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The North Face Class V Trunk

photo: The North Face Class V Trunk active short

I own four pairs of these shorts. I'm a big fan.


  • Comfortable liner
  • Inexpensive compared to other brands
  • Dries quickly


  • Seem to smell more than other shorts after heavy use

These shorts fit true to size and have a nice built-in liner. It's nice and comfortable, unlike the liners of shorts from some other brands that I've worn.

The shorts rest a couple of inches above the knee, and they are comfortable when moving. They work well in activities ranging from running to swimming. A drawstring helps keep the shorts tight in the water.

The shorts dry pretty quickly—maybe 15 minutes in the sun or 30-45 outside of the sun. Also, the liner wicks some sweat away from the body, but it isn't a significant amount. The shorts are pretty thin, so they fit well underneath a pair of pants if you want to wear layers.

I've worn these shorts backpacking, swimming, running, and climbing, and there are no holes or worn spots, even in my oldest pairs (four years). The shorts have a rear pocket and normal waist pockets. They aren't cargos. I've never been one to put things in my short pockets beyond a knife, wallet, phone, and keys, so I'm satisfied with the pockets.

I've had two pairs of these shorts for four years and two pairs for two years. They hold up. They look good enough to wear to class, so I'm happy with them. Plus, with them being cheaper than comparable brands, they're worth it in my opinion. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

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Price Historic Range: $9.88-$39.95
Reviewers Paid: $25.00
Weight 7.9 oz / 225 g
fabric 129 g / sq m 100% Polyester
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