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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         310 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

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  • Ebony

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    • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
    • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


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    Product Reviews

    Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 310 customer reviews.

    Overall Rating:

      1 of 310

      I am very impressed, this product is extremely warm and comfy.  

      Jason Howells

    Rated: 5/5

      2 of 310

      Gosh, for this price you could buy a Made in China , falls apart in two weeks, acrylic special! I have a large head, 61cm, so there's few beanies that fit comfortably, this does. It's snug, but there's more than enough give in the (wonderfully soft) material to ensure it fits well. The seams on top are superb, they sit pretty much flat, which is SO different to most other beanies out there which all make you look like you've got lumps on your noggin. For the price, this is a stone cold bargain. Made in New Zealand, not China, Bangladesh or Vietnam. It is a very high quality item and like I have said, fits perfectly. It also feels like it will give you many years of sterling service if looked after and washed correctly and carefully. In short, a wonderful hat. My only proviso is that I wish the pictures on Woodlore were actually pictures of hats on people outside, as the colour balance on the pictures isn't quite true - you need to cross reference with Google Images. Avoca is more a browny green, but that's fine as it is what I wanted. Oh, and I'm seriously contemplating buying another.  

      Phil Rogers

    Rated: 5/5

      3 of 310

      Best hat I have ever had, so warm and comfortable. Fits neatly into pocket or pack. Had one last winter, but left it on bus so just had to replace it this year. Soft, yet not itchy and washes well.  

      Anne Norcross

    Rated: 5/5

      4 of 310

      Weather hasn't been cold enough to test this beanie fully, seeing as it's currently spring time. But whenever I have it on, it keeps my dome absolutely toasty warm, sometimes to the point it gets borderline sweltering. The heat retention on the material is fantastic. Even after having removed it for a few minutes, you can tell there's still warmth being withheld inside the beanie. The size is a tad large though, I would like a few pointers on how to safely shrink it! Otherwise, superb hat - thumbs up!  

      Tristan Kang

    Rated: 5/5

      5 of 310

      Soft, warm and very comfortable. Not the cheapest but worth every penny  

      Johnnie Waugh

    Rated: 5/5

      6 of 310

      Excellent piece of kit. Warmest of all my hats and will purchasing a spare to keep it's that good. Well worth the purchase, would recommend to anyone who is serious about the outdoors.  


    Rated: 5/5

      7 of 310

      A very comfortable hat. It's so soft and doesn't irritate the skin like some other hats. I would recommend.  

      Albert Rockhill

    Rated: 5/5

      8 of 310

      This item goes well with the Swazi Nahanni shirt. It will be great during the cold winter up here in Scandinavia.  

      Nicholas Brook

    Rated: 5/5

      9 of 310

      I have not yet worn this out in the cold but it certainly feels as if it will keep the head very warm. Very soft material.  


    Rated: 4/5

      10 of 310

      A classic for good reason. Bought two and couldn't be happier with them. (I like to roll the sides twice so they wear high. Roll down over the ears when stupid cold; quiet under the hood too).  


    Rated: 5/5

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