I was looking at Simms at first but I saw some Patagonia are on sale now. For these models which I could get between $250~350 at the moment, which would be the pick and how would you compare them? The Patagonia Skeena River, Rio
Gallegos, and Simms Freestone.
Is the Freestone less breathable than the others? I was leaning towards the Freestone wader as I got a pair of Freestone boots.
Gallegos seems to be the higher end model which is / or was, compared to Simms G4/G3?
donĎt make yourself all too crazy because of waders. For the reduced use you have at home you talk about and this short trip you will do to Gaula, all of the mentioned waders will serve you very well. You got a lot of suggestions to choose from. Everybody made different experiences from different views, different needs and different expectations. So all the answers are like that of course.
If you have reduced the selection to decide between the Simms Freestone and the Rio
Itís absolutely no difference in breathability between both. Both are not GoreTex.
If you want your waders to last for as many trips as possible or further use at home, I would recommend to go with the Simms Freestone, even if you pay a little more for the moment.
I had three Rio
Gallegos in short time. Two of them were leaking all too fast, one after around 20 to 30 fishing days, one around 50 fishing days. The third is still dry, around same amount of fishing days, but is in Backup use now. I bought two, got one repaired and got it back after three months, same again. With the second I refused to do a repair again.
My Freestone was dry over a very hard time of usage, more than 100 days. I would have done a self repair, but it was still in warranty. I got the new model from Simms without any questions. Itís the first time it was done by Simms like that, after all my different waders from them. I thought it would be a repair as usual and I would have been happy with it. It seems to be they do repairs only with their GoreTex waders.
Yes, I am a lucky man to spend as much time as possible close to rivers and I need a serious numbers of waders over the time.
I like Patagonia for all their clothing and equipment for mountaineering, also for their company philosophy.
But after my experiences I stay away from their waders and also a longer time now from their jackets, because of longevity and breathability I like and need for all other outdoor activities.
Of course others experiences will differ and maybe I was simply unlucky with the Rio
Gallegos. But two out of three in short time, thatís not by accident.
One can have similar lack of luck with every product. And I had it once with a new Simms G3 too. But this happened once with all my Simms waders over a time of 30 years.
If you make your decision towards the cheaper wader, no matter which label, I would recommend (and repeat myself) to invest saved money in felt sole boots with best studs. Not to be misunderstood, as long as money is a decision for you, discussing high end rods for a short trip
I see this as the most important decision for your safety. I didnít see you saying where you go at Gaula, but from all you said, you are not experienced in wading. The more important, if you are downstream StÝren.