Session GD Wading Pants

(105 customer reviews)



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Session GD wading pants

On point.

More breathable. More durable. More comfortable.

The DRYFT Session GD wading pants are your go-to option when full chest high waders just aren’t needed or wanted.  The waist high DRYFT Session wading pant features high tech, breathable 100% waterproof DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coated fabric, and an updated design and style to bring you up a notch above the rest.

Our new GD (Guide level) product fabrics combine exceptional abrasion resistance and increased breathability with enhanced bonding strength for greater long term durability. 

Session GD features at a glance

  • 3 seasons (fall, winter, spring).
  • Waist high wader design for comfort and ease of use.
  • Relaxed fit to allow for layering.
  • 3 pockets.
  • Dual layer fabric gravel guard (inner guard with outer protective flap).
  • Fabric details: 4L (310gsm).
  • Waterproof rating of fabrics: 20,000mm+.


Fit and Feature Description

Two outer pockets with a YKK water resistant zipper, and a flip out pocket hold the essentials, while the burly four-layer lower adds durability through the entire lower including the legs, knees, and seat. Contoured and flexible knees give freedom of movement allowing you to walk, run, crouch, wade, stumble, and crawl easily without restricted movement.  An outer D-ring and added attachment points give secure attachment points for pliers, tools and accessories. 

Staying dry

Breathable 20,000mm+ waterproof rated DWR coated four layer polyester fabric combined with double taped seams bring the waterproofing to the next level. To top it off, seam ends and edges are double taped a second time to keep the water where the fish are.

The new Session GD wading pants are up to 50% more breathable compared to previous models with exceptional abrasion and tear resistance and enhanced bonding strength for greater long term durability.

Bottom line

Step up your game with the Session GD wading pants from DRYFT.

Recommended use

Multiple fishing trips per month, heavy use, boat and walk and wade fishing. Four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).

Session Wading Pants Features

  • 100% waterproof high-grade breathable 4 layer DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coated fabric technology.
  • Durable full four-layer fabric construction including legs, knees and seat.
  • DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating on fabrics.
  • Single vertical seam design on the outside of the legs eliminates abrasion from walking.
  • High density 4.0MM ergonomically shaped neoprene stocking feet.
  • Includes a black adjustable semi-stretch Comfortflex™ Wading belt with a Duraflex® buckle for safe and secure wading.
  • Multiple belt loops with clip points for pliers, tools, etc.
  • Inside flip-out zippered pocket.
  • YKK® Water Resistant Zippers (note: zippers are not fully waterproof and are not submersion rated).
  • Two outer pockets with Hyper Green YKK® water resistant zippers (note: zippers are not fully waterproof and are not submersion rated).
  • Rubber DRYFT tread on soles.
  • Double taped seams for ultimate protection against leaks.
  • Gravel guards with boot lace hook and outer gravel guard cover for extra durability and aesthetics.
  • Mesh carrying bag.
  • Imported.
  • bluesign® approved fabrics.

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Additional information

Weight 2.375 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 10 × 6 in

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

105 reviews for Session GD Wading Pants

  1. Zachery Schmidt (verified owner)

    These wading pants are awesome! As I guide in Alaska I depend on these every day. They may not be as durable as something like a Simms G3, but THEY ARE VERY DURABLE AND GET THE JOB DONE. After 5 months of daily use, tramping through some of the toughest bush in Alaska, they still do not leak. Let me tell you, these things are WARM! In 35* water they still keep you warm and dry. One of the things I like most is the ease of use with these waders. They’re as easy to put on as your normal jeans, and as easy to take off. I’ve used them on everything from guiding in Southwest Alaska, to the Kenai Peninsula, to the backcountry of the California Seirra. I highly recommend these waders. You will not regret getting them.

  2. Michael Morrisson (verified owner)

    Have used these twice and so far so good! Definitely put them through some serious abuse hiking a small creek. Excited to see how they will hold up but very happy so far.

  3. Dan K (verified owner)

    Got these wading pants about a month ago. They are great! Seem very durable, and have plenty of room when sitting/squatting/bending. I use them for saltwater/oceanfront conditions, and haven’t had any issues. The weather is getting cooler, and I expect them to be to be comfortable with layering underneath.

    My pant size is 32/30, shoe size 10.5. I went with the Medium Long. They are a tad long for me and the neoprene socks are slightly big. I probably would have done better with the Medium. Not a big deal. Probably will grab some suspenders at some point, but the included belt is adjustable, and I can tighten them up a little higher on my waist if needed.

    Great product. Thanks Dryft!

  4. Brian (verified owner)

    I love these waders! The fit is fantastic, not too tight, but not baggy like a trash bag like cheap waders I’ve had before. They keep me dry and warm. I rarely need chest waders, and these pants are life-changing. They are so much better for hiking into more remote spots and I can wear them all day comfortably. Great for wading/kayaking/boating. I will definitely be pairing them with the rain jacket so I keep chasing fish all winter long.

  5. Tom D (verified owner)

    Very comfortable and kept me very dry
    I’m impressed!!!!!!

  6. Joe (verified owner)

    After 7 years my other brand wading pants finally gave up the ghost. Found Dryft brand and saw alot of good reviews so decided to give them a try. Have only worn them for 5 days but put them through alders, rose bushes, spruce trees and other brush while on our moose hunt. Basically lived in the waders the entire trip and they were perfect. Thick material throughout the wader that seems like it should stand up to alot of abuse. So far they have been great! Only issue was the belt. Its a little stretchy. While packing out the moose my back would push down on the pants and with the stretch of the belt they would slowly start to fall. Not that big of a deal though can just use a different belt.

  7. Jim R (verified owner)

    Great wading pants, fit well,great design, solid construction and comfortable. No leaks. I did change out the belt to a stiffer one to hook on my wading staff. I will definitely get your full zippered waders when the time comes to replace my current pair. Great job!!

  8. David Walser

    Great wading pant! Bought it before a trip with my buddies in WY on the Miracle Mile and they performed great! I’m 5’8” and normally wear a 34×30 pant and the medium fit perfectly with a pair of hybrid shorts underneath. The belt is on point and adjusted to the perfect fit. So comfortable! I don’t know if I’ll ever buy another brand!

  9. David W (verified owner)

    Total game changer!
    There is certainly a time and place for chest waders but more than half of the year, chest waders just don’t fit the bill. On the other hand, the hiking, climbing and scrambling, or the Spring chill, can be a bit much for, full on “wet wading”…always a dilemma! Due to their attention to detail, fit, finish and price point, these Session GD Wading Pants provided me the perfect solution. I’m impressed!
    When my “Big Name” chest high waders need replacing, I will be looking to DRYFT products to fill the void!
    Great job guys!

  10. Marty (verified owner)

    These waders have been an excellent tool in my tool box as a professional fishing guide. The quality of the product is as good as it gets in the wader game. It is also nice dealing with a manufacturer with excellent customer service.

    Highly recommend all Dryft products and especially these waders.

  11. Matt (verified owner)

    Phenomenal waders. Great fit, super comfortable and have always kept me dry! Belt is meh, but every other element of these pants is absolutely top-tier premium and backed by fantastic customer service. I had to wait until my size was back in stock but I am SO GLAD I DID! Way more comfortable than my chest waders (no belly sweat!) and are super easy on/off when nature calls. I am 5’9″ and 165 with a size 9-9.5 foot and the booties were perfect also (I purchased the Mediums). Even my most steadfast “pants are stupid” surfcasting friends are eyeballing these after seeing how pleased I have been with them. Zero complaints, and I would ( and do!) recommend these!

  12. Don Snow (verified owner)

    Great fit. Look good. Super comfortable hiking in to fish or knee deep in the river. These waders will stand up to bushwhacking through the willows and berry bushes of streams in the Pacific Northwest without a problem.

    I highly recommend these waders. An Excellent product backed up by outstanding customer service

  13. Wes Bender (verified owner)

    This is my second pair of Dryft waders. I am still waiting for my first pair to fail. 4 hard years of scrambling around gravel and stone filled rivers. Bush crashing and grinding the knees into the gravel while I sample Lake Superior run steelhead. Best fitting neoprene foot ever. Dryft customer for life.

  14. Johnny (verified owner)

    Have had these for about 1 month and really like them. They fit well, have kept me dry, and seem to take abuse. I wear them out FFings 2-3 times/week. My only complaint is the belt … the belt supplied is pretty bad and I wish the loops were wider to accommodate a stiff belt I already have.

    I highly recommend these.

  15. Ryan Johnson (verified owner)

    Way more than 5 stars. I’ve been through, about, every brand of waders and these are at the top of the list. Comfort, fit, durability, price, customer service all five stars. Customer for life. Great product and great business plan. Oh and they look super cool. Great job guys.

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