Possum and Merino  MS1729 The Tasman Vest - A plain full zip vest.  Rugged outdoor wear.

MS1729 Tasman Vest

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Possum and Merino

MS1729 Tasman Vest - A plain full zip vest.  Rugged outdoor wear.

Colour;  Coal only

Manufactured using a double layer process (36.6°

36.6° - A unique double layer system has been developed to help you maintain your optimum body temperature (36.6°) in any situation.  Products using this dual layer system are high performance, and designed to suit an active, outdoor lifestyle.  

This double layer knitting technique is used with a Pure Wool and ECO Blend fabric which makes for a hardwearing and heavyweight product for ultimate outdoor performance.

Fabric Outer is 100% Pure Wool

Fabric Lining is 65% New Zealand Wool, 25% Possum and 10% Nylon



Chest (cm)

Chest (IN)

Waist (cm)


87 - 92

34 - 36

75 - 80


92 - 97

36 – 38

80 – 85


97 - 102

38 – 40

85 - 90


102 - 107

40 - 42

90 - 95


107 - 112

42 - 44

95 - 100


112 - 117

44 - 48

100 - 105

 Garment Care Instructions 

As they are natural fibres, Possum and Merino garments do not need as much washing and only handwashing is recommended.  Following the steps below will help to maintain your garments good looks into the future.  

Garments can be drycleaned 

Handwash gently.  To avoid fibre damage do not rub or wring. 

  • Turn your garment inside out.
  • Gently hand wash in lukewarm water. Do not rub.  Dye may run in the first wash.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent. Do not wring.
  • Squeeze out water. Do not wring.  Wringing can damage the fibres.
  • A low to medium spin cycle in a washing machine is recommended to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Lay flat to dry. Ease to shape while wet.
  • Dry in shade. 

DO NOT TUMBLE DRY - Tumble drying may cause garment shrinkage   


Possum fur is beautiful and soft to the touch.  It is the ultimate in luxury when used to create fashion wear garments. 

Possum and Merino is a luxurious and uniquely New Zealand yarn made from the blending of two of our natural finest fibres – Possum fur and superfine Merino wool.  Each Possum fibre is hollow and thus gives excellent insulation whilst ensuring that the garments are lightweight and very soft. Possum fur has many health attributes also – holding its warmth and therefore assisting in blood flow.  It can be helpful to people who suffer from conditions that prevent them from keeping warm, such as diabetes and Raynaud’s disease, as it holds its warmth thereby assisting with blood flow.  As well as being incredibly soft and warm the yarn is strong and durable.  With its superior anti-piling qualities, it wears better than cashmere or mohair. 

Originally introduced from Australia in the mid 1800s, the Possums in New Zealand eat many tonnes of our forests and natural habitation each night.  Therefore, our conservation groups encourage the commercial use of Possum fur fibre to help eradicate this pest and as such play an important role in the protection of New Zealand’s native fauna and flora.  By buying our products you too are helping save New Zealand’s natural habitat. 


MKM is manufactured by Manawatu Knitting.  Our products are 100% New Zealand made and the fibres we use are drawn from around our beautiful country.  Because of this, Manawatu Knitting Mills is dedicated to the preservation of our country’s unique environment. 

We strive to be business that has minimal negative impact on the global and local environment, who meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. 

We are a family owned business with connections dating back over 30 years.  We pride ourselves on our innovation, our support of local industry and fibre, and most importantly, our connection to the people who ensure the industry that we occupy continues to thrive – our customers. 

A constant drive for innovation and new ideas has seen Manawatu Knitting Mills survive the twists and turns of over 137 years, mirroring New Zealand’s coming of age from a colony to a nation.

While other manufactures have made the decision to move off shore, Manawatu Knitting Mills has always been determined to remain a New Zealand Business in every sense.

Adapting and changing with the market demands has been the driving force of the success of our business.