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Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak


Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak


Brand: Swazi
Weight: 850 g         35 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 Whisper
  • 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

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•  XX Large (50 inch chest)

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  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


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Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
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United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak is rated 5/5 based on 35 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 35

  Comfortable, well made and roomy. Excellent quality item.  

  K Curtis
2nd July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 35

  I got the Swazi Jacket for my husband late August mainly for dog walking in the Sussex countryside. With the constant rain that we have had since October the jacket has been worn nearly everyday. It has lived up to its reputation keeping him dry and warm even in the heaviest rain that we experienced at the end of December. The material is very quiet, and tough enough to cope with thorniest of gorse bushes. The fit is great with plenty of room for layers, (size L and he's 6 ft 3 inches and 42/43 inch chest. The hood and high collar are perfect for keeping icy winds and rain away. After 5 months of wear and taking a few tumbles in the mud, it still looks new. Worth every penny.  

  Carolyn Hammond
1st February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 35

  I’ve had this anorak a couple of months now and I’ve purposely held back from writing this review, until I had put it through its paces so to speak. It's surprisingly light but still very warm and comfortable. I was able to stay comfortable just wearing a 200gm base layer and a thin unbranded fleece. Being an avid target shooter, I often visit Bisley shooting ground, where it always seems to rain. Last week was no exception as we started the afternoon shoot, the heavens opened and we were subjected to some pretty nasty weather, with driving rain and freezing temperatures. I must say I was really impressed, I was kept warm and dry the whole afternoon, the pockets are a nice size, I was able to keep my ammunition to hand, whilst still having room to keep my hands warm. The neoprene cuffs are comfortable, and secure enough to keep the heat in and drafts out so you can move around and work with your hands. The hood is great for protecting your face from the rain, keeping the warmth in and still leaving me with good peripheral vision. So being disabled I often shoot from a seated position on a bench. This has its downfalls in bad weather, as I’m often sitting in a puddle with water running down the backs of my legs. The length of this anorak is perfect, I can sit down without getting wet through whilst protecting the front of my legs from water running off the bench. When I first started looking at this anorak I really couldn’t justify purchasing it, but those couple of days in the bad weather it now has to be one of the best purchases I’ve made so far. The only thing I don’t understand: which isn’t necessarily bad, it was more of an annoyance really, was the extra extra long draw cord. I’m not exactly sure why it’s like that but it has the tendency to catch on things if you don’t secure it properly, by which I mean tying in consecutive bows. Otherwise it’s just fantastic.  

  Anthony Bool
30th December, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 35

  Definitely worth saving up for! I am a size 12 and the Small fits really well, leaving enough room to wear layers underneath without the coat feeling enormous or bulky. I have sewn some extra velcro to the cuffs so that they close more snugly and cut out drafts, but this was very easily done. The coat is beautifully quiet, soft and warm, completely cutting out wind and rain and with enough length to cover me almost to my knees, allowing me to sit on damp ground without the need for waterproof trousers. The pockets are large enough to fit an A5 notebook, so provide enough space for essentials, often eliminating the need to carry a bag. All in all, it is a great garment, which I know will last me many years - I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be dry and comfortable outdoors in Britain!  

  Jessica Staniforth
30th October, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 35

  Having deliberated if I could justify the cost of this jacket I took the plunge and ordered. I am so glad I did! I have now worn it in anger and can say hand on heart it is the best jacket I have ever owned and worn for walking and hiking. It is extremely well made, waterproof and comfortable beyond belief! Well worth the price. If I could change one thing about it I would include some pockets at waist level too.  

  Gareth B
30th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 35

  After purchasing a Ridgeline smock and found its breathability sadly wanting, I was really damp from sweat, I finally decided to stretch to purchasing a Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP. Unsure about sizing (I’m a 44 chest, so between a Large and Extra Large), I asked for advice and received a prompt and helpful response from Diana Taylor, the Assistant Director at Woodlore Limited. I ordered a large and it fitted comfortably. I have worn it a number of times on the hills of Northumberland and it has already seen plenty of wind and rain (the delights of a British summer). It is at least as waterproof and more breathable than any waterproof jacket I have previously owned and is performing much better than my Ridgeline smock. The hood is excellent and, as described, provides good peripheral vision. The hand warming pockets are good, but would be improved if there was an inner, smaller, fleece lined pocket for the hands, or, if the entire pocket had the same lining as the inner “palm side”. I like the neoprene stretch cuffs but I think that the jacket would benefit from having them recessed behind the Aegis sleeve. My Ridgeline smock has this feature and it reduces the dampness on the neoprene in extended wet weather. I have yet to establish the need for the extended-length drawcord at the waist. My only complaint is the length of the sleeves – they must have very long arms in New Zealand! The full length of the neoprene cuff is beyond my fingertips, I have tried turning the cuffs up (inside and outside) to make it more wearable, but this does not look or feel right. I wonder if when they added the cuffs, did they compensate by reducing the Aegis sleeve? It would be interesting to know if the standard Aegis XP sleeve length is the same? It is a real problem for me and not a problem I’ve had with other waterproof jackets (my Ridgeline fits perfectly – if only it were more breathable). I will try to have the smock sleeves tailored, otherwise it will put me off wearing the smock.  

  Steve W
25th September, 2019

Rated: 3/5

  7 of 35

  Excellent heavy shell. I'm a slim 6 foot tall runners build (38 inch chest) and the size medium is perfect for me. I wore it out in a rainstorm last weekend while setting up camp in the Canadian forest. It protected me very well. I felt warm and dry and the hood provided excellent vision while protecting my face. Although I'm sure it's breathable, it is not breathable enough for anything in the summer aside from standing still. This is not a fault, just the price you pay for the level of protection you get. I own a very expensive waterproof breathable from a top world renowned brand, and it suffers the same fate in hot weather, it's only advantage is pit zips. I'm taking a 4 day canoe trip in October this year, and while I normally wait on the weather and cancel a trip if it's too wet, I think this shell has given me the confidence to go out regardless of precipitation. Really top notch shell, I'm very glad I finally purchased it, I can't imagine using any other coat now, and have been browsing the Swazi website for a shell for my girlfriend. As an aside, it's very nice that the jacket is made in New Zealand and the tailors name is put on each piece. A really nice touch. Thank you Sue for the great coat!  

  Jeremy Jurksztowicz
16th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 35

  As expected, this is a top quality outer layer. I've already put it through its paces, wearing it whilst setting up camp in the recent storm. It kept me warm when working with just a single underlayer beneath it. The wide cuffs are handy as they allow for pushing the sleeves up to the elbow when walking with a pack on to help vent heat. I'm a fairly big build and the XL is baggy on me but comfortable and allows easy space for more layers when the winter comes. The waist drawstring is very long and I'm not sure exactly why, I've ended up just hanking it up, have to ask Ray why he asked for it that way! All in all, very impressed.  

  Richard V
17th August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 35

  This is a top product. I have tested it in the mountains here in Norway and it is an anorak that I feel well protected against the weather in these conditions. Love the lenght and fit. Also like the big pockets and think the way you can pull the cuffs up on the arms is a very clever idea and makes handling game/ fish etc very easy without getting blood on the clothes. Perfect on reindeer hunting and other activities in the outdoors. Thank you Woodlore.  

  John D Borgen
4th August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 35

  Amazing jacket. Worn in driving rain in Scotland. Dry and comfy, great length to allow sitting down. Generous fit but great for freedom of movement. Cuffs are very useful and sleeves can be pushed due to generous arms. All round it’s great. Only small criticism is that the Velcro tabs on the cuffs catch the fabric of the jacket when cuffs are pulled tight.  

9th June, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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