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Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak


Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak

OFFER   £375.00

Brand: Swazi
Weight: 1062 g         46 reviews
The Swazi/Ray Mears Tahr XP Anorak is a guaranteed waterproof, windproof and highly breathable shell anorak made in New Zealand, 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 in New Zealand 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
  • Made in New Zealand
  • 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: 1062 g in size Large
  • Colour: Tussock Green
*Feature exclusive to Woodlore

Out of Stock in 2 sizes:

• Small (37 inch chest)
• X Large (46 inch chest)

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


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Product Reviews

Swazi/Ray Mears AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak is rated 5/5 based on 46 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 46

  A great top layer, much lighter in weight than I expected, but stands up fantastically against the elements. Well worth the cost. Woodlore kindly exchanged the size for me extremely quickly, as my original size order was too large. As ever, the best parcels are Woodlore parcels.  

  Neville Kilkenny
20th February, 2024

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 46

  On first inspection, it seems to be very well made though I'm not sure that I particularly like the neoprene cuff arrangement; it seems that the more up-to-date models have a modified version of this, which look as though they might work better. I do like the fabric - that bit of stretch is great - and I'm sure I'll get used to looking like an ersatz Friar Tuck. Its big test will come when I return to the Highlands shortly to put it through its paces properly. As ever, the service from the Woodlore team was exemplary.  

  Richard Tiley
8th March, 2023

Rated: 4/5

  3 of 46

  I had an issue with my first Anorak. I sent it back to Woodlore, as requested. After a thorough testing, found the garment was faulty and replaced it without question. Good response from emails and very informative.  

  Jim Flower
7th December, 2022

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 46

  The jacket is no doubt very proficient at shedding water, which is my main need. The hood is an excellent design too. Also the windproofing is excellent. However having to pull the jacket over one's head is a little awkward, but it may be that there is no better solution possible.  

  Anthony M Gott
15th September, 2022

Rated: 4/5

  5 of 46

  Excellent jacket. Absolutely perfect for canoeing (with the neoprene cuffs) and fishing. I am often outdoors in really wet and windy weather when no jacket is completely waterproof, but I believe this will be as good or more likely better than any other jacket I own. Not had it long enough to wear on a stormy day, but I have every confidence in it. Sizing is accurate too. I love this jacket.  

1st May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 46

  My passion is hiking in the wilderness and I have completed quite a few long distance trails in the national parks in Norway and in Finland, staying over night in a mixture of wild camping and wilderness huts. The clothing I normally wear while hiking there is Fjällräven which I have always been very pleased with, in the performance, quality and durability of the clothing. I particularly like the outer jacket which has given me excellent protection against the worst of the wind and rain. As I am planning a long distance trip to Kuusamo in Finland later in the year, it was a good opportunity to replace my jacket. I was tempted just to purchase the same jacket but after reading several reviews I decided to purchase the Swazi AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak. The service from Woodlore was excellent and I received the anorak in just two days after placing the order. I have now been using the anorak for just over a month, on my 10 to 15 mile training hikes around my home in Suffolk. The weather has been mainly cloudy with sunny periods but with a mixture of strong cold winds and ambient temperature has been between 2 c and 10 c, but with the wind chill the temperature has been more like -2 c to -5 c. The weather has been quite dry for this time of year but I had the opportunity to try the the jacket out on a 10 mile training hike during the resent uk storms. Unfortunately I have mixed reviews as a result of the hike. Positive: The wind protection was excellent. I particularly liked the high neck line, which on occasions has been used to protect my chin from the wind and cold. The hood is very good and can be adjusted to protect you from the worst of the elements. I also like the long length of the jacket which on me covers my upper legs to just above the knee. The two deeps pockets are very good and are used to carry my gloves, hats, head torch and I have carried binoculars in them. I have also used the pockets to warm the hands on cold mornings. Negatives: One of my criteria I considered before buying the jacket was the jacket needed to be waterproof. After reading several reviews claiming the AEGIS Tahr XP Anorak to be 100% waterproof this was one of the major points that swayed me in buying this anorak. Unfortunately the performance of the anorak in the rain was poor. After just 5 miles of my hike I felt the water starting to penetrate through the anorak and after 10 miles my mid layer clothing was wet, particularly my arms and shoulders. I know this may have been extreme weather but I would have expected this anorak to cope with the conditions, especially a jacket of this quality and high price tag. I now have purchased a larger bottle of Nikwax, hopefully this will help to waterproof the anorak. If not I may need to bring my old Fjällräven jacket out of retirement for my trip later in the year and use the Swazi for day winter hikes in Suffolk. One minor point, the anorak is quite bulky when rolled up for a day pack.  

  Kevin O''brien
1st March, 2022

Rated: 3/5

Woodlore's Reply - 1st December, 2022
Dear Kevin, Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that overall you are pleased with your purchase. We are however very sorry that you are not happy with the waterproof performance of your Tahr XP Anorak. If you have any concerns about the fabric having a fault please email us at info@raymears.com and we can arrange for a test to be carried out. With best wishes

  7 of 46

  Immense anorak that just feels right. I’ve used it for canoeing, out in the field & around camp. It simply keeps the elements out.  

  Steven King
29th April, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 46

  Excellent. It is so warm and dry. Very impressed.  

  Dion Howells
16th March, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 46

  Fantastic jacket and superb quality. Just used it in what seemed a monsoon and still managed to stay dry. I like the fact that you can open the front of the jacket if you get a tad hot and want to cool down. I highly recommend the jacket whatever you want to use it for!!.  

  Nicholas John Bell
25th February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 46

  Great service from Woodlore Ltd - experienced, helpful & knowledgeable staff helped with my product selection & sizing. Having worn the Swazi Aegis Tahr XP anorak everyday since purchase, including the ‘Beast from the East 2’, with temperatures down to -6c, the smock lives up to the reputation. Very well made, the smock is watertight, windproof, and comfortable. After several miles hard walking over difficult terrain I remained dry & didn’t overheat. Moreover the hood allows good movement and doesn’t restrict visibility in rain and snow. Bite the bullet, the cost is worth it - recommended.  

  Chris Bishop
16th February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

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