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Durable waterproof waders that won't weigh you down.

If you're guilty of missing family functions, forgetting piano recitals, and neglecting to rake the leaves in the yard all because you're standing chest-deep in a river waiting for a fish to rise, it's probably time to invest in the award-winning Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Wader. The waterproof and breathable H2No Performance Standard fabrics keep you bone dry without feeling like you're trapped in a sauna, and the easy chest-to-waist conversion allows you to quickly relieve yourself when nature calls.

  • Durable waterproof and breathable H2No Performance Standard fabrics keep you dry without trapping sweat inside
  • Heavyweight fabric in the legs provides tough durability where it's most needed while lightweight fabric in the chest allows for greater comfort and flexibility
  • Innovative single seam construction leaves only one seam up the back of the wader for less abrasion and improved durability
  • EZ-lock suspenders allow you to quickly adjust the waders from chest to waist height, which means you can quickly relieve yourself when nature calls (without having to remove your jacket)
  • Stretch Wading Belt adjusts for a snug fit
  • Heavyweight fabric gravel guards have a drain strip to expel water and abrasion-resistant scuff guards that lend even greater durability
  • Anatomic right and left neoprene booties have a merino wool grid lining for warmth and comfort
  • Anatomically curved knees increase comfort and freedom of movement
  • Hypalon utility keeper provides quick access to tools
  • Chest pockets and a waterproof interior TPU pocket keep gear and electronics safely stowed
  • Includes field repair kit

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4 5

Pops Approves

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I purchased these waiter for my father as a Christmas gift here is what he has to say "I bought my first pair of Pastagonia Rio Gallegos waders this winter. In the past, I have used various brands of light, supple, breathable waders with mixed results. Rio Gallegos are much heavier, and beefier than my past breathables. I have been very pleased so far. On the positive side, they have built in gravel guards, padded knees, lined neoprene booties. I particularly like the suspenders that allow me to slide the waders down to my waist, but keep the supenders over my shoulders. Conversion to waist high's is quick and easy. They have lots of pockets, and one is waterproof for phone and keys. My big complaint about my old lighter waders was longevity. I seemed to have leakage after about a year. In fairness, I'm hard on waders. The Rio Gallegos have been solid. I have only owned them since Xmas so we are early in the cycle. They aren't as supple and light, but I buy waders to stay dry and warm in the water. These also have padded knees which should help with leaks. All in all they are a quality product with features that are thoughtful."

4 5

It's not you, it's me.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I wanted to love these waders. My body type is short and skinny. I'm 5'8" and 150lbs. I have a pair of Redington Sonic Pro waders in Medium now and they are a little baggy so I thought going with something higher end, and a size smaller would solve the problem. It was the complete opposite. I bought these in size small and they were humungous! My pant inseam is 30-31 inches and these had to have been 32-34 or somewhere in there. The waist/chest area along with the legs were all for someone twice my girth. BUT the booties on the small fit perfectly... size 8.5/9 shoe and these fit snug as a bug.

Needless to say, if you have a slimmer body type then I would stay away from these. If you have an athletic build and/or bigger frame then definitely go for them... and here is why I would choose them if the fit worked:

Adjustable Suspenders - SO convenient. The adjustability is easy to use, but a little awkward just to put them on. Either way, awesome feature.
Knee Pads! - Yes removable soft foam knee-pads. Awesome feature again for when you have to kneel in the river to get your Grip n' Grin shot, or sneaking up on a spooky hole.

Waterproof Pocket - many waders claim to have water resistant or waterproof pockets for your phone or keys, but this one is legit. After losing one phone to this feature on other waders, i'm happy this one was bombproof.
Booties - insulated booties are nice, plus the anatomically shaped booties for left and right. They were awesome. but don't expect softness and plushness... they are not either.
Materials - bombproof materials and awesome construction. Great construction in the crotch area. weird, but nice feature when you're bending down a lot.

5 5

Will last a lifetime.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These are super durable waders that are built to last for many years. While the suspender buckle system isn't the easiest to use, you do get used to them after a few wearings. They tend to run larger than the sizing chart so if you're between sizes, I recommend going down. The booties are definitely the best I have ever worn. They are very comfortable insider my Korkers boots and allow me to stand on uneven river bottoms all day.

Will last a lifetime.
5 5

Rio Gallegos Wader

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I am relatively new to fishing and I am pumped to prolong my season with these awesome waders. The Merino lined booties are super warm and have a great feel, a real treat on those frigid mornings. The chest pockets are fleeced lined, which is nice feature to warm up the hands as well as a convenient way store your tippet, flies and whatever you can fit in there. The waterproof internal pocket is a great spot to keep the phone safe and dry and the waders are relatively light and have great mobility for scrambling over logs and whatever you may encounter. The sizing is a hair on the big side but that extra room is nice if you need to layer up.

All in all a great pair of waders and you can't go wrong with that life-time warranty.

4 5

Rio Gallegos Waders

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I am relatively new to fly fishing, I recognize quality through performance on the river. So let me tell you what works with these waders. I love the fit, the wool booties, the H2NO feature to resist leaks, and the quality of construction. These babies are tough. If I were to be completely honest, I would say that one of the most important features is the the ability to slide these waders down for a bio break. The sliding straps make the waders unique. Many of my fishing buddies complain about the restrictions of their waders for this neccesity. Also, it is important to note that Patagonia's gear has a lifetime warranty. For an old fart like me this is an important plus.

4 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ended up with these waders after originally having bought the skeena. Beware of sizing in both models- I wear 32x32 pants and a small in these fits well. The mediums that I first got were enormous- I could easily have had a 36" waist and still had room. Great product, but Patagonia needs to stop sizing everything HUGE.