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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         294 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, Ruby, Avoka, Black, Charcoal
  • Hand-wash only


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

Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 294 customer reviews.

  1 of 294

  Lovely and warm beanie. Marginally itchy, but I do have a sensitive forehead!  

  James Farrell

Rated: 4/5

  2 of 294

  Lovely warm hat, very happy. Not itchy to wear and very warm.  

  Martin Gorman

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 294

  Great beanie, super soft and really comfortable. Only drawback is that for biking in cold conditions, the beanie is a bit too loose and some wind blows in to my ears. Maybe I can fix that with a small rubber string? For everybody moving more slowly, this is a dream of a beanie. Go for it!  


Rated: 4/5

  4 of 294

  I've been looking for a warm hat for a very long time. After trying many different hats from many different vendors, I believe that search is over. Not only is this hat extremely comfortable to wear, it has no itch like you typically find in wool products. It's very warm and large enough to be doubled over if needed. Definitely recommend this hat to anyone looking for a comfortable and warm winter hat.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 294

  As with any purchase from Woodlore, the hat arrived promptly and well packaged. Out of the box, the quality of the hat can be seen immediately, and it is so soft to the touch. To say the Possum fur hat is snug and warm is an understatement! I have an awkward head, and feel uncomfortable with less expensive hats, and would never wear a beanie style hat, but the Possum Fur hat looks great on, feels great, and keeps my head super warm. Great value for money.  

  Stephen Knox

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 294

  Really good service. The hat arrived the following day. It was a birthday gift for my sister. It is lovely and soft and not at all itchy. Feels warm too.  

  Megan Siragher

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 294

  I received the beanie faster than I expected. It just so happened to arrive on a day when the temperature had dipped below freezing. I slept with it on all night. My head never got cold and I slept with it outside the sleeping bag with no fire. Total time on - 12 hours, with not one case of itching or discomfort. I have a cashmere sweater/jumper I wear as an intermediary layer in colder temperatures. The beanie is every bit as soft as the sweater/jumper. A big thumbs up and 5 stars. I'm only sorry we don't get enough cold days in Kentucky for me to wear it that often.  

  Curtiss D Cardinal

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 294

  I bought this primarily for dog walks. Very pleased, as it's so light and comfortable to wear. Highly recommended.  

  M Chawner

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 294

  This hat is wonderful. Soft, warm and light, and I love the colourway in Meadow - a complete favourite already. Comes highly recommended.  

  Monica Lovett - Turner

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 294

  Really disappointed with this product, the fabric is really nice, warm and very soft. However, the construction of the product is not fit for purpose. Every time you remove the hat it has a tendency to unfold into a floppy mess which makes putting it back on time-consuming. Why it couldn’t be manufactured more securely is beyond me.  


Rated: 1/5

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