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 210 reviews of the Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

  1 of 210

  Best thing I've ever put on my head; rain, snow and windy and my head is lovely and warm and for a bald bloke that's bliss.  

  David Mayoh
21st January, 2015

  2 of 210

  Warm cap that ventilates good. Smart design because the cap can be pulled apart, and dry well when wet.  

  Sander Jolij
20th January, 2015

  3 of 210

  Warmest hat I have ever owned. Only slight disappointment was inclusion of nylon which I didn't realise at first. The one I bought from here for my husband several years ago is only Possum and Merino and feels a bit softer than mine. But overall, very pleased. I like the detail of the logo on it. Packs up small in bag or pocket.  

  Babas Mum
20th January, 2015

  4 of 210

  Really warm, lightweight, comfortable hat. The hat is well made, very soft. It's a good balance between breathability and insulation. Like others I've noticed the storage smell, a bit like my granddads shed. Not an issue though, it fades. Well worth the money. Quick shipping.  

  Neil Burton
18th January, 2015

  5 of 210

  The beanie is very comfortable and keeps my lack of hair head very warm. Those who have daughters may be interested that this beanie past the teenage daughter test with flying colours. Thank you again.  

  Francis Chapp
17th January, 2015

  6 of 210

  Practically I adore it, it awesomely regulates a comfortable body temperature. It’s so sumptuously soft & not constricting that it seems to defy logic to stay in place on head. But it's stylistically a bygone 'fisherman's hat' style, so too much material to roll back up on head; even with nape and ears fully covered there is still far too much fabric to roll back up for my liking. Why not a contemporary redesign to mostly lose excess material, but retain just more than enough to cover nape/ears, resulting in even more profit by less fabric cost per hat and a more contemporary attractive style for youngsters too? Basically, lose a few inches in hat length will probably be fine for many! Make machine washable too (who hand washes nowadays?)  

16th January, 2015

  7 of 210

  Really comfortable hat and delivered in less than 24hours from Etchingham to Inverness! Great service!  

  Colin Munro
15th January, 2015

  8 of 210

  Quick delivery. Super product, super warm. Would highly recommend this hat.  

  Ray Mckibbin
14th January, 2015

  9 of 210

  Brilliant, soft, warm and doesn't make your head itch as with some wool products. 5 star.  

  Brian Gates
14th January, 2015

  10 of 210

  I wore this hat whilst wild-camping in the Brecon Beacons. Despite the weather, this kept me warm and snug. with snow and temperatures below zero, it felt like it would have been warm at a far lower temperature.  

12th January, 2015

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