Men’s PFG Backcast II™ Water Trunk
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Men’s PFG Backcast II™ Water Trunk







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Nice Trunks

Good looking well made swim ware. I have a 33" waist and size Medium fit perfectly. Going to buy another.


Location: New York State

Feb 18, 2014

Swimmung trunks

Good look, quality and fit.


Location: Minneapolis

Jan 12, 2014


Dries very fast and they are very light, but the pockets come inside out a lot while trying to swim. Needs more netting in pockets for water to pass through.

Dec 14, 2013

Best buy

I have worn these before and they wear like iron. They are comfortable, functional and all round the best I have ever found. Living in Florida we are presented with all kinds of shorts/swim merchandise. These are by far the best in any category. You can't go wrong buying these.


Location: Tavares Florida

Nov 2, 2013

These are the best shorts

This is the 3rd time I've bought these shorts for my husband, he practically lives in them....they are cool and dry quick......and look good......I only wish they were resistant to bleach as my hubby has ruined 3 pair this way, but he still wears them.


Location: Palm Coast, Fla

Sep 10, 2013

This product is perfect.

I never take the time write reviews, but I love these shorts so much. I wear them swimming, running, and out to parties with a button-down. They are so versatile.

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Aug 27, 2013


I bought these for my boyfriend and they fit him perfectly. He loves them! I got them for him in the Sail Red and they're great for the rest of the summer


Location: Tallahassee, FL

Jul 23, 2013

Great Product

Perfect shorts for the water. I usually cut the liners out of shorts like these but the liner in this pair does not ride up. They also dry quickly.


Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Jul 10, 2013

Backast II water trunk great!

Excellent product, very light weight and comfortable, dries very fast.


Location: Rock hall Md

Jul 2, 2013

Husbands Favorite Suit... So we bought 3 colors!

I first got these for my husband as a gift. They are very flattering to his build (small, but with somewhat wide hips) and they are a little bit shorter than some of his other swim suits. Sometimes less really is more! He usually wears a size 31 waist in men's pants and the small fits him perfectly. The quality is excellent and the colors haven't faded. The suit is thin, so it drys fast, but it is thick enough to give good "coverage". Husband loves these shorts and I love them on him! We will probably buy a few more, even though we already have 3 colors (black, cypress, and riptide). Oh, I must mention the price - $30?! VERY reasonable price for the style and quality you are getting with these shorts. Makes us want to stock up!

Jun 15, 2013

Backcast water trunk

These shorts are well built and an excellent choice for the water . I wish they were sold in Canada or shipped there .


Location: Penticton

Jun 6, 2013

oldies still goodies

My husband has been wearing these shorts for years. They are always the same quality year to year. They are all purpose. Fishing, yard work, shopping, traveling, and anything else you can think of. If traveling they rinse out easily and are dry by morning. They wear well and the color doesn't fade. Highly recommended.


Location: California

Apr 6, 2013

Beautiful Upper Thigh Tan

I can confirm that your thighs will be grateful for these shorts. Less importantly, they're comfortable, lightweight, durable, and the ladies love them.


Location: Hoover, Alabama

Apr 4, 2013

Thigh Tan

These are some top notch shorts right here. I can remember the last time I bought a pair of shorts that gave me this good of an upper thigh tan. 10/10 Would recommend.


Location: The beach

Mar 5, 2013

Love Columbia Water Trunks

My 15 year old grandson loves Columbia water trunks. In the spring and summer we purchase them at Bass Pro Shops in Nashville. This is my first time to order them online and I'm very pleased. My grnndson particularly likes the carbon color. I ordered medium this time since he is very slim but still growing and I wanted some growth room. Typical GRAM.


Location: Huntsville

Jan 5, 2013

excellent shorts

I've worn earlier version of these shorts for 9 years and extremely impressed how they've lasted. My older pair was size medium so ordered same size again without looking at sizing chart. Of course I needed to exchange for size small which fits fine and matches todays current sizing chart. I've worn these shorts mainly for just knocking around. They're very comfortable and stylish for casual dress. My 9 year old pair have worn like iron and this newer version seems to be same quality with addition of belt loops (superfluous in my opinion) and narrow pliers pocket (also superfluous). I see some reviewers use these shorts as swim wear, where they will function, but I've worn them mainly as comfortable casual everyday shorts. If you're in and out of water a lot these shorts will work great. Reference sizing: I'm 5'9" 148 lbs 31-32 inch waist and worn size med. for entire adult life of 40 years until recently. Now wear size small.


Location: WA

Dec 24, 2012

good quality and features

I had the older version of this product for the last 5 years and it looks almost as good as new. Ordered new version and looks and fits great-I use them for tennis and outdoor fun.


Location: Minneapolis, MN

Dec 12, 2012


Have 6 pair and might get some more.


Location: Florida

Dec 11, 2012

Personal favorite

Good pockets, belt loops, fast dry, what's not to like? Usually wear xl but lg fits perfect.


Location: Tn

Nov 20, 2012

My college son loves them!

He lives in these shorts and can go for days wearing them. Being and outdoor lover, these shorts take him everywhere.


Location: Fairhope, AL

Nov 1, 2012

holds up to wear and tear and washing

Bought for my husband replacing columbia shorts he has had for years and years. Every day, tennis, etc. Hopefully, these will last just as long.......


Location: texas

Sep 19, 2012

Backcast II

These shorts are great except the dark colors have white lining and they should be black. Also, the rear pocket is huge! Needs to be cut back in width and length.


Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ

Sep 19, 2012

Unusual sizing

Wear XL everything including earlier version of this product. This XL was at least XXL equivalent and had to be returned at extra cost.


Location: Savannah ga

Sep 18, 2012

great fishing attire

i wear these all summer long for casual wear around the place, we live on the river.


Location: prosser wa

Aug 28, 2012

Belt Loops?

The belt loops seem out of place on this product and if they were to be used, more loops and a closer spacing would help their functionality

Aug 27, 2012

awesome kayaking shorts

very light, dries super fast ! i wear these while fishing and kayaking and really like them a lot. they have a drawstring and the mesh inner liners so you can wear them like a bathing suit and that is great on a hot day when you get out and wade a bit.


Location: phenix city , AL

Aug 26, 2012

Not really a bathing suit

I bought this expecting it to be a bathing suit ("water trunk"). When it arrived, I saw a label on it that suggests it it made to be worn when fishing (or boating, etc.). It has belt loops, another hint that it's not a pair of swimming trunks. Unfortunately, I've gone on vacation and taking this with me as my only swimming trunks, so I'm forced to use it. I like how quickly it dries when I get out of the ocean -- the water beads up on it and falls away, but it's not as snug around my waist as I'd like. It does have an elasticized waistband, but not as strong or as wide as I'd like it. After this vacation, I'll probably just use them as camp or gym shorts and buy another bathing suit.


Location: Washington, DC

Aug 15, 2012

Best swim trunks/shorts ever!

There are the best swim trunks/active shorts I've had. The length is perfect for not getting in the way or sticking to you in very uncomfortable ways. Made of great, light, cool fabric. Very glad I purchased 3 pairs.


Location: Raleigh, NC

Aug 14, 2012

Nice quality and perfect fit.

This bathing suit fit perfectly and has a comfortable inner mesh.


Location: Cape Cod, MA

Aug 10, 2012

Great for everyday water activities

These trunks fit great and work with low key water activities as well as those more intense days. They feel great!

Jul 13, 2012

This is exactly what we wanted. Not like pedal pushers.

Wondeful product. Pricey. Know that it will last.


Location: New York

Jul 11, 2012

great for the water

these shorts are very comfortable for use in the water and out of the water. They are well made. I would buy them again.


Location: pine brook nj

Jul 3, 2012

Comfortable trunks

Solid functional bathing trunks. Not sure need for belt loops. Fit and quality are good. Color is accurate as photo.


Location: Verona, NJ

Jul 3, 2012

Great Shorts

I know these are called water trunks, but I use them for fishing, and for shorts in south Texas. They keep me cool in our hot humid climate and are easy to clean. I love the deep front pockets and the back zippered pocket. I have 4 of the colors and they are my number one go-to short for all occasions. Thanks Columbia for making such a great short!


Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Jun 30, 2012





Jun 21, 2012

Fantastic and Active Shorts

I have been buying the Columbia Backcast Water Trunks for many years. I wear them because they are functional, quick drying and last forever. I highly recommend them for any tropical or wet environment activity.


Location: Everglades, Florida

Jun 10, 2012

This product is great

The short are great, fabric are light and very comfortable. One issue M size are in fact L size.


Location: NY

Jun 6, 2012

Best Trunk ever

This is the best swim trunk I have ever owned. The fit is great, and they are extremely comfortable. I am on the water almost every day and they have held up to all the punishment.


Location: Fort Myers, FL

Apr 30, 2012


I love the shorts, however if you have an iphone with an Outter cover it will not fit in the smaller side pocket that seems ideal for the phone i am outdoors approx 300 days a year


Location: Austin, Texas

Apr 25, 2012

No complaints

Fits and works just how I wanted them to. Great suit.

Apr 24, 2012

Compfortable Fit

These shorts have a perfect and compfortable fit. They are very fast drying and nice and cool on those hot days on the water. I am a full time fishing guide so these attributes are very important to me.


Location: Owensboro, KY

Apr 21, 2012


This is my second pair of these. Great outdoor short for all kinds of activities. Highly recommend


Location: Tallahassee

Apr 12, 2012

Swim Trunks

Fits great and looks good too. Would definitely recommend this to others.

Apr 11, 2012


they fit weird around the waist, the draw string is thin and the elastic is flimsy, the inner liner is irritating while i sit. i am kinda particular when it comes to my shorts, had columbia shorts before and loved them but not these

Apr 11, 2012

comfortable and easy to pack

Great for swiming and boating. A real easy item to take on vacation since they pack in such a small space and dry quickly.


Location: Anna Maria Island

Apr 8, 2012

I can't stop wearing them

Bough them about a week ago and I can't stop wearing them. They are super comfortable and the perfect length.

Apr 4, 2012

product is well designed and made.

Very comfortable and fits well.


Location: Annandale,NJ

Apr 2, 2012

Comfortable all day...

These are the shorts that will keep you cool and dry all day. Perfect fit to keep you comfortable all day at work building a house, at the beach or on the boat...


Location: Ridgefield Connecticut

Mar 29, 2012

This product is everything that we were looking for.

Great product. My husband loves them.

Mar 19, 2012

Comfortable and fit well.

I'm a full time guide who spends most of my time in the water (salt and fresh). So far these shorts have held up as well as my other Columbia products. Looking forward to many more years from them.

Mar 9, 2012


These Water Trunks are just what my Husband needed. Not for water activities actually, but he wears them around the house with a T-shirt. They are very well made and are comfortable to wear.


Location: Collinsville, VA

Feb 28, 2012

Great Shorts

I have 3 pairs of these shorts and wear them in rotation here in Hawaii. They are nice enough to wear out for dinner and tough enough to wear fishing (might want wash 'em in between those activities, they dry quick!). Excellent value, great quality.


Location: Kihei, HI.

Feb 24, 2012

Great suit!

Great looking and wearing suit--suitable for swimming or working out. Not too long or short. Columbia's sizes seem to run a size larger than most other companies, so if you normally wear a medium, you'll want a small.


Location: newport, ri

Feb 10, 2012

Great swimming/boating shorts

For the purpose I wanted them for, these shorts are perfect. I think they might be a little short for wearing around as short pants (shorter inseam that many columbia water shorts) but they are perfect for water shorts.


Location: Syracuse

Nov 18, 2011

Shorts fit fine

I now realise that I bought swim shorts. Did not expect the mesh lining. Still want quick dry fishing shorts that I can wear over norman underwear. Four years ago you made the perfect short. Was made of very light weight parachute rip stop fabric but no lining. Are they still available? A. Hurst


Location: old lyme ct

Nov 8, 2011

Durable, Comfortable, like the pockets

I use these mainly for Swimming. Had one pair for months with no issue - then one swim at LA Fitness La Verne and they completely faded. So ordered two more - since I like these so much - wanted a backup pair. Pocket is handy for keeping locker key secure while swimming laps. These are also great lake shorts also.


Location: Texas

Oct 30, 2011

Very Good for inactive water activities

The water trunk should be designed by a water sports person. Then, the pockets would drain better and not turn inside-out when entering the water. The pockets should be stitched to keep them where they belong. Now they billow out and look foolish. As a pool fitness instructor, these work only if I don't jump into the pool.


Location: Los Angeles Las Vegas

Oct 13, 2011

Awesome short

These shorts serve various purposes very well. They dry fast which makes them great for the beach and outdoor activities like rafting or a hike that involves water. I also use them for working out where the pockets come in handy for holding keys and such. The length is great for leg exercises.

Location: Knoxville TN

Oct 3, 2011

Not for the pool

I really love the fit and look of these trunks, however they bleach out pretty badly after a couple weeks swimming in the pool. My black trunks are now a dark gray.


Location: Houston, TX

Oct 1, 2011


The Backcast II Water Trunk is a great product but has one shortcoming. It fits comfortably, is lightweight and dries quickly. But here's the one flaw: the mesh liner is very uncomfortable against the skin when sitting down for extended periods on a hot, sweaty summer day. I hope Columbia reissues this short the same except switches to a crepe liner or any type of liner that doesn't imbed in your skin like this mesh liner.


Location: Dayton Ohio

Aug 11, 2011

Great shorts

When I received the shorts I tried them on, good fit. Washed them and they came out great as for fit and color. I put them on today to go to the movies and they were just what I needed for comfort,hot weather and fit.

Aug 7, 2011


Good all around shorts have all colors some several in same color


Location: ST JOHNS FL

Jul 22, 2011

Not exactly what I expected

These are kind of billed as shorts, but are really a loose fitting bathing suit. I found them to be neither a great pair of shorts nor a likable swimming trunk. Seem to run a little large, dry quickly when you get them wet, the inner mesh portion is not particularly comfortable like in a good bathing suit. The back pocket is way too deep. If you put a wallet in there it is hanging well down on glute and uncomfortable.


Location: East Coast US

Jul 21, 2011

Best trunks

Best trunks I've owned. I have three pairs in three different colors, and about to get a 4th.

Jul 15, 2011

great swim trunk

dries fast; generous cut. glad I bought 3 different colors, wish they had red also.

Jul 15, 2011

Backcast Water Trunk

Had been looking for these for several years since I'd been wearing a similar Columbia short everywhere but Church...ordered 3 pair and will get more when the Queen will allow or I can sneak them by her...perfect fit and very complaints...swimming , walking , working in the yard , coaching , etc. Please do not change anything about this great item...I'm in the boat...Thanks !


Location: Reidsville NC

Jul 13, 2011

Will be buying more

Most comfortable short I have. Great for casual or getting wet. Drys fast and fits great. Will be buying more of this product.

Jul 11, 2011

Men’s Backcast II™ Water Trunk

comfortable, lightweight, and not too long!


Location: New York City

Jul 5, 2011

Almost perfect

Great shorts, fit great, light and comfortable. Only wish the pockets were sewned to the sides because they tend to flop around with a pocket full of stuff.


Location: Lincoln, NE

Jul 4, 2011

Backcast II water shorts

I have six pair of Columbias water short and have worn them for years. The Backcast II water shorts are cut small and are not as roomy as previously made.


Location: texas

Jul 3, 2011

Best for everyday wear

One of every color, two in some. Everyday wear in southern California.


Location: Carpinteria, CA

Jul 1, 2011

Great Water Shorts, but Need Some Modifications...

I'll start by saying these are excellent shorts, perfect for the guy who wants a pair of shorts that double as swim wear. But I made a number of modifications to make them better, some of which address comments in previous reviews. Columbia, suggest you review and update a good design to a great design. First, I removed the belt loops. Who wears a belt with swim wear? They look much cleaner without them. Second, I shortened the rear zippered pocket so my wallet didn't hang so low. Easy fix by folding over the pocket to the desired length and sewing around the edges. Third, I opened up the bottom of the side pliers pocket a bit to provide drainage - the pocket fills up with water and holds it when you get out, a bit irritating and easily fixed. Last, I sewed a lower corner of each front pocket to the leg so they don't turn inside out in the water. Repeating: good shorts now great!


Location: Houston, Texas

Jun 27, 2011

Where's the belt?

Water trunks with belt loops but no water proof belt? Come on. Fortunately my LL Bean Water Shorts came with a belt that I can use. The short seams on the legs are the reason I did not return these trunks. Long seams tend to grab the fly line floating on the surface while dry fly fishing. The LL Bean Water Shorts are too long but look good with a leather belt for casual wear. The color of the LL Bean belt that comes with the shorts doesn't match the Columbia Trunks, but the fish don't care. Incidentally, your description category of Professional Thrill Seeker misses the mark. I am a professional fly fishing outfitter and guide who is in it for the companionship, peace, serenity and the fee.

Location: Bighorn River, Montana

Jun 20, 2011

Great Shorts

In or out of the water these are great shorts. Wonderfully cool material and nicely sewn.


Location: Medford, Oregon

Jun 10, 2011

The perfect shorts

These trunks are perfect for all day wear. They are comfortable to drive in, hang out in and swim in. They dry very quickly whether wearing them or not. Because they don't wrinkle, they work as shorts too.

May 25, 2011

Water Trunks

My husband loves these shorts! They last forever, the only reason I bought him more is because he's lost weight, he has 4 good pair of mediums but they just got too baggy in the butt, the small is a perfect fit. They repel dirt, and dry quickly. If my husband had his way this would be the only shorts he would wear.


Location: Orlando Florida

May 24, 2011


I am a full time fishing guide for inshore fish. I wear these shorts everyday and they have not let me down. They are light weight, quick drying, and comfortable. You definitely need to get a few pair of these.


Location: Charleston, SC

May 16, 2011

Guadalupe and Frio

This is the time of year that Texans trek to hill country south of Austin and spend weekends on tubes floating the rivers. Your shorts are perfect and uber fratty.


Location: Henderson TX

May 13, 2011

Excellent shorts!

These shorts are the best water trunks I have ever owned! They dont even look like water shorts in person, so I wear mine to school.

May 3, 2011


this shorts are awesome


Location: savanah

Apr 27, 2011

Swim trunks

I'm 195lbs. Fit. These guys run big. Probably could have used a medium. But otherwise the price is right and they accomplish what they are suppose to do.


Location: Chicago

Apr 21, 2011

Cool Color

These are warm weather staples for me. I have them in several colors and a couple of prints. They wear so good that I don't really need any more, but if you come up with some more cool colors or printed designs ........ they say variety is the spice of life.

Apr 5, 2011

Great Product

Fit great, comfortable to wear day in and day out.

Mar 29, 2011

Just as advertised

Good fit. Product as advertised. Have not worn them yet. Waiting for warm weather.

Feb 23, 2011

bought for college son

bought these for my college son and he loves them. says they fit perfectly and are very comfortable


Location: south carolina

Feb 20, 2011

Great for any aquatic activity

I got two pairs of these after borrowing a pair from a buddy. They are a great fit and fit the description perfectly. They dry extremely quickly. The only complaint is that the pockets turn inside out often in the water but I don't usually swim with my cell phone and wallet in the water.


Location: Atlanta

Feb 11, 2011

Okay, not as good as original

There used to additional pockets on these shorts (velcro on the front) that are sorely missed. The current pockets are not up to snuff, things fall out much too easily (for instance my money). The accessory pocket is also poorly placed. Please bring back the earlier version!


Location: MI

Jan 23, 2011

Great Pair of Shorts

These are great shorts for going to the gym, working out, then relaxing in the pool or steam room. I had a similar pair earlier that I wore all the time. Couldn't find them again until I contacted Columbia, which directed me to this newer version. The new version seems lighter, and dries more quickly. Generally I take an XL (sorry about that) but I ordered the L on this product and the fit is great. I just use the elastic waistband and don't bother with the string.


Location: Bay Area, California

Oct 11, 2010

awsome shorts

these are the best shorts comfortable


Location: florida

Sep 2, 2010


Perfect weight, length, and size. Quick drying. Cool for the summer.

Aug 29, 2010

Weight distribution

Having the accessory pocket on the same side as the back pocket puts an uneven amount of weight on one side of the garment. I would like to carry my cell phone in the side pocket but find it is not comfortable when I have my wallet in the back pocket as well. Also, if the accessory pocket were on the left side I could have access to my cell phone in my vehicle while wearing my seat belt. Still my favorite pair of shorts


Location: North Texas

Aug 22, 2010

Expected more from the Backcast II Water Trunk

Decent swim trunks for standing around at a beach or swimming two laps in a hotel pool. However they are not as hardy and well constructed as I expected them to be. Very light thin material and lining. A very short, thin tie string around the waist. Yes, string is the right word. Both front pockets went in-side-out every time I stand up while swimming in breaking waves. The rear pocket is far too low to carry a wallet in. It is very easy to see where the corners were cut to keep the constuction costs down. I have to take some of the blame, quality swim trunks cost more than these, and I talked my self into believing that these would be a quality short at a $30 price because they were from Columbia. They are not what I expected them to be. I would recommend them to someone with the warnings of their short commings.


Location: North Carolina Coast

Aug 14, 2010

Nice Shorts

I have an older pair of Columbia Sportswear shorts I really like. I needed more shorts and couldn't find anything but those stupid long surfer shorts in stores. So, I ordered three pairs of the Backcast shorts directly from Columbia's web site. Overall, I'm happy with the new shorts, though the elastic waistband doesn't have as much covering so it's a little scratchy. Also, while the shorts themselves fit nicely, the interior lining seems to be a little oversized. Neither is a huge issue, but my last Columbia shorts were perfect so these two minor changes stand out. It's just nice to have some decent shorts that don't look silly on an older guy.

Aug 11, 2010

All around swim trunks/shorts

Great shorts. I wear these for water expeditions - kayak, raft, swim. And they work nicely for hiking as well. Shorter inseam, great price.


Location: USA

Aug 2, 2010

Excellent Product

I use these shorts when working rescue at boat races in the mid-Atlantic area. We set a heat record during the event last weekend. The shorts are very comfortable and dry FAST! The pockets are great for your wallet and keys when on land. I actually bought three additional pair. They are perfect for the work I do and would recommend them highly.


Location: Maryland

Jul 31, 2010

Best. Shorts. Ever.

Great all-around swim trunk/shorts. I wear them everywhere. Nicely designed with the perfect inseam that isn't too long. No silly cargo pockets!


Location: Austin, Texas

Jul 18, 2010

Good buy!

I bought it as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! It was a great price also!


Location: Marietta, GA

Jul 17, 2010

Good buy.

It's gotten so hard to buy any decent-fitting pair of shorts or swim trunks. These shorts fit well, and are well suited to any aquatic adventure. Cheap price, as well - especially with the membership card. Well done again, Columbia. Classic look - you won't look like a... well, just a classic look you can't go wrong with.


Location: Richmond, Virginia

Jul 14, 2010

Love These Shorts!

My husband loves these shorts. He wears them everyday after he comes home from work.


Location: Houston, Tx

Jun 29, 2010