Primo Zip GD Wader

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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

  • 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. Outer zipper pockets feature YKK® water resistant zippers (not submersion rated).
  • 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.
    • Hyper Green YKK® water resistant pocket zippers (not rated for submersion).
    • 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.
    • 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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Small, Medium, Medium-Long, Large-Short, Large, Large-Long, Extra Large-short, Extra Large, 2XL-short, 2XL, 3XL-short, 3XL

127 reviews for Primo Zip GD Wader

  1. Paul Italiano (verified owner)

    I have now owned these waders for 20 months. I have worn them Over 50 times Winter, Spring and Fall anywhere from 2 to 18 hours a trip.
    The waders are as comfortable as the $800 ones I had prior and they now have lasted just as long without a leak. The $800 ones needed Aquaseal after 20 months the Dryfts still don’t leak.
    I love the zipper front and all the pockets. The pockets allow me to not wear a pack or vest for short trips.
    I fish a lot and these are great waders.

  2. Charles Tilleman (verified owner)

    Have only been out a couple of times, but these waders are excellent. Fit is perfect, material is top quality, and the zipper makes all the difference in the world! I can’t believe I waited so long to add a zipper. I fish with guys who have G4Z’s and they are also impressed, especially with the price. Go ahead, pull the trigger, you will not be disappointed.

  3. Tom Gregory III (verified owner)

    I’ve used my new wader’s weekly since purchase. They are excellent, comfortable and rugged. Going to order a pair for my wife shortly.

  4. hoytmathews (verified owner)

    I waited a few months to do this review. I have used these waders a lot. I have to say I love them. These are high quality waders for a good price. The zipper makes all the difference. Easy to get on and off . Makes it easy to take a leak. I should have got them along time ago. Fit is perfect. No more fighting them off after a hard day of fishing. I am 100% satisfied. Thanks for a great product at a great price

  5. Justin McClanahan (verified owner)

    As always Dryft knocked it out of the park with these waders. I have several different items from drift and all are excellent made, tough as nails fishing gear. No need to look any farther for premium gear.

  6. Michael S. (verified owner)

    Primo Zip GD waders are awesome! Very durable and great for layering up for colder water/weather. Love the front zip as it makes taking a break much easier and quicker!

  7. T. Nipper (verified owner)

    Definitely durable. Fits good. These are definitely not a summer wader. I like the ergonomic feet.
    The only issue I have had is the rock guard that goes over the top of my wading boots. It is not very elastic. Takes a good bit of effort to pull it down and up. I am hoping it does better with use.

  8. Kevin K.

    5’6”/175lbs the medium is a perfect fit for me with plenty of room to layer up underneath for chasing winter steelhead. If you’re in the situation I was in a few months ago, in a toss up between Simms and Dryft, go with Dryft! You won’t be disappointed.

  9. David (verified owner)

    Awesome product material is real warm tons of pockets would definitely recommend will be brand I choose from now on

  10. Patrick (verified owner)

    Best waders on the market for fit and durability. Plus, prompt and courteous service.

  11. Jerry (verified owner)

    Excellent choice and heavy duty indeed . Pockets are many and the right size for my gear without having to carry a sling or vest for day trips. Zipper great for easy on/off and other purposes . Not one zipper leak. Durability matches or exceeds other top brands on the market. I purchased the wader pants about four years ago and put them through the most challenging tests . I even warn them up and down a steep mountain trail that took me 7 hrs to reach the top. Had to endure briers , sharp rocks , several slip and falls on Kodiak Island ,AK during a Mt Goat hunt that required wadders on climb due to a few waterfall encounters. Still wear these wadders on steams today were I do not need chest wadders (still no leaks). These new zipper chest wadders are now my new “go to” wadders after retiring my big brand wadders that have several leaks and too costly to replace. After wearing the pant version of Dryft these chest /zipper wadders will not disappoint.

  12. Blair Stunder (verified owner)

    I haven’t had a chance to try them in the river yet (frozen over) but the fit is great. The quality of the seams, fit and finish looks amazing. I love all the features such as the sealed clear pocket for your phone/electronics.

  13. Andy Oldham

    Only used them twice but they are as comfortable and easy to use as any wader I’ve ever owned. I am hopeful that they will be durable for years to come.

  14. Kirk Fox (verified owner)

    Excellent quality with numerous built in features. The quality seems superior to the other big shop names. Having fished those other names for 40 years, it is refreshing to see a company producing quality again at an affordable price. Spending over 200 days a year on the water results in life expectancy of the other wader brands lasting no more than two years. Looking forward to seeing how these hold up.

  15. jonesen003 (verified owner)

    I had a problem with the zipper on my original zip front waders of almost 3yrs. I contacted customer service. Needless to say the customer service was amazing. They took and accessed the problem with my waders and sent me a new pair in return! I couldn’t be happier. As far as the waders go. I love them. They fit great and are comfortable to be in all day. Keep up the great work Dryft! I will definitely buy more products from them in the future!

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