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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         511 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 2 colours:

• 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 511 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 511

  Pros: Very soft and luxurious. It is not itchy at all. Cons: Not quite big enough to cover my ears when it's cuffed. There's no stitching to connect the two layers at the top of the hat. Because of this sometimes when you pull the hat off, it turns inside out. While it is fairly warm, I did expected it to be a bit warmer.  

  Kris Hunt
22nd October, 2019

Rated: 4/5

  2 of 511

  Lovely hat. I have added my own Wild Mel badge to it and it looks lovely. Hopefully it will stand the test of time too. I wear it as a slouch hat.  

  Melanie Mcteer
28th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 511

  Extremely soft and warm, you can adjust the size of it really easily. Thank you Ray, you are a legend. This hat is going to make my winter a lot more bearable (and it looks great too).  

  Rupert Newman
24th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 511

  So soft! So warm! What more can you say about a hat? The colour is nice, and I can have it on all day without noticing any discomfort. Also my head doesn't overheat in the sun. Recommended!  

  Jeremy Jurksztowicz
16th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 511

  Warm, comfortable and very lightweight. This lovely soft hat is great for settling down at night in camp or for those chilly early mornings, I love it!  

  Richard V
17th August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 511

  I’ve had to purchase another possum beanie as I unfortunately mislaid my original. In a pocket or bag I’ve not searched properly. Not that I needed much of an excuse as these are magnificent beanies. Everything in the description is correct. I’ve worn my original from Woodlore in all sorts of weather and it did it’s job perfectly. I had to get a replacement and a bonus when I come across my original. Whole heartedly recommended. Once again, excellent service from Woodlore.  

  Brian Pullen
31st July, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 511

  I was genuinely surprised by how much I like this beanie. It is surprisingly warm for the weight, without causing overheating in the way synthetics often can. It is a helpfully subtle muted colour (I chose ebony) and has become a regular in my kit choices. If you’re after something warm and light weight I’d say this is a great choice!  

8th May, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 511

  Thank you for the prompt delivery of my purchase. It feels to be made from a very good quality blend of fibres, very light and soft to the touch yet highly resistant to cold winds and very warm to wear. The one fault I have found is the movement between the two layers that the hat is made from. The hat is actually crafted from one continuous length of fabric that folds in on itself to create the hat. Due to the fine nature of the fibres these two layers seem to move and slide over each other, and this is a little annoying especially when pulling a hood over the hat. I wondered if a few well-placed stitches wouldn't help to keep the layers from doing this without affecting the warmth provided by the double layer.  

  Gp Cottino
23rd April, 2019

Rated: 4/5

  9 of 511

  Bought this to replace the one my wife shrank by accident. Had to wear it when we got back from Bali as there was a drop of over 20 degrees. there are great hats, warm and practical on early morning dog walks. I wish that the colour description was simpler ie dark green, black etc. I bought the Avoka and had to ask my wife what colour it was as I'm red/green colour blind and can't tell some greens from browns. Definitely a recommended product and good value for money.  

  Gary Williamson
12th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 511

  Absolutely delighted with my hat. Super warm and comfortable. Light and breathable. Looks great. Colour just as shown on the website.  

  Robert Henry
7th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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