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Men's Palmerston Peak™ Water Short


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$29.99 $45.00
Style# 1449841
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Uses: Water, Travel
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Style# 1449841
Uses Water, Travel


Featuring Omni-Shade® UPF 50 and an interior mesh brief, this clean-cut, quick-drying cargo short delivers comfort and versatile performance both on and in the water.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 provides maximum protection from the sun
  • Zip closed security pockets
  • An elastic waist with nylon webbing detail ensures a perfect fit
  • Quick dry for comfort and performance on the water
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Modern Classic fit
  • Inseam length: 9”, 11”
  • Imported

  • Omni-Shade 100% textured nylon poplin
  • Shell overlay: 100% polyester
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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 85 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice lightweight shorts These shorts are lightweight, comfortable, and dry really quickly. December 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by palmerston shorts We bought them in all colors and some even twice. These shorts are perfect for Florida. The quaity, the fabric, the fit. Excellent. December 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Product Like the product. Fit is good and true but belt is too long and has to be cut off and sewed. November 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful Water Shorts These are the best water shorts I have ever had. I wear them as a bathing suit and I use them to walk on the treadmill. I love how they dry so quickly. The material is great! In addition to the elastic waist, there is also a belt on these shorts. They are so comfortable and I love the light material. The color doesn't fade. I lost a lot of weight recently and was upset that my shorts were too big. I was so happy to be able to order them again in a smaller size. These are my favorite shorts. November 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for Florida Weather These shorts are my favorites! I am an avid boater and spend a lot of time in and near the water. They are light, comfortable and dry very quickly. They can be used as swim trunks for casual shorts. October 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not too Boxie Size runs smaller but fit is not too boxie. Once I order a size up, the fit was perfect. October 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Quality Product Disappointed that some of the colors did not come in the size I wanted. I prefer the 9" seam length to the 11" seam length. I would not purchase the 11" short in the future. September 16, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Offshore fishing Having to return as the size is running much larger. The medium is too big at the waist and returing for a small. Other than the size, they should be great outside to wear with the longer lenght and 50 sunscreen. August 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Palmerston Peak Water Short Fits great. Drys very quick. July 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good material, belt not well thought out Fit is just slightly large. There is not enough elastic on the waist. The belt cannot be cinched up to any significant degree as it is fixed to the waist and is restricted by the belt holder. On the positive side, they do wear well and the material is light and dries fast. Just don't plan on jumping into the water with these shorts or they may come off. May 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great multipurpose shorts These shorts are good for just about everything I use them for hiking, golfing, bike riding and getting in the water. I don't like the belt system as well as previous Columbia shorts and these run big. I am a large in most everything but a medium in these shorts is a much better fit. May 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice shorts. These shorts are nice, I mainly use for golfing. I don't care for the belting system, leaves a lot to be desired. April 15, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor Fitting Shorts That I Can't Return These shorts felt fine when I tried on dry. When I took them on vacation and got them wet they wouldn't stay up. The elastic around the waist is weak and the belt would not cinch up properly because of the design. It appears the belt is attached in the back and because of this design you could only tighten up so much before the buckle reached it's maximum tightness position. I have no use because of the poor fit and I can't return because I wore them. I'm glad I paid $30 and not $45 full price. March 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best I have ever had! I truly love these shorts. I wear them practically everyday. I am ordering more right after this review. My ONLY COMPLAINT IS: WHY HAVEN'T YOU MADE THESE SHORTS INTO PANTS? Not the style with the "Zip-Off" legs; real pants. Thank You! February 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent pair of swim shorts They ran a little large for me but nothing that kept me from wearing them. The fit and feel were great and the pockets were a very nice touch. The zippered pocket was a great place to securely keep an ID and credit card. Very comfortable, could have worn them in just about any circumstance. Great pair of shorts. December 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luv em These are great and versatile. I use them for Mt biking our swimming. Or descent shorts to hand around the house in October 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Comfort These are some of the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn. They move with your body and do not pinch when doing activities such as running. October 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts for the Chubby Guy! I have a hard time getting shorts like these to fit. These were great!. A tad bit long in the leg (reaching mid knee cap) but very comfortable. I especially like the draw belt built into the waist band over a draw string. Far more comfortable and they stay in place better. October 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Fit Great swim suit. Perfect fit, and adjustable with belt. Dry's quickly! Just a great value!! September 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by multi-function travel shorts I purchased these for a two-week European land/cruise vacation. I am a one bag/carry on light traveler so I look for multi-function clothing to save space and weight. I wasn't planning on wearing shorts much and knew that I might want to swim in the pool on the ship. These served both purpose very well. As others noted, the only drawback is that the belt is not continuous. It is "fixed" in the back of the shorts so if you purchase these large, the belt will tend to be off center when cinching up the shorts. I did not have this problem as the shorts fit well, but see how it could be a problem for some. Also, the belt actually seemed to be reversed for a male with the buckle on the right hals of the shorts. The 9" inseam was just at my knees (I'm 6'1") which is just where I like them. Overall, I liked these shorts and would recommend them. September 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by water shorts These shorts are great for wet or dry fishing conditions.. they are cool when its hot, and if you decide to wade and get them wet right before heading back to the dock i assure you you will be dry in no time. Awesome product!! August 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by adjustable belt and clasp I have bought probably 30 pairs of these shorts through the years and obviously love this product but have noticed in the last year or so the adjustable belt tends to twist easily and the clasp is always falling off in the wash.I hope that you have caught this and corrected it. August 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MEN'S PALMERSTON PEAK™ WATER SHORT Like the shorts. Lightweight and comfortable. Dry easily when wet. August 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very good, but... This is a very good product, light fabric and comfortable. The fact that you can choose the length is also very nice. However I have two small complaints: 1. I wish there was an option to buy without the internal net. I ended up cutting mine out because I don't like it. 2. Sometimes when biking with this shorts, the fabric rubs against each other making a "plastic" noise. July 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by This products stitching is coming apart after 1 week I've just got these shorts an I've only washed them once an now the stitching on the back side of the shorts are separating. I'm hoping it's just a bad pair cause I really like these shorts. Now I love Columbia Brand just had bad luck with these part of shorts. July 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very good product Tried to order another pair,out of stock June 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Needs a back pocket I still would have bought the water shorts even if I had noticed they didn't have a back pocket but, that's the only reason they didn't score a solid 5. The quality of Columbia products is always a 5 & being able to order the slightly longer 11 is epic for me. I'm not a fan of the bulky cotton cargo shorts, and I bought 6 pairs of the water shorts when I saw the price. I don't kayak in them these days but I wear them to river and back, and pretty much everywhere I go on the weekend and after work. Great Product!!!! May 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Peak Water Short Bought this style of short from Columbia 8 years ago and then again 4 years later and again this last month and the fit and quality on the 1st purchase is far superior to the last two purchases. I use these shorts for backpacking and like the light weight and quick dry properties but fit and comfort are not consistent year after year. April 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Wish they had a back pocket True to size, comfortable, dry quickly, they perform as advertised. I'll buy another pair in the future. I just wish they had a back pocket. January 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by COLUMBIA LET ME DOWN ! ! ! ! ! I'm very disappointed in the two(2) pair of shorts I recently purchased ; in fact , " I gave them away " . No pockets in the back , material is like thin cardboard & the elastic waist band doesn't stretch very much . The last two(2) pair I bought were the same . I thought this time would be different ... so I gave it a shot . My Bad !!! In the past I bought ALL of my shorts from Columbia & they were fantastic ; enough so , that I strongly recommended them & I know for a fact that several people purchased them on my recommendation . I guess I'll just have to be more aware of that old adage " Let The Buyer Beware " . September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fit could be... A bit slimmer and the length a bit shorter. I like the shorts very much. They are comfortable for hiking and water sports. I had them shortened by a couple of inches and that's an improvement. So, my only reservation about them is the fit. September 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best for fishing I spend a lot of time wade fishing rivers is South GA....these shorts are made for fishing....great fit and function . August 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Light weight and quick drying I spend over a 100 days a year on the water in a kayak. During the summer these are my go to shorts while on the water. Light weight yet very durable. The material is quick drying which is important to me. My only complaint would be the belt will become loose easily. Other then that these shorts are great. August 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Different fabric I bought a short from your store less than a year ago, i love the fabric and the "thickness" of the short. I could not find anything similar in the store (Kohls) so i tried to order something similar online (same model and look very similar). I received the shorts and first thing is that the fit is a lot bigger than the old shorts (even as they are the same model), the worst thing is that the fabric is A LOT thinner than my old shorts that i love so much. WHY CHANGE something that the public loves and sells well? I paid almost $40 dollars for the shorts and they look beautiful but they are so thin that i don't feel good using them. March 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My 4th pair of these shorts! Just an overall good quality pair of shorts. I use them for fishing , swimming and around town. They've really improved the quality over the years and they've always felt comfortable to wear anywhere. I might not be a "professional thrill seeker", but I do wear these more than 53 days a year and they hold up to everything I can give them. February 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Another Well Made Product After figuring out the belt buckle, this bathing suit stays on while swimming, fits well, dries quickly, is lightweight, and fashionable. I highly recommend this product. January 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by satisfactory product I purchased these shorts for use during kayaking. I ordered two pair, but have returned one pair. The tan pair are excellent, fit well and meet my needs. However, the second pair which appeared much darker green on the web, arrived a very different green, a color which i would not wear. I have returned this pair for a refund. January 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Features I wish these shorts had I was hoping these were the same, or similar shorts to what I already had. The ones I have had a mesh lining, separate of the pockets. While this pair does have a zippered separate pocket, I really preferred the other version. I actually cut out the mesh lining but still had the quick drying pockets. Overall, pretty happy to have these, though. I have a lot of Columbia stuff, and appreciate the quality!! January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by very good good fit, good quality. December 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice outdoors/sport short Nice pair of shorts, great material and wear. I wish this item was sold by the waist size in inches rather than SM, M, L. XL etc. which makes fitting harder. M was to small for me and L was too big! December 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by shorts great product, very well made , holds up well November 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Daily Wear! I use these shorts for just about everything I do: walk, hike, workout, chores & errands. Indestructible and comfortable. November 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dan17 I'm a 34-35 waist and a medium fit perfect. Only complaint is they could use back pockets. November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 5 Star - U can easily Wear as Shorts a +++ Nice long shorts. Hub runs corporate adventures and used to wear those heavy double-seated Patagonias. These days Columbia's long "swim" shorts are sturdy enough and look good enough to wear as shorts, as hub does year-round, even in winter weather. October 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent quality These shorts are well made and great for everyday use. Bought for travel and they worked perfect! October 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Men's Palmerston Peak Shorts Columbia needs to re-think and go back to the original design of these shorts. So if you are trying to replace your original shorts with these .. I would not recommend .. they will fall short in comparison. September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by comfort plus I really enjoy these shorts. Light weight and really comfortable. The only thing is I wish it had a back pocket. September 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by palmerton peak shorts ... just a great pair of stylish water shorts with an exceptional wear factor for everyday usage :-) August 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by overall good Good pair of water shorts. great for working out. Elastic waistband needs more elastic August 15, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size 28-30 32 34 36 40 44
Waist 26-29 29-32 32-35 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size 36 40 44
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
How to Measure
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 3. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 4. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 5. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 6. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit bottom

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

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