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Women's Back Beauty™ Long Sport Short


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Style# 1493091
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Uses: Trail
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product Fits Slightly Small | Fit Active


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Style# 1493091
Uses Trail


Stretch properties in this flattering woven short provide comfort during dynamic activities and UPF 50 sun protection is built right in, but the real beauty is in the fit; the contoured waistband conforms to your curves and gives you perfect coverage where you need it most.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency
  • Contoured fit and coverage
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Inseam: 11”
  • Active fit, mid rise
  • Imported

    89% polyester/11% elastane Max Lite double weave
  • Waistband
    90% polyester/10% elastane jacquard mesh
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Helps you stay clean and dry by resisting absorption of liquids.
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Blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.


Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 32 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by comfortable longer short I bought this same pair of shorts 2 years ago in the black. I bought the gray this year at a Columbia outlet. Both fit exactly the same. But when I ordered another pair from the website I found they have changed the inseam. It is one inch shorter than my other 2 pairs! Why why? Not sure why they would want to make this a "low rise" short when they are for people who obviously want/need a longer length of short. Really disappointed they did this. Guess I will have to search the outlets again for previous years style. May 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Style meets comfort! These shorts bring fashion to comfort and functionality. They are exactly what I was looking for - a transition from comfy leggings in the Winter to shorts I can wear on the trail, to the store and around the house in total comfort. Match these with the OuterSpaced tank and I have found my new "go to" outfit for the Summer. You will want two pair. April 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts for sports. Was looking for a longer short for bike riding and walking. Great material and the zipper pocket is perfect for carrying a little money or your keys. Material is light and cool and quick to dry. April 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bedt shorts ever! These shorts are so comfortable! Easy to move in, perfect length. Now they just need more colors!! April 14, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very comfortable and flattering Very comfortable and flattering, just the right amount of coverage. I bought a L, I am 5'6 and 163 lbs. April 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts Great shorts Loved them so much I ordered another pair Shipping was very fast and easy. Totally recommend January 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love all Back Beauty pieces. I have the Back Beauty pieces in all styles from shorts to long pants and love them. December 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Back Beauty Long Sport Short Excellent quality and great for walking. This is the fourth pair I have purchased and love them. Extremely comfortable. September 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Most comfortable shorts ever! I have never before written a review, but I have to on this product because I love it that much! I bought my first pair in a sporting goods store and my second, a week later, online. I read in other reviews they run small, so I was nervous about buying my regular size (small...5'2", 118 lbs.), but the medium was baggy and I am very happy with the fit of the smalls. These shorts are so comfortable I want to wear them every day! Plus, they hide my muffin-top and middle-aged thighs. I would buy more if they came in different colors. August 29, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Could be better these shorts are a great idea, could be better. problem is they are extremely low waisted, which doesn't fit my body type very well. would suggest sizing up on these, they fit small. August 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Runs small I think I would have loved these but I purchased a size M which should have corresponded to a size 10 which is my usual size, but they were way to small. I would have tried a L but they were sold out. July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these shorts! I am in love with these shorts. The fit is perfect and I want more in more colours. The length is perfect as well. They do not ride up and they do not stretch out and become too loose and slide down. The best shorts I have ever owned. The pocket is perfect size for holding an iPod or keys and money if needed. July 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome shorts These have been my go to favourite shorts for three years. Comfortable, easy to move in, extremely flattering and very practical. Love the wide simple waist band. Just finished a four day back packing trip and the simple flat waist band meant there was no chafing at all from my packs hip belt. I have the capris and skinny leg pants also. My only complaint is the lack of colour selection - how about some lighter brighter summer colours. July 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Favourite shorts Comfortable and stylish, these shorts are the best. I actually signed on to see if they come in any other colours bc I would get more. They are lightweight and fit amazingly, no buttons, zippers or snaps, and very slimming too. You won't be disappointed. May 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by New favorite shorts These fit and move fantastic! They are very comfortable, will likely need another pair. May 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The driest shorts ever!! Love them in humid NEPA These shorts are comfy and dry all day in humid north east PA. they totally shocked me. Thought they would be hot and a sweat master total opposite. My bra was soaked could be wrung out yesterday after cleaning up yard and cutting grass, but my underwear were dry it was almost impossible to believe. I'll be stocking up on these. Quick to wash out be hand and hang to dry super quick. WOW thank u Columbia!!! May 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ORDER A SIZE UP! I couldn't even get them up, they are very "fitted" so order at least a size up! April 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Quality great quality, wash well and repell stains April 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by needs 1 change These shorts need 1 change. I agree with some of the reviews I read on Amazon. The rise is too short. This makes for a slightly "off" fit, and unflattering look. Please adjust the rise on these shorts. If you make that adjustment I'll buy a couple of more pairs. With the current design, I'll have to pass on buying another pair even though I like the other features of the shorts. April 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by No zippers, and no buttons I bought 2 pair of these shorts, I am a true size 12 and I bought a large, the length is perfect and the waist fits perfect, I like the idea there are no zippers or snaps, I have hiked and also done my spin class wearing these, can't wait to continue doing my activities in them. They are perfect. I love them ! So happy !! Also the little hidden/side pocket is great for money, key or I.d. March 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite work out shorts ever! These shorts are my favorite pair of workout shorts. I have 2 pair. I love them because they are not ridiculously short like most of the shorts the younger girls wear, but are not "old lady" shorts either. They are also comfortable and the fabric allows for stretching with no binding anywhere. February 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Short This short fits nicely, very flattering, wears like iron, and is superbly comfortable. A nice length. April 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these Shorts So comfortable! Wore in Hawaii, great in heat. Will be my favorite shorts February 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Short These shorts are very comfortable and fit well. If you are on the slim side, they definitely do fit a bit loose around the things/knees so have more of a masculine fit. I was thinking that they would fit more like a very short capri (slim) but that was not the case. Not a problem though as I still use them for running and hiking in the summer, just a different look. Love the fit of the waistband and the good back coverage. October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfort & function plus These hardworking shorts could not be more comfortable, attractive & easy-wearing. Perfect zip pocket on seam for key items. Cool in our hot humid climate as well! June 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I'm a very active mid 50's woman and these shorts are perfect for everyday use- gym, tennis, biking, etc... I particularly like the small pocket that is perfect for the Iphone. June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great and Comfortable Fit I purchased my first pair about 8 months ago. I love the fit and how comfortable they are to wear. I do not like tight fitting clothes but I want something that fits, especially when I am being active. These are fitting and fit all areas around the waist. No gaps!!! Great for playing ball where you are moving around alot. I would recommend these shorts for any active activity. June 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these shorts have three pair Bought them for vacation but have already worn them for exercise and golf but plan to wear them for almost anything. Very comfortable. I got the XL and sizing said I should wear the L, but I do not like things that hug. I am tall and love the length. May 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Work out shorts I have had a really hard time finding this type of short in any stores, so I was happy to find you carried it. The sizing recommendation said it ran small, and it does, so I appreciated that notation before I ordered. May 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great looking short, but GRAVEL is a GREEN Color! I like these shorts and they are a great fit. HOWEVER, I thought they were gray when I ordered them online. Columbia has the color listed as GRAVEL. Well, these shorts are actually a green color. I would describe as 'Army Green'. Most of my coordinating hiking and workout clothing is gray or black. These do not go with any shirts/ jackets I have, so I returned them. If if wasn't for the green color, I would have kept them. March 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts for curvy women Love these shorts! I am very pear shaped so it's hard to find bottoms that aren't too tight in the legs and yet don't gap in the waist especially when sitting. These shorts fit the bill and will be great for all my casual activities this Spring and Summer. March 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by These shorts are versatile The back beauty shorts would be appropriate as work out shorts or for shopping -- very versatile. They are super comfortable - especially in the waist. I ordered the gravel color expecting a grayish/tanish color. Much to my surprize, gravel as a color means green! Think army dress uniform green. Very nice...just not what I expected. February 18, 2013
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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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