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Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive

Swanndri Ranger Wool Bushshirt - Olive

Brand: Swanndri
Weight: 786 g         41 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.

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 41 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 41

  This is a very high quality product that I would recommend. Don't buy a cheap alternative, you will be disappointed.  

  Albert Rockhill

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 41

  Being new to woollen clothing I have been schooled! This is an awesome outdoor shirt; kept me warm after being rained on, dried quickly, isn't itchy next to the skin and I'm looking forward to enjoying it for years to come. They do come up big in terms of size, so double check that sizing chart. Worth the price tag.  

  Oneday Woodcraft

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 41

  Excellent. I purchased because, as a youngster, I wore out a similar style shirt and remain equally impressed with both.  

  Daniel Kott

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 41

  Great quality bush shirt. Kept me warm through the night in -8C conditions with just a base layer and 3-season bag. The only issue I've found is with the zip, which fails constantly and doesn't hold when fully zipped up.  

  Glyn Edwards

Rated: 4/5

  5 of 41

  I deliberately left my review of this item until we had some bad weather. Well, we only had a few days of bad weather and I must say that the shirt performed fantastically. I tried it with just a cotton shirt on underneath and was very surprised at how warm and dry I was. It's also excellent under the very similar jacket to the Tahr Anorak that I have. The size I picked was a size smaller than I'd normally have, and I found it still generous. My only problem is that the sleeve length is a tad too long on me. Just over my knuckles. I'd buy another one though as a spare for when one is being cleaned. Woodlore delivery is top notch and I can't fault it. Thanks gang. Look forward to more business.  

  Paul Blackburn Elliot

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 41

  An absolutely brilliant shirt. Warm when you put an extra jumper underneath.  

  Jonathan Ballentine

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 41

  Lovely quality. I'm a size 43-44 inch chest and ordered a size Large (41 inch chest shirt) on the advice of other reviews. Definitely go for one size smaller for a good mid-layer sized shirt. Nice and thick and back to natural fibres for me. Zip quality is solid toothed and robust. Cuffs are strong. Pockets are a good size with quality stitching and buttons.  


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 41

  Good quality shirt. I am very pleased with this item.  

  Gwyneth Rawsthorne

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 41

  An excellent quality shirt, durable with an open weave that functions well to both keep you warm without making you hot, even while on the move. I have worn this out in the East Midlands recently during some heavy storms, wind and rain, in some very (British-ly) cold weather and it has performed superbly. I do not easily feel the cold and so a thin cotton shirt underneath has been all I have needed. The shirt is quite long (I am 6' 5' and often find shirts to be too short), easily coming down 5-6 inches below my waist, much like a dress shirt. This makes it an ideal length for tucking in, for extra insulation and wind-blocking. The ONLY downside, and this is not the fault of Woodlore or the shirt, is that the neck zippy is very sharp and so if you have a large beard, like myself, it can easily grab the hairs and not let go. But I blame my beard for that.  

  Maf Hillyer

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 41

  An excellent shirt. Took advice to size down and would advise the same. Excellent quality, warm and fit for purpose. Service from Woodlore needs applauding - I have ordered from here before, the quality and choice of products is excellent; the prices are appropriate and the speed of delivery is faultless. Both items I have bought from here are serving me well.  


Rated: 5/5

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