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Patagonia Rio Gallegos Wader - Men's

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$374.97 $499.00

Item #PAT019Z

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Tech Specs

Responsible Collection:
Certified B-Corp
Material:
[membrane/laminate] H2No Performance Standard, [shell] 100% polyester microfiber, C6 DWR treatment, [booties] neoprene (4mm)
Belt Included:
yes, elastic
Suspenders:
yes
Pockets:
[external] 2 chest zip, 2 stash, [internal] 1 zippered, 2 drop-in stretch
Gravel Guards:
yes
Claimed Weight:
2.8 lbs
Recommended Use:
fly fishing
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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.

  • Waterproof and breathable H2No Performance Standard
  • Polyester microfiber shell
  • Neoprene booties (4mm)
  • Adjustable suspenders
  • Elastic belt
  • Gravel guards
  • Articulated legs
  • Single seam construction

Great waders!!

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

These waders ROCK!! fitted and keep you dry!

Warm and dry in these waders!

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

I've used these several times fishing cold tailwaters and was dry and comfortable the entire time I was in the water. The waders are quick and easy to put on and the ML size fit my size 12 feet perfectly. The gravel guards work well and keep the waders covering your ankles while wading. I never felt restricted in my movement through the river, which included climbing up and over a few boulders. Overall a very solid pair of waders!

I plan to keep these a long time!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I returned the first pair of these because the fit wasn't quite right (thank you Backcountry and Gearheads for being awesome to work with). The second pair is pretty spot on. I went from the Regular L to the Regular ML. I'm 6', 180 and the Regular L was just too baggy, especially in the chest. I usually wear a 12-12.5 shoe and even though the size chart says 12-13 for this wader, the bootie is pretty snug with a thick wool sock. It makes the fit in the boot great but it's a slight tug-o-war to get them off. The comfort of these waders is great! No leaks after about 25 trips where I routinely get deep enough to get water in the hand warmer pockets (more on that later). These waders don't breathe the best but I'll gladly sacrifice some breathability for function. I love the zippered chest pocket for my cell phone and the internal waterproof pocket for my keys. I haven't used the internal fly box pockets except to stuff the butt of my rod into when changing flies mid-stream, pretty handy. The adjustable, elevator bib feature is great for hot days and getting your arms out of the suspenders. I'm even able to access and operate the back clip fairly easily. My very minor complaints are that the suspender and belt adjustment buckles need to be tightened after about every five fishing trips. As long as they stay tight throughout the day, I'm happy. My largest complaint, and it's still pretty small, is that there aren't zippered pockets on the two hand warmer pockets. My last pair of waders had this and it was great. When I knew I was going deep I could zip them up and still have dry pockets when I went shallow again. I keep forgetting to remove the knee pads as I don't think I need them, at least they aren't cumbersome in the slightest. I'd recommend these to anyone, as long as their feet aren't too big.

Great fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having been a “Simms guy” for a long time it takes something unusual to catch my attention or get me to move from what I know and trust. The Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders are such a product. The fit was great especially for larger taller anglers and the attention to detail including a built in dry pocket for your phone or other electronics. We will see how the wear over the next several years but I am expecting great things.

It does the job

    Although the wader is a little big for me, it works. It does the job since I am only standing in a small river. It keeps the water away. The pockets are awesome. You can put anything in it and it won't fall out. Great product.

    Definitely not your average wader!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These have been one of my favorite waders so far! They are thicker than the usual waders and have fleece hand pockets to keep you warm in the coldest of days. They are also very durable and have padded knee pads which are nice for the occasional stumble over a rock. It is unfortunate that Patagonia changed the sizing on these, as they seem to fit a bit slimmer than I would like. I would recommend sizing up if you like to fish in the colder months to have room to layer up.
    Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions on any of the waders that Patagonia offers.

    Definitely not your average wader!

    Great Waders--Too Bad Fit Changed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Rating is for those of us who need plus sizes--and used to get them for these. For slim folks, or for the old sizing that fit me until it changed, I'd give them six stars if I could.

    These are hands-down the best waders I ever owned. I had two pairs, got 4+ years of hard service out of each, and excellent service from Patagonia for repair of leaks and tears that were my fault. I used them hard, 100+ days/year for work, fishing, and duck hunting in conditions from desert heat to a blizzard and 10 degrees F. Incredibly durable on granite, barnacles, aluminum boats with cleats, Maine spruce/fir blow downs, wading sandy beaches, and thickets of hawthorn and multiflora rose.

    One complaint. Patagonia changed the fit about 2016 or 2017, making these slimmer. I know some folks prefer that, but those of us who ordered size XXL King are not among them. The new XXL Kings have a nominal chest size of 52-54. I wear a size 54 jacket, XXL Talll shirts, 6'3, 290, 44" waist. The old ones gave me room to fit 4+ layers of wool/polypro insulation under the waders--essential for use in cold weather. The new ones were snug around my chest wearing a thin T-shirt. Also a little tight in the legs with just a pair of thin long johns. I'd have burst the seams top and bottom if I added two layers of fleece.

    Great product, but won't fit folks who need XX or XXX shirts. Only wader option left for us is Simms Custom shop at a significantly higher price point for similar quality. Too bad, but for you slim folks, this remains the best wader on the market. And I have used many, many pairs of waders in the last 40 years.

    Super Durable

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

    These are some of the most durable waders I've ever worn. The material sheds off any abrasion, whether it be rocks or hooks. All of the pockets allow easy access to everything you need, and the belt keeps everything where it should be.

    they do look nice

      Go these to fish and knew that if i didn't catch anything I'd atleast look cool doing it. Fit is pretty good. nice side through pocket in the front. can't wait to get more use in them.

      Great waders

        True to size, excellent waders

        Really good waders!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I used these waders multiple times in some really cold Uinta Mountain rivers and they worked really really well. Kept all the cold out and the fit is awesome. Really lightweight and comfortable. Felt like i was just wearing a pair of jeans. They dry extremely fast and no moisture got thru. I would say you'll get pretty hot in them if you are moving around a lot, but it never bothered me much at all. For the price they are definitely worth it. If you fish a lot and in some pretty freezing rivers i would recommend them 100%!

        Exactly what you'd expect from Patagonia

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

        Used in partially-iced alpine lakes in 25 degree temperatures, and they held up to the ice against them, and kept me reasonably warm with a couple of layers underneath.

        Lifetime Warranty NOT TRUE

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought a pair of Patagonia waders used them for a couple years, average use 3-4 times a year. Recently started to get leaks, I thought no problem they have a lifetime warranty. Sent them in to get repaired and they sent me an email saying, we are going to keep your waders, not repair them and offer you a $178 gift card. Everyone knows you can't get a good pair of waders for $178, especially when I bought those for over $400. So, I put a review on their website similar to this one. I recently, received an email from Patagonia saying they would not post my review. Do not buy Patagonia products, Lifetime Warranty false advertisement.

        I just had the same thing happen to me, only I got $150. Wish they would have contacted me before disposing of the old ones, I would have just fixed myself.

        Had the same experience as well when I had a small hole in the neoprene bootie. Seemed like an easy repair to me for Patagonia to do (one that Simms has done in the past). For a company that espouses environmental responsibility and not throwing away gear that can be repaired, they seem to not give a hoot about repairing waders.

        SE Alaska Tough

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        It's been holding up well to salt water and barnacle and rock abrasions these last 2 years. Best waders I've owned. Nothing has failed on them yet. We'll see how long they last

        Patagonia Rio Gallegos

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

        These are my first waders I have ever bought and I love them! I am 5ft 6in and have a 30 in inseam and a 32 waist and bought the medium short size. The fit is a little baggy but gives enough room to layer up. The quick release strap system makes it easy to take the waders on or off or use them as pants.

        Fit Issues

        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: medium/long

        I've always been a medium or a medium long/tall in wades. I ordered these and the fit just seems a bit off. They're definitely really roomy, volume-wise. The upper area that protects your chest is huge. I'm definitely a skinny guy, but I could wear several down jackets and still have plenty of room.
        The length felt right and the legs were good overall.
        The booty fit was also a bit puzzling. They were short and square. I wear a size 10.5 shoe, which I feel is very proportional to someone who would order a size medium/long wader. However, the length of the booty was very short and a bit uncomfortable. The width however, was very sloppy side to side. Instead of the shape of a foot, they are shaped like boxes.
        I've heard that Patagonia has address all of these issues with the newest version of the Rio Gallegos. I might have to swap these out and try the new version. Because otherwise, the features and quality seem top notch - exactly what you would expect from Patagonia.

        Care Instructions

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          Care Instructions

          That just made my decision that much easier.

          That just made my decision that much easier.

          Excellent Update (2016 Version)

            Very well-thought out wader. I am 6'2, 200lbs, with 47" chest, 34" waist, and 33" inseam. I ordered the King Large at first, which swallowed me - it was far too wide. Second attempt was a Large Regular - the fit was much better but I couldn't squat down without stressing fabric in the knee area. I often fly fish in rugged terrain and need a wader that allows for long step-ups without limitation. The Large Long was the perfect fit. I wear size 12 street shoes (13 Simms wading boots) and the newly redesigned Patagonia 10-12 stocking foot fits great. Backcountry was amazing and handled the exchanges quickly and free of charge.

            Prior to these I had a pair of Large Simms G3 waders. The G3 is a fantastic, bombproof wader. Mine are going on 8 years with no leaks, but the neoprene gravel guards are breaking down. Compared to the G3, the Rio Gallegos has a bit looser fit which will be perfect when layering up for winter steelheading. Older versions of the Gallegos had an almost sloppy loose fit, not these. I find the Gallegos H2NO fabric to be more supple and noticeably more comfortable than the G3's GoreTex ProShell. The zippered waterproof pouch easily holds my iPhone 6. The shoulder straps and waist belt are stretchy and comfortable. Gravel guards also seem well designed. I'm not quite sure what I will carry in the two internal side pockets, but I'm sure I will make use of them. I spent time looking over all the seams and they appear to be well constructed and placed.

            So why did I choose the Rio Gallegos over the G3? Both are exceptionally well-made waders, but the 2016 iteration of the Gallegos won me over this time. It all came down to comfort and fit.

            ** Caveat**
            I have not worn these on the water yet. At $499 I fully expect to get 7-8 years use out of them, but only time will tell.

            Awesome, but a bit big.

            • Size Bought: Medium

            This is my first pair of 'high end' wader and can honestly say they are worth the extra cash. The construction, materials and comfort blow my older, cheaper waders out of the water (wow, bad pun). I'm 6 foot and 180lbs and the large fit well, but they were huge in the chest. That my be how they are designed, but I ended up opting for a medium and love them.

            Patagonia

            Men's Waders & Wading Pants

            Waders - Regular

            • For men 5ft 9in to 6ft tall
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            Girth

            34 - 35in

            (86.4 - 88.9cm)

            36 - 38in

            (91.4 - 96.5cm)

            39 - 41in

            (99.1 - 104.1cm)

            42 - 45in

            (106.7 - 114.3cm)

            46 - 48in

            (116.8 - 121.9cm)

            Inseam

            32in

            (81.3cm)

            Shoe Size 7 - 8 7 - 8 9 - 11 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13

            Waders - Short

            • Height up to 5ft 8in
            • Proportionally shorter rise height than regular waders
             XSSMLMXLMXL
            Girth

            34 - 35in

            (86.4 - 88.9cm)

            36 - 38in

            (91.4 - 96.5cm)

            39 - 41in

            (99.1 - 104.1cm)

            42 - 45in

            (106.7 - 114.3cm)

            46 - 48in

            (116.8 - 121.9cm)

            Inseam

            30in

            (76.2cm)

            Shoe Size 7 - 8 7 - 8 9 - 11 9 - 11 9 - 11 12 - 13 

            Waders - Long

            • For men 6ft 1in to 6ft 5in
            • Proportionally longer rise height than regular waders
             SMMMLLMLXLMXL
            Girth

            36 - 38in

            (91.4 - 96.5cm)

            39 - 41in

            (99.1 - 104.1cm)

            42 - 45in

            (106.7 - 114.3cm)

            46 - 48in

            (116.8 - 121.9cm)

            Inseam

            34in

            (86.4cm)

            Shoe Size 9 - 11 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13

            Waders - King

            • +2in more girth around body
            • Same rise height as regular waders
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            Girth

            40 - 42in

            (101.6 - 106.7cm)

            43 - 45in

            (109.2 - 114.3cm)

            46 - 48in

            (116.8 - 121.9cm)

            49 - 51in

            (124.5 - 129.5cm)

            52 - 54in

            (132.1 - 137.2cm)

            Inseam

            31.5in

            (80cm)

            32.5in

            (82.5cm)

            34in

            (86.4cm)

            35in

            (88.9cm)

            Shoe Size 7 - 8 9 - 11 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13 12 - 13

            Wading Pants

             XSSMLMLXLMXLXXL
            Waist

            28in

            (71.1cm)

            29 - 30in

            (73.7 - 76.2cm)

            31 - 33in

            (78.7 - 83.8cm)

            34 - 36in

            (86.4 - 91.4cm)

            38 - 40in

            (96.5 - 101.6cm)

            42 - 44in

            (106.7 - 111.8cm)

            Short Inseam

            30in

            (76.2cm)

            Regular Inseam

            31in

            (78.7cm)

            32in

            (81.3cm)

            33in

            (83.8cm)

            34in

            (86.4cm)

            Shoe Size 7 - 8 9 - 11 9 - 11 12 - 13 9 - 11 12 - 13 12 - 13 12 - 13
            How to Measure:
            For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
            Girth:
            Measure the largest girth of your body (chest, waist or hips).
            Inseam:
            Take a pair of pants that fit well and measure from the crotch to bottom of leg.
            Waist:
            Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.