Who has experience with Korkers OmniTrax Sole Sizing?


(David Walker) #1

A simple question for anyone who has experience with Korkers wading boots with the interchangeable soles.

I recently purchased a pair of Korkers wading boot with soles that can be changed, size 13.

Here’s the question - does the size marked on all the soles match the size of the boots?

Here’s the mystery I’m trying to make sense of:
I purchased the boots 10 days ago at Cabelas. In the shoe box the felt soles were attached to the boots. I did not try to remove the felt soles and install the kling-on sticky soles. After having some trouble removing one of the felt soles, just to see how it worked. I had the sales guy remove and reinstall one of them. The boots fit ok, and definitely were not going to be to tight as my previous Chota wading boots are after about 30 minutes.

Now I’m four hours from home, and decided to swap soles, install the Kling-on sticky soles and try them out.
They do NOT fit. The lock in tabs seemed to be misaligned by about 1/8 in (4mm) with the holes they should seat into. The Kling-on soles are both marked 13 - 13.5. Checking the boots they are both marked size 13. I kept trying to install them by various methods. Nothing worked.

Surprise:
The Felt soles are marked size 14 - 14.5,
Then I thought well, lets see if I can get the Felt sole reattached with out difficulty. They went right on with little effort. Locking tabs and hole match up well & are centered. Tried the other soles again, no success. Felt soles went right on. clipping all round with minimal effort. That’s when I decided to look at what size was stamped no the felt soles, and saw they are marked 14 ~ 14.5 !

Now I figure the sole size should match the shoe size. But have any of you with Korkers boots found that some sole size does not match the shoe size while other marked soles do match the shoe size, but they still fit ok?

I’m thinking maybe I have size 14 boot that is marked incorrectly. That is why size 14 ~ 14.5 felt sole fits the shoe, But the size 13 ~ 13.5 Kling-on sticky sole doesn’t fit, but that size was put in the box because size 13 is marked on both the boots and on the box box.

Anyway, it will be two or more weeks before I go home and can sort this out with Cabelas.

Tip of the day -
If buying wading boots with interchangeable soles. Make sure the alternate soles fit the boot before leaving the store.


(Tom Davis) #2

David,

I have Korkers boots size 13 and the size 13 soles fit them. Mine don’t just snap on, however. I do have to encourage them slightly.

-Tom


(Chris Stewart) #3

I have Korkers, size 12. When I bought them, they came with a coupon good for another pair of soles. I decided to get a second pair of felt soles so I would have one for streams known to have didymo and streams that don’t. By mistake, when I threw away the box the boots came in, I threw away the Klingon soles as well. I have since purchased a pair of the soles with the aluminum bars. The boots are size 12. All the soles I have are marked 12-12.5 and they all fit.

As an aside for anyone considering the soles with aluminum bars, they usually stick to rocks like glue, often at an odd angle that is awfully hard on the ankles, but when they slip, it’s like they’re on ice. Also, they are incredibly heavy and by the end of the day I find it hard to lift my feet enough to clear obstacles. I would not buy them again.


(Rob) #4

I’ve used these for several years. I’ve always just matched the boot size and sole size with the holes lining up like they should. I use the size 13 boot as well.


(Mike Kookagee Shelton) #5

I said this once before, where do you guys get feet so Big!!! I am 5’6" and weigh 155 lbs. and my feet are
8.5 D. You guys must be really tall. I must have forgotten to get in line for normal size feet. I could snow and water ski in feet that large. I’m guessing none of you are 5’6" and that you are in the 6 ft. and 200 lb range? At least I will not have a problem finding shoes/boots in my size. :smiley_cat:


(David Walker) #6

Thanks all for the replies.

Since the size 14 ~14.5 sole fits, I think the boots must be size 14, not size 13 as marked. I think my Chota’s are size 12. Size 13 would probably be perfect. Since the Choatas feel tight an uncomfortable after about 30 minutes wearing them this time round I’d rather err on the side of going to big than to small, and the boots I purchased were the only size close to the size I needed they had in stock.

[ , , where do you guys get feet so Big!!! - Well, you do know the old saying about the size of a man’s hands or feet, don’t you? Just sayin ,. Nah, really just kidding. :wink::roll_eyes:] Shoe sizing is an odd business, In a dress shoe like Rockport shoes, I wear a 10 w, but Merrell’s seem to be under sized, I have Moab’s that are 11.5 & 12. But Merrell Mix Master, size 11, probably because I wear very thin socks with them. I really like the extra ventilation of the Mix Master type shoes for summer, but they are not nearly as robust as the Moab shoes, but I get every penny’s worth out of them, I wear them till they’re falling apart. The more holes, the more ventilation. :smile:

I will have Cabelas’ sort out the Korkers. Probably ask them to order size 13 boots, that may fit me better, and size 14 ~ 14.5 Klingon Sticky soles, The size 14 might fit my son, and he could used them, but he’s 6 inches taller than me, and outweighs me by a lot more than he should. OMAD Fast 5 ( one meal a day 19:5) is the way to go to keep you fitting into those clothes you purchased thirty years ago, and weigh about what you should. :joy:


(Peder) #7

I agree with what others have said. I have a pair of size 14 and all three of the soles that I have say 14-14.5. I also match the soles with the boot size. I have the felt, the Klingon and the studded Klingon. I use the first 2 regularly. The studded Klingon are much too slippery for my liking. Other than that, I love these boots.