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The Korkers Metalhead Wading Boot blurs the line between traditional style and tech-savvy, cutting-edge footwear. Why not have the best of both worlds? The Metalhead keeps you warm and dry while you navigate the shoreline, but it's apparent simplicity masks a high degree of competence and innovation.

  • OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System helps you achieve traction even on slick rocks in running water; includes studded sticky rubber sole for mud and rubber/felt soles for slick rocks
  • Boa speed lacing system allows for easy-on, easy-off access
  • Waterproof materials help keep water weight down and your feet dry
  • Integrated midsole drainage ports release water quickly to further prevent water absorption
  • Strategic seam placement reduces number of possible failure points
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Great boots, but BOA needs an update.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I like these boots very much. Their nice and light, have great traction and excellent support and comfort for long days in the river. I have used them five times over the summer and recently used them in sub freezing temps up at Lee's Ferry AZ. No issues up until end of the last day when I tried to pull out the knob to release the tension on the BOA system. My hands were so cold from the near freezing rain, I couldn't grip the knob well enough until my hands warmed up. I had only a little trouble turning the knob to tighten them or pulling to release over the summer. I understand the knob is rounded to prevent it from hanging up on underwater obstacles but feel an easier to turn design would be more practical.

interchangeable soles SUCK

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

i got a good deal on these boots. but, try walking through lakebottom mud with these boots and let me know if you come out with both soles still attached. i'll give you a pat on the back if you didn't lose one or both. they need to fix that, but i feel like it might be impossible. now i just wear them without soles because i cant afford new boots or to keep buying new soles.


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Best Wading boots I have used. They are very light, you dont even know you have them on. Traction is also great. The boa system doesnt freeze up even in Erie Pa streams harshes conditions.

Initial impressions

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I like these boots a lot -- I've fished in them for some 10-12 days now, and here are my initial impressions:

BOA: I really like this system -- it makes it very easy to put the boots on and to take them off. I am looking forward to using them in the winter, hoping that it won't ice up like my regular laces do. I am not able to get the boots as tight as I did with laces -- I get to a point where it's pretty hard to spin the wheel, and I'm afraid of breaking it.

Fit: I wear 10-10.5 street size, and the size 10 Korkers were the ones that fit. I tried 11's and 12's, thinking that with the waders I need to go up a size. I almost made the 11's work with an extra insole, but the BOA didn't let me crank it tight enough. Go with your street size.

Kling-on rubber: very poor. I tried it out on the Eagle River (CO), and feel twice in the first hour. The rubber soles don't stick to anything. But I'm guessing they'll work well for hiking and for sandy creeks in WI.

Felt sole: pretty good. It still slides around mossy rocks, but works much better than the rubber.

Studded felt sole: best choice. I used this on the Green River (UT), Arkansas (CO), Yampa (CO), and it worked great everywhere.

The outer sole is glued to an orange plastic, and that plastic seems poor quality. One of my rubber soles cracked while being removed ( already replaced it), but I see hairline cracks in the other soles, just from regular use.

Since soles are so easy to swap, I'm using the rubber sole to hike/motorcycle to the river, and then swapping to studded felt for actual fishing.

On the overall I'm very pleased with the boots, now that I found the size that fits me. The sole interchange system is good, and I look forward to trying out the Svelte sole when it comes out too.

Ok, now that I've had these boots for almost two years, some more thoughts about them.

Bottom line is I would not buy them again. The inability to tighten the boots around my ankles is very annoying. I shortened the cables by about 2.5" each, which means it's a bit harder to put my foot in but I have more space on the spool to really crank them down. Still not good enough. And the boots loosen up when in the water, whether it's material stretch or some give in BOA, I have to keep re-tightening them.

The bottom of one of my boots, maybe because it's worn, keeps popping out the sole. I had it pop out (twice in a muddy river and once on a sandy bank) three times in the past week. Thankfully the rubber loopy on the back stayed on the shoe so I could fix it.

The Svelte soles are very nice, but don't last. I went through my first pair in 6 months (fishing 2-3 times/week) and Korkers gave me a new pair. But I'm just about through the second set too.

Conclusion: I love the convenience, esp. in winter, of getting to the river using rubber soles, and then switching to studded felt. I am considering selling the BOA-based ones and getting a lace-based boot that will still accept my arsenal of soles.

Great Boots

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These boots are fantastic! The Boa lacing system lets you get in and out of these things easily without having to hop on one foot all over the parking lot. The synthetic materials dry quickly and the felt soles provide great footing.

Incredibly light and comfortable

    These boots are worthy of being in your bag. They provide a great fit with the Boa closure system that locks you in so when the outsoles kick in to high gear, your as surefooted as a mountain goat. After four 15+ hour days in these boots immediately after taking them out of the box, I am happy to report that they made a great impression. They were incredibly comfortable all day long - the only reason I was reminded I was wearing them was when the traction saved my bacon (several times a day).

    The only boots I'll wear from here on out...

    Let me know when they go on 15% off...

    Let me know when they go on 15% off again.