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Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Chest Waders - Waterproof & Breathable H2No® Fabric

Model: 82221

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Densely woven 100% breathable microfiber
Durable and puncture resistant waders


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Patagonia™ Rio Gallegos Waders

Densely woven 100% breathable microfiber
Durable and puncture resistant waders

The Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Zip-Front Chest Wader is the Patagonia’s re-designed, award-winning chest wader that just got better. Impressive on many levels, the new quality design offers the strongest, most puncture resistant, breathable and waterproof fly fishing wader today. Combining the finest level of durability with a new level of comfort and convenience, the Rio Gallegos™ exudes the title of ultimate wader. 

By strategically placing varying weights of the exclusive 4-layer H2No® Performance Standard microfiber polyester fabric package with a breathable/waterproof barrier, the Rio Gallegos™ embodies maximum durability and flexibility without the bulk and extra weight, making it a great choice for guides and anglers who fish day-in and day-out. Proprietary NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish comprises the first line of defense in keeping the wader waterproof and puncture resistant. Additionally, the wader fabric is less stiff and more comfortable in walking and striding that is essential when climbing up steep hills, sliding over rocks or crossing barbed wire fences. 

Innovative SSC (single seam construction) negates interior and exterior leg seams, leaving only one seam up the back of the leg, and is out of the wear zone that increases both durability and freedom of movement. This seam technology completely eliminates seams from the highest wear points on the inside of legs. Additional exterior reinforcements on inseams have been added for superior abrasion resistance. Heavyweight fabric in the leg provides durability where it is needed most, while lightweight fabric in the chest allows for greater comfort and flexibility. The streamlined sculpted upper body offers an athletic fit while minimizing drag in heavy currents.

The unique waist-mounted EZ-lock suspenders in conjunction with the T-Zip front zipper allows you to quickly adjust the wader from chest to waist height without having to remove your jacket, making the Rio Gallegos™ one of the more comfortable and functional waders on the market. Stretch wading belt with quick-release DuraFlex Stealth-V buckle is easy to adjust. TPU slide-and-lock design on the front and back of suspenders offers security when wading deep, while full elastic back provides all day comfort. Anatomically curved knee pads can easily be removed, increase comfort and freedom of movement, and are fabulous for keeping your profile low to sneak up on fish.

Custom-fit neoprene booties with abrasion-resistant soles provide better breathability, while revolutionary Merino Wool grid lining wicks away perspiration, adding comfort and warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer. The outside of the Rio Gallegos™ features two hand warmer chest pockets with water-repellant zippers for unbeatable hand protection. Large sized outer chest pocket with utility keeper and water resistant zipper secures tippet, nippers and hooks. The Hypalon utility keeper is an external docking station providing quick access to essential tools. The inside welded TPU waterproof pocket provides waterproof security for cell phone, camera and keys. 

Heavyweight built-in fabric gravel guards with gripper elastic cuffs and concealed stainless steel locking boot hooks secure cuff to boot, and include a high-filtration mesh drain strap to expel water and abrasion-resistant scuff guards lend to even greater durability. Wader comes with Patagonia Lifetime Warranty and includes a field repair kit.

The redesigned Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Wader is the best wader Patagonia has designed to date. The revolutionary 4-layer microfiber fabric construction increases breathability and abrasion resistance, and moves moisture away from the body without sacrificing weight, making it the most versatile wader on the market. The incredible new feature of innovative single seam construction negates interior and exterior leg seams with only one seam up the back of the leg out of the wear zone. The 3-ply fabric reaches right up until the lower torso, which provides superior water and abrasion resistance compared to other models, and seams on the inside of the leg include taping on both inside and outside for superior strength in high water areas. For the price, Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Chest Wader is the most comfortable and most versatile wader on the market.

Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Chest Waders - Waterproof & Breathable H2No® Fabric

Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Chest Waders - Waterproof & Breathable H2No® Fabric.

Rating: 4.4/5 based on 3 review(s)
  • Price: 499.99 - In stock
  1. These waders are fantastic review by Zack K. on 5/22/2015
    Rating 1-5 Stars

    I waited a little while before splurging on a set of high-end waders- made do with a couple cheaper sets that had excellent return policies. But you get what you pay for, and return policies don't help when you're on day one of a five day trip and in the middle of nowhere... These waders are quite honestly fantastic. The suspender system takes a little getting used to (no buckles) but now I can't imagine fishing without it. Plenty of storage space for a phone, keys, tippet, etc. The kneepads are a simple touch that make a huge difference. And the material is heavy but still flexible. I've ripped through quite a few thorn patches and not a leak. Overall, worth the investment.

  2. Very impressed with fit and finish review by Greg H. on 5/22/2015
    Rating 1-5 Stars

    These are amazingly good waders. My second set, finally replacing my ancient SSTs that gave me years of use. I do prefer these to my Simms waders. Time will tell as far as durability, but after one spring I am very impressed with fit, finish and comfort. Only improvement would be a made in USA tag...

  3. Great product! review by Paul T. on 5/22/2015
    Rating 1-5 Stars

    I really like these waders. They're comfy and warm. When I go fly fishing the Beaver Lake tail waters these are my go to waders. The water never gets above 35-40 degrees even in the summer time. One thing that is really nice about these waders is the wool booties. They are a great addition to wading in cold tail waters for hours on end. What I usually wear underneath is... Some jeans or shorts over those I wear sweatpants and pull my wool socks over my sweatpants so when you put your foot in the waders your jeans/sweatpants don't wrinkle up. I will be investing in some bi-layers for colder fishing in the future but this works out great. Thanks for making great products and for making every fishing trip extremely enjoyable.

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Extra Small 34-35" 32" 6-8
Small 36-38" 32" 6-8
Small/Medium 36-38" 32" 8-10
Medium 39-41" 32" 8-10
Med/L-Bootie 39-41" 32" 10-12
Large/Med-Bootie 42-45" 32" 8-10
Large 42-45" 34" 10-12
X-Large 46-48" 34" 12-14
XXL 42-44" 34" 12-14

*** Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions, and are in inches, unless otherwise noted.

** Inseam measurements are from crotch to floor.

** The adjustable suspender & belt system can customize the fit +/- 3" in torso width & height.


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Patagonia® Rio Gallegos™ Chest Waders - Waterproof & Breathable H2No® Fabric SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL Rio Gallegos
Alpha Green
Wader Construction
SSC (Single Seam Construction)
Belt Loops & Stretch Wading Belt
Comfortable Suspenders
Gravel Guards
3mm Neoprene Booties
Wader Style
Waterproof Protection
Field Repair Kit
Total Weight
2.6 LBS
Convertible to Waist Waders
Utility Pocket
Interior Pocket
Zippered Chest Pocket
Patagonia Warranty