The Gymshark Arrival 5-inch short is a no-frills, no-nonsense and affordable option for outdoor runs and gym floor drills…

Gymshark Arrival 5-Inch Short


$26 / £22,


  • Lightweight 
  • Loose cut


  • No liner briefs
  • No secure storage

Comfort: 3/5
Support: 2/5
Sweat-wicking: 3/5

The Gymshark Arrival 5-inch short strips things right back to basics. There are no bells, whistles or clever design features here. What you get for £20 is a pair of good old-fashioned slim-fit shorts with a classic cut, made from a lightweight, well structured woven fabric.

Gymshark Arrival 5-Inch Short features

There are some notable omissions. For a start, the Arrival short doesn’t come with built-in briefs. That’s great if you want to layer them over your favourite pair of workout undies. Not so much if you’re after one piece of gear to take care of business when you’re working up a sweat.

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There’s not much in the way of storage either. Stash space for your running and training essentials is limited to two not-so-useful open side pockets – tennis shorts style. Not much – besides your hands – will stay put in there. They’re the kind of wide-entry pockets where your phone falls out when you sit down. 

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Overall the fit and comfort is good. The classic elasticated drawstring waistband sits comfortably against your skin while the Arrival fabric is light enough to keep sweat off your body. The material isn’t particularly stretchy and there are no side splits, although the wide leg opening means there’s still plenty of room for manoeuvre. 

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This is a solid crossover option that’ll keep you pretty well covered for outdoor runs and gym floor drills. Though we wouldn’t be hitting the chin up bar; at least not without a set of baselayer shorts underneath. 

The Gymshark Arrival shorts come in seven sizes from XS to 3XL and a huge, 15-strong range of colours and prints.