Light 5-Pocket Shorts


¥13,200 Tax included


Super Light
Hiking Shorts

For runners and fastpackers, our Light 5-Pocket Shorts are even lighter and more comfortable than our regular 5-Pocket Shorts.

Made of the elastic Pertex Equilibrium fabric, they are a bit shorter than the conventional 5-Pocket Shorts and of course, make use of our unique 5-Pocket system.

The paper-thin fabric makes the shorts ultralight and comfortable, but they are weaker and less durable than our other pants. Please handle them with care.

Stronger fabric

The 2023 model has been updated with approximately twice the tear strength making it more tear-safe in hard conditions such as rocky terrain. The increased tear strength created a more firm texture to the fabric that keeps off your skin even when sweating.

For more detailed information, please refer to “Material”.


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Dark Indigo


Made in Tochigi, Japan

Pertex Equilibrium (78% Nylon, 22% Polyester) 62g/m²
YKK #3 Coil Zipper
94g (Size S)
100g (Size M)
106g (Size L)
WOMEN | S / M / L

Product Story

Even Lighter

Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder

I personally had no complaints about our regular 5-Pocket Shorts when hiking during the hot season, but for some of our trail-running and fastpacking customers, the hiking-oriented 5-Pocket Shorts seemed not to meet the needs of the intensity of their exercise.

So I decided to create a lighter pair of shorts that allow for even easier leg movement.

Yuriko Hori, wearing the Coral color.

The original 5-Pocket Shorts are made of non-elastic and non-polyurethane Taslan nylon. Although polyurethane is often used for its stretch property, I did not 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 fast-drying, windproof, and durable.

After trying out many different fabrics, I luckily stumbled upon Pertex Equilibrium. Though it was less durable than Taslan nylon, it had a smooth and soft texture. It also had some elasticity even though it was non-polyurethane.

For more comfort and faster drying, we updated the drawstring material of the waistband from flat to mesh. The length of the shorts is shortened for easier movement of the legs. Of course, our 5-Pocket system is inherited from the trusted 5-Pocket Shorts, so you can comfortably dig your hands in the side pockets and easily stow your map or smartphone in the other pockets.

With the renewal of the fabric in 2023, the fabric strength, which had been a weak point, has been improved, making it possible to wear them with greater peace of mind.

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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.

Comfortable and ultralight

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.

Super Fast-drying

As the fabric is super thin it dries in no time! The elastic waistband uses mesh material for quicker drying 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 Pants/Shorts 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 Pants/Short show that it is only 1.7% of water content after 15 minutes of spin-dry, which means it is almost completely dry.

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

The special double-weave structure of Pertex Equilibrium has a slightly stretchy (two-directional) feel due to the combination of yarns of different thicknesses, and the unevenness on the reverse side of the fabric, which decreases skin contact and prevents the fabric from sticking to you.

until the 2022 model year was specialized to be extremely lightweight, the fabric was thin, and while it was cool and comfortable in warm weather, it was prone to tearing when rubbing against rocks and other surfaces.

In 2023, We doubled the tear strength by using a wider thread for the rip-stop which increased the weight by 10% but gave the fabric a more firm texture, making it stick less to the skin. This stiffer material to our surprise helped lower heat buildup within the garment even though the fabric was 40% less breathable by value.

In addition, the previous Pertex Equilibrium had a weakness in that it was prone to snags, but we have increase the strength on the backside making it less prone to snag and reduced the likelihood of tearing.

Tear strength measured by JIS L 1096 D (In-house test) Tensile strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (In-house test)

Strength values are averages of vertical and horizontal

Pertex Equilibrium (78% Nylon, 22% Polyester) 62g/m²
20d/20f x 20d/20f, Double cloth

Tear strength measured by JIS L 1096 D (In-house test)
Vertical: 1.9kg, Horizontal: 2.4kg

Tensile strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (In-house test)
Vertical: 37kg Horizontal: 44kg

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


  • Kanade 161cm-56kg
    Size S (Olive)

    • Kanade 161cm-56kg
      Size S (Olive)

      • Nana 151cm-47kg
        Size S (Olive)

      • Kanade 161cm-56kg
        Size S (Olive)

      • Kanade 161cm-56kg
        Size M (Coral)

      • Hikaru 165cm-59kg
        Size M (Water)

      • Hikaru 165cm-59kg
        Size L (Coral)

        • Nana 151cm-47kg
          Size S (Olive)

        • Kanade 161cm-56kg
          Size S (Olive)

        • Kanade 161cm-56kg
          Size M (Coral)

        • Hikaru 165cm-59kg
          Size M (Water)

        • Hikaru 165cm-59kg
          Size L (Coral)

          推奨サイズ / Recommended Size

          Size S M L
          体重 / Weight
          42~49 47~56 54~62
          ウエスト / Waist
          60~66 64~72 68~76

          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
          パンツ丈 / Pants Length 37 39 40.5
          股下 / Inseam 13 14.5 15.5
          ウエスト / Waist 62 67 71
          ヒップ / Hip 51.5 55 57.5
          裾巾 / Hemline 29 30 31

          *Slight size differences may occur due to fabric shrinkage and sewing variations.


          Relatively Weak

          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.

          Please click REPAIR for repair.

          Care Instruction

          • Machine wash below 40°C.
          • Use a 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.


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          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.