I recently heard about a shirt – made of wool – that you could wear for 100 days without washing because wool is such an amazing fabric. While I wouldn’t wear them for 100 days straight without washing, the Via shorts that Icebreaker sent me to review are also made of wool and are pretty amazing. When I first heard of “wool shorts” I was skeptical.
As a Minnesotan I spend about 75% of the year wearing wool sweaters and honestly the thought of wool shorts had me imagining thick scratchy shorts (totally unappealing). It turns out that the Via shorts are not at all what I imagined. Surprisingly, they are neither thick nor itchy. I would highly recommend them. Here’s my full review of these amazing shorts.
Merino Wool Shorts: About the Material
I’ve always thought of wool as a winter fabric, but merino wool is a bit different than
the typical scratchy sweater wool. Several years ago, I reviewed Icebreaker’s Merino wool pullover, which I wear even during the summer months because the fabric is so wonderful.
After wearing my Icebreaker Via shorts for several weeks, I can now tell that the shorts will follow the same pattern as the pullover – they will get a lot of wear and last a long time. The Via shorts are made of 70% merino wool and 30% cotton and is a soft, durable blend.
Best Shorts for Travel
The Icebreaker Via shorts make the perfect travel shorts. They are breathable, lightweight, machine washable, and stylish.
Wool, as I’ve learned, naturally regulates temperature. Wool is breathable to prevent overheating, but also can keep you warm when the sun goes down.
I always thought that wool was a heavy fabric, but the Merino wool is extremely lightweight and the shorts are small. You can pack light with these shorts.
The Icebreaker shorts are machine washable. In my opinion, a pair of shorts could not contend for “best shorts for travel” without that label. Gone are the days of ironing too!
Style and Fit
Via shorts are wonderful because you can dress them up or down; you can wear them hiking or out to dinner or a show. The shorts also fit great. There is a similar pair, the Vista, which are longer with an inseam of 9.5 inches compared to a 5-inch inseam on the Via.
The Vista might be better for travel in countries where you are more concerned about modesty, but 5 inches in still a long enough inseam to be considered modest in most places.
Bottom line on the best shorts for travel
The Via shorts have become my go-to shorts for changing into right after work and are perfect for the weekends. They have become my best shorts for travel and for all-around wearing. They come in Jet Black and in Cabin.
I own the Cabin, which is dark Khaki color. You can buy the shorts straight from Icebreaker or conveniently on Amazon.