Trade Supershorts Mens

Probably the toughest shorts on the planet. Made from Ultra C-Canvas with lots of places to keep your tools.

Availability: In stock

NZD $199.00

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The Trade Supershorts are a true, fully featured work short for those who's work demands it. We've taken the Trade Supertrousers kept all the best bits and removed everything below the knee. Your essentials are all close at hand with dedicated pockets for a cellphone, ruler, and punches or measuring tape and a reinforced hammer loop that stands out for easy use. The large main pockets at the waist are external so the contents don’t get in the way so much when you crouch down. Those pockets are tough enough for a handful of nails or screws occasionally, but we’ve tried crouching down with screws in our pockets and it isn’t that pleasant. Two full size pockets at the back give you a place for the “can you just pick some stuff up from the supermarket on your way home” shopping list. The belt loops are wide enough to take a full width equipment belt.

Antelope, Black and Olive are all made from our new Ultra C-Canvas.

Need tool carrying capacity but don’t think people want to see your legs? Our Trade Supertrousers and Trade Plus Supertrousers are for you. Don’t get to use a hammer much at work but love our shorts? Have a look at our Supershorts. 

  • Super durable and highly wearable Ultra C-Canvas
  • Cellphone pocket (fits an Iphone 7+ and a Galaxy Note S7)
  • Two hammer loops for when it’s hammer time
  • Ruler and measure pockets help you only cut once
  • Roomy external main pockets for durability and easy access
  • Wide belt loops for utility belts
  • Construction backed by a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship


ultra canvas
  • Colours: Antelope or Black
  • Weight: 610 grams (Large)
  • Fabric: Ultra C-Canvas – durable, hard-wearing exclusive proofed 12oz canvas with a stiffer finish.


  • Use mild detergent or pure soap (preferably one that's nice to the earth)
  • Our canvas has a water resistant coating which can shift and discolour through the initial break in period
  • For best results handwash until the garment is broken in. Machine washing is fine after this
  • Washing inside out will minimise lighter coloured creases on the outside of the fabric, but won’t remove stains quite as well
  • Drip dry without creases (it won't take long as the polyester in the fabric doesn't hold much water)
  • Close zips while washing (they'll last longer)
  • If you get attacked by a pig and the fabric gets holed while saving your reproductive potential send it back and we'll patch it for a small fee - that's just one of the benefits of buying NZ made!
  • If you are still not sure, give us a call or flick us an email



Tougher Than the Nails in Their PocketsReview by Philip
I'm not a tradie; just a suburban DIYer who likes to 'design' [read, 'imagine'] and build sh*t and then stand back and go, "I made that." Then go inside, have a peaty whisky, come out again and go, "I made that."
These shorts are bloody awesome; so tough I'll never need another pair. My only criticism is that they looked a bit flash when I got them but it didn't take long to smear paint, glue, sealant and stuff all over them so now they look rough as; almost perfect in fact... Where's me rasp?
I'd say the same about me Trade Supertrousers but there's a problem with the website where it won't let ya write a review for several other Cactus gears I've bought. That's disappointing. Oh well...
Folks talk about having to wear them in but I reckon that's bollocks; they're (Posted on 5/09/19)

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