Korkers Streamborn Wading Boots – One Year Later

[singlepic id=153 w=100 h=75 float=left]I bought a pair of Korkers Streamborns in early April 2008, and have not used another boot since. While I’m often accused of being a cyberfisherman [definition: getting very little time on the water but finding a way to blog about fly fishing trips an awful lot, and making good use of photoshop and/or other people’s photos in the process], I’m still going to show you what a pair of these boots look after a year in the closet of receiving enormous abuse.

Uh…they’re mint, or as close to it as one could expect with a fraud wearing them:

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I’d happily produce additional closeups of these babies to further the idea of how well they’ve held up, but it would be a futile effort – my photography skills blow, and you’d probably accuse me of photoshopping them like I do all my fishing pics anyway. Still, I must say I often hear comments about boots lasting a whole year, and boot reps cheering victory. Bleh. Tell me they went two or three or four years (the way these boots are headed) and I’ll be impressed.

The uppers are still perfectly intact, and there’s not a single sign of cracking, delamination, or separation of fiber from rubber. I’ve kicked aside enough rocks (and skidded down enough trails) to have broken toes, and yet the stitching all around still looks like new. They’ve been repeatedly subjected to some joker’s smelly feet (a stench surely capable of permeating neoprene booties) and clown show ready wading skills. Further, it’s been scalding hot water baths followed by utility room rack drying after each fishery encounter. As for the switch-able sole system…well it still works like a charm (and even better than new since the owner actually knows what he’s doing now).

My only complaint – they eat laces for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m on my third set, and they’ll see a fourth after tomorrow’s jaunt to another closet a desolate canyon fishery that is full of porky pigs, trapped like rats in deep clear pools because the water management officials love and cherish my very existence on our fair planet. Korkers should send me a lifetime supply of new laces, as a show of similar adoration.

Combined with my lucky socks (pair back together…thank God!), I’ve still got a good shot at snagging the golf club bag with these boots…when moving them out to the front window for all to see.

MG signing off (to test the Korkers on a construction site)

Comments

brandon722 says:

Have you tried those black Simms laces? I don’t know if they are a particular “model”, but they are kind of elastic in stretchability – I have them and like them a lot. I too have issues with laces – my boots have plastic hooks at the tops, but the bottom loops are metal and eat laces up too.

Bill Zimmermann says:

Comment on streamborn laces breaking;

I know this is an old post but i just wanted to comment…….
I live in long island new york & i bought the “streamborns” to “wetsuit” the rocks off of montauk where our goal is to land monster stripers. In certain areas we typically need to swim to the outer rocks to get to the productive water & drift live eels through the rips so a light, sturdy boot is in order. Ok enough of what i use them for now about the laces……… Its not the laces that are the problem, its the eyelets. They are cast from pot metal & have many sharp un-deburred edges, close examination of the eyelets will reveal what i am speaking of.

The eyelets on my boots eventually corroded from the saltwater and has sliced my laces numerous times leaving me stranded out on a rock with my boot in my hand wondering what to do. I have since machined stainless steel ones & have replaced them, Instead of rivets i threaded the new eyelets and installed stainless flathead screws from the inside of the boot with a dab of loctite for good measures, problem solved, no more broken laces.

The outer rocks of montauk is no place to have your laces break in the middle of the pitchblack night & it was quite a challenge for me to attempt to reattach the boot to my foot with spare “pre-tied leaders” i had in my belt pouch & to stay up on my rock without getting wiped out by the rollers coming in. Before i fixed my boots I also went through laces like water & eventually resorted to putting in [2] laces per boot just as a safety margin to avoid another episode like i just mentioned.

@Brandon – haven’t seen those laces from Simms – do they sell them separately? Maybe I should go Kevlar, as Eric suggested, although I’m still willing to hold out for a gift from Korkers 😉 .