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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         398 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

Out of Stock in 3 colours:

•  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 398 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 398

  It's a 5 star product for a reason and it is apparent as soon as you open the packaging. Well worth it.  

10th August, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 398

  Excellent Hat. Extremely warm and a pleasure to wear.  

  John Broadleday
18th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 398

  Good quality, very warm but you need a staple gun in order to keep it on your head. I'm sure Mr Mears will hunt me down for only giving his favourite hat four stars but I challenge him to sleep in this without it coming off and escaping his hammock. Good hat but slippy.  

  Mark Blackwell
6th July, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 398

  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

  5 of 398

  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

  6 of 398

  Not itchy like wool, very warm.  

  Simon Drew
12th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 398

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

  Douglas Brown
2nd May, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  8 of 398

  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

  9 of 398

  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

  10 of 398

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

  Tom Magill
13th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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