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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive

Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive

OFFER   £68.00
Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 786 g         59 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 green
  • Weight: 800g approx. in size Large


1-2 Day Delivery possible

  Delivery in 1-2 days (within 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 on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on 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.

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 14 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 59 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 59

  Top of the line. Good fit and perfect outer garment for our climate zone.  

  Fred Van Horn

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 59

  I bought Swanndri Ranger wool shirt few months ago and was so impressed that this is my second purchase. Thanks once again Woodlore team.  

  Darius Andziulis

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 59

  This garment is good as a winter mid layer as you don't remove often. When wearing gloves, opening and closing the pockets is unpractical. There is no wind protection when worn without an outer layer. The Cuffs can't be tighten around the wrist. There is no front neck protection There is also no way to fasten both sides of the collar when it's pulled up. It would have been easily solved if the zip continued up to the end of the collar (like the Icebreaker base layers), or having a button or Velcro at the collar ends (if they were a bit longer). I wear a scarf on top of the collar. All in it is a good quality wool shirt, with a design from another age.  


Rated: 3/5

  4 of 59

  Not very practical. Heavy, and very itchy. Way too heavy and bulky to be lugging around. The world has moved on from this type of item.  

  Andrew J Lloyd

Rated: 3/5

  5 of 59

  The Bushcrafter's dream. Initially a bit itchy next to skin, but over a base layer is snug and toasty. I have not had the opportunity a try it in the wet, but I am sure it will hold up fine to a light shower. Good spacious chest pockets and a very reliable feeling zip. I am very happy with this purchase.  

  Chris Murnin

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 59

  Amazing shirt, fantastic quality and the best service.  

  Daniel Dillon

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 59

  Received with thanks. As usual a very good response from Woodlore. Having read a lot of reviews and comments about this shirt, I decided to go for a size smaller than I would normally. Good thing I did as the Medium (39' Chest) fits my 5' 11' frame a little loosely although not too much so. In fact I'd say that the fit for outdoor clothing is superb. The shirt itself is very warm in the cooler weather and looks great. It is also well made and functional. I'm looking forward to many years of wearing it.  

  Steve Aylmer

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 59

  Very good fit, long enough in body and sleeve, I tend to find wool itchy against the skin but when worn with a base layer it complements this top well.  

  E Askham-spencer

Rated: 4/5

  9 of 59

  Very pleased with this shirt. It is very durable. To start with it was a little itchy but it is fine now.  

  Ben Everitt

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 59

  Generally an excellent product for the reasons stated in other reviews. The one drawback is that changeable weather can mean overheating. A full length zip would assist in (1) temperature control and (2) improve the ease with which the shirt can be taken off / put on.  

  Stuart Mitchell

Rated: 3/5

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