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Men's PFG Big Katuna™ Short


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Style# 1438031
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Uses: Fishing
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Style# 1438031
Uses Fishing


Built expressly for life on the boat, this quick-drying performance short is crafted from a lightweight, comfortable fabric that repels water and shields the sun.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 provides maximum protection for long hours in the sun
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency seals out water and stains
  • Exterior adjustable waistband
  • Sunglass cleaning patch
  • Reinforced pliers pocket
  • Modern Classic fit
  • Imported

  • Omni-Shade, Omni-Shield 94% nylon/6% elastane
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Men's PFG Big Katuna™ Short is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best fishing shorts I have ever worn Have fished in them for over a year, mostly coastal inshore redfish and trout, including on pro redfish tourneys. Shorts are lite, cool and comfortable. Pockets are great, including the side pocket for my pliers and the built in cleaning cloth for your sunglasses.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big KaTuna Shorts Great fishing shorts! They fit great, have all the right pockets for a day on the water and are lightweight to keep you cool on those hot days. I also like that they dry quickly when they get wet. My only wish is that they would come in more colors!
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit & Function I did not expect these to fit so well, but they do. Good function for outdoor fishing, sailing or hiking and very light and packable.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! live in it and it is very comfortable!
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the material and design The fit, design, fabric and colors are great. Love the pockets and flaps. Please add more color selections....
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's Big Katuna Short Excellent fit and comfort , played golf today using them in the humid Caribbean heat and felt great.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These are excellent fishing shorts. The pockets are very useful. The size is slightly smaller than normal; however, the velcro straps on the waist are very functional.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't ask for better These shorts are awesome for fishing and kayaking! They repel water really well, dry in no time, and I had no problem wearing them all day. Bought 2 pairs and I'm glad I did.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts ! I'm a charter boat captain in the Florida Keys and since first got this shorts can't seem to wear anything else. They fit to perfection and the pockets are just perfect. Like always Columbia delivers the best quality and comfort on the water and beyond.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfortable, functional and quick drying The Big KaTuna™ Shorts are very comfortable, dry fast and are very functional. I've had many brands and styles of fishing shorts and these are my all time favorite.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pair of shorts As advertised and reviewed, these are excellent fishing shorts. Flexible, quick dry and lots of functional pockets.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing Short Thru my guide biz, I fish over 150 days a year, so my clothing is really put to the test. It must be comfortable, fit well, have plenty of pockets and perform in hot humid weather. This short is one of the best fishing shorts I have ever owned. Large Reinforced pockets for pliers and "stuff. Cool, light weight, wicks moisture away and has UV protection....cant go wrong on these!
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts, but run really small These shorts are maybe the best quality shorts I've ever laid eyes on, at least for someone like myself that is frequently on the water getting blasted by salt spray and in hot/humid conditions. Only problem is they run very small. I normally wear a 36 and I will have to get a 38 in these. I let my friend try them on he says he normally wears a 34 and the 36 fit him.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts These are my go-to shorts for kayaking and all warm weather outdoor activities. Think I'll get another pair.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! These are some of the best shorts I've ever bought. They're extremely comfortable with lots of pockets that don't balloon out. The materials are very durable and the plier pocket (right leg) has a lining in it that makes sure you don't ruin your shorts, or scratch your leg, running a pair of pliers in and out of it. The glass cleaning cloth sewn into the left leg is a handy thing when you're sweating in the heat or get some salt spray on your Costa's after you finish a fast run to your favorite back bay! The BEST thing about these shorts is the velcro tab that lets you tighten them, if you need to. This is especially handy after a long day fishing and the material stretches a bit; AND if your diet plan starts working! These shorts have become my favorite (non-board) short. As a full time professional hunting guide, my summers are, largely, free; and I spend them fishing. I'm pretty hard on clothing and these shorts are really holding up to all the abuse I've thrown at them! Whether I'm taking care of some stuff at the ranch or fishing the salt, these shorts are incredible. If you're looking for a great pair of fishing, or general purpose, shorts - look no further!
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dry fast light great fishing shorts
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Active Sort Got these to wear at the race circuit on the weekends, fit was perfect, liked the adjustable waist tabs. Hard wearing, lots of pockets for items - stayed cool when temps got warm. Worn them once will be interested to see how they wear over time...great short just a little expensive but worth it.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features Need more colors, These are the best fishing shorts yet.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The shorts are very comfortable and functional Very nice shorts that fit to size, are very comfortable and functional. They are quick to dry and the pockets are a good size.
Date published: 2012-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts! These are some of the best shorts I have found. They are durable, fit well, look great and get tons of compliments around the dock and at fishing shows. The only bad is 3 colors. Bring us some more colors including kaki;-)
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome comfortable shorts! Excellent shorts very comfortable I will be buying another pair soon!
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, little heavier than i expected The shorts are a great fit. come clean in the wash after fishing. Only downside is that they are a little heavier weight than i had expected.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice! These shorts are very nice. They perform as described and are worth the money. I just spent 9 days at the gulf coast, fishing like crazy and these shorts work!
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great outdoors pant for more than just fishing These are great. Extremely rugged, but much lighter than cotton pants. Breathe well and very comfortable. Tons of pockets too. Been wearing them for a solid week since I got them!
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for fishing What I want in a pair of shorts is good length (I'm very tall), good anti-wrinkle performance, and cargo pockets that don't look like cargo pockets, so I don't have to sit on my wallet and the shorts don't look out of place on a golf course. These qualify except for the big "Performance Fishing Gear" patches that are there for who knows what reason. Fortunately the patches are fairly easy to remove. I haven't had the shorts long enough to know whether the black stays black through multiple washings, but my initial impression is that these are great shorts. I found that I needed to order one size smaller than my usual. The ones in my usual size could be made to fit in the waist with the velcro pull tabs, but that doesn't look as good as having them fit right in the first place. The fabric is great; it's 100% nylon but doesn't have the shiny look or plastic feel of other nylon shorts I've had. Finally, as is the case with many Columbia products, more color choices would be good (but not "Mud", "Tank", "Slime Mold", or the like; regular clothing colors).
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts Got a second pair only real complaint I have is the velcro isn't very strong for trying to use it to reduce the waist size I find it pops off all the time.
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Performance Purchased for casual and fishing wear, thought they would be just shorts. No way! Not the Big Katuna's. They have a very comfortable and relaxed fit. The pockets accomodate pliers, cell phone, and many other various items. One of the pockets even has a sunglass cleaning cloth, cool.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shorts are hot stuff can't say enough about these shorts durable and comfortable and a best buy
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts These shorts are awesome because they are outdoors, quick drying shorts that don't make you look like a nerd. Most outdoor hiking type shorts are too tight and too short and you like you're a nerd or from the 70s. These shorts, however, fit like a board short and are stylish (at least to somebody like me who wears their casual clothing a little baggier and more relaxed). Please make more hiking shorts that fit like these, Columbia. Dont be dorks!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Shorts! I just got these and I will be ordering more! I love the velcro adjusting straps on the side! The attached sunglass wipe in the pocket is great being on saltwater all day and wearing the columbia shirts it will not clean your glasses now no problem. I hope you come out with a couple more colors being in Florida I can't wear black so I only have 2 colors to choose from. They are also very comfy too! Great job on these!!
Date published: 2012-03-07
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit top
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit top
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit top
mens relaxed fit bottom
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
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
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
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. 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.
  • 3. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
  • 6. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

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.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

Shipping Method Rate Expected Delivery Time
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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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