Korkers Metalhead wading boots review

featured, Gear, Product Spotlight — By on November 1, 2011 8:38 pm

At the 2011 IFTD show, Angling Trade ranked the Metalhead Boots by Korkers the “Best Eco-Friendly Product”. But these boots are not only eco-friendly, they are some of the best wading boots on the market. The Metalhead boot comes with a Kling-On rubber sole and a felt sole. Korkers also utilizes “True Fit” sizing, that allows you to order the same boot size as your street shoe size.

One of the first features that catches your eyes with these boots is the BOA lace system. This BOA system has a super fact tightening knob and can easily be adjusted with one hand. This is a great feature for disabled angler, those who are unable to tighten laces, or just don’t want the hassle of trying to get a perfect fit with traditional laces. The durable and free-flowing eyelets are super durable to handle the wire laces. This system removes pressure point and allows for a super firm fit with no discomfort. And in the water the firm fit translates into support and increased wading ability.

easy one hand adjustment

durable eyelets

Another stand-out feature is the Korkers’ OmniTrax® 3.0 soles. These interchangeable sole allow you to customize the boots to meet conditions. The options include Kling-On rubber (pictured), studded Kling-on rubber, felt, studded felt, studded rubber, and the felt substitute Svelt (learn more about sole technology at http://www.korkers.com/technology/?p=omnitrax). These soles offer full coverage and snap in place quickly.

Kling-On rubber

Heel lock

I found another huge benefit of these boot it there light weight. A combination of lightweight materials and some serious drainage holes, allow for a full day of hiking and wading without fatigue.

Find our more about Korkers and their footwear lines or to purchase, goto http://www.korkers.com.


Here is a good on the water video from Korkers

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  1. Jack Elliott says:
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    Very satisfied overall. Recently bought a pair & went fishing in them. Bought them one size larger to accommodate the neoprene, socks, orthotic inserts & a lace-on ankle brace I wear full-time as a senior. The BOA lacing system works great & everything fits together very well. The result for me is good support & stability, decent traction and great mobility.

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  2. Joe Cantrell says:
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    Let me say at the outset, these will probably be my next wading boots. But I’ll always have a pair of spare soles handy!
    On a recent 5-day float down Oregon’s Wallowa and Grand Ronde Rivers, my fishing buddy’s 3 month old Metalhead soles failed badly on the second day. First, the plastic clips that held the right sole to the boot broke. Then, every metal stud fell out of that sole, and most came out of the left. He finally took the soles off entirely and endured days of slipping on those snotty algae-covered rocks. If he’d had another set of soles, he’d have been fine.
    You can’t beat the way these go on and off, and as I said, my next wading boots will probably be Korkers, but I’ll have spare soles handy!

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  3. Bob Burns says:
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    Just a little caution is in order!

    I have had a pair of these boots for one season now. Fit: Great; Ease of on/off use: Wonderful with the BOA system; Interchangeable soles: A good idea, although I find myself relying on the felt sole almost exclusively because in our rivers in the Pacific Northwest the bottom is mostly rocks with varying amounts of slippery moss. Not alot of straight pea gravel or sandy bottom. Build quality: Good

    All these good things said about this boot, the BOA system has a shortcoming, which I’m afraid may prove to be fatal at some point. The wire runs from the winder to, and inside, small plastic inserts which reside inside the loop which replaces eyelets in a standard boot. These inserts tend to slip out of the loops they are supposed stay inside of. This will ultimately lead to the loop tearing itself open due to the wire cutting into it.

    After one or two fishing trips, I contacted Korker’s with this complaint and was somewhat brushed off by the factory rep with the advice to glue the inserts in place. I’ve tried to glue them but its impossible to do, due to the lack of any way to get glue inserted into loop with the insert in place. I even went out and bought syringes to see if I could inject glue into the loop. No luck.

    As of now, I’m a little miffed that I dropped nearly 200 bucks for a pair of boots only to be told “go fix them yourself” when the problem is clearly one of design, not use.

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  4. Kevin Hospodar says:

    Bob
    Thanks for the comment. I think you are talking about the Korkers Chrome boot (not the metalhead that is in the article). The Metalhead’s do not have the tube liners, rather it is an open eyelet that allows the metal lace to move freely.

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  5. chris says:

    Any one ever have troubles or heard of issues with the larger boot sizes (13 or 14)? I have heard that there are intermittent issues with the clips on the sides of the soles popping out. In the smaller sizes the distance between clips isn’t an issue, but as the boot sizes increase so does the this space and the soles don’t sit flush.

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  6. Travis says:
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    When i first bought the boot i was very happy with the functionality and fit. The Boa was great, made taking boots on and off very easy. It wasn’t until the third time i used them, i repeat THIRD time, i slipped my foot in the boot and began to tighten the Boa. Two turns into it the knob complete broke off and the disc that wire wraps around came shooting out leaving me with a 150 dollar paper weight. Very disappointed with this boot, they will be returned and I will not purchase them again.

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