Patagonia Rio Gallegos Wader

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The Rio Gallegos Waders are the toughest, most puncture-resistant waterproof/breathable wader on the planet. They combine the finest level of durability while offering a new level of comfort and convenience. In other words, the ultimate fly fishing waders. Our newest version of the Rio Gallegos is built with strategically placed weights of an even tougher, more breathable 4-layer H2No Performance Standard polyester microfiber fabric package and SSC (single seam construction) for greater durability and freedom of movement. The result? Max longevity and flexibility without resorting to excessive, heavy, sweat-trapping layers. Our revolutionary merino wool grid lined neoprene booties wick perspiration and create guilt-inducing levels of foot comfort. The 3mm neoprene maintains the warmth of 5mm neoprene but with better wicking. Our innovative internal suspension system allows easy conversion to waist height and – this is critical – quick relief without having to remove your jacket. Upper exterior glued-in, water-repellent zip pocket at chest provides ample storage for quick access to tippets, nippers and lip balm. An interior, clear-welded TPU pocket provides waterproof security for cell phone, camera and keys. More features: sculpted upper for reduced drag in heavy currents, anatomically curved knees with removable knee pads, built-in fabric gravel guards with abrasion-resistant scuff zones and high-filtration mesh drain strip, a quick-release DuraFlex Stealth-V buckle for an adjustable fit and, to avoid line catch, concealed stainless-steel locking boot hooks. Exterior reinforcement tape on interior leg and crotch provides unsurpassed abrasion resistance where it’s needed most. Field repair kit included.


  • Interior welded TPU-waterproof zippered pocket keeps valuables dry and secure; chest handwarmer pockets with water-resistant zippers allow quick access to tippet spools, nippers and floatant; Stretch Wading Belt with a quick release DuraFlex® Stealth-V buckle for smooth on/off and easy-to-adjust fit


  • Custom fit left and right booties with abrasion-resistant soles; 3mm neoprene booties are lined with our patent pending merino wool grid, which provides the same warmth and better breathability than 5mm neoprene
  • 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 SSC (single seam construction) seaming completely eliminates seams from the highest wear point on the inside of leg; only one seam up the back of leg is exposed for less abrasion and greater durability for wader
  • Durable waterproof and breathable H2No Performance Standard fabrics keep you dry without trapping sweat inside
  • H2No Performance Standard polyester microfiber shell, with a proprietary waterproof/breathable barrier and NanoSphere DWR (durable water repellent) finish; highly durable andpuncture-resistant fabric has no multiple layers or added weight; exterior reinforcements on inseams resist abrasion
  • Heavyweight fabric gravel guards have a drain strip to expel water and abrasion-resistant scuff guards that lend even greater durability


  • Waist-mounted EZ-Lock suspenders allow easy conversion from chest to waist height for quick relief without having to remove jacket; TPU slide-and-lock design on front and back of suspenders offers security when wading deep and for roll-down, waist high comfort


  • Anatomically curved knees increase comfort and freedom of movement
  • Full elastic back provides all-day comfort


  • Made in China.


  • Laser-cut Hypalon utility keeper allows easy access to tools, nippers, etc.; field repair kit included
  • 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)
FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Wader - Short.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Wader - Short.

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.

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Fit:Relaxed fit
H2No Performance Standard fabrics:4-layer 5.8-oz 100% polyester microfiber high-density taffeta upper with 9.1-oz 100% polyester microfiber high-density double-weave taffeta lower.
H2No Performance Standard shell:Upper
H2No® Performance Standard shell:Upper
Material:Polyester microfiber highdensity taffeta
Technologies:[H2No Performance Standard]
Weight:1219 g (43 oz)
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Patagonia Rio Gallegos Wader Reviews:


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.

Dowmank at on 11/01/2013

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.

Glenn Roesler at on 06/26/2013

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.

benp415448 at on 02/19/2013

Awesome Waders

I'm about 5'6 125 lbs and the small fit great. An unexpected plus was the warmth of the waders compared to my previous pair, also totally waterproof but breathable. I'm completely dry at the end of a day huffing around the river. The kneepads are actually a really nice touch.
afast at Patagonia on 10/22/2013

Great Waders!

Very comfortable and highly functional. My only recommended change is for the shoulder straps to detach in the front for quick relief trips to the woods without removing my vest.
Hooker at Patagonia on 04/10/2013