I didn’t get out into the woods as much as I would have liked this past year. There were a few times and they were quite memorable, Guadalupe State Park in Texas and Přírodní Park Šárka-Lysolaje in Prague, but in the centennial year of our National Parks System, I read and watched more about nature than I really experienced. That will, hopefully, change this next year, although I know it’s going to be difficult with another kid on the way in May. Perhaps the first step will be to procure a quality pair of hiking boots and the investment of time and money into finding them will make me feel like I need to use them. If I had smaller feet or the sizes went up to 15, the Korik Rise Gtx from Clarks would be on the short list.
Best known for their desert boots, Clarks has taken a good step towards crafting a more rugged boot in the Korik. The ankle boot in rich tobacco leather features a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane designed to keep your feet dry in inclement weather and muddy trail conditions. A Cushion Plus™ with OrthoLite® footbed provides extra comfort that will be appreciated after hours on your feet. The thick rubber sole will stand up to a beating and can transition easily from the trails to the street. As at home with a pair of jeans in the city as it is on the trail, the Korik is versatile and a clear winner. Unfortunately I’m still searching for something in my size, but for the rest of you grab a pair and leave the excuses behind.