Light 5-Pocket Pants
¥17,050 Tax included
Light Hiking Pants
The Light 5-Pocket Pants are a cooler and lighter version of our 5-Pocket Pants. The elastic Pertex Equilibrium fabric is super comfortable even when hiking on hot summer days. As with all our 5-Pocket Pants, the five pockets are uniquely positioned to hold your smartphone and maps, while ensuring maximum flexible leg movement.
The elastic waistband has been upgraded to a mesh rubber material from 2021. This means that the pants dry quicker and they are more comfortable to wear even when wet.
Made in Akita, Japan
Pertex Equilibrium（83％ Nylon, 17% Polyester）55g/m²
127g（Size S)、129g（Size S-Tall)
133g（Size M)、135g（Size M-Tall)
139g（Size L)、141g（Size L-Tall)
144g（Size XL)、146g（Size XL-Tall)
MEN | S / S-Tall / M / M-Tall / L / L-Tall / XL / XL-Tall
Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder
I was using our 5-Pocket Shorts during the summer and our 5-Pocket Pants when it got colder. That is, unless there was a particular reason to wear long pants. I never really considered wearing the long 5-Pocket Pants during summer. Surely, shorts are best on a hot summer day, right?
That said, some of our customers preferred to wear their 5-Pocket Pants even in the summer. I also noticed that some of them were wearing tights under our 5-Pocket Shorts.
After all, shorts-only in the summer didn’t seem like the mainstream style here in Japan. So I decided to create a sweat-free and ultralight pair of long pants that are as comfortable to wear as our shorts.
The original 5-Pocket Pants are made of non-elastic and non-polyurethane Taslan nylon. Although polyurethane is frequently used in many materials for its stretch property, I didn’t really like it because it tended to be slow-drying with inferior durability and weak wind protection. Non-polyurethane Taslan nylon, on the other hand, did not stretch but it was quick-drying, windproof, and durable. After many tests, I discovered the ideal, comfortable shape of the 5-Pocket Pants made of Taslan nylon. But when I discovered the Pertex Equilibrium, this turned out to be the ideal non-polyurethane fabric for its slight elastic performance.
It might not be as durable as 100% Taslan nylon, but the Pertex Equilibrium’s smooth texture and lightness are its great advantages.
Considering the stretch of the material, the thighs of the pants are slightly slimmer compared to our regular 5-Pocket Pants. Of course, these light pants also use the 5-Pocket system, so you can comfortably keep your hands in the side pockets and stow your map or smartphone in other pockets as usual.
Our Light 5-Pocket Pants are only half the weight of the original 5-Pocket Pants. Because of the flexible fabric, you can even do yoga in these pants, without overheating even on a hot summer day.
Form and Function
Pockets for Smartphone and Maps
Yamatomichi 5-Pocket design can neatly store your map, snack, wallet, and other items you need during hiking, without interfering with your leg movement.
Especially, our smartphone pocket at the side is so well-positioned that it fits your phone while keeping it securely in place without bouncing around when running. The map pocket is large enough to store the water bottle.
Ultra Light. Ultra Flexible.
By using the Pertex Equilibrium fabric, we managed to create a pair of pants weighing only half of our regular 5-Pocket Shorts. The Equilibrium is also slightly elastic allowing for great flexibility when hiking.
The twist-processing of the fibers and optimum weaving design create a slight two-way stretch even without the polyurethane material, which is elastic but easy to deteriorate with age.
The Pertex Equilibrium comprises 20 denier threads on the surface and 40 denier weft threads on the backside for more flexibility and lightness; a combination of the fibers with different deniers creates a unique irregular texture to keep your skin dry.
As the fabric is super thin it dries in no time! The elastic waistband uses mesh material for quicker dry and better comfort when it gets wet from sweat or rain.
The chart below shows the moisture content in the fabric after 15 minutes of spin-dry. It compares our Light 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants with the base layers of major manufacturers, as well as a standard cotton shirt.
The lower the moisture content, the faster it dries. The Light 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants show that it is only 0.3% of water content after 15 minutes of spin-dry, which means it is almost completely dry:
Pertex Equilibrium uses a unique double weave construction for lightweight and comfort. Our Light 5-Pocket Shorts and Pants uses a lightweight Pertex Equilibrium, weighing only 55 grams per square meter, achieving a significant weight saving (About half the weight of our conventional Pants and Shorts.
Though the material is paper-thin, it comprises 20 denier threads on the surface and 40 denier weft threads on the backside, making it more robust than most other textiles with a similar thickness. The combination of the fibers with different deniers creates a unique irregular texture, to keep your skin dry.
The twist-processing of the fibers and optimum weaving design create the slight two-way stretch even though it is a non-polyurethane material.
The material is a blended fabric made of nylon and polyester, creating a unique heather pattern on the surface.
Pertex Equilibrium（83％ Nylon, 17% Polyester）55g/m²
20d x 20d + 40d
Tear strength measured by JIS L 1096 D (Pendulum method)
Vertical: 0.9kg, Horizontal: 0.9kg
Tensile strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (Strip method)
Vertical: 40kg Horizontal: 44.6kg
Breathability measured by JIS 1096 A (Frazier method)
The Pertex Equilibrium, the fabric used in the Light 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants, is very thin and lightweight.
The rip-stop construction provides some strength, but sharp objects such as rocks and branches can scratch and possibly tear the fabric. Please be careful when you walk through rocky ridges or sit down to rest on a rock.
- Machine wash below 40°C.
- Use laundry net or wash separately.
- Line dry in the shade.
- Tumble dry below 60°C.
- Do not bleach and do not use fabric softener.
- Iron on low without steam.
- Do not dry-clean.
- High temperatures may cause shrinkage.
- Pilling may be noticed over use.
- We only accept payment by credit card. We currently do not accept payment via bank transfer from overseas accounts.
- We accept the following Credit Cards: Visa, Master, American Express, and JCB.
- To download your receipt, please click the link included in the Dispatch Notice, which we will send by email as soon as the items are dispatched.
We will ship by DHL for overseas customers (excluding China and Russia). For customers in China and Russia, we will ship by EMS only. Shipping costs vary depending on your country and region.
- Overseas customers who need to change the size of their order, should note that the time needed for shipping will vary greatly depending on your country of residence.
- We only accept exchanges when the item is unused (except for fitting).
- If you wish to exchange the size of the item, please contact us within seven days of receiving your order.
- Exchanges can only be made for the same color in a different size.
- If the size you wish is out of stock, we will suggest a different color.
- If the product is out of stock, we may simply have to ship the item back to you.
- All shipping costs to be carried by the customer.
- We will only send the exchanged item to you, upon receipt of return shipping cost via PayPal.
- Please be aware that some countries charge customs duties depending on the price of the item.
- We are unable to answer any questions on local customs. Please contact your local customs bureau.
We accept repairs for all of our Yamatomichi products. For inquiries on repair services including patching the holes, repairing with extra components, or fixing the items damaged over time, please feel free to contact us from the “Repair” section of the SUPPORT page.