Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat
Noble Wilde

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

 Weight: 58 g        

This, the humble Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat, has fast become a firm favourite among Woodloreans the world over. Thanks to its incredible warmth, breathability and luxurious softness, this winter hat has proven to be one of our best sellers, year after year.

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Further Information

The humble Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat (often referred to as the 'Ray Mears Beanie') has fast become a firm favourite among Woodloreans the world over. Thanks to its incredible warmth, breathability and luxurious softness, this winter hat has proven to be one of our best sellers, year after year.

Created from a special blend of fine merino wool and insulating possum fur, this double-thickness beanie provides a superb amount of warmth while remaining extremely light in weight. The idea of blending these two natural fibres was first developed by a New Zealand knitter as a by-product of the possum control programme, making the merino/possum blend an environmentally sound choice.

Possum fur is one of the most extraordinary natural fibres in the world, thanks to its hollow core; this cavity traps a tunnel of air that provides extraordinary warmth (up to 30% more than standard woollen garments), while keeping the fibre's weight to a minimum. As a sign of how effective this feature is, the only other animal with a hollow core fibre is the polar bear.

Merino wool also has unique characteristics; each fibre is exceptionally fine, long and densely crimped, helping to retain heat close to the skin while keeping out cold air. The fibre also wicks moisture away from the skin, allowing the wool to stay warm and dry. The combination of merino wool with possum fur results in a fabric that is lightweight, twice as warm as wool, highly resistant to pilling and opulently soft to the touch.


  • Material: 60% merino wool, 40% possum fur (includes nylon)
  • One size fits all
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Warm, durable and fast-drying
  • Made in New Zealand
  • Subtle logo stitched into rim
  • Available in Avoka, Black, Charcoal, Ebony, Maritime and Oyster
  • Hand-wash only


  Delivery in 1-2 days (within 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 on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

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

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

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


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

  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. Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods.

Product Reviews

There are 170 reviews of the Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

  1 of 170

  This hat for its weight/style is simply a cut above the rest, if I ever need another hat of this type, this is the hat I will be looking to. This is my new beanie benchmark piece, it will be very hard to better.  

  Chris Robinson
27th October, 2014

  2 of 170

  Very light and extremely warm; well worth the money.  

  Adrian Spring
24th October, 2014

  3 of 170

  Warm and very light, hardly notice you have it on. Doesn't make my head itch like some other beanie hats.  

  Jonathan Smith
23rd October, 2014

  4 of 170

  Possibly the warmest, softest beanie hat Ive ever come across. It has a great fit and elasticity is just right. Super value for money too.  

  Surfotter (Uk London)
21st October, 2014

  5 of 170

  Great hat. The fur gives warmth and is really soft to the touch. Get one before it's too late.  

  Oskar Freden Gren
15th October, 2014

  6 of 170

  Loving my possum fur beanie. At 6 AM and a cold ride across the snake pass in a Land Rover to a frosty Manchester, it's very cozy!  

  Johnny Duttine
22nd September, 2014

  7 of 170

  How hot? Damn hot! This has to be the most comfortable, warmest item of head wear I have ever purchased. I am praying for a really cold winter so I can make full use of this glorious hat as in mid September it is simply too warm to wear during the day. The material is very soft, light and incredibly insulating. I like to buy quality gear for my outdoor trips and I have no reservations recommending this item. Definitely a five star purchase.  

20th September, 2014

  8 of 170

  One shouldn't really get excited about a beanie hat, but this one is light as a feather and very, very soft. I love it. Swift delivery as well. Have bought it for a Northern Lights Tour next March where it will be very cold, so I can't yet vouch for its warmness. Hubby wants one now too!  

  P A Crabtree
19th September, 2014

  9 of 170

  Very fast, fancy, functional, fantastic. Thank you. Just curious what the wild animals in the Swiss National Park will say the coming week ;-)  

  Andrea Kippe
19th September, 2014

  10 of 170

  What a fantastic little hat this is. Ok, it is just a beanie hat nothing to set the world on fire. But it feels just pure luxury to wear. Lightweight but very warm. Well worth the money in my opinion.  

5th September, 2014

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