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Patagonia Men's River Salt Jacket

$174.00 $349.00


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The River Salt Jacket is our toughest, most durable fishing shell made with 4-layer waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard wader fabric for long-lasting bomber performance.

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Searching for early–season stripers on the Cape requires industrial-strength protection from the elements. Our River Salt Jacket stands up to salt spray, hard use and serious nor’easters. Made with our extra-tough H2No® Performance Standard 4-layer, 5.4-oz wader fabric with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish, this is the burliest waterproof/breathable fishing jacket on the market. The waterproof, corrosion-resistant YKK® Vislon® Aquaguard front zipper and watertight adjustable cuffs seal out wind-driven precip. Three large, streamlined front pockets hold fly boxes, close with coated, water-repellent zips and won’t snag flying line on the shoot. When you have to crank up and run into the teeth of it, the innovative, vented hood stays in place at speed. The River Salt is our medium-length fishing jacket, with a hem 2 ½ inches longer than our shortest fishing jacket, the SST.
  • 100% polyester microfiber shell with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish; same fabric we use for our toughest waders
  • Three TPU-coated, water-repellent front-zippered pockets sized to hold fly boxes; waterproof and corrosion-resistant YKK® Vislon® Aquaguard front zipper
  • Innovative, fully vented, adjustable hood designed to stay in place, even at high boat speed
  • Watertight adjustable cuffs
  • Mesh draining elastic drawcord at hem
  • H2No® Performance Standard shell: 4-layer, 5.4-oz 100% plain weave, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 609 g (21.5 oz)
  • Made in Vietnam.


Patagonia developed the 4-layer fabric construction for our waders to increase breathability and abrasion resistance, move moisture away from the body, and decrease the weight.

Our exterior fabrics are densely woven 100% polyester microfibers for durability and puncture resistance. On one side we apply our H2No® waterproof coating for waterproof/breathable performance. On the other side we apply a Hydrophilic laminate that pulls moisture away from the body so it can be passed out through the exterior shell.

To protect the hydrophilic laminate we use a soft polyester tricot lining that increases abrasion resistance yet maintains a soft, supple drape. Finally, we apply a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment as the first line of defense in keeping these waders waterproof.


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Men's River Salt Jacket is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High speed...low drag This jacket is high speed...Low drag! Everything you need and nothing you don't for staying dry on the water. The jacket fits well without a bunch of extra material flapping around. Pockets are all minimal but thought out and useful, a nice change from some of my other Go Go Gadget wading jackets. The hood fits well and rolls down to where ya barley know it's there. Mine gets worn on the water and off. Enjoy.
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket for east coast fly fishing Fits well and allow angler to Cast and stay dry. Seems like to me a must for chasing albies in the Fall around Cape Lookout
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Jacket I've ever owned I can sum this review up easily - this is the best jacket I have ever owned. I originally purchased it for a two week camping trip in southeast Alaska, but it became my go to jacket for all my outdoor activities. As professional fishing guide in North Carolina's southern outerbanks, I go everywhere with this jacket. From rain to spray, even in the summer, it keeps me dry and comfortable and has held up perfectly...and has as I abuse it, it really shouldn't! Three seasons of saltwater and multiple trips across the country I can't be without it. Only thing is I miss the gray color...but it doesn't matter it's still got years to go before I need a new one!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy Another stellar product from Patagonia. Great fit. Glides over bulky insulation layers easily. Hood and cuffs are great at keeping water out and comfy. Have been through several storms and not gotten wet. Have not been in an "all day soaker" yet but have confidence the jacket will hold up. Only had it for 1 season of use here in MI but its holding up well and don't expect it to wear out any sooner than typical Patagonia outerwear. I use it for everything: bird hunting, camping, etc. Seems to breath well as many of my fishing haunts require substantial hike in/out. Was debating between a Simms high dollar jacket and very glad I chose this one. Best feature over the Simms is the styling...this one doesn't look like a dorky fishing jacket. Well done!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This jacket is the best of many I tried on before purchasing and performance has been amazing. Doesn't feel as boxy as other big brand wading jackets and the fabric slides on easily over any layer. The pockets are great and, while I didn't want to compromise on handwarmer pockets that don't zip, these are designed in a way that they don't get thumbs or oars caught while rowing- so far anyway. The only issue I have is that the gasket on the wrist somehow got a rip in it. Can't think of what might have caused it, but I know it will be easy to have it repaired if needed. Bottom line: This is an awesome wading jacket. Not made in China if I recall. Vietnam or something, but the main point is that Patagonia strives to be responsible in how they source materials, which is important to me. Just wish they would try to source more from the good ol' USA.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it is a got to have The River Salt Jacket is a jacket that fits right. I fly fish and it moves with me allowing for full movement. Great pockets and if you don’t need the hood it will roll up in to the collar. The inside glove pocket is a real plus and has a zip pocket on the other side. the front pockets also have zippers. I say thumbs up.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket As usual Patagonia has thoroughly thought through every detail. Some of my Favorites are, soft non moisture retaining fleece in the hand warmer pocket, the drain around waist cord, sleeve closures are virtually water proof and the collar and hood are super comfortable. I have also been wearing it around town and paired with a down sweater its a great warm water proof combo.
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bombproof Wading Jacket I bought this as a replacement to my old faithful g3 wading jacket that had to be put down after years of hard use and abuse. The company that makes that jacket (starts with an S and rhymes with Tims) has a real stronghold amongst Texas wade fishermen and my first thought was to go their route again, however I was able to get the river salt for a really great price and have had wonderful experiences with my other Patagonia gear so I figured why not give it a try. I had the opportunity to really put this jacket through its paces this past fall and winter and feel like I can now properly review this jacket. Below are some notes I have on the river salt. First Impressions: I was skeptical but when this jacket arrived I was quickly impressed. It has an extremely sturdy feel to it without feeling bulky. It's got that bombproof feel that gives you confidence that you won't be ripping or tearing it on branches, dock snags or boat cleats that seem to find a way to make waste of lesser jackets. I ordered a large and the fit is perfect for me. I wear a 16 1/2 - 36 dress shirt and am, what I would consider, an athletic build to give some perspective. There's plenty of room to layer up, wear over waders and still have great ROM to cast or dance when you catch that fish of a lifetime, yet it's still form fitting enough to not be balloony. This jacket is also very comfortable. Not really one thing makes it this way, but it fits me really well and it just feels good wearing it. Take that as you will. PROS: This jacket has given me no reason to doubt its durability. The seams have held strong, the zippers are all in tact and still feel brand new and there’s no sign of delamination of the seam tape. I use this jacket exclusively in salt water and would just hose it off with my waders after a day of wading and have seen no sign of the saltwater damaging it. I should note that twice this season I washed the jacket with Granger's performance wash just to give it a good cleaning. The jacket also has plenty of functional storage. I don't carry too much when I wade, but this jacket has huge pockets to carry fly boxes, leaders and even a spare reel if you’re into that. The jacket is also plenty waterproof. It's hard to leave the fish when they're in a full out feeding frenzy before a front rolls through, so more than a few times I got caught out in the rain as fronts rolled in and I stayed bone dry and warm every time. The hood cinches down nicely and the fleece on the collar prevents any chaffing or discomfort. The jacket also does a great job of stopping the wind when you have to make long boat runs in the cold. I'd cinch down the cuffs, hood and bottom and the jacket would block the wind from seeping in and chilling me down. The hood is also the most functional hood that's ever laid upon my dome. The little built in bill actually comes in handy, it fits very nicely and once in place and cinched down never came off, even when running at high speeds into the wind. Just make sure you have it buttoned to the collar. I have a deep appreciation for a good hood and this one is top notch. Lastly, the fleece lined hand pockets are phenomenal. Fleece lined… enough said. CONS: It wasn't easy to come up with downsides of this jacket, but if you spend enough time out on the water you'll find out what you like and don't like. For the most part, these are minimal gripes, which arise from using my previous jacket for so long. First, the breathability of this jacket leaves something to be desired. It breathes reasonably well, but when the sun is out this jacket can get a tad swampy even after the under layers come off. I'm sure the grey color also doesn't help. Because of this I don't see myself bringing this on the boat in the summer for a rain jacket. Understand though that I came from a Gore-Tex jacket, which is hard to beat. I think Patagonia would have a real winner in a Gore-Tex wading jacket at this price point. Next complaint is the DWR. It started out fantastic. Water looked like it was afraid of me and nearly jumped off the jacket. But it didn't last, I half-heartedly hoped it would, but it just unfortunately didn't. Water still beads off nicely from the shoulders and chest, but the elbows and waist will get a little saturated. Now, let me note that this could entirely be my fault. I wore this jacket many times driving (because it’s so dang comfortable) from south TX to the LA marsh country and the DWR rubbing off of the elbows could be due to me resting it on my console whilst traveling. This is really a minor complaint and it happens to any jacket. I plan on applying some DWR to it before next season. Despite the DWR issue, the jacket still remains entirely waterproof. Next diva gripe is the cuffs. I really like the feel of the rubbery gasket type cuffs and thought they'd be great initially, however they're not quite as good at keeping water out as I hoped and didn't perform as well as my previous wading jacket. Also, the rubber had the tendency to pull my arm hair out, which was a little uncomfortable but is common if you're trying to design a cuff to seal out water. The cuff also is a snag point on the jacket. Fly line has the knack of finding anything to snag itself on and if you get sloppy with your line management it can find the cuffs occasionally. The front pockets are also slightly annoying to me (READ: My personal preference is something else). They are no doubt waterproof but the TPU coating makes them a bother to open and close. I wish they would just use top loading pockets (similar to the SST), but this is just personal. Finally, I really really came to love/ depend on the little bungee retractor deals on my G3 jacket for line clippers, forceps, etc. Yeah, the river salt has a spot to clip on a retractor, but it would be nice to have those integrated. I'm sure there are those out there that would argue the opposite, but that's my preference. I guess something to note on this jacket is that it isn’t the most packable shell in the world. The material is wading material so don’t expect it to stuff up nicely. There’s a give and take with it and I’d take the durability of the material over its pack ability. In summary, I'm a creature of habit and the river salt was in an uphill battle from the beginning trying to convince me it could replace my old jacket. After extensive use for a season I can say I really like this jacket. It gets a 4.5 stars out of 5 from me. It feels bombproof and has kept me dry and warm through some monsoon status storms. Overall, it's an extremely functional jacket with great feel and comfort and I can see it lasting me a long long time or at least until the seam tape rots out, at which point hopefully Patagonia can re-tape it for me for a nominal price. Only time will tell but thus far I've been extremely surprised by the performance and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quality wading jacket.
Date published: 2014-03-03
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