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Men's Refueler™ Short




Lightweight, quick dry fabric with an integrated brief and an odor-control finish. Security pocket for keys and essentials.
Style# 1446181
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Features & Specs

  • Weight: - 3.5 oz. / 98 g. -
  • Fit: - True to Size -
  • Good For: - Running / Training -


Lightweight, quick dry fabric with an integrated brief and an odor-control finish. Security pocket for keys and essentials.



  • Body Fabric: Tilewood Plain Weave
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% polyester


Inseam: 7, 9" / 18, 23 cm
  • Apparel Fit: Active
  • Weight: 3.5 oz. / 98 g.


  • Wicking, fast drying fabric
  • Soft drawcord at waist for easy fit adjustments
  • DWR finish repels water
  • Wicking inner brief
  • Reflective trim for visibilty


Men's Refueler™ Short 4.5 5 28 28
Good pair of shorts PROS: Good pair of shorts, quality product, comfortable, everything they're advertised to be. CONS: they fit pretty big. I have a 34" waist and these are almost too big. my next pair will be a medium (ordered large) - they're 5" inseam but fits more like a 7". I have multiple pairs of 7" shorts and these fit about the same as 7" inseam. the crotch hangs pretty low. I'm about 5'7" and they fall right at the top of my knee but the crotch is halfway down my thigh. much longer than I was hoping for, and sometimes impedes movement when trying to do squats. - it would be nice to have a pocket on the outside of the shorts, even a small zipper pocket on the back would be nice. They're very comfortable, the "shark" color is great. I'd probably order these again but I would go down a size and hope the crotch isn't too low. February 26, 2014
No pocket, but nice and lightweight For their size (L) these shorts do fit a little loose, but the elastic drawstring is nice. I do wish the shorts had one back-facing hip pocket with velcro closure. I have a pair of Nikes with that and its a great spot for a few bucks and my ipod. January 16, 2014
No pockets, I like pockets Like these shorts, kinda wish it had pockets January 15, 2014
Best general athletic short By far the best exercise short out there. 7" is great for someone under 5'10" of average/athletic build, comes to the knee but not below. Doesn't feel soggy when soaked in sweat, and dries quickly with airflow. Ideal for running, biking, or any climbing where you won't be dragging a knee. Buy more than one. November 1, 2013
Good running/workout shorts Ive got long legs so the 9" inseam keeps me from looking too much like Magnum PI. It has one small pocket inside the front right about the size of a credit card. A cell phone size pocket middle rear could be nice and the material could be a little more stretchy. But they are very light and dry quickly. Thanks. September 17, 2013
My go to short for nearly everything athletic! I really like these shorts. I wear them for running, hiking, yoga and nearly everything else athletic. I am very happy with the light weight and comfort. At first I wasn't thrilled with the built in brief but once I wore them I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort. It says they have reflective trim but I have yet to find it....All in al the are great shorts. August 14, 2013
Great shorts for hiking, biking, workout, etc. These are great shorts for any kind of exercising. Great quality, very lightweight and really really comfortable. The 7 is perfect length for 5'6 - 5'7 guys as they will stop just above the kneecap. The liner is just right, like an extremely comfortable pair of boxer briefs sewn into the shorts. My only complaint would be that the key pocket is extrememly small, almost non-functional, even for just a key. Also, the fit is a little weird in that, at least on me, they tend to ride down in the back. In the gym or playing basketball I find myself having to pull them up to my waist in the back. This isn't a sizing issue but just the cut of the shorts I think. I have a couple pairs and it's the same with both of them. Just a minor gripe...these are terrific shorts. August 1, 2013
The best running shorts I have found! My husband is super picky and he loves these shorts! He is an an avid trail runner and likes a longer short that is still super light weight....these are the only ones that he has not tossed after one run! He has been wearing them for several weeks now and I haven't heard one complaint. July 30, 2013
Good Short Comfortable fit, without chafing. Would like a slightly larger pocket for credit card/ID. May 21, 2013
Difference sizing based on color. I bought a black and grey pair in large. The black pair are great, but the grey pair are loose. The elastic in the grey pair seems non existant. I have to tie the inside tie to keep the shorts from slipping off of me. I'm torn in recommending . . . one pair fits great the other is not so great. Of course, I only have two data points to compare. April 29, 2013
Shorts or air? After much (likely unnecessary) deliberation on what shorts to wear for the long and sweaty Appalachian Trail thru-hike – these were the winners. I went with the 5" and my parter the 7" and both of us are very happy. The 5" are not quite as short as running shorts but nowhere near the knee. The 7" are more of a standard "relaxed" looking length. The internal mesh underwear are neat and comfortable and will likely be doubling as actual underwear on the trail. April 16, 2013
Great running shorts I actually have 3 pairs of these shorts. They are my go to shorts for training runs as well as the ultramarathons I run. 'They' say you should never wear brand new things in a race, but I wore a brand new pair of the Refuelers for an ultra (50K) last week and had absolutely no issues with them. They were great on the trail. Personally I like the 5 inch but also have a pair of the longer 2 in 1 Refuelers which are equally great running shorts. March 29, 2013
Great Shorts The first day I wore these short I had to look down to make sure I was wearing something. They are that light and great fitting. Material seems to be of top quality. I plan on wearing them hiking this summer, they seem to be perfect for higher temps. March 15, 2013
These Shorts Are Awesome! Some of the most versatile shorts I own and a must have for anyone who likes to get into adventures. They work great as running shorts but I actually really love them for swimming while I am on climbing trips. They are practically all I wore (besides my other MHW shorts) on my honeymoon trip to Mallorca. I was able to bounce around from swimming, climbing (epic deep water soloing), strolling the city, and riding bikes without having to switch up clothes. February 28, 2013
Love the Refueler Shorts Very lightweight, well made, breathable shorts. They're perfect for running. I just bought two more because I liked the first pair so much. Absolutely no sign of wear after 6+ months of use of my first pair. No pockets - so if you've got to have pockets, buy something else. I'm 5', 6.5", 170 pounds and the large with 7" inseams has been a good size, though I might be able to get away with a medium. January 14, 2013
Miss the trunk-style liner! Excellent construction. Great fabrics. Good fit. I purchased the 7" inseam Refueler. I have some older MH running shorts (also the Refueler I think) that have a longer, trunk style (like a bike short) liner which I prefer over the brief style liner. It provides better protection against chafe and eliminates any tendency for the shorts to ride up in the crotch. Only other comment is that the fit could be improved by using a differential cut on the waistband - a bit higher in back. For me anyway, the Refueler tends to work its way down in back while running. Otherwise a great running short. An excellent choice for ultra distance running or as an alternate, light weight pair of shorts for thru-hiking. January 2, 2013
perfect for what I wanted! Everything I wanted in an all-around activity short. I will buy several more pairs! December 12, 2012
Great shorts I was looking for a lightweight pair of shorts for functional physical training, and decided to try these. Nothing I hate more than skimpy runner's shorts or long basketball style shorts. I got the 7" inseam and these were perfect. Just the right length for running and intense gym activity, and great wicking material. Highly recommend. December 4, 2012
Refueler and UltraRefueler I own several pairs of Refueler and UltraRefueler both are good shorts. I have worn the ultrarefueler for several 100 mile races in 2012. They are a super light, quick drying breathabel short. The one area of improvement that I think Mountain Hardwear can make in the area of running or trail running shorts is to have a split short similiar to a what other brands do have and to have a pockets on the hip areas that are deep. The pocket that exists on a UltraRefueler is ok but can be significantly improved. Most people with stash a bar, gel, scaps and the pockets need to be deep so the items do not bounch out and not many companies understand this concept. Getting back to the review both types of shorts are functional and do what they need to do in the world of trail running shorts but Mountain Hardwear can improve these shorts significantly with the suggetions above. November 30, 2012
Great Fit I own several different types/brands of running hiking shorts. I love the fit and the cut of these shorts the most. I have a 33" waist and bought the Mediums. I went with the 9" inseam and love how it's not too short and not too long. Very light and quick-drying. I just wish they had pockets. November 15, 2012
Refueler Shorts Great running shorts. Very happy with quality and performance of the materials which exhibit excellent wear characteristics and a huge temperature comfort range and quick drying. This is my second pair so I am obviously pleased with their performance. November 8, 2012
Good no-nonsense shorts Very pleased with the MH Refueler shorts -- lightweight, easy-care and quick-dry shorts that are well-made without being over-engineered like so many shorts out there. The fit is right on, and the 7" length is just right - short enough for comfort during workouts, but modest enough to keep wearing for quick trips to the store, etc. If there's room for improvement, the one change that would be nice to see in future versions would be a fabric with a bit of mechanical stretch. All in all, though, would definitely recommend these shorts. October 7, 2012
great overall product Good pair of running/workout shorts however the key & credit card pocket in the front is poorly located and should be relocated to the back where it won't rub every time you flex your thigh. It only rubs if you have a card in the pocket otherwise you don't even know it's there. July 4, 2012
I'll be buying another pair... I seldom order pants off of the internet, opting to find a pair that I can try on in a store and make sure that I like the way they feel. But I knew I was going to be alright with Mountain Hardware, having owned many of their products before, and I was right. These shorts fit as advertised, feel like wearing nothing at all (except for the support of course), and best of all - feel cool and dry even in our hot/humid PA summers. I love these! Only one beef: put a decent pocket in these guys! They have one itty-bitty little key-sized pocket inside the waistband. I have to take my key off of the ring to carry it with me and I'm afriad that it'll fall out the whole time I'm running becasue the pocket has no closure. And it's not big enough to carry any money or ID with me. Beyond that - absolute perfection! I wish they were an inch or two shorter but that's not a complaint. I'll be buying another pair! July 1, 2012
Awesome Running Shorts I bought this pair of shorts for running. They are awesome. I have logged many long runs wearing these shorts. They are super light, thin, breathe excellent, and dry ultra fast. They don't rub or chafe at all. The fit is athletic. Another quality MH product. May 26, 2012
Living in these! I have been a fan of the running short w/ the liner for a while, but most I have had are short shorts and fit funny. The refueler is a nice length without being too long for running. The liner is perfect and the sizing is spot on. I tend to go commando except for running and hiking, but since I got these I am sleeping, running, lounging, working, doing everything in them. Get up run, pull on work pants over the top and go. Amazing dirtbag base layer! Plus great for a quick swim, with the quick dry feature! May 3, 2012
Light and Comfortable As the review title says, these shorts are lightweight and very comfortable. The elastic drawstring at the waist doesn't make much sense and makes it difficult to tighten, but it is a small inconvenience. Overall they are great shorts. April 4, 2012
Favorite pair of shorts I love these shorts. They feel great, look awesome, and function as advertised. I never want to take them off! Definitely my favorite shorts to go running in, and also just to wear around the house. The built in briefs are very comfortable and make for a comfortable exercise experience. I'm thinking about buying another pair sometime soon! March 19, 2012
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