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Women’s Anytime Outdoor™ Short


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$34.99 $55.00
Style# 1579151
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Style# 1579151
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Country or city, you’ll enjoy hanging in these comfy, mid-rise shorts that repel both rain and stain and protect you from harmful UV rays. When style meets outdoor function, everybody’s happy.

  • Omni-Shield™ advanced repellency
  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Comfort stretch
  • Mid rise
  • Active Fit
  • Imported

  • Shell: Omni-Shield™ Summiteer Lite 96% nylon / 4% elastane
Water and Stain Repellent

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Women’s Anytime Outdoor™ Short is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the perfect shorts these are great shorts, very comfortable, lightweight, dry quickly too. I have 3 pairs, would recommend, I wash and put them in the dryer, no shrinking, i plan on buying more.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from These are a lot shorter than the picture shows I got a pair of Columbia shorts 5 yrs ago that I thought were comparable but was I sorely mistaken. These could almost be Daisy Dukes.....cut off at the chunkier part of my soccer thighs. Uncomfie and I had to return them. These would be better for a willowy long legged girl, not a petite rocket like myself
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anytime Outdoor Shorts This is my second pair. They are very comfortable. I own several pairs of the Anytime Outdoor Capri as well and wouldn't be without them. They are lightweight, with built-in sun protection, and they wash and dry so quickly. They do stretch out a little after the first couple of times wearing them, so do pick your true size, or even size down a size. I wear the shorts and the capris almost all the time, living in the warm climate here in Florida.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Runs small The short was the quality I expected but ran an entire size smaller.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anytime short Love the feel of this material. Love it so much I ordered a second pair. The blue size six seems to run smaller than the black size 6 which is very disappointing as they are a smidge too tight. Seems like i may have to return.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anytime Outdoor Shorts I have been looking for shorts that are comfortable and versatile. I have finally found them! I have 3 pairs and can wear them no matter what I'm doing. They are comfortable, lightweight and cool.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big fan of Anytime Outdoor bottoms I already own the boot cut and ankle pants. I ordered these as swim shorts as recommended by one of the other reviewers and am very pleased with them. I ordered my usual size and one size up and find my usual size fits fine due to the fabric. Only a 4 star for all the Anytime Outdoor bottoms because they tend to pill in the inner thigh area, but other than that they're a solid winner.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just right I'm 5'6" and 118#. Size 4 fits perfect and is my usual size. Shorts are super comfortable, NOT binding or riding up. Fabric is soft with slight stretch to it. Flattering shape to them. Length is conservative so I wear these when leading a hike as opposed to my super shorties.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best (Beach) Shorts Ever! I love these shorts and was very disappointed when I tried to order my size in the other colors - they were already sold out:(
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LIVE IN THESE SHORTS!!! I love these shorts. I live in the central west coast of FL, super hot in most of spring and summer. Lucky I have a pool and so do most of my friends. I put these shorts on everyday it's hot out!! I can do gardening , hike with my dogs , detail cars, whatever and they wick the moisture and heat away from my body. Then when I do get HOT, I jump in my Non Chlorine sanitized pool!! I swim in these shorts everyday in pools, ocean and rivers: I also love them because they dry in minutes, all u need to do is wrap a towel around u and boom they're almost dry. If I want to stay cool and go back out and work again, I'll leave them wet to dry on their own. This keeps my body temperature down in 100 degree weather! The only reason I gave it an average quality is because the fabric starts to get a bit "fuzzy" in a few months. I wouldn't mind if they cost $20 but they were $55 when I first bought them: now they're $25. That's better . I bought six more shorts at the $25 price. I would still like to see them improved a bit more though. For the $$, I'd like a back pocket for waterproof iPhone or a zippered pocket so my keys would stop falling out!! And BTW I already had seven pairs , so I wouldn't wear one set more than once a week.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anytime outdoor short The style, comfort and length were great however I needed to size up because they run small and are form fitting.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable I really like these shorts for outdoor activities in hot humid weather. Great for hiking and boating. The fabric dries very quickly and is soft and stretchy.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best These are the most functional and comfortable shorts I have ever owned. They fit snugly without being too tight. I am 5'6" and weigh 125. I ordered the medium. Very easy to wash and hang dry. (I haven't dried them in the dryer yet.)
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect These shorts look great & feel great. They're comfortable & perfect for golf. They breathe well in hot weather. I've purchased them in multiple colors
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Love the Anytime Outdoor products and these shorts are so comfortable and true to size.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable shorts I highly recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Short I bought these shorts to bike in the FL summer heat. They're very comfortable and dry quickly. I would recommend them for any outdoor activity.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great shorts I love these shorts. The material is stretchy but doesn't lose its shape. Perfect for the beach or hiking.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to shorts I absolutely love these shorts... I have them in every color and I pretty much wear them every day. They are cute and comfortable. The fabric is so soft, the pockets are ample sized... and I just can't get enough of them. I am slightly rough on them and they do bead up after a while on the butt area from me sitting on rough concrete.. They are great for around the house and running errands, but I also wear them out on the boat since they are quick dry. I highly recommend them. I am 5'3" and 130 pounds and I wear size 8. I like a little extra wiggle room and they have a tie strap so they fit just right to me.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable I love these shorts. I use them for water activities because they stretch for movement and dry quickly. I like them so much I got some for my daughter for Christmas.
Date published: 2015-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy but short-lived very comfortable, slight tendency to ride up, some pilling in the crotch after wearing all summer. These have been a great pair of shorts for hot weather (90 degree, 90% humidity)
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfortable The best shorts I've ever owned. Bought all colors. Slimming, comfortable and slightly fitted so they stay in place perfectly. Love
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great, a little small I love the Women's Anytime Outdoor Pant, so thought I would try the shorts. They look very nice, but are a little snug. I got them in the exact same size as the pants, but the button is just a little tight. BUT, I have to say, I wear a size 10 in all of my pants, but had to (got to?) size down to a size 8 in the Women's Anytime Outdoor Pant. I'm thinking my normal size 10 would have been the way to go for the shorts.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These shorts are the perfect length. As a 40 year old mother of three, I wanted some shorts that are sporty and comfortable yet look nice to wear to my kids' ball games, tumbling practice, etc. Most of the athletic shorts available for women have a 4" inseam which I feel are too short. These shorts have a 5" inseam and I find them to be the perfect length for me. The fabric is super soft and comfortable. My pairs of shorts have gone threw multiple washings and still look like the first time I wore them. I wish they were available in a number of other colors, especially black.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfy, well fitting shorts These shorts are so comfy, you will consider wearing them as jammies.... but don't because they look too good to waste wearing in bed! If you are a bit curvy, with a smaller waist and a larger rear end, you will love that there is no gap at the waist in these shorts. They are made with a nice, lightweight, stretchy material. Even though the fabric is lightweight, it is substantial, not cheap. They wash up beautifully and are virtually wrinkle free if you pull them hot out of the dryer to hang or fold. A great buy for me, and I think for you too!
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tight Fit Waist fit fine, but the legs and especially the bum were really fitted. They stretch but they are so fitted that they showed every curve - if you know what I mean. Im planning to exchange hoping one size up will be looser.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these Super comfy, and stretchy
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Love these shorts. I have 4 pairs.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a little small Nice, but crunches up in the crotch in front. They look nice until you walk, then the front bunches up. I have two dozen pair of Columbia pants in size 8, but these are just a little smaller.
Date published: 2015-02-27
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
Size L
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
How to Measure
Womens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 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.
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens 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.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

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
Free Standard Shipping

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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