tach wrote a review of The North Face Belted Class V Trunk - Men's on October 5, 2004
Got these, as well as the Arc'teryx blaze shorts, well it's no competition, the Arc'teryx kicks ass completly...
The Arc'Teryx :
1. Dries faster
2. Has better pockets
3. More comfortable
4. Tougher fabric
5. Cooler... (heat wise, but looks too)
But... The North Face is $30, vs. Arc'Teryx is $80... I guess you really get what you pay for...
Get the Arc'Teryx, it's 2.5x the cost, but 5-7x the quality, functionality, and features...