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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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 177 reviews of the Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

  1 of 177

  I've bought one of these for all my family as they are light, very warm and comfortable to wear. Everything you want from a beanie.  

  Ian Davie
14th November, 2014

  2 of 177

  This is the softest material ever. It's a very comfortable & warm hat, well worth the money. The true test will come as the winter progresses, but I have no doubt it will perform brilliantly :)  

  Liam S Mcewan
11th November, 2014

  3 of 177

  Promptly delivered as described. Very warm, lightweight & comfortable. Easily stuffed into a pocket & can see it getting me through any winter weather.  

  Richard Sims
8th November, 2014

  4 of 177

  I bought this hat to replace one that I bought in New Zealand a few years ago, and sadly lost last winter. This is almost identical, so I'm very pleased with it, and it was delivered quickly. These hats are warm but light, breathable and don't make static for long hair!  

  Lindsey Lukehurst
6th November, 2014

  5 of 177

  Hat arrived quickly and has had a few outings in the past two weeks. Super soft and non-itch. Very warm and breathable. Out-performs any hat I have owned. Performed very well in drizzle, light rain and a windy, torrential downpour. Retained insulation well. Can be a little fiddly to seat on head, due to double layers, but getting used to this. Very easy to dry to an acceptable level without heat (using a good shake) which is a real plus point. Work colleagues, wife and kids are impressed, and so am I! An excellent, practical hat which will see lots of use. Almost looking forward to a bitterly cold winter! First class service from the Woodlore Store.  

3rd November, 2014

  6 of 177

  Very impressive indeed. I don't useally like these type of hats but I must say it's very comfortable. I'll look after this one.  

  Michael Lawrence
3rd November, 2014

  7 of 177

  Awesome hat. The warmest and lightest woolly hat I've ever had. Only downside is that my head's not as big as Ray's, so may have to shrink it slightly.  

  Richard Dalton
3rd November, 2014

  8 of 177

  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

  9 of 177

  Very light and extremely warm; well worth the money.  

  Adrian Spring
24th October, 2014

  10 of 177

  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

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