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Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak


Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak


Brand: Swazi
Weight: 850 g         18 reviews
The Swazi/Ray Mears Tahr XP Anorak is a guaranteed waterproof, windproof and highly breathable shell anorak made for the most demanding outdoorsmen. In our opinion, it is the pinnacle of outdoor jackets.

Ray Mears has worn his Swazi Tahr Anorak for many years now, in some of the world’s most extreme locations. Thanks to the unfaltering wet-weather protection it provides, the Tahr has undoubtedly become Ray’s favourite item of clothing. In 2013, Swazi introduced this, the Ray Mears Tahr XP - a new and improved version of their legendary Tahr Anorak. It features a number of small but crucial changes from the original; most notably the addition of a much-requested hand-warmer pocket. For a first-hand explanation of this new model, here's what Swazi's founder Davey Hughes had to say:

For over 15 years the Tahr Anorak has been recognized around the world as the very height of excellence in wet weather jackets. We’ve taken all those features that made the Tahr a standout winner and added hand-warmer pockets, a scalloped tail and a new storm closure, complete with waterproof zips. The Tahr XP is in a class of its own. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better - it did! The Tahr XP lifts the bar and sets a totally new level in weather protection for the serious hunter.
Made from their newly-developed AEGIS fabric, and produced in Swazi's classic Tussock Green colour, the Tahr XP is an ideal outer layer for activities like stalking, fishing, canoeing, hunting, hill-walking and general outdoor wear.

A windproof, waterproof and breathable membrane, AEGIS is in fact the most breathable fabric ever incorporated into Swazi garments. The three-layered fabric provides absolute protection from rain, snow and wind, and has been proven in independent tests to be every bit as waterproof and windproof as their old fabrics. What these tests also showed was enhanced breathability, a factor so important in any waterproof garment. As with the original Tahr, the Tahr XP remains soft, light, incredibly quiet and unbelievably comfortable.

We spent two years developing fabrics before building our test garments, and the feedback was amazing - 100% satisfaction. Even for us, a company extremely experienced in fabricating protective outdoor wear, the result was unheard of. AEGIS Watershield surpassed our expectations and we are sure they will surpass yours. - Swazi

The Tahr XP also features Swazi's famed hood design, offering excellent peripheral vision while keeping wind and rain at bay. The inner conforms to the contours of your face, while the outer protrudes into an adjustable peak, stiffened with a durable liner and concealed wire-lined frame.

  • Adapted with the help of Ray Mears
  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Windproof, waterproof and highly breathable
  • Fabric: 3-layer AEGIS
  • Extra long cut for optimal protection from the elements
  • Roomy upper body allows amazing freedom of movement
  • Side vents for extra climbing movement
  • Peaked, wire-lined and adjustable storm hood
  • Super comfortable, single layered, neoprene stretch cuffs*
  • Widened cuffs to allow sleeves to be pushed up*
  • Velcro adjusters at cuffs
  • Improved Velcro zip cover
  • Longer, waterproof zip for easy access and enhanced protection
  • Extended-length drawcord at waist*
  • Ray Mears 'Snowshoe' logo*
  • Weight: 850 g in size Large
  • Colour: Tussock Green
*Feature exclusive to Woodlore


UK Next Day Delivery possible

  Next day delivery within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 14 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak is rated 5/5 based on 18 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 18

  Looking forward to many hikes in this quality garment!  

  George Reiser
28th November, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 18

  I am so happy with my Swazi Tahr XP Anorak. I wore it on a hiking trip in Scotland and found it to be very comfortable. It kept me warm and dry, and it's very well made; a top quality anorak. It is worth every penny and I would recommend the Swazi to everyone who loves the great outdoors.  

  Michael Ireland
1st October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 18

  Great product. Cuffs are slightly puzzling (hence four stars) but other than that a real winner.  

26th September, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 18

  When I announced that I was off to walk round the island of Anglesey, my other half suggested the Swazi/Ray Mears Anorak might be a good purchase - he has one himself too. I was almost put off by the price, but coughed up, and was glad that I did as it's a great bit of kit. I got a bit too hot wearing it whilst also trying to walk with a fully-loaded rucksack, but with just a day bag it's perfect. Also the pockets are large enough to stuff in a pair of waterproof trousers, hat, gloves, base layer, snacks etc. so as long as you don't mind looking a slightly odd shape, you can walk without carrying a bag of any sort. I did this quite a few times, carrying just a water bottle and map as extras. Waterproof? Definitely! Anglesey chucked some pretty miserable weather at me but I stayed dry. It's also really windproof, and the longer style is great as it means when you sit down, you're sitting on the coat rather than straight onto the ground. If you're walking really fast, you will probably get a bit too hot - I'd say this is designed for gentler walks, or activities where there may be a bit of standing around in the wind and rain - but that said you can unzip it to the waist, so get good ventilation that way. And it's light enough to chuck into a day pack, or strap to the outside, and just put on when you stop moving or slow down. All in all a great investment, and I know I will get good use from it for years to come.  

8th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 18

  For me this anorak is the icing on the cake, light, totally breathable and waterproof. It is not at all clingy and a real pleasure to wear, pure comfort where it's needed, while climbing over ditches and getting through the rough. A great garment.  

  Victor Martin
8th June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 18

  This is a decent anorak. I tend to differ in sizing so like my gallon jacket, I went for an XL, which was fine as it is an over the head anorak. I found this jacket to be perfect.  

  Toby R Faiers
23rd February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 18

  I bought this to keep me dry in our new home in the Outer Hebrides. It is really well made and comfortable to wear. I was initially concerned that it was too large, however it was the right width across the shoulders, they are just made to be roomy. The material isn't as supple as Gore Tex, but is more like an e-Vent three layer, still comfortable but you feel like it will be more robust. It could do with an inside pocket, but that's splitting hairs. In short this is an expensive purchase but looks, so far, to have been worth every penny!  

  Tim Parish
14th February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 18

  Just perfect, pockets in just the right place to take arm weight, long enough so you can sit down where ever you like without a wet bum, zip opening big enough to allow a hot old man to stay cool enough going up-hill. Totally waterproof and not bothered by walking through hawthorn-sided paths. As with all the Swazi gear it just works brilliantly.  

  Simon E Wall
8th May, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 18

  After some considerable research on my part I decided to take the plunge and buy this jacket. Initially it felt too big but after having worn it on several hikes I have become accustomed to the size . It's very long which feels slightly odd to begin with. I have not been disappointed with this purchase. It is fairly light but really well made. I have hiked in wet conditions and it was 100% waterproof and I detected absolutely no build up of moisture beneath the layers. Another outstanding product from Woodlore. Would highly recommend this product.  

  Charles Horner
10th March, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 18

  Received my Tahr XP in the mail yesterday (with the wonderful Merino and Possum hat), and today had the chance to test it in a full-on Colorado blizzard in the high country. I had a smartwool base layer plus the Swanndri bush shirt, then the Tahr. Returned completely dry and very comfortable. If you're wearing a rucksack or moving fast, you will still sweat, so think about using your layers dynamically, and make sure you have a lightweight down layer to go over the bush shirt when you stop to rest. The material was quiet and extremely comfortable. The long cut in the back made it easy to sit on rocks and tree stumps without getting all wet. I liked the design of the cuffs, and know I'll appreciate the wide cut when things warm up and I can roll up the sleeves. I've not tried the garment in the pouring rain yet or for multi-day trips, but in the snow, it was excellent. If you're looking at this page at all, then you've probably already decided you want this jacket, so you might as well cut the deliberations and just buy it, before some more tedious expense crops up. I'm six foot and slim- to medium-build. I purchased the medium size and think this was the right choice. Due to the cost, you may want this garment to do everything for you - tough windproof for canoeing and bushcrafting in the summer, but also with enough room for multiple layers for extreme cold in the winter. It won't. At least not unless you want to be wearing a tent in the summer. You'll probably need to think about a different set-up for extreme cold - like a waterproof down jacket that will fit over your mid-layers. So don't be tempted to purchase something enormous for every scenario. Great service from Woodlore. Best garment you can buy.  

  Richard Parnell
16th April, 2015

Rated: 5/5

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