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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 800 g         48 reviews
The Swanndri Ranger Shirt is a superb, tough work shirt made from 100% woollen yarn. It has become a staple outdoor garment for Ray and the Woodlore team, thanks to its warmth, quietness, and durability. Just take a look at the cover of the Outdoor Survival Handbook for an idea of how long Ray has been putting Swanndri Ranger Shirts to the test.

In 1913, New Zealand tailor William Broome, frustrated by the country's incessant rain, developed a work shirt with a secret waterproofing. The shirt, made from 100% wool, was fabled for its durability and practicality, quickly becoming the clothing choice of pioneering New Zealanders the length and breadth of the country, its unsurpassed fabric keeping them warm and dry in the winter and cool in the summer. William named the shirt the Swanndri, due to the way that water ran off the wearer's back. To this day the original design remains unchanged and is as relevant to today's outdoorsmen and women as it was almost one hundred years ago.

Sizing: Please note that the Swanndri Ranger Shirt features a very generous fit, which allows plenty of room underneath for extra layers. If you do not like your shirts to be loose-fitting, we recommend that you purchase the next size down. Please bear this in mind when placing your order.

  • Material: 100% wool, sourced from farms in New Zealand and Australia
  • Extra loose fit
  • Wind and water-resistant
  • Wool weight: 345gsm
  • Two chest pockets with button closures
  • Long-tail cut
  • Buttoned cuffs
  • Quarter-length zip
  • Colour: Olive/Black check
  • Weight: 800g approx. in size Large

Out of Stock in 3 sizes:

• X Small (35 inch chest)
• Small (37 inch chest)
• XX Large (45 inch chest)

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

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free 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.

  Overseas deliveries
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 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

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

Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check is rated 5/5 based on 48 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 48

  Swanndri Ranger shirt stalwart kit for years. Purchasing from the Woodlore shop is always smooth and simple.  

  Dave Gray
20th January, 2024

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 48

  Second time I've bought a Swanndri Ranger shirt. Can't fault them as they are so hard wearing, long lasting and ok around fires. Sizes are on the large side so if you don't want a loose fit drop a size as per the advice. I'm ok with the sizing for layering in cold climes etc. Great product.  

  Pete Garner
17th November, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 48

  Bought this for my Fiance, as she constantly steals my green one (borrows she says). She hated the check pattern - all was going to plan I thought but then she refused my old green one as an alternative gift so I had to go buy another Green one for her. Now I have two. So I can say from experience and long term use that these shirts are robust, warm (even when wet) and versatile. Buy one of two. Great customer service. I have been using my other one for 7 years for sea kayak camps, bushcraft and hunting and it is still going strong.  

  James Close
27th March, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 48

  I returned the shirt for the following reasons: 1. Despite ordering 'XS' size, the shirt was still way too large with the arms being incredibly long ('S' would normally be quite tight on me); 2. It nearly came down to my knees (I'm 5'9 / 1.75m); 3. It's made in China, which is not mentioned in the website and is quite at odds with the presentaion of the 'New Zealand' authentic product pitch - and personally, I prefer not to buy Chinese product if at all possible; 4. I doubted the material claim (100% New Zealand wool), firstly because its made in China and then, having felt the product and read the slightly confusing label telling me that the outer was a wool mix and the lining (there was no lining) was polyester. Overall, I knew I wouldn't wear it so it went back. I should add that I have bought quite a few other items from Ray Mear's shop and all were great.  

  James Gardiner
21st January, 2023

Rated: 1/5

Woodlore's Reply - 23rd January, 2023
Dear James, thank you for your review. Sorry to hear your were unhappy with the garment. These are oversized to allow for layering. I can confirm the material is 100% NZ grown. We will look into the details on the website.

  5 of 48

  Excellent quality, good price, looking forward to getting many years of use thank you.  

  Elizabeth May
20th July, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 48

  This is an amazing product, built well, very warm but not sweaty. I’ve basically not taken this off since I got it. I fully believe this is a garment I will use nearly everyday.  

  Joel Goss
26th January, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 48

  This garment is of exceptional quality. It's comfortable and warm. It fits perfectly and just feels great to wear. If you are a prospective purchaser, I would advise that you do so, you will not be disappointed. You will look quite fancy too.  

  Paul C
17th January, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 48

  Fantastic bit of kit, bit concerned about the sizing when I ordered the item but I need not have worried. The day after I received it, I went for a walk out on the hills with just a base layer, a shirt and experimented by using this as an outer garment, it was great. After a few miles I got to warm, so I took off the shirt, and just had the base layer underneath, that felt so comfortable. There was a fairly chilly and breezy but I was snug as a bug. Plenty of room under the arms, if need be other layers won t feel to tight. The Pockets on the front are ample, all in all very happy. I only wish I had brought this when I first saw it. Again, thanks to everyone at Woodlore for their excellent service and Happy New year to you all.  

  Mark Armley
12th January, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 48

  Quick shipment and delivery, thank you,  

  Nicola Grenfell
29th December, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 48

  Great item, well made, quite a large fitting but ideal if to go over thick jumpers  

19th December, 2021

Rated: 5/5

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