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Men's Palmerston Peak™ Water Short


$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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Men's Palmerston Peak™ Water Short 3.9 5 56 56
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
very good good fit, good quality. December 19, 2013
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
shorts great product, very well made , holds up well November 20, 2013
Daily Wear! I use these shorts for just about everything I do: walk, hike, workout, chores & errands. Indestructible and comfortable. November 12, 2013
dan17 I'm a 34-35 waist and a medium fit perfect. Only complaint is they could use back pockets. November 11, 2013
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
Excellent quality These shorts are well made and great for everyday use. Bought for travel and they worked perfect! October 7, 2013
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
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
palmerton peak shorts ... just a great pair of stylish water shorts with an exceptional wear factor for everyday usage :-) August 24, 2013
overall good Good pair of water shorts. great for working out. Elastic waistband needs more elastic August 15, 2013
A functional short Very comfortable and functional. July 20, 2013
Nice basic water short, good quality Fit me in waist but are narrow and tight in the legs/butt. But, that is typical of Columbia in my experience. July 19, 2013
Not enough pockets These shorts have only 3 pockets. You can not tell this from the picture or the detail description of the shorts. I previously purchased shorts similar to these but they had 5 pockets, I thought these were the same from the picture. However, there are no back pockets and only the 1 cargo pocket shown, none on the other leg. I was quite disappointed when I received these shorts. Also I can not find the shorts I purchased before on the current website. I really liked the shorts I purchased with the 5 pockets, what a bummer that they are no longer available. July 17, 2013
Perfect shorts for me. I have several pair of these shorts that are 6 to 8 years old, and my favorite color pair got stained from some painting work. So I wanted a replacement pair in that color, plus a couple of new colors. I wear them all summer long here in Southern California, we live about a mile from the ocean. The shorts are great, I looked elsewhere for them. but they were less expensive here. The only thing I do is cut out the net liner, but it doesn't hurt the longevity or wear ability at all. July 14, 2013
one bad feature Loved the length of these! The only complaint I have is the elastic around the waist. I can't get my pants tight enough...they are too loose for my comfort but fit me everywhere else. My last pair of Columbia swim shorts (which lasted a really long time and were really old) had strings to tighten the waist line and I loved that...I could get my swim shorts tight enough I didn't have to worry about them falling off when I jumped into the water. July 2, 2013
Active shorts need a drawstring They were a good fit, but need a draw sting for an active person June 28, 2013
OK They call it a Cargo short but it is short on pockets. I wish it had more. June 4, 2013
Review I really like the Columbia water shorts. I use them for swimming as well as work shorts during the summer. However, I have returned them (0n May 20) because the were too large for me. When I get your credit I will reorder in a smaller size. May 28, 2013
Bit of a miss on this one I've been a big fan of Columbia's water shorts for 10+ years, but this version is a bit of a miss. Size ran smaller than expected. No back pocket cuts down the functionality. Little-to-no elastic in the waist, and the belt "clip" adds nothing but frustration. Overall, a well made poor design. (I think they must have snuck this one past "Mom.") I will continue to look for and hopefully find Columbia shorts like my older ones, but no more of these. May 15, 2013
Great Swim Trunks These babies are awesome!!!!! April 23, 2013
Good river shorts I am a river guide in Moab UT and used these shorts all summer. I am a woman and like the longer length, deep pockets, and mesh lining (do wish they had a 7" length). They do start to smell a little after being used all day in the sun and in and out of the water (you urinate in the water), but they scrub up nicely and the smell goes away. They dry amazingly fast, which is necessary on the river. April 15, 2013
Just not right Way too big and color was misleading, thought it was a lighter slate blue. Nice quality. April 8, 2013
Great shorts Great shorts, comfortable and seem to be very weel made. Wish they had a drawstring! March 27, 2013
Love em My favorites,comfortable,stylish,and practical. Wish I could wear them year round,but PA is too cold in the winter,maybe I'll move south.Searched lots of stores with no luck,found them on line at Columbia's site,made my day.Love the elastic waist,big pockets,mesh liner, and quick dry.My kind of comfort. February 14, 2013
Quality Swimwear The product was exactly what I was looking for. January 26, 2013
Tennis Anyone I actually use these shorts for playing tennis. I like the fact that they are lined, and have nice, deep pockets. I find them quite versitile, with a great variety of colors. November 30, 2012
great product these shorts are comfortable and fit well. When wet they dry fast and clean up easy. November 27, 2012
Great for Hiking I like these shorts because they have deeper pockets than women's similar shorts. I was disappointed that they no longer have the zippered back pocket or the velcro cargo front pocket. When we go hiking the many pockets in my old shorts were great for carrying gear. I still enjoy wearing them though-very comfortable-just wish they had more of the pockets. October 24, 2012
Awesome Swim Suit Shorts are a great look and fit perfect for days on the beach or at the pool. I am 6'1" and I reccomend the 9" length as they sit above the knees and between the waist and hips. Not to mention having pcokets on a swimsuit is great. October 21, 2012
Great Kayak Fishing Shorts These shorts are great! They are cheap, comfortable, and versatile. I cut the liners out and wear them as general shorts. They dry fast, have a good pocket, are stain resistant and very, very durable. These are the perfect kayak fishing shorts and I can not recall wearing anything else on the river this summer. October 4, 2012
Good but no back pocket The only thing is they do not have a back pocket. This makes them useless for me. If they would add a Bach Zipper pocket I would buy them all. I live on a Island so the shorts must be good in and out of the water. I use the Snake river style but they are a little long and colors are limited. September 9, 2012
Great Shorts They look great, well made. The only complaint is the elastic around the waist is loose. September 4, 2012
palmserston peak shorts they are much better wearing than earlier pair of similar shorts. Pocket material provides easier access to items in pockets. Ealier pair keys and other items clung to material and made it difficult to take out of pocket. I am very happy with this pair and hopefully they will last as long as ealier pairs of nylon and mesh shorts. I LOVE COLUMBIA.... thanks Bill September 4, 2012
This product has some great features. I ordered these shorts because I spend a lot of time on our sailboat. They are fast drying and the netting is comfortable during alot of activity. The only problem I have with them is that there is no pocket in the back to carry a hankerchief! I do recommend them! August 26, 2012
Good shorts but The shorts are well made and I like them alot...only thing bad is that there is no back pocket...it's a pain to carry cell phone car keys and wallet in the front pockets. August 19, 2012
Great summer shorts Comfortable. A little big. But so comfortable. And they don't look like water shorts--so I have gotten away with going out wearing them! July 30, 2012
Perfect for boating These are going to be great for boating/swimming. Just what I needed. Plan to order a couple of more, in fact. June 26, 2012
Sizes are horrible I have several pair of these type shorts from Columbia. I have size Large in all of them and they all fit pretty similar. I ordered my first pair of Palmerston Peak shorts in a Large. I could have wrapped them around me twice. I sent back and got a Medium. I couldn't even squeeze into the medium. There was such a huge variance in the sizes that I don't know how anyone could get a good fit. April 26, 2012
Great swim shorts These shorts are well maede and very practical. Great pocket room and good fit. Dries very quickly! Very comfortable as well. April 26, 2012
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Men's Fit Guide

Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.

Men's Body Measurement (Inches)

NECK 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
Waist 27-29 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
NECK 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 42-45 46-49 50-53

How to Measure

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  • 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.

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  • 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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