Primo Zip GD Wader

(99 customer reviews)



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Primo™ Zip GD Waders

The Primo™ Zip GD wader from DRYFT® is a top of the line feature packed and stylish addition to the DRYFT® lineup of outdoor fishing apparel.

We took the popular Primo zip-front waders and upgraded them to guide specs. By upgrading the main components and materials, we made our most popular wader more durable, more abrasion resistant, more breathable and more functional. This upgrade boosted the popular Primo zip-front waders up a notch enough to earn the badge of ‘guide’ wader.

New features of 2021/22 model

  • Upgraded fabrics for greater breathability and long term durability. New 4L 310gsm lower is 50% more breathable compared to previous model with exceptional abrasion and tear resistance and enhanced bonding strength for greater long term durability.
  • Upgraded seam tape structure in key areas throughout the waders such as fully double taped seams from the waist down with triple taped seam ends.
  • Upgraded belt loops.
  • Updated style.

Primo Zip GD Wader features at a glance

  • Increased function over previous model with bigger pockets, more pockets and tool attachment points.
  • Burly German engineered TIZIP main waterproof zipper. This zipper is found in use on top consumer products ranging from scuba diving gear to rescue equipment and is paired with a front zipper cover flap to help keep dirt and debris out.
  • Recommended for 3 seasons (fall, winter, spring).
  • Relaxed fit to allow for layering.
  • 8 pockets including the waterproof media pouch and large drop in mesh pockets.
  • Ripstop neoprene gravel guards.
  • Fabric details: 4L/3L (310gsm lower).
  • Waterproof rating of fabrics: 20,000mm+.

Why choose the Primo Zip GD Wader? 

Designed with comfort in mind, the Primo Zip GD waders use a high quality TIZIP® main zipper to help take the production out of mid fishing session bathroom breaks, and makes getting in and out of your favorite pair of waders oh so easy. The strong and durable four-layer lower from the waist down includes a single vertical seam design with seams running up the outside of the legs to eliminate seam abrasion when walking. The burly heavyweight four-layer lower joins a comfortable lighter three-layer upper with plenty of secure storage pockets on the outside and inside, including a media pocket and dual large drop in pockets. Adjustable straps, belt, and upper drawstring let you dial in the fit, and flexible knees give freedom of movement allowing you to walk, run, crouch, wade, stumble, and crawl easily without restricted movement. Zippered fleece-lined hand warming pockets double as extra storage, and an adjustable Comfortflex™ semi-stretch wading belt, a nylon webbing non-stretch wading belt, and storage bag are included.

What about staying dry?

Breathable, 20,000mm DWR coated waterproof fabrics combined with double taped seams bring the waterproofing to the next level. To top it off, seam ends and edges are triple taped throughout the legs to keep the water where the fish are.

Bottom line

When comparing price to features, the Primo Zip GD waders stand tall above any feature comparable wader on the market.

Primo Zip GD Wader Features

    • 100% waterproof performance breathable four layer and three layer DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coated fabric technology.
    • Durable reinforced lower from the waist down including legs, knees and seat. Comfortable three layer upper.
    • Single vertical seam design on the outside of the legs eliminates abrasion from walking.
    • Double taped seams throughout the legs for ultimate protection against leaks.
    • TIZIP® waterproof main zipper. Release the Kraken.
    • Reinforced tear and stretch resistant neoprene gravel guards with boot lace hooks.
    • High density 4.0MM ergonomically shaped neoprene sock feet.
    • Adjustable shoulder straps with Duraflex® buckles.
    • Inside flip-out pocket and waterproof media pouch.
    • Fleece lined hand warming pockets helps keep your hands toasty.
    • Large drop in pockets on the inside
    • D-rings and tool attachment points on the front to hang all your crap from.
    • Hyper Green YKK® water resistant pocket zippers.
    • Three belt loops keep your belt securely in place for safe wading.
    • Rubber DRYFT tread soles.
    • Adjustable upper sizing with internal drawstring.
    • Hanging loop.
    • Imported.

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Included items

  • Two belts. Each Primo Zip GD wader ships with an adjustable Comfortflex™ wading belt and a non-stretch nylon webbing belt with Duraflex® buckles.
  • Mesh carrying bag.
  • Removable Waterproof Media Pouch.
  • Repair kit




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Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

Small, Medium, Medium-Long, Large-Short, Large, Large-Long, Extra Large-short, Extra Large, 2XL-short, 2XL, 3XL-short, 3XL

99 reviews for Primo Zip GD Wader

  1. Ryan Bruce (verified owner)

    I have been running these for about 2 months now. I have absolutely zero complaints thus far.

    5’ 10”
    175 lbs
    Primo Zip guide wader- medium long.

    I went with the long version because in the past it seems that I will have waders that tear along the sand/gravel guard at the seam. This has fixed that issue for me where I feel constricted and not fighting for movement.

    These have been my favorite pair of waders I have fished in. They are very comfy, and have tons of space to hold gear in. I haven’t had any trouble with the waterproof zippers at this point either which was a concern of mine. But it’s a game changer being able to relieve your self with little effort and not having to layer down. The construction is solid and the customer service is down right awesome. I would suggest these to anyone looking to step game up and get into a high quality wader for around half the price. Keep doing your thing DRYFT y’all have something special. Thanks for giving back to the community and making dependable, quality waders affordable for us average Joe’s.

  2. Joe Medeiros (verified owner)

    Company is helpful and shipping is fast. Love this gear. Very comfortable and reliable. Keeps me dry and warm. It is quality material. Everything about theses products are awesome!! I bought these a couple months ago and have recommended it to some many people.

  3. Mike Depace (verified owner)

    I order the new primo zip waders. I had a few questions about size and suggested size for me, I was stuck between a ML and a L. I emailed dryft and asked them for suggestions on which they think would work better for me. Within the hour nick responded to me and I ended up goin with the Large. But the real customer service came when I noticed after the second day my order still wasn’t processed so I emailed nick back and literally within the hour he responded and got my order processed and told he he was going to shipped them overnight for the inconvenience. ( I didn’t email them complain I just wanted to know when my order was going to be processed) but thanks to nick and the dryft team I’m going to get on the water ASAP. I don’t even have my waders yet but I am blown away with the customer service. And for that alone I will never buy any other pair of waders. Thank you nick and the dryft team for having outstanding customer service

  4. Thomas Hoogkamer (verified owner)

    I have just worn them in the house and they sure fit and feel excellent. Can’t wait to try them in the water. Quick shipping on the order.

  5. Itow (verified owner)

    I bought a pair of these as a gift for a good friend of mine early 2019. The first time we fished together I got jealous and wanted a pair but did not want to look like twins on the water. Eventually I just gave up on the twins issue and bought a pair a few weeks ago. They fit amazing and you can adjust them in the waist and chest to customize your size and for the weather. I first took them out 3 days straight 10 hours a day and they lived up to my jealousy. Comfortable and enough pockets to hold the gear I needed for the day without having to carry a pack. I have never had a zip front either, but now I will never not have one. It is crucial for the long days. Another plus is the color. I am pretty sick of tan on tan waders that are pretty much the only things available. Keep it up Dryft you guys are gonna change the industry.

  6. Brisn (verified owner)

    I have a small foot 9 1/2, and have trouble finding waders that fit well and don’t have a huge bootie that gets all bunched up in the boot. The zip-front is a godsend for when nature calls. Love that I don’t have to completely disrobe to take a whiz.
    Have held up well so far and have plenty of pockets for gear, phone, wallet, etc.

  7. Mark Kish (verified owner)

    Have only worn once for fall steelheading, but so far they are comfortable, allow for a lot of movement, they feel durable but not to stuffy or hot, and the customer service when a had questions was fantastic

  8. Peter Atkinson

    GREAT company, GREAT pair of waders! Have had many pairs of waders by different manufactures and no other manufacture can touch the quality and price of these waders! Fit is great and zipper makes releasing the Kraken easy as well as getting on/off the waders. Feel like they are made to last and if for some reason you do have a problem, customer service is TOP NOTCH!!!!! Every email I sent Dryft was answered within an hour. I will continue to buy their products.

  9. Jon

    I’ve only had the Primo zips for a few weeks now, and I’ve only fished them 4 times, but they seem very tough, and they are quite comfortable. I like my waders on the baggy side because most of my fishing is done in the colder steelhead months, and the XL’s are a good fit for a guy who formerly wore LK in Simms. The only thing I do not like is the bright chartreuse zippers, and I tend to carry everything I need in the pockets, so they get a little full on the inside. Might be time for a pack. I am sure they will bring me a couple dry seasons. As with all waders that get dragged through brush and blackberry brambles, I’m sure they will need patching at some point, and I wish there were some how-to’s online of how to do that with non-GoreTex material.

  10. Kash Hanson (verified owner)

    Best waders I have ever had and backed by amazing customer service. I highly recommend these over Simms.

  11. Dr. Richard Burrows (verified owner)

    This is my second set of Dryft waders. The first is 3 years old and not leaking a drop. I fish all summer for trout and all winter for Steelhead, so quality is extremely important. After leaks in other more expensive waders, I tried my first pair of Dryfts – they have exceeded my expections. I love them, and they always keep me dry.

  12. Justin A. Tate (verified owner)

    I have been looking for new zip front waders for awhile now. Love Simms but the $850 price tag was too much. A friend told me about Dryft, so I started looking. Talked to Nick at Drfyt a few times and decided to try them out. I got the combo Primo Zip Front and the SEEKR Wading Pants. The fit and finish is top shelf, fit perfectly and have performed flawlessly, not to mention the price was right. The combo was $100 less than just the Simms. I will not go back to the big two, thats for sure.

  13. ambodesign (verified owner)

    I have no option for a sixth or seventh star otherwise that would have been my rating !!!
    Excellent product yes but customer service is way up there.

  14. Talon Parke

    I cannot say enough about the quality of Dryft gear and the level of their customer service. They stand behind their products and take care of their customers. I am not one to leave reviews for anything but based on my interactions with this company, their products, and their team, it is 100% necessary. I have used the original zip front waders for around 4 years now. I wore them in the deserts of Arizona hiking into rivers and streams through palo verde trees and cactus. I wore them throughout Missouri hiking through thick brambles and brush. And I have used them extensively throughout idaho chasing trout, steelhead, and salmon around sharp and jagged rocks and all sorts of thorny berry and rose bushes and these things have held up. I had a hiccup with the zipper and these guys were right on it and helped me get back on the water. If you are reading this and are in the market for waders, these are the ones to choose. They have every bit of quality of any of the big name brands if not more and they are offered at a fraction of the cost. These guys and these products are incredible.

  15. Kev

    I rarely leave a review for anything. These are the absolute best waders I have ever owned. Highly Recommend!

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