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Women’s Anytime Outdoor™ Short


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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 4.6 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts! I originally bought these for hiking on hot days, but I now find myself constantly changing into them when I'm just around the house or out and about around the city! They are super comfortable and nice fitting. Due to the waterproof technology, rain will bead right up and roll off (I learned that salad dressing does the same...haha). Couldn't ask for anything better. I mayyyy also have bought the long short, capri and pant versions of this product as well. They are all just as equally wonderful!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy them These are so comfortable & look great. Highly recommend. They stretch with you. I got a size smaller than usual & they're just tad snug but I hope to lose a few pounds. Definitely still comfy though.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to shorts I love these shorts from the minute I'd tried them on. Very comfortable and practical. Not too short which I like. Great for everyday use!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! I recently bought these shorts to do some hiking and they've become an everyday favorite. The material is super comfortable and I like the inclusion of a drawstring in addition to a snap and zipper. They were a bit on the small side but I was able to go up a size and they fit great.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best short ever It's the most comfortable short ever. Love the style, feels great you can move in any direction, the short goes with you fluidly. Love love it!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Amazing Fit I can't believe how well these shorts fit, from the waist line, to hip width, to leg openings. I prefer non-baggy outdoor clothing now and these shorts look awesome. This slim fit is not tight at all. The cut on every curve feels like just a fraction of an inch perfectly off my skin, so not only it looks great but most importantly, feels very comfortable. The stretch is a big plus for movement too. I got the black shorts but now going to buy the grey color shorts as well. Hope to have other colors available too!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit I bought two pairs of these shorts for a vacation last fall. They fit perfect. They aren't too short, they aren't too long. I ordered another pair this summer because I wear them every day!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable great fitting shorts I just received these in thie mail, I was a little scared they weren't going to fit since other reviews said they run small but they fit perfect. I am 5'3 and the inseam is the perfect length. Not to short so my inner theighs will not chaf when hiking but not to long that they make my legs look short and stocky. I can't wait to wear them this weekend!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not suited for 5'2 Older Woman While the quality of Columbia is 1st rate, I am 5'2 - 140 pds and ordered a size 10. I am full figured but not fat (per se). They fit to short to be age appropriate for someone older. However, if your fit and like a shorter short, you'll appreciate the quality of this product. I'm sad I have to send these back.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with my purchase The shorts are great for working a long physical day.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product Loved the fabric and the fit
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this fabric The fabric is so comfortable and practical that I have purchased shorts in 3 lengths and the pants. Great for wearing several days in a row while camping/hiking but look nice enough for everyday wear. I usually wear a size 6 but ordered an 8 based on reviews and these shorts fit perfectly. The length is good for hiking, but offering shorts a couple of inches longer would be great for everyday use.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE these shorts! These are my new favorite shorts. They form to my curves without being tight. They stretch when needed without stretching out of shape. I thought the length would be too short for me at first (I'm 5'3"), but they are very flattering at that length. Also I found tops that looked awkward with my longer Bermuda length shorts looked awesome with these shorts. I have 4 pair in different colors. The fabric is a wicking fabric that is great for exercise or for use in hot and humid climates. I plan to wear them to Florida theme parks this August!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit, feel and comfort are great! I have purchased three pairs of these shorts and am planning on purchasing more. Love the fit, feel, and comfort of these shorts. The quality is equally as great. My first pair has been put to the test on land and on sea. I've worn them hiking and fishing and still look as if brand new. Highly recommend them.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are my go-to shorts! I've never worn a more comfortable and versatile short. Perfect for pairing with a nicer top, casual t-shirt, or tank. My favorite part of these shorts is their light, breathable fabric with just a little stretch for comfort. I have these shorts in the 5 length and the 11 length. Would love for more colors! Have recommended these shorts to several of my friends...you should try them! One thing to remember, though...they do run small. I usually wear a four and I ended up needing an eight which fit perfectly.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the feel Clothes that fit and are breathable. I highly recommend Columbia to anyone who comments about my attire.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and comfy Own 3 pair of these shorts and they are just amazing. Perfect length, comfy material and wash well. I want one in every color
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! This is my second pair of these shorts. They are perfect for hiking, errands, and just about anything! My first pair is starting to wear out after about 1.5 years. My only complaint is that I wish they had a bit of a longer inseam - 5 inches is just barely long enough for me. If these had a 6 inch inseam I'd have them in every color!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts These are my new favorite shorts. They are light weight, breathable, and dry quickly. True to size and extremely comfortable.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy Don't bunch up, sits on hip bones, anytime line is the best for my body frame, I've got 2 colors and working on getting them all
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute and comfortable These are by far my favorite pair of shorts. They're more form fitting than other Columbia shorts and they look a lot less "outdoors-y" I usually wear a 0 but the 2 fits perfectly! The fabric is amazing but I do have issues with them pilling or getting fuzz balls all over. They dry fast and are cool in the hot weather. Cannot say it enough, these shorts are AWESOME
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable light weight These shorts are so comfortable and look great. The light weight material is nice when the summers get hot and muggy.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite shorts! I absolutely love these shorts! They are lightweight, breathable, and look nice. I plan to buy a few more colors as they are my favorite pair of shorts!
Date published: 2017-04-22
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
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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

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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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