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    12 Reviews


    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

    Tech Specs

    [body] H2No Performance Standard (4 layer), Nanosphere DWR treatment, [booties] 3mm neoprene, [booties lining] merino wool grid
    Belt Included
    yes, EZ-Lock
    2 chest handwarmer, 1 internal waterproof
    Gravel Guards
    Repair Kit
    Claimed Weight
    2 lb 14 oz
    Recommended Use
    fly fishing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Rio Gallegos -Zip Front Waders

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have a few sets of waders. All are of the breathable, stocking foot style. My primary, go-to waders are now the Gallegos. I purchased my first set in 2017 and absolutely loved them! Recently, I planned a trip to far away streams and thought I’d get a back-up set... in-case a failure occurred and if I switched rivers before my 24hour minimum dry/decon period was reached. I just can’t say enough about the fit and construction of these!!! The booties are contoured to assimilate the shape of one’s foot so they feel just like a thick sock on the foot instead of tending to bunch up. The hand warmer pockets are outstanding when you are in need of lighter setup (warmer weather) but water temps are extreme. I know they are quite spendy, but for me, having super high quality is paramount to my comfort and fishing experience. Ya, I could go out in neoprene with integral rubber boots but they are generally just misery. My Rio Gallegos model’s are (as mentioned) zip fronts. Being getting on in years now, this just makes donning and doffing easier, less of a circus and of course when nature decides it’s time to do what we all do, the process is streamlined. So now my other mfr waders are used as secondary backups and relegated to the role of emergency preparedness. The Patagonia’s are absolutely so much more comfortable and pleasant to wear that I can go all day without ever thinking about them. They’re like a second skin. As far as fit goes, I’m 6’0”, waist size 38-40” and typically wear 2x shirts and have a 33” inseam. Shoe size is 10-10.5 and both sets of waders are XL-Reg and they fit like I was the model they used for this size. Just a tad big in the waist so I can layer under the waders but not robust enough to look like I’m swimming in them. They are a perfect fit! Lastly, the suspenders allow the waders to very easily drop down which allows you to wear at the waste in a very no-nonsense way. I would be very impressed if any other brand ever makes it into my wader bag!!

    Best around

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Patagonia killed this design; the Rio guide wader is top of the line. Tough as nails with all of the Patagonia style, too.  The Front zipper makes it easy for when nature calls after a few cold ones on the river, without having to take your waders totally off. Waterproof pockets allow for you to have all of your belongs safe-n-sound. Warm your paws up after netting a fall streamer eater in the Fleece lined side pockets.  The built in belt is flexible and comfortable. The socks, gravel guard, and kneepads are great for kneeling in the water to keep em wet while taking a quick photo.

    Patagonia... need I say more.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Just got these waders. Adding to a long line of Patagonia gear and of course the quality is there. With the help of gear head Michael McMillan the fit was just right. I'm looking forward the spending a lot of time on the water in these waders.

    Once you go zip front you never go back

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    At long last Patagonia added a zip front wader and I could not be more pleased. I am a long time Patagonia Rio Gallegos wader owner using my last pair over four years across the entire western US. The key feature upgrade is the zip front entry which is makes putting on and removing waders far easier and makes mid-fishing bio breaks much more convenient. If the sun comes out and temps rise you can either open up the front zip for more airflow or you loosen the should straps and drop the torso section to your belly button area to easily convert these waders into effective wading pants.
    The second major feature is the fleece lined hand warming pockets in the front of the waders. You don't know how fantastic a feature this is until you have it and I can't imagine going back to no pockets. The ability to take the edge off of your cold hands while fishing makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
    Patagonia also updated the styling of the waders in a few major ways. Colors shifted from taupe (graiege) and olive to a clear two-tone light gray and dark gray. This results in a much cleaner look. They have also shifted branding to the Fitz Roy Trout logo which I believe is one of the single coolest marks in the outdoor space. Its clean and gets a clear message across and I love that I can wear it like a badge.
    On the "areas for improvement front" I would recommend some kind of attachment station on the front of the wader for retractors and potentially a small velcro or foam station for attaching flys. Otherwise these waders are expertly designed.

    Overall, I could not be happier with this wader and I am proud to continue to wear Patagonia products. I sent in my old pair of Rio Gallegos waders to Patagonia to be fully repaired so I now have a pair of guest waders for visitors rather than tossing more in landfills. I had personally patched many holes from crossing barbwire fences (one day I will learn) and general wear in my old waders but always ended up mildly damp from pinhole/weeping leaks. Patagonia is good enough to fully inflate my waders and get them back to proper working order.

    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.

    Excellent fit, solidly constructed!

    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)!

    Best waders I've ever had!

    Booties Fit

    • 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.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    In trying to decide between the Simms and the Patagonia a trusted guide that owns both got me leaning towards the Patagucci. The patagoinia fit almost identical (6ft 1in, 170, 32-33 inch inseam and the Medium in both fit well as they both have 32 inch inseam all other manufacturers MD are too short in the inseam forcing me to a Md-Long or LG and then I end up with an over-sized bootie to try and stuff in wading boots. Waders only been on day trips so far. I'm looking forward to the zip in the summer time to vent on hot days and easier nature call trips when I'm guzzling gallons of coffee and beverage in the day.

    Rio Gallegos Waders

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I've used these waders for the past year and couldn't be more pleased! The zipper doesn't leak, they are comfortable and easy to put on and off. The pocket is a little small but I use a lifeproof Pre waterproof case for my iPhone.

    Waterproof pocket unusable - too small!!

      Be careful purchasing this one. The quality is great as always with patagonia. However apparently no one tested these on the water before production. It is impossible to squeeze any cell phone, wallet, car keys etc in the waterproof pocket (inside of the wader). If you try very hard it will maybe take an iphone without a protective case, but that means that 95% of us would have to remove the case from the phone prior fishing. Samsung users - forget it - it will NOT fit no matter what you do. Plus it is so small that will hold only one thing, either small wallet, car keys or smaller cell phone. No way of fitting all 3 items that we all usually have on us.

      You can always put these items in one of the hand warmer pockets outside as the suppose to be water resistant, but that's always risky, plus you will not be able to use that pocket for your cold hand.

      Again - probably the best wader out there along with the top Simms model, but the pocket should be 2 times the size. I will probably go back to no zipper model.

      Waterproof pocket unusable - too small!!

      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.

      Best Answer

      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