles and they are the bomb! Also have the bars, but definitely prefer the hex. Love the ability to switch between felt and aluminum… no better system! About to trade up to the devils and can’t say enough great things about the boa system.
May 31, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Following is a review of Korkers warranty. Last fall 2020 I obtained a pair of “hatchback” wading boots from a new fishing buddy. He wore them for a couple of trips & decided they were a little small and uncomfortably stiff. I told him I might be interested in buying them but would like to try them out first, he agreed. I fished them for about 3hrs the next week and noticed a crack in the rubber-like material that runs from the side’s of the feet over the toes. Thought perhaps I caught it on something sharp. Attempted a repair & fished again the following week. This trip resulted in a similar crack in the other boot. I told my buddy what happened, he suggested I contact “Korkers” to see what they would do. He couldn’t find his receipt. I wasn’t optimistic! I eventually got thru to “Nick” in customer service & after looking at my pics & reading my warranty claim he informed me that “Korkers” would send me a new pair of boots. No receipt, not the original purchaser, WOW! My new “Dark Horse” arrived today. That’s standing behind your product!
February 9, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Cortland Line Company Sales Rep
I have been using these boots for the last year and have never enjoyed putting on my waders this much in my life! Great ankle support, comfort and extremely light. With well over 350 miles so far this year, they fail to show any wear & tear! The soles stay tight to my boot and give excellent traction on any river surface. No need to look for other boots, Korker's will always be my #1 choice.
October 13, 2020
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
Solid boot backed by a solid company.
Have put many miles on my Darkhorse boots and am thoroughly impressed with their durability. The boa system is awesome, and the stability these boots offer on slick rocks in swift currents is lifesaving. Korkers also has a rock solid guarantee for their products that they stand behind 100%. The ability to swap soles for different river conditions/regulations is the reason I bought these boots, but their durability, stability and customer support is why my next pair will be from Korkers.
September 15, 2020
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Rated 2 out of 5
Durability Lacking
These boots fit well and are comfortable to walk in, but durability is not what I was expecting from the price. I've had these boots less than four months, and they are already pretty much destroyed. The sticky rubber klingon sole was the first thing to go and I lost more than half the rubber off of them and even cracked the plastic within a month. After these broke I started using the studded soles that came with the boots but these have been terrifying to wade/hike in, they offer almost zero traction on any larger rocks. However, they do work great on wet logs). Next, the boa cables on both boots snapped, about two months in. Now there are holes developing in the boots themselves along the seams connecting the rubber to the fabric part of the boot. Every time I wade I get gravel in my boots through these holes. I have put a lot of miles on these boots but I was hoping they'd hold up a lot better. The durability of them is no better than cheaper Orvis and Simms boots I've had in the past.
September 2, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Had an older pair of Orvis Boots that did the job. Also had a pair of the original Korkers for Montauk fishing 30+ years ago. PUrcahsed the Darkhorse from Beavers Bend Fly Shop in OK, and absolutely loved them BOA is the only way to go. Soooo comfortable. Used the felt with the studs out there. Going to Colorado and just ordered the Omni 3 cleats with the rubber sole. Such options can't be overlooked.
Currently the best boot on the market. Can't go wrong.
September 2, 2020
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