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The Best Waders: Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front

After spending the winter dreaming about fly-fishing, I'm itching to get back out on the river. What are the best waders for early-season fish-stalking?

A:Zippers and waterproof clothes usually don’t mix, but the Rio Gallegos waders employ a high-performance German T-Zip closure to make them both completely waterproof and easy to put on. But stalking fish generates a surprising amount of body heat, so once you’re zipped inside, the pants breathe, thanks to Patagonia’s four-layer waterproof-breathable fabric, H2No. The waders include nice touches like a clear pocket for a cell phone and merino wool-lined booties that wick perspiration from your feet.

Price: $599

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