Icebreaker Tracer Shorts - Men's


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The perfect short for the perfect workout, the Men's Icebreaker Tracer Shorts do it all. From weightlifting to trail runs, this merino wool short can handle just about anything. With eyelets for increased airflow and maximum breathability you won’t feel stuffy, while the no-chafe flatlock seams keep you comfortable over the long haul. The GT150 liner is smooth, lightweight and fights off stench better than ordinary, synthetic material, so go ahead and sweat it all out.


  • Fabric: 97% Merino wool, 3% LYCRA®
  • GT200 merino wool exterior
  • Liner: GT150
  • Eyelet for increased venting
  • Elastic waist with interior draw cord
  • Interior key pocket
  • Inseam gusset
  • Flatlock seams
  • 15.5 cm, 6 in inseam

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

5 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Ease of use: 2
  • active fit: 1

  • limited pocket usage: 1
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 3.7 / 5

5 Ratings & Reviews

from Bay Area
25-34 yrs

You'll never want to take these off!
December 02, 2012

These shorts are amazing. Great length and material. The fabric is thin and hangs a little "silk-like," so even with the built in brief they are a tiny bit revealing (especially in the wind). They are cut a bit and so the fit is not sloppy. All icebreaker wool is amazing quality and (for wool) has good durability. If you have issues with rubbing, the wool does not slide like nylon / polyester so they will ride up and the obviously wear out faster. For this reason, I wear these shorts less for running and more for lounging. They are better for that anyways, because running shorts should be used for running only and these are hard to take off because they are so comfy. I have also backpacked in these and they were great (esp since they are naturally antibacterial). They have decent vents up the side (about a two inch strip) that must work, because I don't get too hot in them. They also have a nice waistband with drawstring that is soft and durable (doesn't stretch out after repeated wears). Hands down the nicest pair of shorts I own, even though I don't run in them. I have never regretted buying anything from icebreaker. I'm 190lbs with a 34" waist and the large is a perfect fit for me

Pros: comfortable, best wool available, repeated wears, great fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

December 25, 2011

Merino wool stretches great and fits your form. Excellent gym short and very soft and comfortable. For intense workouts with lots of sweating, this is a great pair of shorts.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from denver, co
35-44 yrs

great gym shorts
November 14, 2011

these replaced the bike tights shorts i used to wear to the gym for cardio and stretching. if i found wool tight shorts -kinda addicted to wool, i'd buy them instead. i don't like the bunching of material between my legs when running in regular shorts. besides comfort, the biggest benefit of this shorts? no stink! for that alone i accept the compromise or not having tights. quality's excellent. even when wet with sweat, they still feel comfortable. i actually bought this shorts in all tree lengths offered by icebreaker: the tracer (this one), the distance and the enduro. the distance short seemed too short for the gym. better for running in the street or on trails. the enduro's too long for running. the tracer provided the best combination. so i returned the distance and enduro and ordered two more tracers. thank you altrec for the no hassle returns. makes shopping at altrec painless. a bit pricey for shorts perhaps. i expect that i will have them for a long time. the three shorts replaced probably ten shorts that no longer desire to wear. one con (perhaps): no pockets except the small key pocket. only an annoyance if you plan to wear these outside of working. i don't. so all good! i'd like to see other colors. also, not sure about durability over the long-term. for merino wool addicts -like me, these appear the best option for merino wool workout shorts.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Great shorts-just give me a bigger pocket
June 30, 2012

The Men's Tracer Shorts are, by and large, a great running short. The material is not bulky, moves well, and I feel supported by the liner. I think the inseam is a perfect length; not too long and not too short. I'm usually around 175-180 lbs and 6 ft, and I wear a medium. The only thing I would change is adding either a back pocket, or side pockets. The "key" pocket really isn't big enough for an ID or emergency money, etc. So unless you are wearing something else with pockets, you really are out there alone without any place to put gels, keys, etc. Therefore, I'd say these shorts have limited uses, but for a short race, or paired with a shirt with pockets, they are very good shorts for those kinds of runs.

Pros: lightweight, odor resistant, supportive, active fit, Cons: limited pocket usage
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Wisconsin
35-44 yrs

Excellent shorts
January 23, 2012

I own several Icebreaker garments, but I've never owned any of their shorts until this pair. I was a little hesitant because of the price, but I'm 100% satisfied now that I've had the chance to wear them a few times. The fit is good. They don't bunch up and I found the sizing to be accurate. This is an average-length short; not baggy and not a runner-style of short-short. It's just a good length. I'm a fitness instructor and I wear these to teach in. Unlike my other synthetic fabric clothes...NO STINK. As with all my Icebreaker items, I wash in cold and lay flat to dry - I never put them in the dryer. I also wash all my Icebreaker items together, rather than with my other laundry. Maybe this is overkill, but it's kept all my stuff in good shape - worth doing considering the cost per item for this brand.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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