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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive


Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive


Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 800 g         99 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
  • Weight: 800g approx. in size Large

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•  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 is rated 5/5 based on 99 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 99

  Bought this for my Fiance, as she constantly steals my old green one (borrows she says). I had bought her a checked bush shirt but she did not like it so I kept it and bought her this one. I can say from experience and long term use that these shirts are amazing, robust, warm (even when wet) and versatile. Buy one. Great customer service.  

  James Close
27th March, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 99

  It is very nice and large and is easy to get on and off. It is warm and comfortable. It is very long in the body and I’m 6’1 and shows underneath my Fjallraven no.8 anorak, so I will have to adjust the hem of the shirt so it does not stick out the bottom.  

  Caroline Light
19th February, 2023

Rated: 4/5

  3 of 99

  Very good quality and price, thank you.  

  Elizabeth May
20th July, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 99

  Nice strong rough wool shirt. Keeps warm and camouflages well. Those who want to do the Gustav Jeager method, excellent product. Best tucked in on windier days as air does like to get under it. Loose fit.  

21st June, 2022

Rated: 4/5

  5 of 99

  Good quality mid layer, fits perfectly.  

  Carrick Weir
20th June, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 99

  Been wanting one of these for years and finally took the plunge - and I’m very pleased I did. The quality of the woollen fabric and the making up are excellent. I bought XL as I’m usually 46-48in chest and I wanted space underneath for a shirt and jumper and the XL is just right. I wear the shirt mostly for fly fishing in the cooler months or in windier conditions in the Summer months over just a shirt. The long length is perfect for keeping my back warm and, depending on depth, the shirt can be worn inside or outside my waders. The big chest pockets are good for a cell phone or wallet. Being wool the shirt is breathable and reasonably windproof and will hold off a shower or even light rain for a short period. One small improvement would be to have a tag on the zip puller, which is rather small especially for cold and/or wet hands. (Or you can put a loop of thin nylon climbing cord on it for a home made puller, as I have. ) Overall this is a very flexible garment that has a whole variety of outdoor applications and fully deserves the high regard in which Swanndri clothing is held.  

  Rob S
5th May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 99

  I absolutely love the Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt. A classic outdoor garment, perfect for use in Britain as a go to work/craft mid layer. I love the classic olive colour and the loose fit, ideal for putting over the top of another layer or two, and keeps out the wind and rain nicely. this is definitely one of those shirts that will get better with age and will last for a long time if taken care of. The sizing is generous, I usually wear a 38/40' chest in most clothing and the small size is plenty big enough to be loose fitting and comfortable with an extra layer or two underneath. This shirt with an underlayer such as a 200g Woolpower or similar would would be a very comfortable and dependable combination for the British climate all year round. I like the simple design and large pockets, ideal for carrying a sharpening stone or two in one, and a fire set up or tinder tin in the other. All in all this is a classic, dependable and robust shirt that will last for ages with proper care and attention.  

  Jonathan Sowden
26th March, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 99

  Absolutely my favorite piece of outdoor clothing. Very well constructed! My first shirt lasted 10 years of heavy use and I have no doubt that my new one will be around just as long. Buy with confidence.  

  Jeffrey Scott Rumbles
21st March, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 99

  The styling has changed slightly, so has the weight and thickness of the wool, but I would recommend Swanndri as top outdoor clothing to anyone. I bought my original Swanndri Drovers top 21 years ago in NZ and it is still good, so I decided to treat myself. Hopefully this one will be just as useful. It was an early birthday present and has been worn already. Both the website and swiftness of service in getting the product delivered were very good.  

  Patrick Ryan
25th February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 99

  It's pleasant to wear an item of clothing made from wool. It is warm, not sweaty, loose fitting.  

  Geoffrey Woodin
10th February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

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