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Papa Nui Z-Special Cap – RAF Version


The Papa Nui Z-Special Cap comes in RAF Blue wool is a reproduction of a knit-comforter cap used by Commonwealth special operations groups, the Australian Z-force, the British Commandos and the US Army Rangers. The US ‘Darby’s Rangers’, were originally formed in the UK and trained by the British and hence employed a great deal of British gear at their inception. The cap-comforter is an ingenious and perplexing design to the uninitiated. It is essentially a tube of knitted wool that is sewn together at both ends. So when it is completely unfurled it is a short scarf. When one end is tucked into itself and worked through to the other end and folded over, it can be worn as a double-layered knit cap. The WWII era ones were sometimes stamped with manufacturers and government property marks but all incorporated the Commonwealth Broad Arrow design as a mark of provenance so does the Papa’s version.

  • Reproduction of knit-comforter cap
  • RAF Blue wool
  • Can be used as a scarf or a cap
  • Commonwealth Broad Arrow label
  • Knitted in Japan

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Papa Nui Cap Co. is the creation of John Tesoriero and draws on decades of experience in the heritage clothing industry, along with an enviable collection of vintage clothing and militaria.

The brand creates caps with vintage military, utility and surf influences, inspired by the resourcefulness of GIs and their ability to reimagine and repurpose their kit to suit their environment. Much more than simply a reproduction brand, each Papa Nui cap has a story behind it.

The finest military-spec materials are sourced from Japan and each cap is battle-tested under the rays of the South Pacific sun. Manufacturing is left to the capable hands of John Lofgren & Co., who ensure the finished products are made to the highest standards of quality and ethics, resulting in a cap that will last a lifetime and only look better with age.

Papa Nui Cap Co. was our first brand at Those That Know and we stock every release, including many pieces that are not available anywhere else. As John himself says, “anything else is just a cap”.


As the Z-Special is made from 100% pure wool we recommend washing cold only. Do not tumble dry. If necessary, have your watch cap professionally cleaned at your local dry cleaning facility.

Delivery & Returns

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We use Royal Mail and UPS to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. The costs and average shipping times are:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £10 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £10 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

We aim to ship all orders within 24 hours of receipt or on the next working day. Once your order has shipped, you will receive a tracking reference to your email address.

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first at [email protected].

For more information about returns, see our returns page.