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3.5 inches of fast-drying fury.

The North Face Flight Series Men's Better Than Naked Split 3.5in Running Short sports stretchy FlashDry mesh panels to keep you running comfortably whether you're halfway through a marathon or a grueling training run. These FlashDry panels also wick moisture and dry quickly to keep you prime from the first mile all the way to the last. An integrated crepe liner offers next-to-skin comfort while a bit of elastane works with the 3.5-inch inseam to ensure a wide range of motion for sprinting to the finish line. A zippered security pocket stores an energy gel or house key.

  • Ultralight ripstop fabric
  • FlashDry paneling
  • Built-in FlashDry stretch liner
  • Internal drawcord
  • Stitchless chafe-free design

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2 5


  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Found a pair of these shorts about a year ago while on vacation in San Diego. Loved them. Decided to get another pair and ordered online. Not sure if it's a design change or poor construction but...chafing is the result. Still love the design, pockets, fabric, but something with the heat welded inseam is not working. Very disappointed. May just be a manufacturing defect.
Fits just fine.

Would you know if this back pocket would fit an iPhone 6 Plus without a case?

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Definitely not - there's really only room for a key and a few gels.

5 5

Nothing Compares

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 145 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

A good pair of running shorts is easy to find, but a great pair of running shorts - ones that you can live in - are very rare. These shorts are by far the best I have ever had.

Recently, I spent 4 days camping and running in the Grand Canyon and Moab, including the double-crossing of the GC - a 46 mile run between to the North and South rim. In those 4 days, I never took these off. Sure, a little disgusting, but these shorts are just that comfortable.

They breathe extremely well to keep you comfortable in the warmest of environments and the liner keeps everything in place without causing any chaffing - even after 8+ hours of running. On the right hip, you have two stretch pockets for gels. On the left, there is a longer stretch pocket that I've found can hold my phone or solid foods and on the back, there is a larger zipper pocket. I have found that I can hold two gel flasks (5 gels in each), a few honey waffles/bars, and powdered drink mix. In other words, enough storage for a very long day.

After 350-400 miles on these shorts, I am seeing no wear and tear. I have no doubt that these will last a long time and continue to be my hands-down favorite.

5 5

Ballroom like an expensive hotel.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 5"
    Weight: 125 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

Zero chafing and plenty of pockets for gels and keys and stuff.