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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short


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Style# 1535781
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Uses: Fishing
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Relaxed


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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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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 68.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts I love this shorts and how you can use them with a polo or with a tee on a hike. Very versatile and very good quality.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great indoor and outdoor shorts Since I have received these pair of shorts I have worn them at least once a week. They are perfect for any activity (running, working out, hiking, and fishing). I bought the size 8 in length and are about an inch or two above my knee. They are comfortable and can be adjusted around the waist with the pull of two strings. They are my go to shorts and you can wear them with anything.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I pretty much only wear Columbia. A thing suits because they fit very true to size, are the perfect length and high quality manufacturing
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swimsuit My husband loves these. We wears them as a swimsuit and shorts. He loves the grey!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! Great shorts for hot weather. My son loves them because they wick away sweat & are great for swimming, fishing & all outdoor activities. He also wears them to his college classes. He now owns 9-10 pairs in both the 6 & 8 inch.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for in or out of the water Perfect shorts for an entire day. Whether you are swimming and hiking, or just relaxing. Plenty of pockets and the comfort is just right. Very quick to dry and very lightweight. Have 4 pair and wear them all
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is comfortable This product is very comfortable with build in mesh which allows for proper movement. It runs true to size and dries quickly.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Shorts! Light, stylish, comfortable and extremely versatile! I have many colors and they wear very comfortable. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Short!! These shorts can do everything! Super comfy for all day usage. From fishing to swimming to hiking, you only need these shorts! super lightweight. I am usually a medium in all my nike, adidas, bcg, etc. shorts -- i have a size 30 waist and the SMALL fits me perfectly in these shorts (with a little growing room). 6 inch inseam all the way! Khaki color looks sick!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts I've ever owned These shorts are by far the best pair of shorts I have ever owned. They are great for any situation whether it is hanging out with buddies, going out to dinner or fishing at the river. They are incredibly comfortable and do everything that you would need them to do. I have over 7 pairs and wear them just about everyday. Highly recommend to anybody looking for a great short that looks great and is very comfortable.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great My son loves these shorts. He can wear them as a swimsuit or shorts and he loves the pockets it has.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Awesome shorts will not wear any other short
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best most comfortable Florida shorts Living in Florida we are usually in warm to humid hot weather. These shorts can be worn out to dinner, fishing, shopping and are super lightweight and comfortable. He loves them and I bought him 6 pairs.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent shorts These are all around great shorts. I wear them to work out in and out on the water. They are very comfortable and very durable.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great swim trunks Probably the best made trunks with the most features and the grey is a great new color
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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%
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good suit Great suit especially for the price
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for fishing and swimming The shorts are made of a great, light and wearable fabric. The material dries very quickly. Washes well.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sport shorts! Great for water activities and hanging out in the water.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A OK... Shorts are great...too...
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfy I am a saltwater fishing guide on Cape Cod I live in these shorts all summer long. They fit great and dry fast
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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).
Date published: 2016-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Columbia shorts I have a few pairs of these shorts and love to wear them. They are very comfortable and great for fishing.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these These are my son's go to shorts. Wash and wear perfectly!
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! Great shorts. Solid design and quality!
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Columbia Backcast shorts These Backcast water shorts are great! True to size, very comfortable fit, durable, and good looking.
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine quality A little pricey but of fine quality.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good shorts Exactly what I needed, good quality and true to size. I will buy them again.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PFG Backcast III shorts These shorts are perfect.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from liner problem the mesh in the liner is rough and uncomfortable, it is also too small
Date published: 2015-06-16
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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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Shipping & Returns

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Shipping Method Rate Expected Delivery Time
UPS Ground $6.00 3-7 Business Days
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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