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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short


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Style# 1535781
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Uses: Fishing
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Style# 1535781
Uses Fishing


These easy-fitting men’s water shorts come in a durable, quick-drying nylon with our highest level of UV protection and a built-in mesh brief that dries ultra-fast so you can jump in and out of the water without needing to change.

  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Quick dry
  • Imported

  • 100% textured nylon poplin
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 53 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love Backcast Sho I like all the choices of colors and it has a belt loops I wear them I wear the shorts every day to work needs more stretch in the elastic but other than that they're shorter 100% December 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good suit Great suit especially for the price November 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The everything pair of shorts I am 6ft 1 in and weigh 280 (Big legs, big butt, nice beer belly) and the XXL fit me fine. They hold their shape so I can put on a nice golf shirt, a pair of these, and go anywhere in town I want. I also work in the yard and they are absolutely wonderful. Have not used them for swimming yet but for everything else, EVERY BIT WORTH THE MONEY! October 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Backcast 111 water shorts Love these shorts!!!! Very comfortable and true to fit. I bought every color that was available and wear them almost everyday. They are great for men or ladies. October 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Shorts I bought these instead of the patagonia version, they were cheaper and looked like they were well built. I am extremely pleased and am about to order another pair as we speak. I just wish they had more colors! October 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for fishing and swimming The shorts are made of a great, light and wearable fabric. The material dries very quickly. Washes well. October 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I am giving them a shot and am very happy with the fit and design of these shorts. They are an every day product because I live in the San Diego area. October 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Men's Swim Shorts Sunset Red translates to "slightly faded red" or rose colored. This is a standard men's swim trunks with a mesh liner and some pockets. Nice pair for the price. Yes, I would order them again. September 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I like these so much, I have 6 pairs, 2 each in 3 colors. I wear them on the beach and around town. August 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts My husband loves these shorts-he has about 10 pairs which he just bought. They fit perfectly-he has large thighs and these fit loosely. Plus the 6 inch inseam is perfect-that's hard to find. He normally wears a XXL-these XXL fit him great. He uses them mostly for walking, movies, casual dinners. We are in a warm climate year round and dress is mostly casual here-these fit the bill perfectly. August 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by fish for $ every day great shorts. Comfortable, dry and cool. Too much weight in the pockets and they sag a little but if you're fishing do you really need a huge i phone? Just an observation. Functionally, awesome shorts. August 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great sport shorts! Great for water activities and hanging out in the water. July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by As always Columbia delivered a quality product. Being a saltwater fishermen, this is the best shorts I've found to endure the hot elements of the coast. Very functional in every way. Omni Shade PFG is the true gear. Quick drying and extremely comfortable. July 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect swim shorts I have been through 4 or 5 swim trunks the past year looking for fit and function that I like. There have been some that fit great but lacked function (I want front pockets and a secure back pocket.) There were others board shorts that look great but there is no inner swim liner. These shorts are perfect. As a bonus, they are very light and dry fast. They don't feel heavy when wet. There is no front tie like a board short to have to mess with when you need to use the restroom (and no velcro closure.) Just great swim trunks built with Columbiia's famous quality. July 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sport Utility Short Wear these shorts everyday! Incredible drying time if I have to get in the water or if I get caught in a rain shower they're dry within 10 minutes max. (Flip the pockets inside out to help dry them out) They're very versatile and I recommend these shorts to everyone! July 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A OK... Shorts are great...too... June 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great for all water sports Wear all the time, only shorts I wear. Has pocket on left side that cell phone fits great. Dry time after getting wet is minutes. Nice enough for any casual dress. June 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by comfy I am a saltwater fishing guide on Cape Cod I live in these shorts all summer long. They fit great and dry fast June 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for Fishing Really light and comfortable. Medium is about a size 34 and a little bit small. Great for anything to do with water; not really for everyday/ casual wear (nor is it represented as such). May 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pfg shorts They are pretty comfortable and look really good the black ones do show just about every spec of dust so maybe go with the khaki or another color. April 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Columbia shorts I have a few pairs of these shorts and love to wear them. They are very comfortable and great for fishing. March 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these These are my son's go to shorts. Wash and wear perfectly! October 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great swimwear It his is my second pair of trunks I would have rated it a full five if they had the nylon belt like my original paint love them they dry fast and wash easily after each use. October 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! Great shorts. Solid design and quality! September 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Columbia Backcast shorts These Backcast water shorts are great! True to size, very comfortable fit, durable, and good looking. September 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great shorts I love these shorts. They are perfect for working around the house or out for a bite. Pockets are nice and deep. Everything stays put when I sit down in the car seat. I could live in these. Love em. September 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great These are super for everyday wear and anything water. It is hard to find them on sale so when I do I stock up. I normally wear XL but in these the L works better. The zipper back pocket is great. The 8" if you like your shorts longer September 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fine quality A little pricey but of fine quality. August 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best shorts ever I cut the mesh out and wear them as shorts. They go great with the pfg shirts. I use them when I workout, play sports, swim, or just go out casually. Best shorts around! July 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around shorts These shorts are great for wearing all around in the summer time. As much fishing as I do, I wanted shorts that could withstand getting wet, as well as be comfortable for an 8 hour tournament. These shorts do that. Their thin material dries off pretty quickly as well. July 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great bathing suit but incorrect color My husband loves this bathing suit and has it in 3 colors. He's been wanting a red one so I ordered the 'sail red' but when it came it is more of a burnt orange. It was very disappointing to give as a gift and have the wrong color and now have to return it. July 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Versatile on land or water very comfortable as dry shorts and as a swim suit. Dries quick and the material feels light and airy when wet, not heavy or clingy June 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good shorts Exactly what I needed, good quality and true to size. I will buy them again. June 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PFG Backcast III shorts These shorts are perfect. June 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by liner problem the mesh in the liner is rough and uncomfortable, it is also too small June 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Shorts Our son loves these shorts and so far they are in good shape from excess wear! June 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3rd set luv them I use to wear patagonia baggies but these wear as well at 1/2 the cost. June 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Favorite Shorts These are my favorite pair of shorts. I wish I could wear these all the time but unfortunately I have to dress up once in a while. May 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect My 14 year old son loves Columbia shorts. Usually I refuse to pay much for swim trunks but when I saw these in a store I splurged. He loves them so much I have bought 2 more! He wears them to fish, swim in the pool, river and ocean. They have been through a lot & are still holding up! May 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by light weight /bomb proof /water truck w/ pocket Always looking for the right product to multitask. Wanted a swim type truck that was understated and had the ability to do light lifting. This short sheds water like nothing else keeping you dry and comfortable. The pockets are positioned right, cant see'um belt loops for over duty, internal draw string, and the water drainage is perfect for swimming with the Joneses. Perfect product for my needs which very from recreational to serious. May 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Same as always Some outdoor companies come out with a winning design, then change/cheapen it in subsequent years so it quickly bears little resemblance to the original item in fit, quality and detail. Not so with Columbia Back Cast shorts. May 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts!! My boys wear these fishing but also love them for casual wear. Light weight very comfortable and dry quickly should you get wet March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product These are great to wear as a bathing suit, fishing, or pretty much anytime it is warm outside. I wear them to go to the store or to run errands on the weekends as well. I also like that they aren't too long. March 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Shorts These are great all around shorts! Tough fast drying I think I have had the same pair for 5 years you just cant wear them out. March 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Solid shorts Solid everyday/swim shorts. I own three pairs and they all fit true to size and are durable. The side pocket is perfect for a phone and the netting is great, not too constricting. Good dry-time as well. January 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice suit...with belt loops? Great, comfortable suit. Thought it was weird it had belt loops, but oh well. Still love the suit. October 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by great bathing suit or just shorts in general These shorts are very comfortable and great for people who work outside all day near water. No need to worry about having appropriate clothing for getting wet when you wear these shorts all the time May 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around pair of shorts I have three pair of these and I have worn and washed them many of times and they still work and look great. I use them as an everyday pair of shorts as well as a bathing suit. Blood and stains come out of them very easily. April 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Water Trunk review. these shorts are well made but due to my height I needed a longer inseam, so I returned them. the credit was processed quickly with no hassles. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! They get worn and washed an unbelievable amount and they still look and feel great. March 29, 2014
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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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UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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