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Essential Shorts

26 reviews

Get cool comfort and versatile style with our Essential Shorts. They combine the natural performance of our superfine Merino wool with a classic look that’s laidback yet refined. Wear them on a hike--or on a yacht.

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Sizing Guide

Sizing Chart

  • In Inches
  • In CM
Size 2828 3030 3232 3434 3636 3838 4040 4242
Waist 2871 3076 3281 3486 3691.5 3896.5 40101.5 42106.5
Hip 3691.5 3896.5 40101.5 42106.5 44111.5 46117 48122 50127

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    USA
    USPS: 7-9 business days
    DHL:  1-3 business days

    Canada
    Canada Post: 3-7 business days

    International
    Standard: 7-14 business days
    DHL: 2-6 business days

    *All times include handling time


    Full refund or exchange within 90 days

    You can return clothing that you purchased directly from unboundmerino.com as long as it is unworn, unwashed, and in the original condition in which it was delivered in. We are happy to offer a full refund or exchange for any reason within 90 days from the ship date.

    Please fill out the RETURN SLIP that came with your order, include it with your package and send everything to the address listed on your return slip.

    • Exchanges are subject to availability. A refund will be processed if the product you requested is unavailable.
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    Timeless style meets superior performance.

    The only pair of shorts you need for warmer weather - anytime, anywhere. Superior performance that will keep you cool and comfortable in even the hottest and most humid of climates. Versatile and timeless style that will have you looking and feeling your best.

    + Antibacterial
    + Anti-wrinkle
    + Water Repellent
    + Hidden Back Zipper Pocket
    + 2-way Comfort Stretch
    + 48% MERINO WOOL 48% COTTON 4% SPANDEX
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    WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Merino Wool T-Shirt
    V-Neck T-Shirt
    Boxer Briefs
    Merino Wool Socks
    Merino Wool Crew Socks
    Pocket Tank Top
    Compact Travel Hoodie
    Long Sleeve
    Raglan Crew Sweatshirt
    Women's Merino T-Shirt
    Classic Button-Down
    Merino/Polyester T-Shirt
    Essential Shorts
    Merino Crew Neck T-shirt - 175
    Merino Beanie
    Long Underwear
    Polo
    Merino Wool T-Shirt
    Merino Wool T-Shirt
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
  • 100% Merino wool jersey
  • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • V-Neck T-Shirt
    Merino Wool T-Shirt
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
  • 100% Merino wool jersey
  • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Boxer Briefs
    Merino Wool Boxer Briefs
    • Reinforced stitching
    • Comfort stretch band
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • 84% Merino wool, 12% nylon and 4% spandex
  • 84% Merino wool, 12% nylon and 4% spandex
  • Ultra-fine 18.5 micron
  • 180g/m2
  • Woven elastic waistband
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Tumble dry low.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Merino Wool Socks
    Merino Wool Socks
    • One-Size-Fits-All for foot sizes 6 to 13
    • Made with a custom blend of Merino Wool (68%), Nylon (29%) and Lycra Spandex (3%) for comfort and durability
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Breathable vents
  • Made with a custom blend of Merino Wool (68%), Nylon (29%) and Lycra Spandex (3%) for comfort and durability
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Tumble dry low.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Merino Wool Crew Socks
    Merino Wool Crew Socks
    • One-Size-Fits-All for foot sizes 6 to 13
    • Made with a custom blend of Merino Wool (64%), Nylon (31%) and Lycra Spandex (5%) for comfort and durability
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Breathable vents
  • Made with a custom blend of Merino Wool (64%), Nylon (31%) and Lycra Spandex (5%) for comfort and durability
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Tumble dry low.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Pocket Tank Top
    Pocket Tank Top
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
  • 100% Merino wool jersey
  • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Compact Travel Hoodie
    Compact Travel Hoodie
    • Odor resistant
    • Temperature regulating
    • Moisture wicking
    • Seamless pockets
    • Sleek black YKK inverted zipper
    • 97% ultra-fine Merino wool / 3% elastane for durability and stretch
    • 21.5 micron / 250 GSM
  • 97% ultra-fine Merino wool / 3% elastane for durability and stretch
  • 21.5 micron
  • 250 GSM
  • Matte black pull tab with sleek
  • inverted zipper
  • Seamless pockets
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Light and breathable
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Long Sleeve
    Long Sleeve
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
  • 100% Merino wool jersey
  • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Raglan Crew Sweatshirt
    Raglan Crew Sweatshirt
    • Odor resistant
    • Temperature regulating
    • Moisture wicking
    • French terry interior for softness and comfort
    • 97% lightweight ultra-fine Merino wool for light packing and breathability
    • 3% elastane added for durability and stretch
    • 21.5 micron / 250 GSM
  • 97% lightweight ultra-fine Merino wool for light packing and breathability
  • 3% elastane added for durability and stretch
  • 21.5 micron
  • 250 GSM
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Light and breathable
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Women's Merino T-Shirt
    Women's Merino T-Shirt
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
    Classic Button-Down
    Classic Button-Down
    • Odor resistant
    • Light and breathable
    • Fast drying
    • 54% premium Merino wool
    • 46% organic cotton
    • 146gsm
    • Cross-woven for breathability
  • 54% Merino wool, 46% organic cotton
  • 146gsm
  • Cross-woven for breathability
  • Wash in cool temperature setting.
  • Hang to dry.
  • Light and breathable
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Perfect for packing
  • Merino/Polyester T-Shirt
    • Antibacterial
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron Merino/Poly blend
    • 56% Merino, 44% Polyester - 190g/m2
  • 56% Merino, 44% Polyester
  • 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Essential Shorts
    Essential Shorts
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Water Repellent
    • Hidden Back Zipper Pocket
    • 2-way Comfort Stretch
    • 48% Merino wool, 48% Cotton, 4% Spandex
    • 8 1/2" inseam length
  • 48% Merino wool, 48% Cotton, 4% Spandex
  • 8 1/2" inseam length
  • Wash in cool temperature setting.
  • Hang or lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Water repellent
  • 2-way comfort stretch
  • Odor resistant
  • Merino Crew Neck T-shirt - 175
    Merino Wool T-Shirt
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 175g/m2 Merino wool
    • 100% Merino wool jersey
    • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
    • 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 175g/m2 Merino wool
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Merino Beanie
    Merino Beanie
    • 2X2 Rib
    • 7 Gauge Knit
    • Naturally Antibacterial
    • Rolled Brim
    • Moisture Wicking
    • 100% Italian Spun Merino Wool
    • Made in Canada
  • 100% Italian Merino wool
  • 2x2 rib
  • 7 gauge knit
  • Rolled brim
  • Dry clean only.
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Fast drying
  • Temperature regulating
  • Long Underwear
    Merino Wool Long Underwear
    • Reinforced stitching
    • Comfort stretch band
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • 84% Merino wool, 12% nylon and 4% spandex
    • Inseam length: 28 inches
  • 84% Merino wool, 12% nylon and 4% spandex
  • Ultra-fine 18.5 micron
  • 180g/m2
  • Inseam length: 28 inches
  • Woven elastic waistband
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Tumble dry low.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • Polo
    Merino Wool Polo
    • Moisture wicking
    • Odor resistant
    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-wrinkle
    • Core Temperature Control
    • Reinforced stitching
    • 53% Merino 47% polyester double knit
    • Mother of Pearl Buttons
  • 53% superfine Merino wool, 47% Polyester
  • 165g/m2
  • Clean finished back yoke w/ pleats
  • Mother of Pearl Buttons
  • 1/2 Placket
  • Wash in normal to cool temperature setting.
  • Lay flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Odor resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Temperature regulating
  • What People Are Saying

    Customer Reviews
    4.8 Based on 26 Reviews
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    PG
    01/01/2021
    Patrick G.
    United States United States
    The only shorts I now own

    Heavenly!

    SO
    12/26/2020
    Sol O.
    Canada Canada
    Love the feel of the fabric.

    I've bought over a dozen items since they first launched a few years ago. Their underwear. Their socks. Their shirts. Their tanktop. Now their shorts. Highly recommend them. Super friendly too when I've had a few sizing issues.

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    12/03/2020
    Andrew H.
    United States United States
    Essential Shorts

    The feel and fit of these are really great. Pockets are quite shallow as other reviews mention.

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    12/01/2020
    Gregory S.
    United States United States
    Right look and fit

    Comfortable and durable. They look smart but can also be used casually.

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    11/18/2020
    Daniel F.
    United States United States
    Fitting with nice fabric.

    I’m still getting used to the way the shorts’ fabric moves. It’s durable to the touch, but they tend to be very pliable in a good way (as in move well). Comfortable and breathable. Back pockets are a bit shallow, but maybe I'm used to a larger wallet size.

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