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    It just hit me..........Doesn't the ban on Felt soled waders go into effect this year?

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    Yes Yes it does GRRRRR

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    Mt boots are only 2 years old but they weren't real expensive ones , but I did install studs so that raised my cost quite a bit . I've been looking at the korker brand with the interchangeable soles . There pricey but it would be nice to go from stud back to a vibram for leaving boots on and getting in the car or going to a tackle shop . Here is a link http://www.korkers.com/footwear/fishing/metalhead.html
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    Sportamans has them for under 100 bucks in stock and yes this still bites! No Pun Intended. I understand the reason however for those of us who live here, wade here etc.... the likely-hood o fmy transporting rock snot is zero. Oh not to mention it does not cover all user groups. GRRRRRRR.

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    I agree BlueMoose & just spent the annual Christmas SW card on some new Caddis boots with studs. Nice feeling shoes though...
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    On March 1st (start of our trout season) we (Missourians) will be limited to nonfelt soles on our boots / waders also. As of right now, we do not have a problem with Didymo (rock snot), but it has been noted in northern Arkansas. Don't want to take a chance- that stuff is nasty to say the least

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    Has anyone tried out the new korkers with the change on the run soles ? would be nice to hear some positive info before buying ,
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    Quote Originally Posted by chugbug View Post
    Has anyone tried out the new korkers with the change on the run soles ? would be nice to hear some positive info before buying ,
    Yes and they are awesome, the speed laces are even better. No more wet laces and soooo easy to put on and off. Best wader shoes I have tried so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMoose View Post
    Sportamans has them for under 100 bucks in stock and yes this still bites! No Pun Intended. I understand the reason however for those of us who live here, wade here etc.... the likely-hood o fmy transporting rock snot is zero. Oh not to mention it does not cover all user groups. GRRRRRRR.
    Sportsmans has the KORKER with studs for under $110.00?

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    Glad to hear someone out there likes them. I received a pair of metalheads for Christmas and they seem pretty well made. They came with two soles: rubber and rubber with studs. The speed lacing should be a great idea. Now I have to go test them out!

    I noticed on their website that they have a set of "svelt" soles that look like they are a synthetic version of felt. Anyone have any experience with these? Might they be easier to clean and less likely to hold water than felt while still giving reasonable traction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chugbug View Post
    Has anyone tried out the new korkers with the change on the run soles ? would be nice to hear some positive info before buying ,
    My wife has been using hers for two years. Seem to work fine, but the rubber is cracking and breaking away on the toes of both boots now- not on the soles.

    Korker sezz they've never seen such a thing, but the good news is they asked her to send them back for replacement. Could have been a bad batch of rubber on that run of boots, but at least they're good for it.

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    Alaskachuck and his wife both have them and love them.
    Chuck has had his a couple of years now I believe.
    Myself, I have Simms Guide Boots and they are great boots.
    Mine are the older version with the studs in from the factory and are about 6 years old and still going strong.

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    Thanks for the info ,I will be taking a pair to alaska with me this year , just wanted to make sure they were as good as they sound , I was thinking the metalhead model also .
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    Alaskachuck and his wife both have them and love them.
    Chuck has had his a couple of years now I believe.
    Myself, I have Simms Guide Boots and they are great boots.
    Mine are the older version with the studs in from the factory and are about 6 years old and still going strong.
    We have had ours 2 years now...I have serious time on mine and love em..Easy on and off and the rubber soles dont faze me at all on the kenai
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    I just bought a pair of the metal heads. I haven't worn them yet, but just putting them on (with my waders) they felt better then any thing I have worn yet. And yes they do come with a pair with studs in them. That part though I am not sure about………..they are pretty small, at least you wont have to worry about tearing up your rafts.

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    [QUOTE=stid2677;1061901]Yes and they are awesome, the speed laces are even better. No more wet laces and soooo easy to put on and off. Best wader shoes I have tried so far.

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    Ditto on the Korkers speed laces. I bought the Korkers for my float in 2010 and when everyone else was having frozen lace problems I kept rubbing it in how well the Korkers worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    Alaskachuck and his wife both have them and love them.
    Chuck has had his a couple of years now I believe.
    Myself, I have Simms Guide Boots and they are great boots.
    Mine are the older version with the studs in from the factory and are about 6 years old and still going strong.
    I have simms guide boots with the rubber soles and not only do they provide little traction, but one of the soles delaminated after about 6 months. They sent me a new pair, I installed star cleats to increase traction and that doesn't work either. I haven't used them since....I suppose I will next trip to Alaska (or Missouri).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan Fly Guy View Post
    Sportsmans has the KORKER with studs for under $110.00?

    I called Sportsmans Warehouse and they are slightly over $100 bucks. Like way over. The metalheads are $179.99!
    Bluemoose- Did you find some at $100. somewhere else by chance? That would be a good deal.

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    Little different model for just over 100 just under bucks the metal heads are more money. I was just working with a friend of mine on CO selecting a Korker boot for 119.00. Heck I was thinking of just putting on plastic bags. Sorry I am absolutely no help.

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    Since I wear boot footed waders, I recently bought a pair of the cleated Korker strap on soles. (Cabela's - around $100)
    Excellent traction on some Lake Erie steelhead streams. The straps worked better than I thought they would for holding them tight on the boots. A very positive hook up. As someone else stated, I don't think I want to wear them on a raft.

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