A remastered classic from the optimal traction brand; the DarkHorse is not a one trick pony. Made for the angler that can’t compromise weight and durability
3rd pair of Korkers over the years. This is the best yet. Great concept with the interchangeable soles. Versatile and easy to change. Great support and easy to hike in.
Let me start by saying I fish really, really hard. I wore through the KGB boots in 6 months and two pairs of K5 bomber boots in a year and a half. The issues were always either related to the stitching on the heel giving out or an issue with the omnitrax peg. Korkers has honored their warranty every time and for that, I am grateful. Having said that, I was disappointed with the durability of the seemingly "bomber" boots and was strongly considering moving to simms g3 or orvis pivot/access boots. My main fishing partner switched to these when he wore through his KGB's so I got a glimpse of these. VASTLY IMPROVED. It seems like Korkers design team is really taking feedback to heart. The Omnitrax peg is so much better than in previous models and the heavily recessed protected stitching will hopefully hold up where previous generations have failed. I wore size 14 in the K5's and KGB's but the boots are much more generous size so I had to switch to 13, which is my street shoe size. I didn't think I was going to really care about the boa system to be honest, but the on and off with these is so convenient that it has made de-wadering between spots over 30 minute drive totally reasonable for comfort, safety and cleanliness in driving. Korkers is still seemingly the only boot company who has figured out to put drains at the bottom of the boot(cabelas guidewear boot has them too) but this is huge for saving water weight when walking out of the river, especially if you're using these for wet wading. I will reiterate my point that the kling-on "sticky" rubber is horrible in the river, fine for hiking or in a boat, but makes for really unsafe wading where felt is not an option. Because of this, be prepared to spend another $50 or $60 for the Vibram(standard in simms and orvis) or Alumatrax sole putting these at the $229+ range. I hope that the design improvements they have made, translate into more longevity.
I've never looked forward to putting on or taking off a wading boot until now! They open way up and it's a breeze no matter if they are wet, dry, or partially frozen. I put a lot of hours and miles wading in the Madison and with the various tractions and ankle support it seems like I always have stable footing. I think they are going to hold up too with this hidden stiching.