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Lightweight Tech Shorts – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


This summer has been painfully hot for many of us, and what better way to be comfortable than with a nice pair of Lightweight Short. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best options on the market from a wide range of styles in fabrics that breathe well and dry quickly.

1) Topo Designs: Lightweight River Shorts

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Topo DesignsLightweight River Shorts are a great option if you’re looking for great, all around lightweight shorts. They’re made of 2-way stretch polyester with a water resistant coating, and features mesh hand pockets, a zippered back pocket, and a built-in web belt.

Available for $69 from Topo Designs.

2) Uniqlo: Ultra Light Shorts

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If you are looking for some new, lightweight tech shorts and don’t want to break the bank than there is nowhere better to look than Uniqlo. Their chino-style Ultra Light Shorts are constructed in a stretch polyester with added stretch. They feature all the design elements you’d expect from chino-styled shorts with the addition of mesh hand pockets.

Available for $30 from Uniqlo.

3) Reigning Champ: 9″ Training Shorts

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If you want a pair of lightweight shorts that are more athletic in their styling than Reigning Champ’s 9″ Training shorts are a great option. Constructed from a 4-way stretch synthetic fabric that is finished with a water repellent finish, these unlined shorts feature a mesh-lined elasticated/drawstring waistband, mesh hand pockets with zippered closure, and bonded hems.

Available for $105 from Reigning Champ.

4) Outlier: New Way Shorts

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While currently out of stock, Outlier’s New Way shorts are another great option for people wanting a lightweight pair of techwear chino shorts. They are made from a 2-way stretch nylon canvas with water resistant coating and feature a paracord drawstring, four mesh pockets, and a custom Italian button.

Available for $128 from Outlier pending August restock.

5) Battenwear: Camp Shorts

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Battenwear’s Camp Shorts are another great option if you are interested in a pair of hiking/climbing inspired shorts. They feature six pockets: two zippered back pockets, two zippered thigh pockets, and two snap-closure hand pockets. The elasticated waistband has a built in webbing belt, which cinches closed over a plastic buckle to help optimize fit.

Available for $195 from Heddels Shop.

Plus One – Cayl: Light Trail Shorts

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There are a lot of great, unique lightweight tech shorts out there but Cayl’s Light Trail Shorts are some of the most interesting. They’re constructed from two fabrics — the first a 90%/10% nylon/polyurethane blend and the second an 85%/15% nylon/polyurethan blend — which come together to create a great, cohesive piece. These shorts feature a mesh lining, elasticated waistband with drawstring, and YKK zippers.

Available for $155 from Namu.