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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         373 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


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 373 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 373

  Great product, cheapest I've found online, quickly delivered and well packaged. Now my wife has tried it, I can envisage I'll have to buy another as she liked it so much. As soon as you put it on you can feel the warmth, even when it is damp the Merino,Possum mix is a winning combination. Big thumbs up.  

  S Aley

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 373

  Brilliant, love this hat. You will not find warmer and for those with less hair, it is the only knitted hat that I have found that does not itch.  

  Stephen Boorman

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 373

  Best hat ever. Very warm, very soft, lightweight and versatile. The tube style construction means you always have a double layer of wool, and its a decent size too, I have a big head and other hats can feel tight. There's a generous amount of possum fur in the blend which means the warmth to weight ratio is superb. It feels light on the head and yet stays put without any problems even when out cycling. I'm very pleased with this product and would order another one tomorrow. One more thing, the service was superb, the hat arrived the next day, well wrapped up and ready to go, just in time for the coldest part of the winter. Five stars.  

  Mark Hasler

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 373

  Prompt delivery. It is a super warm beanie hat. Not appropriate for mild weather, but when it's cold this hat is exactly what you need. The colours (I bought two different colours) are true to the photos. I'd also say that other online retailers charge substantially more for this same product making it even more satisfying having bought it here.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 373

  A well made, comfy hat. Very warm, perfect for staying around camp or light hiking. Too warm for heavy exercise though. The only minor quibble I have is that it is sometimes difficult to put the hat back into its 'hat' shape when wearing gloves (the hat is made like a sphere, and can for instance be used elongated around the neck).  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 373

  Remarkably warm, soft and non itchy, unlike some ordinary wool products.  

  Alistair Duncan

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 373

  The item and the delivery time are perfect.  

  Pillegreau Patricia

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 373

  At minus 45 in Yakutsk Siberia this was the one item above all I wanted. With a hood over top, this little beanie is bomb-proof. Love it and can't recommend it highly enough. Drying time is great, however even when wet, your head will stay warm.  

  Andrew J Lloyd

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 373

  I Love this hat. Very soft and perfect for the cold. My wife likes it so much she's asked me to buy one for her too.  

  Robert E Woods

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 373

  Had some use over the last few days, this a lovely super soft, warm and comfy beanie. A little bit of winter luxury.  

  Mark Pywell

Rated: 5/5

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