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Korkers Buckskin wading boot

- published April 2014

84

2014

RATINGS

Grip
7
Comfort
7
Wet Weight
8
Durability
7
Tread Life
7
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

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THE GOOD

  • Interchangeable soles mean tread can be matched to specific conditions
  • One of the lightest boot both straight out of the box and when full soaked
  • One of the least expensive models

THE BAD

  • Risk of failure of the interchangeable sole system could be problematic
  • Fabrics on tongue, laces and uppers can snag fly hooks
  • Traditional lacing rather than Boa system

THE VERDICT

The Korkers Buckskin Wading Boot take full advantage of the one thing that sets Korkers apart from all its competitors: the Korkers OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System. But allowing outsoles to be easily and quickly replaced, the Buckskins allows anglers to securely explore a variety of water and terrain without the cost of, or storage space for, multiple sets of boots. 

FULL REVIEW

The Korkers Buckskin is a lightweight wading boot featuring Korkers Interchangeable Sole System. The Buckskin boot comes standard with both the rubber KlingOn soles and traditional felt soles, though other options are also available. Soles may be purchased separately as well.

Grip
To better illustrate how the Buckskins'  faired against the rest of the boots I tested, I only field tested the basic (non-studded) KlingOn rubber soles. These performed well on the snow and in the mud but it slipped more than I liked on the slimy rocks of low-water winter conditions.

Comfort
The high cuff is well padded and provides high ankle support and the stiff heel lock seemed to prevent twisted ankles while wading tricky river bottoms. I traipsing through deadfall-covered forest floors without problem, and in good comfort.

Wet Weight
A single boot went from 1.6 pounds dry to 2.2 pounds wet, but the material dried quickly and the interior drained rapidly, thus quickly dispelling weight gained while submerged. This also helps to prevent anglers from unknowingly spreading invasive and exotic species from one water to another.

Durability
Constant changing of the soles may reduce the life of the boots if the clip-in pins weaken or break from repeated in-and-out use. But judicious use of the system more likely means the Buckskins will outlast many of its competitors

Tread Life
The relatively soft, spongy rubber used on the KlingOn tread provides good traction in the water, but could wear more rapidly when walking on dry, abrasive rocks.

Value
Buckskins come with two soles and two options for the soles. Even matched with the higher priced sole options, the Buckskins are the least expensive but most versatile boot in the class.

 

How We Tested It

I wore the Korkers boot on my left foot and the Simms on my right foot while fishing in low water winter conditions with slime-covered river rocks the norm. I also tested on snow and in muddy areas. I walked roughly two miles, fishing along the way and walked the entire length back to the parking area on multiple occasions.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer at the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990 and also freelances for a number of outdoor-related publications. He tests fly fishing boots and waders for the Gear Institute.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$130.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Grip
7
Comfort
7
Wet Weight
8
Durability
7
Tread Life
7
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

Specs

  • Weight verified?: Yes

Weight

1 lbs , 6 oz

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