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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 800 g         37 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 5 sizes:

• X Small (35 inch chest)
• Small (37 inch chest)
• Medium (39 inch chest)
• Large (41 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 37 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 37

  Great piece of kit I've got sick of gear that's supposed to be breathable and isn't, so decided after reading a lot of reviews to go for wool. First outing was a 5 mile forest walk in the rain with a t shirt and a flannel shirt underneath, stayed dry as a bone and warm. I stayed true to size, could have gone a size up but still plenty of room for movement.  

15th October, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 37

  I cannot really comment on this particular bush shirt, but I am still using one that has been hard used over thousands of hours and although threadbare it is still a favourite.  

  Kevin Peters
24th August, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 37

  Long standing classic water resistant wool shirt. A little bit scratchy on the skin but this is easily managed when worn over base layers and it is extremely warm. It is easy to put on and take off when stopping for a break or doing something physical. Very generous pockets on the front but a bit fiddly when using gloves. A reliable, well tested bit of kit all round and just what you'd expect from Woodlore.  

  Darrel Singh
25th June, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 37

  Excellent bit of kit, built to last. Will be purchasing other items from the range in the future.  

  Craig Leonard
19th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 37

  Fantastically warm shirt. My go to garment for walking the dog. Pay attention to sizes, order a size smaller. No qibble exchange, great shopping experience.  

  Philip Christopher Richards
8th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 37

  This is a fantastic shirt, why have I not had one before. It's very warm, it's better than other well known brands like the Arctic fox range and cheaper. It is very spacious to the point of being baggy, if you order your normal size go a size smaller. You definitely need an under shirt, something like a merino wool thermal vest because being wool like this it is scratchy and itchy. It is a brilliant bit of kit though buy one for yourself and one for the wife and turn the heating off save a fortune.  

  Peter Walker
13th April, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 37

  Excellent service, fast delivery, super quality. Very happy.  

  Mike Hurst
3rd April, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 37

  As expected this really is a quality garment. Incredibly comfortable and warm whilst also being very breathable. Although not waterproof they will definitely with stand a shower or two if you’re caught out. Just a lovely bit of kit.  

  Rory Fraser
22nd February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 37

  Excellent shirt I got an XL, it looked massive at first. It did shrink in the wash. So glad I got the XL .  

  Kevin Hawes
21st February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 37

  The item is very nice, but a little tight. I'm planning on keeping it and maybe ordering another one in a larger size. I used your guidelines and suggestions for the first sizing, but alas its too tight. It fits but just a bit smaller than I expected. I certainly could not wear much beneath it. Also a little tight to pull on over the head, but achievable. Thanks.  

  David P
15th February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

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