Clothing company Vollebak has once again unveiled a new piece of highly engineered clothing. Though, this latest release is actually the second iteration of an existing Vollebak product: the 100 Year Pants. No need to give your Vollebak pants the cut-off jorts treatment; they’ve done it for you. Built using the same military-grade material as the pants, the 100 Year Shorts are designed to last. And that begins with the fabric, crafted by Switzerland’s Schoeller Textiles, which Vollebak has dubbed “the SpaceX of fabric mills.” The shorts, available in navy, graphite, and khaki, are tough as nails and boast a water-repellant, quick-drying external layer; a fire-proof middle layer which, when in contact with fire, will expand to 1000x its size to create a protective barrier between you and the flames; and a base layer that, while protective, will feel as comfortable as an old pair of cotton sweatpants.
While all of these bells and whistles sound futuristic and artificial, Vollebak made us of plant-based technology to create these high-performance, abrasion-resistant, versatile shorts. Additionally, the shorts feature a phone pocket on the front leg, a watch pocket fitted with a black nylon paracord, and a back pocket with press studs and storm flap so you can store all of your EDC on your next adventure.
The knee-length cut offers more protection if you’re braving the elements but won’t look out of place in the city, at the beach, or on the trail. And, despite the three layers, these shorts are highly breathable and stretchy making them ideal for yoga, running, surfing, or hiking. While the shorts are a pretty serious investment at $345, they’re built to last a lifetime.