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3" AFO Middle Short

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3" AFO Middle Short

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Regular fit, Size Chart Gabby is 5'8" and wears a size SBlake is 5'7" and wears a size M

Our bestselling short is better than ever — same fast-drying AFO shell fabric and moisture wicking brief liner as previous versions along with an updated waistband for softer next-to-skin comfort. Read more

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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
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.

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 - Joy Champaka

As part of our Chennai Collection, this floral print is designed by Chennai-based textile artist Kashmira Baheti and is based on a magnolia flower, or champaka — commonly known now as the joy magnolia and revered in Chennai for its joyful fragrance.

Print Story - Pop Champaka

As part of our Chennai Collection, this floral print is designed by Chennai-based textile artist Kashmira Baheti and is based on a magnolia flower, or champaka — commonly known now as the joy magnolia and revered in Chennai for its joyful fragrance.

Print Story - Psychotropic

As part of our Chennai Collection, this landscape print is designed by Chennai-based textile artist Kashmira Baheti and represents the vivid energy of daily life in Chennai through hyper-saturated, color vibrance. The ground texture is intended to reflect both earth and water, as Chennai's landscape can fluctuate dramatically between the two with the changing seasons.

Smooth finish

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

Softer, breathable waistband

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

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 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

Breathable waistband
Perforated knit waistband with internal drawcord provides a secure fit that is both breathable + comfortable

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
94g / 3.3oz (W’s Small)

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 (a form of recyclable plastic 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

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Jwajack
Wear it for: Running
Product Fit: Runs small
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Usual Size: M
Size Purchased: L
My Wife Likes Them

Got my wife a pair of the AFO 3” shorts. Size M was too tight, size L waist is good but inner brief is a bit loose on the rear. That said, she said they were very comfortable and light as a feather.

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Austin
Perfect shorts!

I've been a huge fan of these shorts for a while! They are super light-weight and comfortable without being too restricting. I'm normally a small and would recommend getting a medium!

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Hanh Brownell
Perfect length

First of all, these are the most fun prints! I always gets compliments on them at my group runs. I’ve done 49 miles rim2rim2rim in these and 42 miles around mount hood in a day, needless to say they are as comfortable as they are cute! The material is soft and dries very fast. The waist band has the right amount of give. I wear an xs and my waist is a 24/25

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Jennifer Manville
these shorts are amazing

I have never found a pair of running shorts I've liked. Never! until these. I now have two pairs in black and one in the haze. These are so comfortable and lightweight. but also FLATTERING on. Get these. You'll be very happy with them.

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Kellie Bochart
Obsessed

These have turned from my favorite running short to my favorite adventure shorts! They are beyond comfortable and I love the bold prints!

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Bri
My favorite short

I have been wearing the AFO middle short for a few years now and can confirm: they are my favorite shorts! The fit is great, they have lots of storage and room to carry light items (like a credit card, ID, key) and they are so light and breathable. When I'm hitting the trails it's a no brainer on which shorts I'm going to be rocking!

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Kendra Gillespie
New favorite shorts

I love these shorts! I have a hard time finding good shorts since I’m 5’3 and 100lbs. The xs fits great and isn’t too long or baggy. The material is strong but extremely thin and lightweight. It dries very fast which is great for mid-run dips in the lake. Fit is great and the waistband lays flatteringly and comfortably flat.
The only thing I hope they change at some point is to make the back pocket zipper more flexible. The stiffness of it makes it not contour with my anatomy and can make the shorts stick out just a bit in the back.
I plan to buy many more pairs of these and love that there are so many color options!

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Brittany Brennan

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Nora Barnicle

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Katie Fox

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