By Sean Weas Explorebigsky.com Staff Writer
Patagonia is known for high quality gear, and with the Rio Gallegos Waders ($449) they have completely outdone themselves. Designed to marry unmatched toughness with lightweight waterproof magic, these waders are the tops. The key to accomplishing this is the use of Patagonia’s H2NO shell material, which is tough as nails.
I’ve tromped through thick brush in the Rio Gallegos without feeling weighed down or worrying about tearing the H2NO. Reinforced padding makes it comfortable to get onto on my knees in rocky river beds.
Where other tough waders add weight and lose breathability, these have kept me comfortable from icy mornings right into sun-burning afternoons. Because they quickly and easily convert from full to waist-height waders, they’re nice for the changing temps of Montana fall.
Beyond that, just like most Patagonia products, it’s the details that shine. The strategically beefed up seams are thoughtfully placed in areas that see the most abrasion; a waterproof chest pocket holds valuables; the thinner 3 mm neoprene booties are lined with merino wool for unbeatable comfort; the neoprene knee pads are removable; and the bomber gravel guards have concealed boot hooks to prevent snags. Nothing in the build was overlooked.
I would recommend these to any fisherman or woman looking for watertight comfort and streamlined performance. These are top quality waders, and with Patagonia’s Ironclad guarantee, they’re designed to last a lifetime.