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 Post subject: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:53 pm 
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I'm wanting to lessen the backpack load for these 4-6 mi hike-ins for backcountry camping & fishing. Anyone know of a boot on the market that would have enough support for moderate to aggressive trail hiking with a 50-60 lb pack and that could convert into a stream fishing boot? Seems like I saw Corkers a few years back that had a somewhat good tread for hiking that allowed a felt strip to be affixed.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:47 pm 
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Korkers + a strap-on. Done.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:31 am 
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Don't say it Gordie, Don't say it........

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:31 am 
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Actually, Choatas are designed to be a dual purpose boot. They have good arch and ankle support. I've put may miles on my STL's, and have been very happy with them. The felt soles may not be the best for hiking, but the only real disadvantage I've experienced is actually going up and down stream banks. Of course, if you are fishing where slime covered rocks are not a problem, you could get lug sole wading boots....


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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:21 am 
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I'm happy with my Korkers but I don't backpack so I can't give you a report on that. The lug soles work well on wet slippery dirt but not on rock snot or silt. The support is good.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:20 am 
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With a 50-60 lb load, 4-6 miles etc., a lot of folks are looking for a boot that offers substantial support...not too much flexibility. A hiking boot generally thought to be suitable for those conditions has a stiffer mid-sole and less flex in the upper boot. Based on customer feedback, from guys that are "hiking in," folks are liking the upper-end Simms models with the newer vibram tread for wading boots.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:49 am 
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Unless you have bad ankles, there are few trail in NC you cannot handle in tennis shoes. Even with a pack. As a bonus, they are camp shoes after fishing. And you cut weight on your feet over the hiking boots. Wight on your feet is as bad as weight on your back. I took a 5 day trip in tennis shoes. The only problem I had was on very rock old logging roads. Trails were not bad at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 12:15 am 
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I would probably buy Korkers again. The Boa lacing system which others have since copied are just great. A knob twist allows you to cinch them down and pulling out the knob loosens them.
The soles too are the real deal. In one boot you can have rubber, Vibram, Kling-On (whatever that is), felt and all versions in studded or unstudded.
The grippiest of them all is their Svelte sole. Think heavy duty, course 3M scouring pad. They grip slime and rock snot better than anything I know of. Just don't wear them too much on dry land or they'll erase themselves in no time.
They've upgraded the sole retention system since they're first incarnation and they seem to stay put so well you forget they can come off.
All that said I have a friend who had bad luck with them. They just ripped apart on him. I will say he is no lightweight and I doubt the boots ever had a chance to dry out in the time he had them but they weren't his favorites.
Mine are holding up well but if you ever saw me walk you would call dibs on them when I no longer need them.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:34 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Hiking and fishing boots in one?
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:59 am 
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Gofisher wrote:
"Dibs"


Damn Gordo, you and me and swapping shoes didn't work out so well for you in the past if I'm not mistaken. If you're really ready to try again, I'll be gone when I no longer need them so copy this thread and get it to whoever is in charge.


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