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5" AFO Middle Short

5" AFO Middle Short

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M's 5" AFO Middle Short
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Regular fit, Size Chart Aron is 5'11" and wears size MWilliam is 6'1" and wears size M

Our bestseller and everyday running essential — lightweight and fast drying short with a moisture-wicking brief liner. Read more

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Print Story - Under Cover

As part of our American Southwest Collection, this print was designed by Santa Fe-based multimedia artist and pro mountain trail runner Christian Gering. ​​A monochromatic, reflective version of the “Star Cover” print rotated on a 45º axis like stars shooting across the night sky. This design represents a connection across generations to ancestors who guide us, lighting our path.

Print Story - Star Cover

As part of our American Southwest Collection, this print was designed by Santa Fe-based multimedia artist and pro mountain trail runner Christian Gering. Proliferating a single star (represented by a four-pointed directional cross) into a sky pattern, this joyful composition symbolizes the never-ending fabric of time and represents a connection across generations to ancestors who guide us, lighting our path.

Print Story - Summit II

As part of our American Southwest Collection, this print was designed by Santa Fe-based multimedia artist and pro mountain trail runner Christian Gering. The geological-inspired Summit design evolved from a conversation around "mountain logic" — how a runner forms the link between earth and sky through their ascent and descent of vertical terrain. Look for the ladder in the print, symbolizing that connection and transcendence.

Smooth finish

Bonded hem seams ensure an anti-chafe fit + clean finish

Keep it secure

A secure back zip pocket has a nylon pull for easier in-motion access

Stay seen

Signature reflective logo on front and “watermark” reflectivity on back increases visibility in low light

Highlights

features

Weightless feel
Ultra-light AFO stretch woven fabric for a barely-there-feeling shell

Cool and dry
Fast dry time, high breathability + excellent sweat wicking for a cool, comfortable ride

Built-in brief liner
Integrated moisture-wicking performance brief liner

Softer, breathable waistband
An updated knit waistband with external facing drawcord provides a secure, comfortable fit while perforations enhance breathability

Smooth finish
Bonded hem seams ensure an anti-chafe fit + clean finish

Keep it secure
A secure back zip pocket has a nylon pull for easier in-motion access; can fit most sized phones

Keep it separated
Internal drop down brief pocket for key/card includes a key loop bungee* that doubles as hang loop

Stay seen
Signature reflective logo on front and “watermark” reflectivity on back increases visibility in low light

*the s-biner clip, key ring + keys not included with shorts—sorry, we need our keys

materials + specs

AFO
88% recycled polyester, 12% elastane

Performance brief liner
94% polyester, 6% spandex

Weight
106g / 3.7oz (M’s Medium)

Garment made in Vietnam

Fabric Callout

AFO

Ultra-light and fast drying, AFO is a stretch woven made from recycled polyester. We use it across our Singlets, Splits, Middle Shorts, and 2-In-1 Traverse Shorts for high-performance styles that feel lighter-than-air.

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care instructions

Wash when needed on cold, delicate cycle with like colors

Tumble dry low or hang dry for best results and lifespan of the garment

sustainability

Our AFO fabric is composed of 88% recycled polyester. We use high-grade recycled polyester made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic like rPET (commonly found in single-use bottles and containers) to reduce the impact of our apparel without sacrificing on performance, durability or comfort. 

AFO fabric is also bluesign® certified meaning it is free from harmful chemicals and is fabricated in a way that meets a high environmental standard.

Learn more about our sustainable initiatives here.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 201 reviews
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James B.
Wear it for: Running, Hiking
Product Fit: Runs small
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Usual Size: M
Size Purchased: L
2nd pair with more to follow.

Very light, flexible, comfortable and fast driving.

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Joseph N.
Wear it for: Running
Product Fit: Spot-on
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Janji AFO Middle Short

I picked up a pair of Janji AFO Middle Shorts a year ago, and now I have 7. I have a few each in the 5 and 7 inch lengths. I love the fit and the thinness of the material; I wore them for the Chicago Marathon and a local Half Marathon for a PR this year. The zippered pocket in the back is perfect for my keys. I have several shorts from other brands, but I unfortunately don't use them as much after I was introduced to Janji.

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CHAD B.
Wear it for: Running
Product Fit: Spot-on
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Usual Size: M
Size Purchased: M
Barley there - feel so good you gotta make sure they're on!

Great shorts for the warmer weather. I had a sizing issue, basically relying on the guide for the brand. I didn't fall into medium based on their numbers so I went larger initially which was a mistake. I have Transit shorts that are a touch snug so I thought, why not, and went large. Anyway...got it all fixed, turned around, great exchange experience - and picked up more awesome Janji duds.

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Tanner R.J.
Wear it for: Running
Product Fit: Spot-on
Height: 5'10" to 6'0"
Usual Size: M
Size Purchased: M
AFO Shorts

This is my second pair of the AFO shorts 5''. My typical use in them is a 5-10 mi run. Buttery smooth. Zipper pocket in back doesn't bother me for doing ab workouts. The inner liner is more... generous... than it once was: big improvement! I have the reflective print colorway and it is super cool looking in person.

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JR
Wear it for: Running
Product Fit: Runs small
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Usual Size: S
Size Purchased: M
Please make a linerless version

I loathe liners with a passion and it seems impossible to find decent running shorts without one. I bit the bullet on the Janji AFO 5" due to reviews, thinking I'll just cut out the liner if I don't like it. Guess what? I %$*&!# hate the stupid liner! Please for the love of all things, offer a linerless version for those of us that prefer to choose what we wear next-to-skin and for junk retention. Or at least refund me money for having to slice out a significant amount of material that I don't want and will not use. I have yet to run in the AFOs but tried it on both with the liner and without and the fit and feel was so much better without. At least I was able to cut around the built in key pocket of the liner to retain that feature. Still, I'm not pleased with having to see the cut edges and the bunching of the exterior material means it is incredibly easy to also cut that when scissoring the liner. Overall, I'm not horribly impressed and think there is room for major improvement in many areas of these shorts.

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Kyle B.
Wear it for: Running, Climbing
Product Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'0" to 6'2"
Usual Size: S
Size Purchased: M
AFO 5”

Great running short. Very lightweight and comfortable. They do run a bit small, normally I wear size small in running shorts but had to size up to a medium.

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Customer
Lightest, most comfortable shorts I have ever worn.

I've been running for over 15 years...these are hands down the lightest, most comfortable shorts I have ever worn. You really barely even feel them and they dry so fast. I've worn them running in the deserts of Utah and Arizona, rainforest of costa rica, and throughout the rockies. The only potential issue would be on longer runs (10+) if you are used to more of a long spandex brief-style liner. But for shorter stuff, or if you are used to the smaller liner, then you'll love these. Wish I had like 5 pairs of these.

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M.L.
Comfortable shorts for warm weather long runs

I usually wear 7” shorts, but got these for warm weather long runs and they work great. The liner leg holes are a smidge too tight for me and I wish they had side pockets, but I am happy. Definitely one of the better items I’ve gotten from Janji.

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Cayce R.
Favorite Shorts!

Whether you want nice shorts to run in or if you want nice casual shorts to wear around, you have come to the right place. I wear these shorts all the time and they are super comfortable and look very nice!

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Matt M.

The most comfortable pair of running shorts I’ve ever owned