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A river doesn't run through it.
Any angler knows that just "holding it" doesn't really work when you're standing out in the middle of a river with the sound of rushing water on all sides of you. And while waders have come a long way since those pure-neoprene beauties you used to sport, few advancements have been made in the areas of personal relief before the Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders. Built with all the high-end materials you'd expect from Patagonia, the Rio Gallegos is made with a four-layer H2No membrane and Nanosphere DWR finish, and it features a waterproof center front zipper so you can wade deep and enjoy instant relief wherever you are.
Fit is a big deal when you're spending upwards of ten hours a day in your waders, so Patagonia designed these waders to be as comfortable as possible, with anatomically curved knees and removable knee pads on the inside for those times you need to take a knee to remove your hook. Patagonia also added 3mm neoprene booties with a merino wool grid lining in order to provide the same warmth as traditional 5mm booties, but with more breathability and less bulk in your boots. The lower legs are reinforced with a double-weave taffeta face fabric to resist wear, while the single seam construction eliminates seams in high wear areas to prevent leaks and blowouts along the inseams.
- H2No Performance Standard shell (4-layer)
- Nanosphere DWR finish
- Single-seam construction
- Waterproof Tizip front zipper
- Waist-mounted EZ-Lock suspenders
- Anatomically curved knees
- Built-in gravel guards
- Neoprene booties with merino wool grid lining
- Two handwarmer pockets and one interior waterproof pocket
- Field repair kit included
- Item #PAT019Y
- Q & A
Excellent fit, solidly constructed!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I fish every weekend from April to November, mostly in the northeast, but a few weeks when I can in Wyoming and Colorado. This is my first pair of 'premium' waders, so I can't compare them to high-end Simms, just mid range Redingtons.
Overall, I'm impressed by the fit and finish. Fit was very important to me. I'm 5'-6", 130lbs, so it's tough to find decent fitting waders. I had tried on the previous generation of the Rio Gallegos Short and found them to have so much excess fabric around the waist and a$$. This new version isn't slimmer or fitted, it just has a little less material, and distributes better across the top half of your body. The bottom half materials feels thicker, but is also cut and seamed in a way that it doesn't bunch awkwardly or restrict movement. They feel solid moving through the brush. Also the booties fit much better in this generation.
I don't love the two pockets that flank the zippers. They're too shallow to be useful for storing anything, not to mention you can't really get your whil hand in there to keep them warm. It's like they were designed to hold a granola bar and that's it.
Some people may like the Cellphone pocket, but I find it a little clumsy and a pain to access. Since its not detachable, I may just cut it off.
Lastly, for what it's worth, each wader has an individual number stamped on the inside. I don't know if other brands do that, but it's reassuring to thank of this as a high end piece of equipment that someone has individually considered and tested.
Mine are pair 0002.
Best waders I've ever had!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Patagonia has really stepped up the wader game with the 2016 version of the Rio Gallegos. If you've owned Patagonia waders before and have experienced fit issues, you're not alone. Not to worry though, Patagonia has remedied the fit and the 2016 line seems to be spot on. Chest, inseam, and bootie sizes all seem to be on point with the size chart Patagonia has provided allowing you to get into the right size right off the bat.
Fits in the body but not in the booties? No worries, you can send your waders into Patagonia and they can replace them for you so that you get the perfect fit from your waders.
The Rio Gallegos waders are full of features and creature comforts that come in real handy on the river. Recently really put the hand warmer pockets to use on a 22 degree 6am start time, boy those were nice, too bad I couldn't fish with my hands in there. Patagonia has kept the waders simple which I appreciate. There are only two external pockets on these guys which are sizeable and able to hold more than I have ever had the need to put in there; wallet, chaptstick, cigar, etc... Waterproof cell phone pocket on the inside is real nice although hard to get at when you have a fish in the net and are trying to snap a pic to put on the gram so I usually end up keeping mine in one of the front pockets. I find the internal cell phone pocket a great place for my license.
No GoreTex? No problem. Differing from the Simms G4 (Rio Gallegos equivelant), Patagonia uses their proprietary H2NO waterproof breathable membrane which works great! Too many times you get the storm going on inside the waders which can make for an uncomfortable day on the river. Although I've only used these in the winter I have done some serious trekking in them to find the fish and I have yet to experience too humid an environment in there. H2NO also helps keep the price competitive.
One of the best wader innovations of all time is the full zip. No more will we piss on the internal tool pocket of our chest waders! It's about time! I feel that a lot of people are skeptical of the waterproofing of a zipper when submerged underwater... not a problem here! I waded into nipple deep water just to give her a test and she nailed it. Stood in there a good two or three minutes and I was dry as a bone. The zipper can be a little difficult to maneuver up and down, but I'll take that any day over having water in my pants. Seems to be getting easier every time I take them out and still no water infiltration.
Some other great features on these waders are the suspenders and the knees. You can unlock the suspenders and slide the chest of the waders down turning these into wading pants. Super nice on those cold mornings that turn into warm afternoons. The knees are articulated super well so that when you are bending down to lay hands on the hog you just plucked from the depths or searching for that fly you just dropped, the waders don't ride up on you and get tight in the crotch. They also come with neoprene knee pads which make getting down on gravel a breeze, also a little added protection for those that are a wee bit accident prone.
Aesthetically speaking I like the two tone gray colors Patagonia decided on as opposed to the drab/army green from previous models. I also rather enjoy the Fitz Roy fish logo on the chest.
The only thing I would change here would be adding some kind of external tool storage. Maybe a place for a zinger for my nippers or something like that. I generally keep that kind of gear on the shoulder strap of my sling pack but it might be nice to have a little spot on the waders themselves.
All in all, these waders are absolutely amazing and I would definitely recommend them to any fisher person (expert and amateur alike)!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So I have a pair of the older models of these and recently tried the new redesign. First thing I noticed was the booties are more anatomically fit for your foot, the old ones where big booties that bunched and folded. These fit a lot better in the boot now. The chest waist area is more fitting as opposed to the large roomy fit they used to have. I do like the zip front, nice in snowy conditions when you do not need to pull off pack and jackets to re leave yourself. The articulation in legs fit better so far as well, not restricted in my movement. Only several days so far, but I like these better with the redesign over my older model.
Hi, has anyone used these in saltwater? Does anyone know if the DWR, breathability, etc are affected by saltwater? Obviously I'd rinse thoroughly after salt exposure, but wanted to see if anyone had first hand experience. Thanks.
Hi Anton, The Rio Gallegos waders should work just fine in the salt water. As you said giving them a good rinse in fresh water after you have them out in salt will increase their lifespan and decrease corrosion. Please let me know if you have any other questions. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead