DW 5-Pocket Shorts




Versatile Hiking Shorts

Our DW (Double-Weave) 5-Pocket Shorts are perhaps our most versatile shorts. They are lighter than our regular 5-Pocket Shorts, yet tougher than our Light 5-Pocket Shorts.

Our proprietary Pertex Equilibrium used for the shorts is soft but strong and offers excellent comfort even when you sweat with the textured underside from the double-weave structure.

*Please note the surface may become wavy with use.

Fabric Updated
With the 2024 model, the fabric structure has been improved and is less likely to show wavy textures on the surface caused from friction with body hair.


Brick Red
Golden Yellow
Dried Herb
Arctic Green


Made in Aomori, Japan

Pertex Equilibrium (100% Nylon) 88g/m²
YKK #3 Coil Zipper
138g (Size S)
145g (Size M)
150g (Size L)
154g (Size XL)
MEN | S / M / L / XL

Product Story

Best of Both Worlds

Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder

I don’t really believe in the idea of “perfect gear”. Even gear I love and have used for ages has both advantages and disadvantages. That’s just the nature of things.

Initially, I was trying to create a pair of perfect pants with no drawbacks whatsoever. I wanted to make a pair of pants that are light, yet strong. Easy to move around in and don’t stick to your wet skin even when you get sweaty or are hiking in a humid climate.

We began looking for a replacement for our regular 5-Pocket’s Taslan nylon fabric and were thinking of a heavier version of the Light 5-Pocket’s Pertex Equilibrium as we loved many of this fabric’s wonderful features.

The Pertex Equilibrium has a unique double-weave structure with a soft two-directional stretch, which is achieved without the use of polyurethane often used in stretchable fabrics. This double-weave structure offers both great breathability and comfort, as the fabric is less prone to stick to wet skin.

In our search for a replacement for our regular Taslan nylon, we tried a variety of different materials, including a bespoke version of the Pertex Equilibrium we developed together with Pertex that we call DW Pertex Equilibrium. We loved the slight stretch and comfort of the double-weave but concluded that none were as strong and durable as the plain-woven Taslan used in our regular shorts and pants.

Atsushi Arai, wearing the 2023 version Sage Gray color.

So rather than replacing the fabric for our regular 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants, we decided to create something in-between the very durable 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants and exceptionally lightweight Light 5-Pocket Shorts/Pants.

The unique qualities of our DW Pertex Equilibrium are especially noticeable with long pants, so in the beginning, we were not planning to make shorts. However, some of our customers told us that “my Light 5-Pocket Shorts stick to my skin when I sweat a lot” and some didn’t like the length of the Light 5-Pocket Shorts, which is a bit shorter than the regular 5-Pocket Shorts.

So we thought that maybe it would make sense to also make a pair of shorts too.

The Taslan nylon, used in our regular 5-Pocket Shorts, is strong and durable with a firm texture. The firmness means that the fabric won’t stick to your skin even when wet.

On the other hand, the Light 5-Pocket Shorts are made of an ultra-thin and soft version of the Pertex Equilibrium. They are super light and comfortable in most cases, but if you sweat a lot during heavy exercise such as trail running, the smooth fabric is prone to stick to your wet skin.

By contrast, the DW fabric uses a soft, firm fabric with a rough and rather bumpy, double-weave structure that nicely prevents the fabric from sticking to your wet skin, even if you sweat a lot.

The Light 5-Pocket Shorts are short in length because they are specifically designed for ease of movement, but some customers didn’t like the short length. The DW 5-Pocket Shorts, however, has the same length as the normal 5-Pocket Shorts with a little elasticity. I can say that the DW is a lighter and more flexible version of the 5-Pocket Shorts.

Please note that because of the unique structure of the DW Pertex Equilibrium, the fabric might develop slight snags with use.
(Revised September 2020)

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Form and Function

Comfortable, Double-weave Material

The DW 5-Pocket Shorts are made of a bespoke version of Pertex Equilibrium made to our specific requirements by Pertex. The Double Weave structure creates an uneven surface that helps the fabric from sticking to your wet or moist skin. Our unique DW fabric is made with thicker yarns woven into the fabric to accentuate the unevenness of the fabric to keep you comfortable at all times.
Though Pertex Equilibrium is used for Light 5-Pocket Shorts as well, DW’s fabric is made of thicker yarns for more texture, offering better comfort even when you sweat.

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.

Super Fast-drying

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 DW 5-Pocket Pants/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 DW 5-Pocket Shorts are almost completely dry with a moisture content of only 0.6% after a 15 minutes spin.

The elastic waistband uses a mesh rubber material for faster drying.

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


Pertex Equilibrium

Pertex Equilibrium uses a unique double weave construction for lightweight and comfort. Together with Pertex, we developed our own version of the material where we enhanced the unevenness at the back of the fabric by specifying thicker yarns than regularly used for the double weave. The density of the fabric is well-balanced to provide both great breathability and comfort.

The Pertex Equilibrium used for the DW 5-Pocket Shorts weighs 88g/㎡ is positioned between the 5-Pocket Shorts (120g/㎡) and the Light 5-Pocket Shorts (62g/㎡). The DW is a soft yet firm fabric with a little elasticity.

Fabric Surface

The Pertex Equilibrium looks and feels like the Taslan nylon, but if you take a closer look, the unique double-weave structure creates a distinct pattern.

Back Side

The bumpy and rough double-weave pattern is more noticeable on the back.

Tear strength measured by JIS L 1096 D (In-house test)
Vertical: 2kg, Horizontal: more than 4kg

Tensile strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (In-house test)
Vertical: 58kg, Horizontal: 73kg

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


  • Kim 175cm-71kg
    Size M (Navy)

    • Kim 175cm-71kg
      Size M (Navy)

      • Akira 163cm-59kg
        Size S (Amber 2022)

      • Akira 163cm-59kg
        Size M (Friar Brown 2022)

      • Ippei 172cm-62kg
        Size M (Sage Gray 2023)

      • Ippei 172cm-62kg
        Size L (Yamatomichi Blue 2023)

      • Hide 178cm-68kg
        Size L (Olive 2023)

      • Pony 173cm-76kg
        Size L (Navy)

      • Pony 173cm-76kg
        Size XL (Olive 2023)

      • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
        Size L (Black)

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

        • Akira 163cm-59kg
          Size S (Amber 2022)

        • Akira 163cm-59kg
          Size M (Friar Brown 2022)

        • Ippei 172cm-62kg
          Size M (Sage Gray 2023)

        • Ippei 172cm-62kg
          Size L (Yamatomichi Blue 2023)

        • Hide 178cm-68kg
          Size L (Olive 2023)

        • Pony 173cm-76kg
          Size L (Navy)

        • Pony 173cm-76kg
          Size XL (Olive 2023)

        • Tsuka 183cm-65kg
          Size L (Black)

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

          推奨サイズ / Recommended Size

          Size S M L XL
          体重 / Weight
          51~61 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.



          The DW 5-Pocket Shorts use a special double-weave fabric, with thick yarns on the backside. When the thick yarns, made up of bundles of very fine fibers, are rubbed and intertwined with your body hair when moving, the fabric may develop snags and a unique wavy texture. If you are concerned about snags, please try the following steps.

          Stretch the fabric little by little until the wave disappears. Iron it at low temperature to stretch it out and flatten the surface.

          Snags and wavy texture become less noticeable only by stretching the fabric. Please be advised that this fabric is prone to a wavy pattern.

          Snags are caused by frayed yarns or pilling in the double-weave structure. Use a pilling remover and cut out the loose yarns or furballs to prevent snags. This, however, may weaken the fabric.

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          Care Instructions

          • Machine wash below 40°C.
          • Use a laundry net or wash separately.
          • Line dry in the shade.
          • Tumble dry below 60°C.
          • The heat of the tumble dry may cause shrinkage but will be restored with use.
          • Do not bleach and do not use fabric softener.
          • Iron on low without steam.
          • Do not dry-clean.
          • High temperatures may cause shrinkage.
          • The fabric may develop snags due to the friction with your body hair.

          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.