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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 800 g         24 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 2 sizes:

• X Small (35 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 24 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 24

  Absolutely love it, really comfortable and looks good too. I went a size down as I read they come up big and it's spot on, with plenty of room for layers underneath. One of my favourite purchases by far.  

  Nic White
11th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 24

  Brilliant top. Heard mixed reviews of these since production moved to China but I can honestly say I can see no difference in quality between this and original NZ made ones. Lovely garment, warm on a cold day, but perfect for a summers evening when the sun goes. Been worn daily since purchasing. Love it.  

  Andy Palles-clark
10th July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 24

  Being from New Zealand we have finally purchased what we were looking for. High quality and stylish for all weathers, also a speedy delivery thank you. Would definitely recommend this retailer.  

  Michelle Wakeford
19th June, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 24

  Prompt and great service thanks.  

  Musadiq Kashmiri
22nd May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 24

  Excellent quality, durable shirt. Be advised that the fit is very generous and quite long in the body.  

16th May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 24

  Just sublime, I wear it as an outer layer in all but the most outrageous of downpours, and it just gets on with the job. The only weakness is the efficiency of the material in shedding water leads to the wrists becoming saturated, if it's cold out then it can leave your hands a bit chilly. Easily fixed with a pair of Hestra or army surplus gloves dependant on budget. The army surplus are doing an admirable job for me. Biggest selling point would be how silent this top is, whether you're interested in wildlife or just sick of the noise of your arms grazing your torso In Gore Tex, this will be a revelation.  

2nd May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 24

  I am very pleased with this item. Ideal mid layer. Only gripe is that the zip could be slightly longer, just to aid putting the shirt on.  

  Steven Kirk
7th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 24

  I had been after one of these for a while and after finally taking the plunge, I can say that it exceeded all my expectations. The shirt is comfortable and robust and not only keeps me warm and dry, but also seems to do a great job of regulating my temperature when I would normally start to overheat. As for the sizing, I would suggest that if you want to wear it as an outer layer then go for the size you would normally wear for a coat/jumper as it will comfortably accommodate 2 layers underneath. If you want it as a mid-layer, the opt for a size down for a more tailored fit. I'm 6'3' and a medium build and would usually go for a large or extra large size. I chose a large to wear as an outer layer and it fits perfectly. All in all, an awesome shirt and the usual impeccable service from Woodlore to get it here.  

14th January, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 24

  Literally have worn it every day to every type of event. It’s been every where from camping, to wine tasting, to work and shopping. It’s warm and comfy. I Just absolutely love it!  

28th November, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 24

  Purchased for my husband, I was worried about the fit. Excellent quality, the fit was comfortable, roomy and allowed a full range of movement without constricting but without looking baggy. Nice and wide at the shoulders and long down the back. Warm and light. It will be worn in the forest and offshore sailing. Service from the Woodlore online shop was simple, quick and delivery was fast. Very pleased all round. Thank you.  

  Virginia Buchanan
21st August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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