April 19, 2011
Author: Trout's Staff
I must first note that this initial review may be dramatically skewed in favor of the above mentioned products, as any water proof barrier, perhaps as simple as a Hefty bag duct taped to my legs, would be a dramatic improvement over my previous wader/boot combination.
As stated above, anything that will keep me dry, especially in the cold spring waters of Colorado, will automatically find favor amongst my gear, and in my first few outings, Patagonia’s new Rio Gallegos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈri.o ɣaˈʃeɣos]) waders most certainly fulfilled that role, but that is just the tip of the iceberg…..
Features I liked…
Merino wool lined neoprene booties; in passing this just sounds excessive, but it may now be difficult to wear straight neoprene again. Merino wool, as it is heralded for, keeps my toes cozy, not overly swampy. An added bonus, this lining is naturally antimicrobial, so it cuts down on the dreaded wader stank. These are definitely my favorite feature.