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Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat
Noble Wilde

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat

Brand: Noble Wilde
Weight: 58 g         331 reviews
The humble Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat (often referred to as the 'Ray Mears Beanie') has fast become a firm favourite among Woodloreans the world over. Thanks to its incredible warmth, breathability and luxurious softness, this winter hat has proven to be one of our best sellers, year after year.

Created from a special blend of fine merino wool and insulating possum fur, this double-thickness beanie provides a superb amount of warmth while remaining extremely light in weight. The idea of blending these two natural fibres was first developed by a New Zealand knitter as a by-product of the possum control programme, making the merino/possum blend an environmentally sound choice.

Possum fur is one of the most extraordinary natural fibres in the world, thanks to its hollow core; this cavity traps a tunnel of air that provides extraordinary warmth (up to 30% more than standard woollen garments), while keeping the fibre's weight to a minimum. As a sign of how effective this feature is, the only other animal with a hollow core fibre is the polar bear.

Merino wool also has unique characteristics; each fibre is exceptionally fine, long and densely crimped, helping to retain heat close to the skin while keeping out cold air. The fibre also wicks moisture away from the skin, allowing the wool to stay warm and dry. The combination of merino wool with possum fur results in a fabric that is lightweight, twice as warm as wool, highly resistant to pilling and opulently soft to the touch.

  • Material: 53% merino wool, 40% possum fur, 7% nylon
  • One size fits all
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Warm, durable and fast-drying
  • Made in New Zealand
  • Available in Ebony, Meadow, Oyster, Avoka, Black, Charcoal, Pumice
  • Hand-wash only

Out of Stock in 3 colours:

  • Ebony
  • Meadow
  • Oyster

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      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

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    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
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    TN19 7ZE
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    Product Reviews

    Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 331 customer reviews.

    Overall Rating:

      1 of 331

      Very happy with this one. I have the original NATO watch wool cap. This hat is much lighter and softer to wear. It is also a nice colour, Ebony is sort a mix of black and brown with a red tone.  

      Tommy Mikalsen

    Rated: 5/5

      2 of 331

      The Possum fur Hat is a good bit of kit, warm, functional, wickable and soft. not prone to overheating either. Serious top of the line product at a very affordable price.  

      Paul Fitzpatrick

    Rated: 5/5

      3 of 331

      Very warm, soft, lightweight, and comfortable. Noticeably warmer and lighter than my other beanies with no scratchiness. Large enough to fit my 7.5' head comfortably with room to spare. Now my favourite beanie.  


    Rated: 5/5

      4 of 331

      Lovely and warm with a good fit, it is very soft too. Impressive service and delivery from the guys at Woodlore.  


    Rated: 5/5

      5 of 331

      Great beanie, comfortable, light and warm. Perfect for walking the dog on these cold mornings. Item arrived when stated and would highly recommend for both quality of kit and customer service.  

      The Dog''s Taxi!

    Rated: 5/5

      6 of 331

      This hat is beautifully warm. There is a nice range of colours to choose from, I purchased several as gifts. They are soft and not itchy. I like the inclusion of the possum fur. This beanie takes minimal space packing.  


    Rated: 5/5

      7 of 331

      This is a very nice, very warm beanie and it feels soft, comfortable and well made. Just a note about the colour Avoka. It's slightly lighter and greener than shown in the picture, it's quite like a dark olive green, very natural tones though. Not that the colour should really matter when your just trying to stay warm, but hey, personal preference. I like it.  

      Duncan Macnaughtan

    Rated: 5/5

      8 of 331

      A great product, very warm and looks amazing.  

      Frederic Bourdier

    Rated: 5/5

      9 of 331

      Unfortunately this is not the same beanie hat that I bought from Woodlore 2 years ago I bought a beanie hat two years ago and I LOVED it. Sadly my girlfriend washed it with hot water and now it fits a baby. So I bought another one thinking that this one going to be the same but it looks totally different than the beanie that I had. The fibre does not look the same and it does not have the same weave. I have to say this beanie is really good and kept my head warm and dry but I believe that my old beanie had more fur in it, also it had a small Ray Mears logo in front of it which this one does not have.  

      Reza Etemad

    Rated: 3/5

      10 of 331

      My son recommended this hat to me because he had purchased one some time ago. I decided to try one and it arrived very quickly in perfect condition. I have used it nearly everyday since either for everyday use or walking in the hills. The hat is very light compared to others and you can forget that you have it on. It is warm but not to the point where your head sweats, which is a pleasant change. It is also large and flexible enough to pull over your ears and the back of your neck if needed. I have concluded that it is probably the best hat I have ever owned for general use and walking trips. I would recommend it to anyone.  

      Kevin Read

    Rated: 5/5

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