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Patagonia Men's River Salt Jacket

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The River Salt Jacket is our toughest and most durable fishing shell, made with rugged, 4-layer waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard wader fabric for the most challenging conditions.

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Long after everyone else has bailed on Bristol Bay, it’s time to break out the two-handers and swing up the biggest, baddest rainbows of the year. But you’d better come prepared with industrial-strength protection from the elements. Our durable River Salt Jacket stands up to rain, wind, salt spray and seriously hard use. Made with ultra-tough H2No® Performance Standard 4-layer, 6.1-oz wader fabric with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a 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 precipitation. Three large, streamlined front pockets hold fly boxes, close with coated, water-repellent zips, and won’t snag flying line on the shoot; and when you have to crank up and run into the teeth of it, the innovative vented and adjustable hood stays in place at speed. The River Salt is our medium-length fishing jacket, with a hem 2½ inches longer than our shortest fishing jacket, the SST.
  • Rugged 100% polyester microfiber H2No® Performance Standard shell with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 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 and adjustable hood is designed to stay in place even at high boat speed
  • Watertight, adjustable cuffs
  • Elastic drawcord at the hem has a mesh-lined casing that drains excess water
  • 680 g (24 oz)
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Model is 6'0" and wearing a size Medium
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H2No® Performance Standard shell: 4-layer, 6.1-oz 100% polyester solid twill microfiber with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

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Water Resistant

DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.

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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 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good steelhead jacket Fished in BC for a week in wind and cold rain, jacket worked great, except for the front pockets , I had water in the pockets. Jacket should have at least 1 waterproof pocket. The inside mesh pouch works, unless you wade a little to deep. The jacket itself kept me dry and comfortable. It had good arm movement for Spey casting with multiple fleece layers. The sleeves and hood worked great.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed for fly fishing Keeps me dry and warm. I carry fly boxes and iPhone in the front chest pockets allowing me to quickly access. The front main zipper is a bit stiff. Overall best design for FF.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mens River Salt Jacket Purchased this jacket before heading to southeast AK for the year. Super stoked for the year to come! Fits perfectly and expect it to do battle in all elements. Hood construction is great, body length is perfect with waders and a reasonable amount of pockets. Slightly concerned with how the cuffs will withstand to being water resistant. Overall a great product from a great company.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Close to being the best... Now that I've been using my River Salt for just over a year I feel like I can knowledgeably speak of its strengths and weaknesses. First and foremost this is, in my opinion, the best wading jacket currently available for the winter/fall steelhead angler. It fits well, the napoleon pockets are well placed, it offers just enough storage without having giant billowy pockets and it gets out of your way (for the most part) when you need it to. I've been through 1"+/hour rain in this jacket and stayed dry. You won't be disappointed with its durability or its ability to keep you dry and comfortable. Now for the two primary weaknesses... 1. The tab for the cuffs is an absolute magnet for those of us using mono running lines. Someone at Patagonia really needs to take a closer look at this closure system and either change the position of the tab or put a clean extended sleeve portion that goes over the gasketed cuff to solve this issue. This is easily the most frustrating thing about this jacket. 2. I find the napoleon pockets to have an annoying tendency to fold inwards when putting your hand in...the outer edge material of the pocket is very pliable and wants to turn inward which requires you to often give it another go. The edge of the pocket needs to be "stiffened" to give it more rigidity in my opinion. I actually didn't notice this issue for about 6 months, but now it frequently frustrates me. For a steelhead angler that is removing and reinserting their hand with every cast/swing it can become a bit cumbersome. Overall, I've owned/tried the high-end jackets from another very well known fishing gear manufacturer (which retail for nearly $200 more than this one) and find the River Salt to be superior for my needs in pretty much all respects.
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best jacket on the market if......... I am a professional destroyer of fine gear and this jacket seems to be immune. Impressive, very impressive. The one problem for those of us that row a boat for a living is................ZIP UP HAND POCKETS! :) I love this jacket and am happy to work around it, but again my favorite product on the market is one small upgrade away from me being able to call it the best ever built. Seriously guys not only do zippers just look high speed but they keep the pocket dry, they (as stated before) they keep hands from catching when digging oars in technical water, they are fun to fidget with while you watch a client swing a run, they make other less fishy individuals wonder what secrets lie within (perhaps the best part) and they enable me (The hardest steel pounding blacksmith on your crew) to tell the world with absolute certainty buy this thing because it is the BEST jacket on the market!!!! :) ha ha ha :) seriously an awesome jacket (just really want two more zippers) thanks guys! You do the very best kind of work and your pros appreciate all of it.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent with one possible improvement Great jacket. Fit right. Cuffs are better than on the one I just retired (an SST jacket from the late 80s.... These things last!!). The cinching system in the hood is very functional - sucks the hood into your head so it fits like a baseball hat - could a little extra material as the bill of that hat. Only one improvement that could be made: Either the flap of material that covers the vents in the back of the hood are too small or water found a way through the hole where the cinching rope pokes through the back of the hood. Was fishing for salmon in a pretty good rain with my back to the wind (5-10mph) and found the back of my head got wet. Granted, this was after many hours in that situation, and only got a little wet. In an occasional drizzle, perfectly dry! Fix the vents and its five-star!!
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good jacket that could be four or five star... First thing I'll mention, is I own last season's River Salt. My review is going on the new season's version. I just got off the phone with Patagonia. Here are the only two things updated in this season vs last: A different main zipper. A more environmentally friendly DWR coating (C6 instead of a C8). My review is going to contain some focus on the old zipper, and I can't speak for the new zipper, but I never had a problem with the action of the zipper itself (read: sliding, seal, water resistance), but the actual application of the zipper, as you shall read. I'm 5'8", 165 Let's break this down to Pros and Cons. Pros: - One of the best hoods in the industry. Excellent adjustability. Moves with your head. Love it! - Great fabric choice. I've shredded my way through Olympic Peninsula blackberry thorns, clipped pliers directly to it, patched it in the field. It's pretty heavy and wears well. - Seam taping. Excellent in every aspect. - Storage is ample. I like the three aquaguard zippers - Main pockets are warm. Fleece lined and roomy. - Lots of inner storage for keys, phone, and two mesh pockets for junk. - DWR is durable. I read a lot of people out there who dis rain jackets for waterproofness. All jackets waterproof outer coating wears off. I've washed this with Nixwax, then retreated the DWR while still damp and it's like it came out of the store new all over again. Even when the DWR lost effectiveness, never got wet. Just keep moving and fishing ;) Cons: - The main zipper itself is fine. It's the execution of construction that Patagonia keeps failing on. This is the second (the SST) jacket I've had fail... what happens is, the tolerance of the inner collar fabric is sewn so close to the zipper's teeth, that the slider sucks up the inner collar fabric and pinches it into the slider. This happened almost immediately after buying the jacket - both the SST and the River Salt. With the SST, I pulled the collar fabric tight, put 10 stiches through it and then put some Aquaseal on the front side to re seal over the stitches. With the Salt, I sent it back to Patagonia. One year of having to use two hands to get the zipper up the last three inches of the collar. Really frustrating. Sucks to have to put your rod down to stop what you're doing to zip it up. Totally a deal breaker. - Cuffs = yuk. The rubber-like material seals up fine, it's the fact that it takes overnight to dry. I could be soaking wet in a downpour, the sun would come out and completely dry the jacket, but the cuffs would still be wet. In fact, it takes several hours for them to completely dry when the jacket is hanging up in a dry room. No bueno. Add to that, that line gets hung up on the velcro tab because it closes at the top of your wrist! This really seems like a detail that should be rethought. It blows me away that they're not getting feedback on this, or that testers, prostaff aren't coming back with similar feedback. Well, there you go. - Cut is a bit too roomy. Look, not all of us are 6'4" with arms that allow sleeves to hang perfectly flat. When you're not, you get a lot of bunched up fabric around your wrists and upper arm sleeves that are made for a guy with huge pipes. And not everyone needs room for a Cliff Bugger Barn in each chest pocket, and room to access a 6-pack of beer stashed in our wader chest pocket. Well. Maybe on that last one... The cut could really be streamlined. Summary: So a poorly executed zipper and crummy cuffs has me calling this an average jacket? You bet. The disappointing thing is that these are small - yet very significant to performance details for a wading jacket, in my experience. A new zipper changes nothing in the manufacturing process. Neither does DWR. This jacket really screams for Patagonia to pay attention to it and hit the drawing board again. Not redesign, but trimming up the cut of the sleeves and chest, a different material for the cuffs, relocating the velcro tabs so they face down - or internalize the cuffs and make the sleeve cover the cuff with the cuff inside the sleeve. I'm a very faithful Patagonia guy, but these jackets in their fishing line aren't getting their deserved attention. Sometimes I think there are just TOO many products in their overall line to give energy to, and that other areas can suffer as a result. I think the River Salt is a victim.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm looking for a monsoon now This jacket is remarkable. I've had it for a couple of years and used it mostly for rainy day fishing. It's first test was during a vicious squall on the South Fork of the Snake River. The river was beaten into a froth but I was perfectly dry. I've even thrown it on to protect me while using a snow blower in a blizzard. I almost look forward to rain ...
Date published: 2016-06-03
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