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Men's PFG Brewha II™ Short


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Uses: Fishing
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Style# 1536071
Uses Fishing


These rugged shorts are designed for comfort during long hours on the water, with built-in UPF 50 sun protection, an easy-fitting partial elastic waistband, and plenty of pockets for small-items storage.

  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Partial elastic at waist
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • D-ring detail
  • Beverage friendly pocket
  • Imported

  • 100% cotton granite cloth
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 54 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brewha I have been wearing these shorts for work for almost 15 years. I can normally get a good 5 years out of a pair. April 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My husband's favorite short! Academy carried this short for years, but for some reason stopped having them. My husband will only wear this style. He is not tall and the shorter length is perfect. He loves the pockets and the fabric is so durable. April 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by AWESOME SHORTS These shorts are amazing. You can do just about anything in them. They are a little baggy around the thighs though. But all around great shorts. February 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fashionable Wear with everyday to work and play, very nice look and comfortable January 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great shorts The best walking shorts I ever bought,I will be buying more if them,the blue is very nice. December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Shorts These shorts look stylish enough to wear just about anywhere, yet have a lot of utility built into them. The extra pocket in the right rear is perfect for my cell phone and it's easy to retrieve once there. It's a little off to the side, so I don't sit down on my phone. Perfect! The pocket is supposedly for a beverage, but I put my water bottle in the left-side pocket. The Velcro on the cargo pockets keeps things secure on the sides, and the back left pocket where I keep my wallet has a zipper closure to keep it secure. They are made of heavy-duty cotton and retain their shape nicely. I have several pairs of these and they are the only shorts I wear. Thanks, Columbia! December 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Shorts I returned my shorts they run too small for me length wise December 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brewha II Shorts Great all purpose shorts. I like the fact that they have a shorter inseam than most shorts on the market today. December 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fit well. Great short length. Color fades. Nice fitting cotton shorts. Color fades quickly. December 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Shorts I like Columbia products and these short are great but need one change that I prefer. December 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Third Pair, Love'em I wear these shorts every day in spring-summer and early fall. I wish you made the same product in long pants so I would have something to wear in winter. Love the small side pocket, I use it for my cell phone. My only complaint is my first pair wore out after 2 years, the material just gave out. I must have wore them only 350 to 400 times. I was crushed until my local store got them back in stock. I now have new 2 pair. November 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great pockets. Great shorts use the extra side pocket for my smartphone excellent fit. November 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Key features There are two key features that I can't find in other sport/boating shorts. They are 1. the "D" ring on the front for the boat kill switch lanyard and 2. the "Brew" pocket which I use for my PLB (personal locator beacon.) November 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Comfortable Shorts The most comfortable shorts I've ever worn, however, they do not last very long as the seams at the hem in the front below the pockets start to wear out and tear across the width. This has happened to at least 4 pairs that I own. October 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brewhaha shorts Comfortable, fit perfectly. Just the right length, nice pockets. I like everything about these shorts, this is my second go- around with them October 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Fit for the Chubby Guy Excellent fitting shorts. I am a bit on the chubby side and they really fit well in the seat and legs. These shorts will serve well for boating as I do a considerable amount of summer sailing. Great bang for the buck! October 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ordered 2nd pair XL (42) fits comfortably also has elastic stretch if you need it. Well made and should last several years if properly cared for. Well made quality product. September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PFG Review I've been wearing the shorts for over a year now. They are made of an excellent material.I would definitely recommend them. They are very comfortable. August 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PFG Shorts Received a pair of these shorts as a gift a number of years ago and they became my "go to" for most outdoor activities. They gradually became "work" shorts as they eventually wore out and probably weren't fit to be worn outside my yard. After a number of years they finally gave up the ghost and just got washed to death. Ordered a couple of new pair and was pleased to see the style and functionality had not changed and I had a new friend for outdoor and everyday wear. Particularly love the "water bottle pocket" that I have found works most excellent as a mobile phone pocket. Will be adding more colors and hopefully will not wear these to the point they again become an embarrassment to my wife...great design, great shorts. August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable and Durable The PFG BREWHA shorts are very cool and Comfortable, Lots of pockets I would recommend these shorts August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I already had several pairs of Brewha shorts that I wear SO much I decided to order some backups for when (or IF) they get too worn. It hasn't happened yet in over 3 years. Plenty of nice-sized pockets and they're easy maintenance wash and wear. Wish they came in black and gray. August 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Heavy material for longer wear and tear Very nice fit and finish on these comfortable shorts. They have a nice cut with length that's just right for outdoor sports as well as heading to your favorite watering hole. Love the abundance of pockets and the zipper on the back pocket to keep your wallet in place. The material is just heavy enough to provide years of use without being too heavy for our summer weather here in Florida. July 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts Great quality, and fit. I always can trust Columbia to fit me. July 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Pockets are not deep enough. Columbia, I was looking for the shorts you did offer. Cliff Lakes Cargo. These shorts had deep pockets so I did not loose anything from normal siting and standing. Also, they were 100% cotton so they were flexible and comfortable. Please offer these again...Bring them back. Customer missing a good product. July 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Shorts Good fit comfortable July 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Texas Tuff I have used Columbia shirts for many years and appreciate not only how cool they are in hot temperatures, but the casual look they have. I purchased the Brewha II shorts for casual wear and to fish in, based on this experience. I have not been disappointed. The fit is good, even after washing, no noticeable shrinkage. The leg length is perfect for bending down, getting in and out of a boat, and is comfortable. Only time will tell how durable they are. Based on Columbia's reputation, I suspect I will be more than satisfied. July 1, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Shorts Wish these shorts were a little longer and leg openings were smaller. July 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Where's the back pocket For the life of me I cannot understand why you make "outdoor sporting shorts" but leave off the back right side pocket. I'm right handed and there is no good pocket for my wallet. The previous shorts from your company I owned were great; that is why I reordered thinking I was getting the same; was I wrong! The left pocket is too small as well. disappointed!! June 30, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not happy with these shorts This is the third variation of cargo shorts that I've purchased from Columbia and the worst as far as I'm concerned. By their sizing chart, these shorts are for 36-38" waist. I've recently dropped down to a 36" waist and these are kind of loose on me. I have a relatively small smartphone and it is too tall to stand in the cargo pocket and barely fits sideways. The pockets are over an inch smaller in each dimension. The front pockets gape open meaning anyone can easily dip into them or your stuff falls out. The rear "bottle" pocket looked strange in the picture. It is strange. An 8 oz. bottle can be squeezed into it. These appeared to be the only cargo shorts with a 7" inseam, so I had little choice in the purchase. I will look elsewhere unless Columbia comes up with another design. BTW, I am very happy with my other Columbia shorts and I still wear them. They fit much better. June 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very comfortable, good looking shorts I find myself wanting to wear these shorts every time I go out! June 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by baggy in seat Hi there. I ordered several shorts styles for my husband. While the others were deemed "relaxed" as well, these were much bigger in the tush area. Very baggy. The Permit II and Half Moon II shorts fit him very well in comparison in the seat. June 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 5th and going strong This is my 5th part of Brewha II shorts. They fit great. They look fantastic. I only wished they were made in more colors. May 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Shorts and consistant Two pair purchased last year and two more this year. Quality of material and workmanship are the same............fantastic! I have retired most of my other shorts because they no longer fit. The small amount of elastic in the waist makes a big difference for me. I grew a bit during the winter months but last year's Brewhas still fit great. May 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Off brewha II pfg shorts Excellent material for work or casuall dress. I will buying another pair for surem May 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by As advertised Exactly as I expected them to be. Roomy, heavy fabric, may be too heavy for tropical climes. Great pockets and unique water bottle pocket. Would like them to be longer , at 7" inseam a bit short to my liking. May 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great shorts I love the fit, quality, and pockets of the PFG Brewha II, but just wish they were a bit longer. The 7" inseam is definitely short by today's standards. April 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great everyday I have been wearing these shorts now for 3 summers...I farm and these shorts can take the everyday punishment that I give them...only complaint is they need more colors...Kakai, mud, a lite brown might be good choices April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent shorts These are without a doubt the best shorts I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. I liked them so well that after one year, I purchased some more in different colors. April 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brewha II Shorts My third purchase and again I got just what I ordered, perfect fit, belt clip on left side, thats great for left handed folks like me. April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Made well I wear these shorts all the time. They are not just for fishing. They are very well made and look good. I like the fact that they rest above the knee. April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I wear these shorts a lot. They are well made and can take a beating. Most importantly they are comfortable. I now own 3 pair. April 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cargo Shorts The key loop should be on the right side, my last Columbia shorts were on the right, and most people are right handed, why on left side now? The inside stitching had treads with sharp ends that needed to be snipped. Material is good, cargo pockets with Velcro instead of buttons with rope handles very good. Color selection could be better. I would buy it again, October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great shorts but Nice shorts, but not the style I thought from the online description. Suggest you put the style name in the shorts so a happy customer can reorder without guessing if he is ordering the same style he is happy with and thinks he is ordering. October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite! These Columbia's have been my shorts-of-choice for years (model name may have been different than now) due to their quality construction, functionality, and excellent comfort. I have had pairs last multiple years through year-long use and washing; I live in a warm climate so these shorts see service the entire year. I love the hook & loop fasteners on the front cargo pockets which are a perfect size for my wallet, keys, pocket knife, etc. The deep front pockets easily accommodate large smartphones. I also like the relatively new right hip pocket which is perfect for my iPhone. I may have purchased the last Mud-colored pair during the last sale. I would love to see two new colors: khaki and olive; I like the Sage which seems to be a cross between the two, but would love the option for 2 more distinct colors. October 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Needs longer inseam great shorts but wish they came in a 10" or 11" inseam instead of 7". nice and roomy in the legs. September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by All-Around Great Product If you don' mind the length (7), this is a great pair of shorts. One feature I really like is that I wear my wallet on my right side where the pocket is a little off-center. I can now drive for hours and not have my wallet digging into me. August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by summertime the original Brewhas are myfavorite summer go-to shorts, but my 3 pair are showing their extensive use. These new ones seem to be of a slightly lighter/softer weave, with a larger :) phone pocket that my Note II fits in nicely. This pair has already had one long desert outing, keeping me just as happy as the originals. Note on fit, as listed the fit is 'relaxed', perfect for hot weather hikes, don't down-size. August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Innovative product alert - Looks good - Wears well I love these shorts. My hats off to those at Columbia that brought this product to market. Finally - someone with gumption to buck the system. They did not utilize the horrible Columbia 'snap' waist band closure. I am not going to say more about how terrible that is except I will never buy another pair of otherwise great quality clothing totally ruined by the lame waist band snap. The Brewha ll shorts have a button waist band closure allowing full movement without the constant aggravation of the pants bursting open at the waist band. The most innovative feature is the really nifty pocket on the upper back side of the pants to SECURELY store your cell phone. This is revolutionary men's clothing design. The pocket is placed high enough that you don't crush the phone while sitting. It is well thought out and easy to get to when needed. No more digging deep into a cargo style pleated side pocket where your phone bounces off your upper knee while hiking. Thank you Columbia. Very good shorts. Could you please follow up with full length pants with the same features?? Most likely the pant I would wear the majority of the time. July 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good product Great shorts...they wear well. 1. No need for the loops on the cargo pocket. 2. Make both back pockets zipper pockets like the one on the left. 3. Add more colors...a lot more colors! I will buy them Thanks! May 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great fishing short! I don't like to fish in plastic shorts and I don't surf, so I have no need for board shorts. This short is cool, comfortable and the fit is spot on. Plenty of deep pockets. 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

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  • 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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