Primo Wading Jacket (New 2021/22)

(31 customer reviews)


Estimated restock for all sizes: late Fall 2021

Backordered items are estimated to ship within 2-6 weeks. Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee delivery by Christmas for backordered items. You can see the stock status when selecting a size. In stock items will ship within 2-3 business days.


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All-weather protection for your bod.

More pockets. More features. More awesome.

A true bomber of a jacket, the Primo Wading Jacket keeps you dry even on those hardcore bad weather days. If you want to make an impression on the river and stand out from the crowd, rocking this wading jacket-style technical shell from DRYFT is a sure fire way to do it.

The Primo Wading Jacket features waterproof and breathable protection from the elements with DWR coated, 20,000mm waterproof rated fabric, fully taped seams and water resistant zippers. The snagless cuffs adjust on the inside, wrapping your wrist tighter than a leather mancuff, leaving the outside of your sleeve clean from snagging your line like a hook to the face. With a shorter length for wading, but not so short that it shows off the tattoo you got after losing that bet in Mexico, the Primo Wading Jacket can crossover and be worn with or without waders.

Features at a glance

  • 4 seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall).
  • Relaxed fit to allow for layering.
  • 7 pockets.
  • Pit zips: No.
  • Fabric details: 3L (190gsm).
  • Waterproof rating of fabrics: 20,000mm+.

Primo Wading Jacket specs

  • Wading style shell.
  • New YKK Aquaguard® Vislon® front zipper.
  • Total of 7 pockets
    • Front storage pockets with water resistant zippers easily fit fly boxes, tools, and flasks.
    • Hyper green zippers on front pockets and front closure zipper.
    • Hand warming pockets on the side to tuck your mitts into on those nasty frosty days.
    • Two large storage pockets on the lower back hold all sorts of goodies for long hikes.
    • Inside zipper pocket with sunglasses mesh pocket.
  • 20,000mm waterproof rated breathable fabric with fully taped seams.
  • DWR (Durable Waterproof Coating) finish.
  • 3 layer nylon shell with breathable membrane.
  • Snagless cuffs with inner wrist adjustment.
  • Adjustable drawstrings around bottom and at the neck.
  • Fixed hood.
  • Net hook on back.
  • Imported.
  • bluesign® approved fabrics.
  • Backed by the DRYFT warranty.

Primo Wading Jacket Fit details

Back length (neck to hem) size large: 27 ½”

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Dimensions N/A

Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2XL, 3XL

31 reviews for Primo Wading Jacket (New 2021/22)

  1. Eric Camfield

    Love this rain jacket. Was beat to death by rain in Alaska on a week of fishing. Jacket was bullet proof–along with the Dryft waders. Highly Recommend. –Eric (Altar Fly Fishing)

  2. Trevor (verified owner)

    Sweet jacket. The cuffs work great for keeping your arms dry even when scouring the bottom to grab the stuff I dropped in the river. Comfortable fit that allows for vigorous activity. Looks good and keeping me dry and comfy in a long day hiking and fishing in the rain. Love my new jacket. Only reason not a five is that I would have liked to be able to roll up the hood when not using.

  3. Chuck Pomeroy (verified owner)

    Primo Wading Jacket is an awesome jacket.
    I am no longer using my Patagonia wading jacket due to leaks.. I also stopped using my G4 Simms wading jacket due to a tear on the back from blackberry bushes.
    Looking forward to many years of use from this jacket.

  4. J. Hudelson / Cpl. Hood (verified owner)

    First off I would like to see Thank You Dryft!
    The Primo Wading Jacket is a huge bite in a small package.
    Very lightweight resistant to snow, ice, rain and especially wind.
    That’s a big one for me, but wind does not penetrate the Primo shell, at all.
    The material is extremely tough. I took a fall that I thought would have torn Cordura, by looking at the Primo Jacket you never would have known that it hit the ground.
    I’m 6′ 1″, 185 lb. The large allows me to bundle up in the very cold weather.
    I also ordered a Primo Rain Jacket in size medium for the warmer days.
    I am a retired Marine and I put all of my gear to work!
    This thing works.

  5. Phil (verified owner)

    I bought the Primo Waders & Jacket. I have not fished in them yet but I’m really looking forward to it. These are the best waders and jacket I’ve seen or tried on. Seems like top quality materials and workmanship. I’m excited!

  6. Bill Rosinski

    Quality as good as the DRYFT waders I own only things I would like to see and emailed Nick pertaining to future design is more pocket(s) space and the 3XL is pretty tight on me and I am 6’5 and 230ish and its snug. Will be a great jacket when not needing multiple layer of clothing when temps in Mi start blowing/falling in the 20’s. I will say though customer service gets 100 star review for awesome response back time! Price is very good for the top quality of the jacket. Thanks Nick for all the helpful emailing info regarding future designs and figuring out how to make my floats fit in back pocket without them getting damaged

  7. Sticky Ferrule

    ✔️ Well made from super materials
    ✔️ Seems very water / weather proof
    ✔️Great snag free cuffs
    ‼️You don’t look like your part of a ski school at the boat ramp
    Chest pockets are just to small for my on river daily needs.
    (i should try the other model)

  8. Mark Gallant (verified owner)

    I took the leap of faith and bought my DRYFT wading jacket several years ago. In short, it has performed well, and often. Great quality of workmanship and fit. Let’s be honest — I have been a Simms G4 guy for many years. This DRYFT jacket measures up without a doubt — it is one tough performer when the weather is just plain crap. You can count on DRYFT products, if the jacket is any indication. Which I’m sure that it is.

  9. Michael L Craig (verified owner)

    I stayed dry in 4 days of rain fishing the salmon river. This jacket is the greatest as far as comfort and staying dry. About to head out for a trip to Erie, Pa and feel ready for any kind of weather that comes.
    I called the company and they helped with the extra large jacket. It is a perfect fit for layering up and staying dry and warm.

  10. Bill Ball (verified owner)

    Always a chance with a new product and new company in the market. Didn’t disappoint! Bought for fall and winter use. A solid product, well built. Kept me high and dry without loss of comfort. Especially liked the cuffs as they keep cold water where it belongs, in the stream. More than enough utility pockets. Just bought a new pair of waders from a competitor, but will definitely give there waders a try next go around. The price is right, if not low for the quality, but please don’t get any ideas to raise prices. What we need in this market is affordable quality considering the high price of competitors.

  11. Bob Langbein (verified owner)

    I bought the wading jacket for steelheading the OP and Calufornia Coast. Took it up to the OP, no rain for a week . . . imagine that? Very cold and the jacket kept me nice and warm.

    Took it up to the Eel and we got dumped on. Kept me dry and warm. I loved that the sleeves sealed under the edge of the jacket! I am a big fan of this gear thus far. Excellent Steelheading gear!!!-!

  12. Jim Black

    I got my promo wading jacket and was impressed from the start. I have gone through a number of different jackets over the years. Out of the box this is the most impressive one I have bought. I have owned all the big names, this one beats them . The quality and craftsmanship are phenomenal. The design is very smart. Nothing on the arms or chest to snag your fly line. Pockets keep things dry and are well placed. Two large pockets on the back are great.

    All seems are tape sealed, not just the major ones. This will keep you dry .

  13. JAck Salstrom

    I own the wading jacket and the waist waders. They are both very comfortable to wear. I use them in a jet boat and lake boat for protection against rain and spray. While wading I haven’t had with any type of leaks. Very happy with these 2 products.

  14. Cody (verified owner)

    Just got my Primo jacket last week right before my fishing trip on the Catawba in NC. Customer service was awesome and helped me get the jacked just in time for my trip. I’m extremely happy with my purchase. At one point i tripped out of the boat and stayed bone dry because of the jacket. This is a very quality jacket that looks great and performs very well. When it comes down to it, the fact that I contacted Dryft and they got right back to me to help me out speaks volumes for this company. When my current waders give out, I will be coming back to Dryft for my next pair. Top notch products with top notch customer service. Thanks again Dryft!

  15. Dan Endres

    I am not one to do reviews very often, and I never do before having a chance to use a purchase for a couple years to verify the longevity. I was looking for a high quality wading jacket without spending $500 – $600 and this jacket delivered! I have worn it on the worst rainy days in a stream and boat and never even got damp. I have also worn it as an outer layer when blowing snow in the winter, ice fishing, and even skiing, and it breaks the wind as well as it keeps the water out. I’ve had it for over 2 years and it is still performing well. I will definitely be buying my next pair of waders from Dryft, as the quality for the cost is so much better than the other big names.

  16. chuck (verified owner)

    I bought the wader and jacket combo, well my wife did buy the, for me. I really love the jacket seem durable and well made. Sheds water nicely so far. The waders are nice, and work, being an odd size the legs are bit baggy but needed that to get the long inseam. Some of the trim is not Simms quality for sure; wading belt and loops, straps etc. But, with that said, the Dryft waders and jacket combo was cheaper (by a lot) than my previous Simms wader. The Dryft waders are highly functional and they did not leak out of the box. As for durability after 10 trips fishing I have no complaints. I will have to see how they hold up over the hopefully next several years. Since I retired I fish about 100 days a year. So, time will tell. I would add that the combo deal was a nice price point for both and a great deal.

  17. D Braga (verified owner)

    Great jacket overall, storage pockets not quit big enough to hold larger fly boxes. Fished Pyramid last week and jacket stopped the wind very well. Comfortable to wear.

  18. Don Lerner

    Just fished with this jacket in Oregon, wet and rainy. This is a great jacket that kept me both warm and dry. Plenty of pockets and fished with a well-known guide who is a Simms “guy” and he wanted to know what brand of jacket I was wearing. My only request would be to have a place to slip my free hand into while fishing, needing to keep the pockets zipped to kept them dry while wading deep. Otherwise, I might buy another to have on hand when this one wears out in 20+ years.

  19. Ray Baker (verified owner)

    I really like the jacket it has alot of great features. And it keeps you dry and the wind out. Great fit with room for layering. Only thing I would change is bigger pockets with larger openings.

  20. Rob Kuehn (verified owner)

    This is an awesome jacket. Well thought out with plenty of pockets and comfortable collar. I tend to spend a lot of time on the oars, so water tends to run down my sleeves, the coat does have a nice water resistant built in the sleeve, as of yet I haven’t tested this feature. I look forward to purchasing the waders in the future. Most recently I ran into a friend buying waders in Cabalas and recommended he check out Dryft before he make his wader purchase!
    Thx everyone at Dryft for a great product!

  21. jeremy Keith Corbus (verified owner)

    I bought this jacket to go with the front zipper waders I bought and let me tell you this jacket is awesome for its warm and has many pockets and I love how tight you can make the sleeves for when sticking your hands in the water for the fish no water goes up your sleeve. I love my waders and jacket and could not be more happy with there product. Dryft is the only way to role when your out on the river. Thanks for making not only a awesome product but a affordable one to. Will recommend dryft to all my fishing buddy’s.

  22. Nick soloman (verified owner)

    Just got my new primo ,sweet love the sweet caress of the fuzzy stuff in the collar on the checks keeps me dry good fit and snazzy colours could use more colours awsome job guys!

  23. Ray H (verified owner)

    This jacket has all the right stuff! Waterproof, lots of storage, and it’s cool looking. With a price that’s well below the competitors, it’s a great deal. I researched wading jackets on the internet for a few weeks before buying this one and I’m glad I did. I’ve used the jacket a couple times and I love it. Also, I like that Dryft is a local company in Bellingham.

    Ray H.
    Mill Creek, WA

  24. Taariq Bali (verified owner)

    Have had plenty of fishing jackets that say “waterproof” but I don’t think that means anything anymore. I bought the Primo jacket and waders in Sept and have been using them pretty much every weekend until today. Last weekend was the worst rain I’ve seen on the river in years but with this jacket I stayed 100% dry and really comfortable at the same time. Wrist straps make it so much better when landing a fish and cleaning it in pouring rain. Would highly recommend the Dryft gear to all. Keep it up and quick shout out to Nick for all the help.

    Taariq (Vancouver, BC)

    • DRYFT

      Thanks for the shout out Taariq! Glad you’ve been putting the gear to good use! Tight lines.

  25. Gregg Morse (verified owner)

    Out of the box definitely the best jacket I have ever purchased. The fit and style of this jacket is second to none.

  26. Mark Lee (verified owner)

    4 1/2 STARS
    I too am disappointed at the different Gortex type rain jackets that I’ve tried so I purchased this jacket in early Fall 2014. I have used it several times including a 7 day fishing trip to Jackson Hole, WY at the end of September. I agree that this is probably the best fishing rain jacket that I’ve had. I have worn it on cool/cold days and cool/rainy/stormy days. One day, wore it for several hours in the rain, drizzle, and wind and I stayed perfectly warm and dry the entire time. The hood also works great. I especially like the inner wrist straps that help keep water out when you have to reach underwater. The jacket looks great and is mostly comfortable. The downside to the better rain protection is the reduced breathability vs. typical Gortex type jackets. Proper layering will keep you warm into the 40’s! IMO, it isn’t for use during a summer rainstorm because the reduced breathability would keep you too warm but it is perfect for fall. By “mostly comfortable” above, the openings to the lower external pockets are located too high to easily unzip and insert your hands. Maybe the design as a short jacket impacts that. I think it would be a nice feature to have some zippered vents, like in the underarms, to help keep you cooler when it isn’t actively raining. I would recommend this w/o reservation, however, to anyone looking for a good jacket to keep you dry and you’ll look great too! Would buy this again w/o reservations!

  27. Mathieu (verified owner)

    I received this jacket yesterday and went fishing this morning during a downpour. The jacket kept me completely dry, the sleeve straps kept all the water out and made the day enjoyable. The hood is only one of the great features on this jacket, it is perfectly contoured and stays snuggly on your head. This is the best jacket I have ever worn, hands down. I have subsequently put the waders on my wish list. Dryft will have a customer in me for years to come! Great local company with even better products.

  28. Jon Ades (verified owner)

    I’ve been looking to buy a new wading jacket since returning from a cold, windy and rainy trip to Montana recently and realizing my old jacket just doesn’t cut it any longer. While researching and shopping for a new jacket online I came across the DRYFT website. I had a few questions about their jacket and fired off an email. My first impression was “WOW”. I sent the email inquiry and had an answer within 30 Minutes. I then ordered the new PRIMO Wading Jacket, it was a Friday afternoon. USPS delivered the jacket on Monday, a second WOW, 2 day delivery Seattle to Denver.

    Examining the jacket reveals a well thought out functional design constructed with quality materials. First, the articulated raglan sleeve for a more natural and comfortable fit with no seam on top of the shoulder to leak (one of many problems with my old jacket). The adjustable snag less cuff design and the smooth front pockets with waterproof zippers, no velcro to catch your line. A clever internally adjustable drawstring at the bottom eliminating another potential snag point. A soft collar and adjustable hood add to the functional features. All seams have been taped to assure they are sealed. Although the jacket has plenty of roomy as well as hand warmer pockets the one thing I find missing is an interior pocket for the likes of a cell phone or license, not a big deal as my shirts have pockets.

    Thanks DRYFT for great customer service and a well thought out, functional, well made, affordable jacket. Now I’m just waiting for another cold, windy and rainy day to try it out in real life and not just in the shower.

  29. Corey

    As the owner of Chugach Backcountry Fishing in Alaska I’ve spent many days in the rain feeling damp and soggy after a couple of hours in “100% GoreTex” products. It didn’t seem to matter which high-performance brand I wore-I always found that eventually my coat and I became saturated-the S14 Wading Coat changed that.

    As with my Dryft waders, the S14 Jacket not only fits well, looks great, sports a lightweight feel, and is comfortable for rowing in but it is absolutely the best waterproof coat I’ve used. As a testimate to my belief in this product, within one week I outfitted my entire guiding staff and my family in it.

    It is the small details of any product that can make it a favorite for everyday use-that’s where in-field product testing makes all the difference. Dryft did their homework on this one. I am 100% comfortable leaving cash and my I phone in waterproof sealed pockets, the soft liner on the high neck and in the pockets of the jacket are perfect for cooler temp days, and the peripheral vision I have when the hood is deployed are qualities that every jacket should offer.

    If you want to stay dry on the fly, the Dryft PRIMO is for you.

  30. Travis (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this jacket out of the box. I have not had a chance to try it out in hard weather yet, but can say that style, fit, finishing, quality of materials are all top notch. Their style is great, these guys know how to deliver what so far appears to be great style coupled with what appears will be a bomber jacket at a very reasonable price.

  31. Chad Campoamor

    As they did with their waders, Dryft has done it again with the Primo Jacket. I absolutely love this jacket, the fit is perfect, it is breathable, movable and stylish. It has all the pockets and compartments that are needed for a full day on the water and it will most definitely keep you dry and wanting to continue fishing even when the conditions aren’t promising. There is plenty of room for layering underneath as well. It is the essential jacket to have here up in Alaska with the way our conditions can be sometimes. Plus, you absolutely cannot beat the price. I have been a supporter of these guys since the beginning and will be until the end. Dryft continues to put out stellar products, and they are without a doubt the future. Everyone should check them out!

    – Chad Campoamor
    Mayfly Mafia
    Soldotna, Alaska

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