5-Pocket Shorts


¥ 13,500 Tax included

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Hiking Shorts

With our 5-Pocket Shorts, we believe we have made the ultimate pair of hiking shorts.

Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they are fast-drying, light, and comes with our unique 5-pocket system that will conveniently store your smartphone, map, pocketknife, etc., without interfering with your leg movement.

First released in 2013, these shorts marked the beginning of outdoor clothing for Yamatomichi.


Dark Navy
Sage Gray
Moon Gray
Glacier White


Made in Akita, Japan

Taslan Nylon (100% Nylon) 120g/㎡
YKK #3 Coil Zipper
173g (Size S)
180g (Size M)
186g (Size L)
196g (Size XL)
MEN | S / M / L / XL

Product Story

Feel the Breeze

Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder

Although shorts are usually considered inappropriate for hiking in Japan, I like hiking with shorts during the spring, summer, and autumn.

It is true that, when you wear shorts, your bare legs can get injured or scratched by the rocks and trees when you fall down, but shorts are much more comfortable and you are less likely to get overheated compared with wearing long pants. I don’t think it’s fair to emphasize only the risks without paying attention to the usability and comfort of shorts.

When you enjoy hiking in nature, accidents might happen, and it is up to you to decide the priority based on your knowledge and experience considering the usability and comfort of your gear while minimizing the potential risk.

Naomi Kazama, wearing the Green color.

I love shorts so much that my wife and I have always wanted to make a pair since we started Yamatomichi. There were already many lightweight trail running shorts around, but all with limited functions. I had never seen a hiking-oriented pair that perfectly fitted our needs. Ideally, a pair of shorts should be easy to use, fast-drying, lightweight, and comfortable with access-friendly pockets for your hands and items.

Another feature we focused on was a pocket that can neatly store a smartphone. It is an essential item for anyone nowadays even in the mountains for it can be used as a GPS device, map, and camera. The secure storage of my smartphone was always a source of concern when I wore existing trail-running shorts. The phone bounced around in the side pockets of the paper-thin shorts, and there was also a risk of sitting on it if I kept it in one of the back pockets.

For two years, I tested a pile of prototypes and tried numerous patterns again and again to create the ideal pair of hiking shorts. The fruit of many trials and errors is the well-allocated pockets: each pocket is specifically designed for a map, wallet, or smartphone. This 5-Pocket system is now used on all our shorts and long pants.

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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.

1st pocket
Large enough for comfortable keeping your hands in your pockets while hiking.

2nd pocket
The 2nd pocket is perfect for your smartphone. The perfectly-allocated pocket just behind the hipbone secures a smooth leg lift, preventing your phone from bouncing around, and keeps your phone safe and intact when sitting.

3rd pocket
The 3rd pocket is positioned high for wallets, etc. The long zipper tab allows for easy opening/closure of the pocket.

Key Loop
You can attach keys or a small carabiner to the long key loop. It’s also handy when you hang the pants to dry.

4th pocket
The lower part of the pocket liner is made of polyester mesh for drainage should the pants get wet.

5th pocket
The 5th pocket is made to fit the size of the normal hiking map. It is also perfect for a large-screen smartphone, compact digital camera, and even a water bottle.

Fast-drying and Durable

In the pouring rain, even water-repellent finished clothes will unavoidably get wet. Also, even the highest-spec rainwear gets soaked from the moisture caused by sweat during intense exercise. Hence, what we prioritize is how fast the fabric can dry after getting wet, rather than making a lot of effort to keep them completely dry.

Generally, the thinner the fabric, the faster it dries. It is true that fast-drying property matters for hiking, but at the same time, a certain level of durability and strength are required.

The cotton-like Taslan with 120g/㎡, the material used for the Shorts, is lightweight, fast-dry, and durable.

Moisture Content after 15 mins of Spin Dry

As the fabric is very light it dries in no time! See below for details of just how fast these pants dry compared to other fabrics.

The below chart compares the moisture content in the fabric of the 5-Pocket Shorts with synthetic base layers and normal cotton after a 15 minutes spin cycle.
The lower the moisture content, the faster the fabric will dry. As can be seen on the above chart the 5-Pocket Shorts are almost completely dry with a moisture content of only 1% after a 15 minutes spin.

5-Pocket Lineup

Yamatomichi offers three types of bottoms for the three seasons of spring, summer, and autumn: the standard 5-Pocket Pants/Shorts, the origin of the series; the Light 5-Pocket Pants/Shorts, which are super light and offer exceptional breathability; and the DW 5-Pocket Pants/Shorts, which are somewhat in the middle between the two.

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation, season, and application, but all of the designs are similar. Please visit the following link for details.

5-Pocket Lineup


Cotton-like Taslan Nylon

The Taslan nylon fabric is made of “air-textured yarns”, the filament yarns using compressed air.

Unlike the general nylon fabrics, which are often shiny, the Taslan nylon has a matte and soft texture. It is a high-density material made of “air-textured yarns”, achieving both durability and lightweight.

The nylon material is fast-dry and its unique uneven texture keeps you comfortable in various conditions without sticking to your wet skin.

Taslan Nylon (100% Nylon) 120g/㎡
70d/48f x 160d/144f

Tear strength measured by JIS L 1096 D (In-house test)
Vertical: 7.6kg, Horizontal: 4.4kg

Tensile strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (In-house test)
Vertical: 102kg (or more), Vertical: 79kg

Breathability measured by JIS 1096 A (In-house test)


  • Hide 178cm-75kg
    Size L (Deep Cobalt 2023)

    • Hide 178cm-75kg
      Size L (Deep Cobalt 2023)

      • Ichiro 170cm-56kg
        Size S (Glacier White)

      • Ichiro 170cm-56kg
        Size M (Cub 2023)

      • Ippei 172cm-62kg
        Size M (Deep Forest 2023)

      • Ippei 172cm-62kg
        Size L (Tawny Port 2023)

      • Hide 178cm-75kg
        Size L (Deep Cobalt 2023)

      • Hide 178cm-75kg
        Size XL (Woodrose 2023)

      • Pony 173cm-72kg
        Size L (Cub 2023)

      • Pony 173cm-72kg
        Size XL (Pale Lilac 2023)

      • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
        Size L (Olive 2023)

      • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
        Size XL (Navy)

        • Ichiro 170cm-56kg
          Size S (Glacier White)

        • Ichiro 170cm-56kg
          Size M (Cub 2023)

        • Ippei 172cm-62kg
          Size M (Deep Forest 2023)

        • Ippei 172cm-62kg
          Size L (Tawny Port 2023)

        • Hide 178cm-75kg
          Size L (Deep Cobalt 2023)

        • Hide 178cm-75kg
          Size XL (Woodrose 2023)

        • Pony 173cm-72kg
          Size L (Cub 2023)

        • Pony 173cm-72kg
          Size XL (Pale Lilac 2023)

        • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
          Size L (Olive 2023)

        • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
          Size XL (Navy)

          推奨サイズ / Recommended Size

          Size S M L XL
          体重 / Weight
          52~61 59~69 67~78 76~85
          ウエスト / Waist
          70~80 74~84 82~92 90~94

          製品サイズ / Product Size

          *Waist is measured when the rubber is not stretched.
          **The hip is the width measured at the largest part of the waist when placed flat.

          Size S M L XL
          パンツ丈 / Pants Length 41 42.5 43.5 44.5
          股下 / Inseam 15.5 16.5 17 17.5
          ウエスト / Waist 64 68 72 77
          ヒップ / Hip 54 56 58.5 61
          裾巾 / Hemline 31.5 32.5 33.5 35
          • Slight size differences may occur due to fabric shrinkage and sewing variations.
          • The fabric may shrink over time from frequent washing and wear.


          Care Instructions

          • 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.

          Please check our Care Instruction Page

          For more detailed tips on how to wash, store and restore the shrunk item, please visit the following link: Care Insturctions


          • 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.


          • Order Confirmation will be sent after the order.
          • The items will be dispatched within 3 days after the payment is confirmed.
          • The dispatch notice will be sent by email as soon as the items are dispatched.
          • The delivery may be delayed by unforeseeable reasons such as natural disasters and other logistics issues. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
          • We cannot ship multiple orders in one package due to how our delivery system is currently set up.
          • We will ship to regions in North America, Oceania, and Europe (excluding Russia) via DHL. For regions in Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa, and Russia, we use EMS (International Express Mail Service) for shipping.
          • Shipping fees and delivery times vary depending on the shipping destination as well as the size and weight of the items.

          Size Exchange

          • 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.