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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive/Black Check


Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 800 g         15 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


  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 15 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 15

  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

  2 of 15

  I’ve been looking forward to getting one of these for a while and didn’t disappoint! It is very well made, warm, water resistant and should do well as a work jacket for working in the woods. Sizing is a bit odd, but I knew that. I bought my usual size, medium to make sure the sleeves were long enough as I’m tall. Glad I did, but it’s a bit wide for me though as I’m quite thin. I wasn’t expecting a tailored fit though! I only buy natural fabrics now so great to be able to get this and Woodlore was the cheapest, too.  

  Al W
13th July, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 15

  Order arrived quickly within a couple days. Size advice is excellent. I would normally have gone for XL as like a loose fit and seem to have longer than normal arms but the large is perfect. Excellent shirt and service.  

  Stuart Stephen
26th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 15

  Wonderful. A great feel and fit which is unrivaled. Anybody ever going outside should have one (or more) of these.  

  Benjamin Veith
17th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 15

  Fantastic work shift for winter. I wear a t-shirt and thin fleece underneath it. I'm very slim so I had to get an x small. I would Definitely recommend buying a smaller size to what you normally wear. Warm, windproof and keeps the rain off. Highly recommended and at the price price I could find. Delivery very quick. Will be buying again from the Woodlore website.  

  Craft Dry Stone Walling
6th February, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 15

  I've had this shirt for a few weeks now and I've been wearing it every other day throughout November either as an outer layer or mid layer. I've also worn it on a minimal kit weekender and I can already say that this is one of the best pieces of kit that I have bought. In my eyes this was worth every penny. Fits great on me, with enough room for layers underneath but without being too big as I took a size down from my normal size. Very robust and well made. I can't fault any of the stitching, the zip and buttons are good. It's also very warm and I find the warmth to be very regulated, as one would expect from the properties of wool. Some might find It to be itchy but this hasn't bothered me. If you wear a long sleeved base layer underneath you'll be fine. I'm probably going to be wearing this for a long time to come.  

  Rob T
4th December, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 15

  Fast and easy purchase! I'm very happy with this product.  

  Anna Nachtigalova
11th November, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 15

  Glad to find a Swanndri Ranger shirt in a colour scheme that I could live with. I am faithful to these garments because they are warm, dependable, adaptable, durable, mosquito-proof and safe around a fire. The plain weave makes a flexible, comfortable garment that breathes well, so you can work all day with a chainsaw in a steady drizzle and be comfortable. Plus, if you fold the arms over the upper back and roll the whole thing from the bottom up into a torus, it makes a fantastic shoulder pad for portaging a canoe. For the last 30 years or so I have kept a couple of 'respectable' Ranger shirts on the go at all times, and find the very ragged ones had to part with - they're still handy for dirty building jobs in the rain. The high collar is something I have missed in rival wool shirts, likewise the sensibly-placed shoulders and long tails. Whoever stitched this particular one got the cuff buttons in the right place, for which I am grateful. However, these shirts aren't what they once were. Twenty years ago, they were noticeably fluffier (and seemed lighter, though that could be imagination), you could get them in pleasant colour schemes that didn't send shock waves through the entire local ecosystem. Some vintage ones are a positive pleasure to look at. If Ray Mears could persuade the manufacturer to make a batch in a choice of cheerful but earthy colours, I'd buy several immediately. Also, why did they change the tasteful old logo to this large clumsy black and white square? I have had to cut the logo off my new Ranger because it offended my eye, so it's counterproductive in terms of brand image.  

  Jonathan Reynolds
6th August, 2018

Rated: 3/5

  9 of 15

  Excellent product and quick delivery. These shirts are very warm, and virtually impossible to wear out. A quality investment! I usually wear a large size but got a medium which is perfect.  

  Phil Jimmy
15th May, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 15

  As usual, a fantastic item, what more can one say. I already have the plain green one and was so impressed with it I ordered this one. Warm, well made and I love the colour, I ordered a size up from last time so I could get a base layer and fleece underneath, absolutely faultless, keep up the good work!  

  Stephen Hart
26th March, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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