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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         362 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

Out of Stock in 2 colours:

  • Avoka
  • Pumice

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      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

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    For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

    • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
    • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


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    PO Box 3
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    Product Reviews

    Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat is rated 5/5 based on 362 customer reviews.

    Overall Rating:

      1 of 362

      I bought one of these Merino Beanie two years ago in New Zealand. I am happy to find this kind of Beanie is on sale at Woodlore. I love the properties, it is nicer to wear in colder temperatures, the Beanie is also extremely lightweight. I sometimes even forgot that I was wearing it. Very good price too (cheaper than in NZ). This time I bought two.  

      Henry Ewert

    Rated: 5/5

      2 of 362

      I have had many hats before and none have felt as warm and snug as this one. I suffer from Eczema so I can not wear certain materials but the Possum fur/merino wool combo is so soft that it causes me no problems with regards to itching. You will not regret buying one of these. I will be buying another one.  


    Rated: 5/5

      3 of 362

      Very warm product. Reminded my partner of New Zealand.  

      Grace Doherty

    Rated: 4/5

      4 of 362

      Received quickly, warm and comfortable for the follically challenged. A little pricey perhaps but I don't regret it.  

      Arthur Geoffrey Owens

    Rated: 5/5

      5 of 362

      One of the best beanies on the market. I have two at the moment, they are very soft and warm. Sizing is perfect. Perfect all weather hat. For stonger winters I suggest a warmer hat, but for dutch winters it's perfect. I also love the colours.  

      Marcel Van Stralendorff

    Rated: 5/5

      6 of 362

      I purchased this as a present for my husband. He loves it. He says it's very comfortable and very warm. It was delivered really quickly. Great product.  

      Charlotte Lyon

    Rated: 5/5

      7 of 362

      Wow, this is really warm and the Beanie feels very soft. As far as I'm concerned there is no itchy feeling on my head.  

      Richard Ross

    Rated: 5/5

      8 of 362

      This is by far the warmest beanie. Toboggan, or touque (depending on what part of the world one is from) I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. The price, the quality and craftsmanship is exceptional. Being in the southern U.S. it is quite humorous to see the reaction of those who ask what the beanie is constructed from... possum fur. Love it! Thanks again.  

      David Mckamey

    Rated: 5/5

      9 of 362

      I am very pleased with my new beanie hat. I am an amateur photographer out in all weathers from dawn to dusk. It gets very cold standing around waiting for the light and my hat helps keep me warm and comfortable. I have recommended it to all my photography friends.  

      Ken Nelson

    Rated: 5/5

      10 of 362

      I specifically bought this Merino wool beanie hat because I read some of the reviews on here saying it wasn't itchy, unfortunately after 5 mins of wearing the hat my boyfriend discovered it was itchy to wear. I tried the hat myself and found that it did cause itching on my forehead. I will therefore have to sew a non itch fleece lining into the inside of the hat. It cost over £20 for the hat and delivery within UK. We are yet to find non itchy wooden beanie without lining.  

      Kirsty Vigor

    Rated: 2/5

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