Men's Korkers Terror Ridge Wader Boots
The Korkers Terror Ridge Men's Wading Boots offer high performance and comfort for any challenging terrain that you encounter while fly fishing. The upper on these Korkers wading boots is constructed from durable, abrasion-resistant synthetic materials with protective PU cast quarter panels for added durability. The heel-lock closure provides a stable platform and hiking-like fit for a great feel on varying terrain and river bottoms. To reduce weight, these Korkers wading boots feature internal channels that connect to the midsole in order to drain water. Keep your feet comfortable while fly fishing with the Korkers Terror Ridge Men's Wading Boots.Features:
- Quick drying materials
- Internal channels connect to midsole ports to remove water
- Protective PU cast quarter panels and molded TPU toe cap on upper
- Heel-lock closure for a stable platform and hiking-like performance on varying terrain and river bottoms
- Height: 9 in.
- Upper: Abrasion-resistant synthetic
- Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz. (per pair w/ felt soles)
- Outsole: OmniTrax® interchangeable sole system
On the second wearing, a lace grommet popped out.
The included Kling-on rubber sole is useless for wading except in sandy/pebble stream bottoms and okay for walking in. The Idrogrip appears to be a better sole for any purpose but I wouldn't plan to wade rocky streams with either.
The included felt sole is...sufficient. It is, however, somewhat thin and at the margins will not provide as secure a grip as a dedicated - thicker - felt boot. It is an acceptable compromise but I'd like to see a thicker layer of felt to close that performance gap.
Pretty comfortable out of the box and easy to dial in the fit after a few wearings.
Very good support and protection, good enough (I'd venture) for short mileage treks to backcountry fishing holes with a backpack, rather than having to tote them while wearing dedicated trail boots.
I wear a size 11 for wet-wading (with neoprene socks) and 12 for bootfoot Simms waders. With a size 11 Terror Ridge, I'm able to adjust fit sufficiently to do both.
Considerably lighter than a pair of Simms G3 boots. I think the Simms are slightly better constructed but will know for sure in a couple more seasons. I find the Korkers a bit more comfortable and less stiff, but not less protective.
I've only have a sole come loose at one of the eight anchoring points on two occasions. After paying a bit more attention to seating them firmly, I haven't had another issue but check and reseat them now and then.
Given the pros vs cons, I consider these boots very competitively priced. If they hold up a couple more seasons, they're a solid value and I'll be buying more Korkers.
At that price, these are a superb value. Comfortable, light weight, stable. The heel lock is as advertised and keeps your foot secure. They look like they will be very durable, but too early to say for sure. Rubber Klingon soles worked fine, but I'm waiting for studded Vibram Idrogrip soles that I have on order and expect them to be a major upgrade in grip performance. I am very glad I got these and expect to use them for years to come.
On to the replacement pair. Same thing happened except this time on the second time I used them!! Well instead of jacking with another warranty trouble I decided to just fix the problem myself. I have now replaced ALL of the eyelets with stainless steel, and NOT plastic. I will inform Lorkers again through a warranty claim but will keep my pair with GOOD eyelets.
Other than the plastic eyelets, I do love these boots! Therefore only 3 stars due to this issue and I'm sure I will receive nothing for my IMPROVEMENTS to this boot and the cost, both time and monetarily, for improving the flawed portion of the boot. Definitely worth getting though especially if you have the ability to change the eyelets yourself. And even if not, Korkers will stand behind them for you. Just hassle to send back every time. Will work on uploading upgraded photos with the stainless eyelets but can only add 1 photo right now.