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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         544 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, Black, Charcoal, Avoka, Pumice, Tanner
  • Hand-wash only

Out of Stock in 3 colours:

• Meadow
• Pumice
• Tanner

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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

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 544 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 544

  Warm and soft when worn in any adverse weather. Comfy enough to sleep in during the night too. I don’t find it itchy, unlike some beanies. Be very careful when washing it though. From personal experience it doesn’t take much to shrink one. Woodlore customer service is faultless, as usual.  

  S Tomlinson
3rd August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 544

  Expensive item for what it is, however this is the warmest hat I’ve ever owned. After a minute you will feel your head really start to warm up, the material is beautiful and soft, goes without saying the importance of keeping your head warm whilst in your bivvy or sitting around on a cold night significantly outweighs the price. If anything should happen to this item rest assured I’d buy it again at the drop of a hat.  

  Nicholas Ridgway
11th July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 544

  I've been buying these beanies for somewhere around 5 years now. the oyster color is softer than the others. I've purchased the tan, green, and blue before. this is my second tan and again it has been the softest. The names of the colours seem different from what they were years ago. As far as function, I keep buying them for their ability to get wet while being snowed on and drying fairly quickly. Love these hats  

  John Smith
10th May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 544

  All I need say, the product is that good I bought a second one. Excellent product and service.  

  B J King
18th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 544

  Speedy delivery, used the hat on a snowy wild hike in Glen Dye and it worked well. I highly recommend this beanie hat.  

  Ian Fleming
9th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 544

  I have several wool or wool blend beanies and this is my new favorite. It is softer then merino and even feels better than cashmire. The beanie is surprisingly warm for the weight and thickness and the thermal regulation seems better then my other beanies. The fit is good, I wear and approximate size 7-1/2 hat and the beanie is just a little loose but not enough to worry about it coming off.  

9th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 544

  Warm as toast, light as a feather and I am very pleased I bought it. I will probably buy another one in a different colour, excellent product.  

  Edward Pattison
5th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 544

  Warm but not the best. I bought this hat I as I have been thinking about this over the past few years, and a 40th birthday photographic trip to Iceland meant I needed this. It arrived with Woodlore's usual prompt and well packaged service. The hat was nice and warm and I thought nothing of it until actually using it in Iceland. The hat has a construction similar to that of a popped beach ball, with one half then pushed into the other. This means that when taken off you have to spend time reshaping the hat, constantly, to get it back into shape to fit back on your head. I found this incredibly frustrating when it was Icelandic Gale force winds. If it was stitched at the top that would be great. Something I have had to do to actually make it usable. It also loses size, My head is normal (7 1/2 hat size), but after a day of wearing it had loosened to point where it added to the previous issue, just loose and annoying. Overall, warm but fiddly and frustrating and I wouldn't recommend.  

4th March, 2020

Rated: 2/5

  9 of 544

  I used this as my primary head gear for a recent course in arduous conditions in Canada. It kept me warm to minus 27 degrees Celsius. Feels great and packs well. Recommended.  

  Richard Davis
29th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 544

  Good quality, warm and soft but lacks a bit of tightness.  

25th February, 2020

Rated: 4/5

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