Sprayway Tyrant (2014)


There are two main chest pockets on the body plus a third dedicated OS map pocket on the chest behind the main zip stormflap, and this is ideal for hillwalkers. The stormflap over the front zip helps prevent rain and wind penetration. The hood can be rolled and secured at the collar while on the head, and has a wired peak, volume adjustment and face drawcords. 5/5


The Sprayway Tyrant comes in size S-XXL for men, but there’s no women’s version. It was slightly longer than average, without being too long for scrambling. The fit is loose around the waist, but with a pack on this isn’t a big problem. The overall fit is great as the cuffs or hem don’t ride up easily, and the hood fit and movement are superb. This makes the fit great for hillwalkers. 5/5


The body is made from Hydro-Dry, which won’t offer the long-term waterproofness and breathability of higher-priced fabrics but is still a good option. The weight is slightly high at 593g (size L) but it doesn’t feel restrictive, in part due to a loose lining that helps the jacket feel supple and comfortable. Some people will prefer a 3-layer jacket without a loose lining to snag when putting the jacket on and off. 4/5

In use

The Sprayway Tyrant is great for hillwalkers. Pockets allow easy access with a rucksack. All three chest pockets are OS map-sized and the hood allows great vision and moves well with the head. The length gives good protection without being restrictive, while the sleeves and hem don’t easily ride up. More cash brings better fabric/weight, but this is good. 4/5


The performance is up there with the best yet the price is superb, making this outstanding value for hillwalkers on a budget. 5/5


The Sprayway Tyrant is great for hillwalking and usable for scrambling. It won a ‘Trail approved’ award.



Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2014