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 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


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. 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

Product Reviews

There are 232 reviews of the Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

  1 of 232

  This hat is wonderful - I have bought several as gifts as well as the ones I own. It's light, very warm, doesn't sop up rain and most importantly, isn't remotely itchy. Fantastic!!  

  Patricia Whitaker
2nd March, 2015

  2 of 232

  Nice colour, lovely feel when wearing it and the natural fibers are very insulating. Will always be in my pocket from now on!  

  Cal B
28th February, 2015

  3 of 232

  Like they say, very very warm!  

  Lee Tipler
24th February, 2015

  4 of 232

  Outstanding quality and service; who needs to shop elsewhere, thanks again. The hat is warm, comfortable and stylish in an outdoors way.  

  Peter Appleton
22nd February, 2015

  5 of 232

  Super warm, light, and the softest hat that I've ever had on my ears! Great.  

  Karolyn Hoisington
22nd February, 2015

  6 of 232

  This may be the most expensive beanie hat available, but luckily it's also the best. Lightweight, super-soft and snuggly but breathes well so that you don't overheat when active. I even like the colour (Oyster). If I ever lost it I would buy a replacement instantly. Worth the money.  

  Benedict Hewston
17th February, 2015

  7 of 232

  Brilliant hat, keeps you warm and that's all you want it to do.  

  Alastair James
15th February, 2015

  8 of 232

  Soft, warm, comfortable - brilliant. Bought one for myself a few months ago. Loved it, so bought this one for my wife.  

  Uncle Hector
14th February, 2015

  9 of 232

  This is a great hat, really warm and non scratchy, and can be worn with the cuff up or down - looks good either way. The last one I ordered amazingly arrived the next day. Would wholeheartedly recommend.  

  Penelope Crowder
12th February, 2015

  10 of 232

  I'm using this hat for working outside for 8 hours a day. I reckon it will fit anyone because of the way it fits to the head, folding it upwards for the right fit for me. Working as a joiner with sawdust, it does tend to stick to the hat a little but that is a minor issue. It is very light and warm and isn't itchy at all. I'd recommend this item.  

  David Dean
7th February, 2015

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