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Men's Possum Merino Half Zip Sweater

USD $149.00
Was USD $205.00Now USD $149.00
Style Code:  71093
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Stylish and lightweight Men's 1/2 Zip Sweater made from luxurious New Zealand Possum Merino

Timeless men’s sweater perfect for town or country, smart-casual, “off-duty” wear.

Sweater Features

  • Subtle rib detail across the shoulders and down the sleeves
  • Half zip neck closure gives you the option of wearing it with an open collar, or zipped up into a turtleneck for added warmth
  • Ribbed cuffs and hem, and a double thickness, ribbed collar
  • Made in New Zealand from a luxurious blend of 20% possum fur, 70% superfine New Zealand Merino wool and 10% silk.

About Possum Merino

Once you’ve tried it nothing else will feel as warm and soft. Possum Merino is a wonderful blend of possum fur and superfine New Zealand Merino wool with a texture similar to cashmere - luxuriously soft, incredibly lightweight, exceptionally warm and easy to wear. It won’t pill, it won’t wrinkle, it’s anti-static and is an innovative and practical market solution to an environmental challenge facing New Zealand.

Due to its hollow nature, the possum fur fibre is incredibly insulating and provides exceptional thermal warmth without weight. Research has shown that it is 55% warmer than Merino and 35% warmer than cashmere.

Superfine New Zealand Merino wool is renowned for its skin-friendly softness, all-seasons breathability and easy care durability. It combines beautifully with possum fur to create garments of exceptional warmth and quality that are incredibly good value.


Care Directions

Please follow those on care label attached to the garment. Warm hand wash with a gentle detergent. Warm rinse well. Lay flat to dry in the shade. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Drycleanable.


About the Brushtail Possum

The Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a medium sized marsupial and was introduced into New Zealand in 1837. It is from a completely different family to that of the American Opossum, and has a fur quality similar to Mink. With no natural predators, numbers exploded to approximately 70 million in the 1980s, with possums chewing their way through 21 000 tons of native vegetation each night. As well as competing directly with native birds for food, possums eat birds’ eggs, chicks and insects. Their voracious appetite threatens the survival of many of our native plants, insects and birds, including the iconic flightless kiwi.

Animal health and conservation authorities spend many millions of dollars each year on trapping and controversial poisoning campaigns in attempts to control the pest. In addition, the possum fur industry helps to keep the possum numbers down. Recent figures have shown that due to two decades of control, possum numbers have dropped to approximately 45 million. However, we must remain vigilant as with no natural predators, New Zealand conditions are so favourable for possums, they are often able to breed twice a year and could easily and rapidly increase in numbers once again.

New Zealand Nature believes in a market solution to the possum problem. Efforts to reduce the millions of possums in New Zealand’s forests have been boosted by companies that blend possum fur with merino wool to make luxurious garments.

So, by choosing to wear our luxurious Possum Merino knitwear from ‘NativeWorld’, you are helping to preserve the fragile and beautiful New Zealand environment – including New Zealand’s unique icon – the Kiwi, (‘NativeWorld’ supports the Kiwi Recovery Programme based in Rotorua). Become part of the solution and wrap up warm in Possum Merino.

Size Chart

Men's Body Size Guide
Size to Order S M L XL XXL 3XL
Chest (cm) 92 - 97 98 - 102 103 - 109 110 - 117 118 - 125 126 - 132
Waist (cm) 81 - 86 87 - 92 93 - 99 100 - 107 108 - 114 115 - 122
Size to order S M L XL XXL 3XL
Chest (inches) 36½ - 38 38½ - 40 40½ - 43 43½ - 46 46½ - 49 49½ - 52
Waist (inches) 32½ - 34 34½ - 36 36½ - 39 39½ - 42 42½ - 45 45½ - 48

Tips for Successful Measuring

Body Measure
  • Measure yourself when dressed only in your underwear.
  • Keep tape measure firm, but not tight.
  • Chest/Bust: With arms at sides, measure around the fullest part; under arms and across shoulder blades. Ensure tape is kept horizontal and don't hold your breath!
  • Waist: Measure around natural waist, at height of navel.
  • Hip: Stand with your feet together. Measure around the fullest part of your bottom at the top of your leg, about 20-25cm / 8-10 inches below waist.

Top tip: if you do not own a tape measure, simply mark a piece of non-elastic string with your measurements and then measure the string using a ruler. These body measurements provide a classic fit.


Garment Measurements:

Garment length – from highest point at shoulder (edge of neck), to hem:
Small:
69cm / 27 inches
Medium: 71cm / 28 inches
Large: 73cm / 28.75 inches
XL: 75cm / 29.5 inches
XXL:77cm / 30.3 inches

 

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