Korkers Torrent River Runner and Swift Sandal
by Steve Zweber, Ellensburg, WA (Z)
Korkers Amphibian series uses their "Omnitrax Interchangeable
Sole Technology," making it possible to change soles for
six different conditions, (Lug Trail, Felt, Studded Felt,
Aquastealth, Golf and Siped Boat Deck). Both the Torrent
and the Swift offer quick tie laces and heel adjustment
straps making it very easy to fit them properly and assure
that they won't slip off while wading or hiking. Both of
these products provide a great alternative to wearing heavy
The Torrent River Runner is a low cut wading/hiking shoe
made with mesh sides and tops for quick drying. They also
offer full toe and heal coverage.
The Swift Sandal is an open sandal style that features a
water resistant suede and neoprene side and top. Open at
the toes, it provides protection with a raised front.
I had the pleasure of first using the Torrent on a
hiking/fishing trip I took a few weeks ago. The shoe was
very comfortable for hiking and the lug soles provided
very secure footing on the trail. After a few miles of
hiking it was time to fish. I chose to remove the shoes
and switch over to studded felt soles. I found later that
it is quite easy to change the soles with the shoes still
on your feet.
The soles are remarkably easy to change. The front part
of the sole slips in below the toe section of the shoe,
the sides then clip in with the aid of a golf spike tool
that is provided. The heels are secured with a rubber
strap that slips over a button on the back of the shoe.
It takes more time to describe then it does to change
the soles over. Once in place the soles are very secure
and I experienced no slipping. The studded felt performed
as it should, providing secure footing on slippery rocks.
The Swift Sandal I used on an evening float down the local
river. I used the standard felt for this as the studs can
slip in the boat bottom. Again, the soles switched over
with ease. It was very enjoyable to wear lightweight sandals
and shorts instead of waders and boots on a very warm evening.
The sandals provided very good toe protection with the front
toe guard, though you should always be aware that your feet
are still exposed and take extra measures to avoid injury.
Both of these products, the Torrent Shoe ($94.95) and the
Swift Sandal ($84.95) come with your choice of two soles.
The soles are interchangeable as long as the shoe sizes
are the same.
Overall, both of these products exceeded my expectations.
The concept and design of the interchangeable sole works
perfect, the stitching and materials used for manufacture
are of high quality, the laces and heel strap provide a
secure and comfortable fit.
If you do any wet wading and are tired of wearing your heavy
wading boots or an old pair of sneakers I highly recommend
either the Swift Sandal or the Torrent River Runner shoes
from Korkers Amphibian Series. ~ Steve Zweber (Z)
Korkers Products LLC
1239 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (800) 524-8899
Phone: (local) (503) 723-7100
Fax (503) 723-7117
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