Add some salt to your catch.
With its ultra-burly, four-layer waterproof and breathable fabric, water and corrosion-resistant front zipper, and fully adjustable hood, the Patagonia River Salt Jacket is tough enough to handle full days chasing wild steelhead in the Pacific Northwest or paddling rainy rivers up in big sky country.
An adjustable storm hood allows you to buckle things down once the wind starts to rip, while an elastic drawcord at the hem prevents wind-backed rain from blowing up the coat. Mesh draining components readily shed water if you happen to wade one or two steps too deep. The jacket is equipped with three zippered front pockets, giving you a place to warm your digits before you switch out flies or space to accommodate a fly box for quick access. Multiple tackle loops allow you to attach nippers and hemostats, and two internal pockets keep any valuables you want kept warm and dry next to your body.
- H2No Performance Standard Shell
- Fully vented, adjustable hood
- Watertight adjustable cuffs
- Mesh draining elastic drawcord at hem
- TPU-coated front zippered pockets
- Item #PAT01CX
- Q & A
Nice jacket that needs a decent hood
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Large
I was in the market for a wading jacket and tried out the River Salt. Very nice jacket, but I ended up going with the Simms Guide. Here are my observations:
-it runs large. I'm 5'11", 220, 46 jacket and the large was plenty big with enough room to layer underneath.
-I really like the pocket layout. The zippers are easy to open with one hand and they are convenient. Also two interior pockets for things like phone, keys etc.
-there is a hemostat docking area on the chest. You can also easily install a couple of retractors there if so inclined. A nice feature.
-the cuffs work well, but from prior experience with these neoprene cuffs, the velcro tabs will catch my fly line. The Simms design with the hidden velcro tabs is superior.
- The cut of this jacket is a bit longer than the typical wading jacket. Which means it can easily be used as a jacket off the water without looking silly. Which also means you may not want to wade too deep with it.
-The hood is too small. It barely fits over my head, let alone when wearing a ball cap. Really a fatal flaw IMO.
With a better hood, I would have gone with this over the Simms Guide. But since the primary purpose of this jacket is to keep me dry, I had to pass. Not really sure what Patagonia was thinking here.
The durability you expect from Patagonia
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
First and foremost, I've owned the previous season jacket AND this one for quite a while now. There is virtually zero difference from what I can tell between the two. I have spoken with patagonia to get some clarification and they said that the spring 2016 version has a slightly heavier fabric but that it's not even really that noticeable. With that being said, this is the most durable wading jacket I've ever owned. If you're going to match it with your downsweater or nanopuff, get the same size of your insulating layer. It's made to be layered. If you're looking to only use this jacket wet wading or for stormy summer months and won't be wearing any layers beneath, you should downsize. The hood is pretty snug to be honest and the rubberized cuffs are sort of a pain to take on and off. Also, if you're using every pocket as suggested, you'll end up with a tight fit to use your hand pockets which are situated high on the jacket. I have used this jacket at pyramid lake with brutal weather and I've also used it throughout Utah and Idaho and it's never leaked on me, it's comfortable, and looks excellent.
PS- the hem is a little high as to accommodate a hip pack.