I picked these boots up in April 2013 as warranty upgrade after I killed a pair of Redsides, Korkers has incredible customer service. Yesterday the KGB boots celebrated their 100th day on the river for the year, I’m not a guide, I just like to fish. From the looks of the boots at this point, I don’t see any reason not to expect another 100 plus days of abuse. I’ve used them in temps from -10 degrees to 80 degrees, both wader wading and wet wading, and have put in numerous 10 mile hike/fish days with these boots. These boots are able to put in some work and keep going. Other than replacing a couple pairs of laces the boots have not had any issues.
The Vibram Studded IdroGrip soles are a whole other story. The boots shipped w/ regular and studded Idro Grip soles. As mentioned above Korkers Customer Service is second to none. The Studded Idro Grip is great in concept, but lacking in practice. The rubber is very sticky, add in the studs and the grip is scary good on South Platte granite, unfortunately the studs begin to pop out almost immediately. After a hard day of fishing in Cheesman Canyon over half of the studs were gone from each of the soles. This story repeats itself regardless of the river, as long as there are rocks for the studs to hook up on they shed studs like crazy. I believe I’ve gone through five pairs of studded soles at this point, all compliments of Korkers. Currently the company is trying to rework the studded sole issue, they have stopped shipping the studded Idro’s as replacements; the current fix is Kling-on studs, better durability, but a huge sacrifice in stickiness. Thank goodness for interchangeable soles and felt.
If the sole issue gets resolved, I'd up the rating to "five fish".
Pros: light weight and drains really well., Interchangeable soles, Great Durability
Cons: Poor durability of the Vibram Studded IdroGrip
Would you recommend this product? Yes