Sunday, January 1, 2006 12.00am
By Jez Loftus
The big daddy of wet weather gear, Berghaus' Tyrant is a highly technical Gore-Tex XCR fabric jacket perfectly suited to extreme weather conditions.
It's extremely hardwearing and perfect for those days when there's no let up in the weather. Even after four days of continued soaking and mud (it was even used as a car park changing mat) it delivered consistent and reliable performance and washed up like new. The only downside is the weight, so if you're after something fast and light with a small pack size then look elsewhere. However, the benefit to carrying the extra weight is a top level jacket loaded with features with plenty of room for layering. The big pockets and vents make it versatile in the saddle and with loads of quality details. Features like the welded seams, hidden elastics draws and sculpted front pockets make the Tyrant worth the extra too.
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