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 190 reviews of the Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

  1 of 190

  This is the warmest beanie hat I have ever worn. Other people I know are now ordering them as well after trying mine on.  

  Stuart Whiting
18th December, 2014

  2 of 190

  Very warm and comfortable. Easy to pocket when not required.  

  David Baird
18th December, 2014

  3 of 190

  A very soft and warm beanie! I am very satisfied with the quality of this cap. It's so soft, light and comfortable I hardly realize I have it on my head. I will be buying more of these in the future.  

  Matthew Grode
17th December, 2014

  4 of 190

  So happy with my possum fur beanie hat, very warm and soft, I will just have to buy another one in a different colour. Bottom line is anything you buy from Ray Mears is going to do the job.  

  Michael Ireland
9th December, 2014

  5 of 190

  This is my second possum beanie and, like the first, it's absolutely fantastic. Without a doubt it's the warmest beanie I've owned. I have no hesitation in recommending them. First class service from Woodlore to boot. Buy one now, you won't regret it.  

  Simon Youell
8th December, 2014

  6 of 190

  Great service, great product, beanie really comfortable and does not make my forehead itch. Thank you!!!  

  Tony Harrison
7th December, 2014

  7 of 190

  Very lightweight, very soft, very thick, and very warm. Well done Ray, you found a great product. Anybody that is thinking about buying one of these, jump at the chance to get one. I rate this beanie five plus stars.  

6th December, 2014

  8 of 190

  This is my 3rd beanie. First one was for me, then 2 more as presents that I knew would be welcome. This is just the best head cover for winter I've ever worn. Probably only shower proof but there are more showers and snow flurries in winter than downpours. Buy it. You'll love it. Then your girl will wear it and you'll need another one. So buy two.  

  Derek Robinson
5th December, 2014

  9 of 190

  I bought this for my birthday and have only tried it on at home. It is very light, warm and comfortable. I'm sure it will keep me warm for many winters to come. Thanks Woodlore for an amazing service.  

  Paul Isles
4th December, 2014

  10 of 190

  Without question a fine bit of kit.  

  Gary Todd
3rd December, 2014

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