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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         395 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
  • Hand-wash only

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•  Ebony

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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

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 395 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 395

  I really liked this hat. It is very warm and not itchy at all - very cosy.  

  Alyson Pickett-clough
15th June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 395

  I have purchased a number of Beanie Style hats over the years but, none come close to this one in every respect. A Highly recommended piece of kit and customer service from Ray Mears Bushcraft (Woodlore Ltd). Based on these facts I have just ordered further items. ??  

  Norse Wayfarer
28th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 395

  Not itchy like wool, very warm.  

  Simon Drew
12th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 395

  Really warm. Could just do with being 3 inches longer.  

  Douglas Brown
2nd May, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  5 of 395

  I bought this to replace an earlier model of the same hat. Therefore I know this hat to be very warm and comfortable. What has changed with the new one, well there is the addition of a small percentage of nylon, this is a good thing. The older hat was difficult to keep on ones head with any strong breeze. When wearing it sailing, I always had to have the hood up to keep it on. The new hat is stretchier and hence grips ones head firmer. However, despite the addition of nylon, the feel is identical. I'm glad I've bought it (even though I've now found my old one again!).  

  Graham Stone
26th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 395

  I had to chance to wear is item and found it quite nice plus it was very warm. I am looking forward to the day that I can use it the cold weather. This is a great purchase.  

  Ronald Schubert
23rd April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 395

  Great value, warm, furry, cosy and head huggingly good!  

  Tom Magill
13th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 395

  I have had plenty of beanies before and was thinking of getting a waterproof one but was put off by some reviews. Then I came across this one and was impressed by description and reviews and reassured by the reputation of this site. It was a very good choice. The first thing that strikes you is how soft the hat is. It is a real pleasure to put on. We still had some pretty cold weather to come and the hat was really warm. The double thickness material is easy to fold inside itself and several people have commented on how nice the hat looks, so it really covers all bases. Very happy with my choice and also to recommend. Cheaper here than Amazon by the way.  

  David Turner
27th March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 395

  Really breathable. Warm and not itchy with it. Plus having looked at the pictures I didn't expect to be enthused by the styling, its just a functional purchase for me, but I like it. The big surprise was just how well it deals with the wet Scottish climate. I've been in some proper downpours with this on already. Curious, the jacket hood stayed down to find my new hat fared Very well. Even though the first layer on the outside has ended up sodden, the layer next to my head has been untouched. I didn't feel clammy at the same time. In contrast my old favourite, a Sealskinz waterproof beanie. This gets much hotter and clammier (in comparison). The perspiration level from that is more than the very fractional amount of water seepage experienced with the new beanie in torrential rain. My new favourite hat.  

24th March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 395

  A bit of a bitter sweet experience with the possum hat, I only owned it for a couple of outings before it left me. When I first received the hat I was surprised that it was such a generous fit and I generally have a big head to start with. It required alot of adjustment to keep the hat on my head. I really did think a smaller size was in order. It was only last Friday evening on the hats 4th outing when I was in a shopping centre car park and the blew off my head in a stiff breeze and disappeared over a high wall into a river- never to be seen again. I was really impressed with this unique material though, it really was uniquely warm and airy at the same time .  

  Leo Quinn Pm2646164
24th March, 2017

Rated: 4/5

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