Korkers Ice Jack Boots
Korkers Ice Jack Boots are insulated, waterproof snow boots. And, yes, the obvious application is shoveling your driveway. But I must say, especially given Korkers’ tradition in the wading boot realm, I’m seeing some legitimate crossover fishing value as well.
Like other Korkers boots, these feature the Boa lace system. Step into the boot, then crank a knob to tighten the wire laces to a point of snugness. Also like other Korkers boots, the soles can be changed on a whim. You might start with a standard hard rubber tread. If it’s particularly slick, you can switch to the rubber tread with metal cleats. On really gnarly days (or if you want to go ice fishing) you can pop in the carbide spikes. Truth is, I bought a pair for my father, who broke his wrist last year while shoveling his driveway in suburban Philadelphia. I wasn’t going to talk him out of shoveling the walk, no matter what (he’s a stubborn dude). So I said, “Dad, when it’s really slick, slap on the spiked soles, crank the boots tight (and he liked the idea of not fumbling with laces), and keep yourself vertical.” He now loves them.
But I also see fishing applications here. No, they’re not full-on waders or even wading boots, but how many times do you find yourself slopping around in the mud on the banks of a river… or climbing in and out of drift boats, when you really have no intention of wading more than ankle deep?
With these boots, you can apply felt soles, or rubber soles. You can splash in the puddles, even stand in the water, and stay dry. I’ve long wanted to get myself a pair of classic “Wellies” for just those situations, when I know my feet will get wet, but I’m not planning on really wading. These boots have negated the need for Wellies (which are actually hard to find in sizes that fit just right, especially if you have thick ankles and calves).
They cost $200, which isn’t cheap. But the easy-in, easy-out Boa lace design is a huge plus, the sole-swap versatility offers many options, and their lightness and comfort factors seal the deal. Worst case: If you live in a snowy place like I do (Colorado) you can trade in the old pair of Sorels when it’s time to shovel. Best case: With a little imagination, you can actually expand your fishing (and hunting) footwear horizons at the same time.