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Women's Sandy River™ Cargo Short - Plus Size


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$32.99 $45.00
Style# 1386072
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Uses: Water
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Modern Classic


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Style# 1386072
Uses Water


Stay comfortable, cool and protected during active outdoor adventures with this super versatile cargo short: UPF 30 protection is built right in and quick-drying nylon provides excellent durability.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Exterior adjustable waistband
  • Modern classic fit, regular rise
  • Inseam 6”
  • Imported

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 39 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Comfortable My new go-to short. Very comfortable. I just wish they had a built in liner. April 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy River Cargo Pants Like these shorts. Light-weight-take up hardly any room in suitcase, wash very well. Took to Costa Rica in humid conditions-performed better than I expected. I bought a few more pairs. April 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome shorts! The Women's Sandy River Cargo Shorts are awesome! They have plenty of hip room and also fit at the waist. It's rare to find plus size shorts that fit so perfectly. In addition, they really do protect you from the sun. I bought three pairs and recently bought three more. They are definitely a "must-buy" if you like to be outdoors a lot. They dry very quickly if they get wet, and that's a big plus when walking along the beach. April 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by So Comfy and Light! I'm glad they made Plus sizes! August 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice for boating These shorts are very comfy, the belt however, needs to go. Oh my word the belt is awful, but the shorts are a nice. I like the length, the material is quick drying. I know quick drying is usually thin material, but these seem very thin. They are great for boating or maybe yardwork. While I have not had any issues with them, because they feel so thin, I hope the material will hold up. For me the waist is a little big. While I do have a smaller waist than hip/butt proportion, this seems a little more off than usual. Please find a better quality belt, that belt is just terrible. The belt went straight into the trash. June 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Odd fitting shorts I really wanted these shorts to work and tried them in different sizes and styles (non cargo). All returned. On all sizes I found them to be either tight at the waist with excessive amount of fabric in the leg. Or ok at the waist but so much fabric. The shorts remind me of culottes, cinched at the waist but flowing through the leg. I find it to be an unflattering look. Did love the color options though. Would prefer a short option that is more tailored and less baggy. June 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Comfortable Shorts Shorts are lightweight and airy. The fit is true to size and are extremely comfortable even outside in high temperatures. I would strong recommend these shorts if enjoy comfort, cool and comforts shorts June 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous shorts I bought these shorts for a recent trip to Thailand and couldn't be happier with their performance! They repelled dirt and didn't show sweat - it was extremely hot and they stayed comfortable, didn't stick to wet skin and looked good even in the 98 degree heat! Fit was very comfortable and true to size. May 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts These shorts fit well, very comfortable for fishing, and all around versatile shorts. I usually don't wear the belt, but they stay up just fine. May 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great sporty shorts Comfortable fitting, nice longer length, quick to dry. Slenderizing! Good for hiking, swimming, or just a casual lunch. April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite shorts! I have these shorts in several colors and even a couple of sizes. They are my favorite shorts! They're light, breathable and dry fast. I love the zippered & velcro pockets too. I totally recommend these shorts. April 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by These shorts are great! Ok, I have 8 pair of these. This year's model has been slightly resized, they are MORE comfortable, less binding across the backside when bending over. YAY. They dry quickly. Things I'd like improvement on..... bigger pockets please. I prefer to ditch the purse, and neither pocket is big enough for my cell phone, and will barely hold my smallest wallet. Now, if they do go with bigger pockets they will need to strengthen the elastic. April 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy River Cargo Shorts Excellent short, very pleased with fit. April 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Work Shorts I wear these shorts when working out on the Lawn Maintenance crews. They are light weight yet durable and have great movement for pushing mowers and weeding in the gardens. April 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable and functional I am very pleased with this pair of shorts. I have a "curvy" shape and have difficulty getting a pair of trail shorts to fit properly allowing good movement. These fit the bill. The elastic waist allows a good level of comfort. The length of the short is sufficient and the leg opening is generous without being overly big. These shorts are what I expected from a size 16W. This is the second pair that I have purchased. Very happy! April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Favorite Love these shorts! Imagine my dismay when I burned a hole in my favorite shorts...just before a trip! Ordered two pair of these cause I am not taking chances. April 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Selection Tried these, loved them, and over time I have ordered every color. I like the other Sandy River elastic waist without the belt too for other purposes and hope you will offer them again in the extended size as well. Both styles are made so well, please don't compromise on the quality. I like the leg length but would be ok with a longer one as others have said. Hoping to see them back in your selections soon. They are also wonderful for travel, lightweight for packing and non wrinkle. Thank you! November 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by new to this brand I am an elderly, large woman and I think I am going to love these. February 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Wide legs For the most part I like these shorts. The legs are a little bit too wide, other than that they are nice, light weight and dry fast. February 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by try them on I ordered the same size I have in other Columbia capri pants and the shorts fit much differently--tighter all over. September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just what I expected I bought these to wear over padded biking liners. They worked great. Nice and light weight but sturdy. I would like them to be an inch or two longer. September 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I do a lot of sailing and have 6 pairs. Wish I could get shirts and bras made in this fabric. I was in the BVI for 11 days. I used them as swimsuit bottoms. They wash easily and dry quickly. September 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Colorado River Shorts I purchased these at the lst minute as I was packing for my whitewater 7 day raft trip. They were perfect. Quick dry, tough and looked reasonably good on my plus size hips. They were roomy and comfortable so they worked well day after day without showing dirt. I highly recommend for active outdoor wear for a plus size woman. They could be another inch or two in length. August 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great fit & material I bought two pair (tan & ink) for a trip to Costa Rica. They seem to be very light weight, and I know that they will dry quickly in case of sudden rains there. As others have said, the belt is fairly flimsy, so I took it off. The fit is perfect for me. I am 5'8" and overweight in the thigh area, but they have ample leg room and fit well with the elastic in the waist. As others have said, I would like to see these maybe a bit longer for sitting down, but for hiking they seem to be fine. July 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by pockets! Cargo pants without hip pockets - Seriously?? None of the pockets in these shorts are large enough for a wallet. I don't buy cargo shorts as a fashion statement, I want them for pockets. As a plus size woman my choices in shorts are very limited, but these are just not functional. I am returning them. July 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Terrific shorts for walking!! These cargos are great for walking, even in the heat and humidity of south Alabama! They don't ride up as you walk and the fabric breathes great so you stay cool! Love them! June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I love the shorts. They are light and comfortable. I wish they were a couple of inches longer though. June 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good buy Picked these up for summer hiking. Ran slightly small but not surprised for plus size clothes. Good length and light weight. May 24, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Personal Preference These were just what I was looking for, but just a tad too short for my liking. There is nothing wrong with the product....just I like my shorts longer. May 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! Love these shorts. Comfortable everyday wear. May 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Shorts Excellent shorts! Fabric and fit are very good. Very comfortable. I ordered more. They are roomy enough for sports. Cool enough for hot Florida summers. Good for bike riding, gardening, hiking, tennis and relaxing. May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice lightweight shorts that are very breathable Purchased these shorts for summer and was surprised of how well they fit the run a little big which is nice. I just wish they had these in more colors. I will be buying more of these and I am also looking to try the pants as well. March 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Overall good product The material is thinner than what they used to be and so they tend to wrinkle a little more than what I would like. March 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bucket List-Fishing shorts This is my first pair of Columbia Sandy River™ Cargo shorts. Love the feel and fit...very comfortable. This black pair will be my fishing shorts for Hatteras Island this summer. At age 60 I have started the 3rd ACT and working on my Bucket List. Enjoyed shopping online. Glad you carry the extended sizes. Also thanks for the coupon, just used it to purchase a pair of Arch Cape™ III Knee Pant. March 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice but too large While the misses size XL are too small, these were much too large in the Womans' size. March 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by shorts Shorts are great. Easy to pack for trip and can wash and wear so much less to pack. This is my 5th pair..I found I was wearing my black ones so much bought 2nd pair.. January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Shorts Would prefer that there was velcro on the pockets however, unlike previous owners of this style, I didn't buy a pair that included the when it was available. I figure I can just sew my own velcro on at this point though it would be nice if they added it back in order to keep things "locked in". Wore them on a hiking trip over the weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were very comfortable. September 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I ordered these shorts before a weekend of sailing in the hot Texas sun. They fit great, dried quickly and were most comfortable. I'll be ordering another pair. July 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best again I have been wearing Columbia active wear shorts for 15 years. I am STILL using 2 pairs I bought in 1997.They are faded but still wonderful. I have 3 others that are at least 7 yrs. old & still tip top. I hope my new ones wear as well. THANK YOU for carrying 1X etc. Just becasue I am not thin doesn't mean I do nothing. I will be buying again soon. The only reason there was a time gap is that no one carries your plus size shorts in the Trinity, Fl. area. I was told you no longer made the plus size. Finally, I turned to the internet & voila- there they were!!! I am so thrilled. Thanks again! E L June 14, 2012
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Women's Fit Guide

Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Women's Performance Top Fit Guide
Women's Performance Bottom Fit Guide
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide

Women's Body Measurement (Inches)

Women’s Plus Sizing

  Size Bust Waist Hips Short Inseam Regular Inseam Long Inseam
1X 16W–18W 43–45 36–38 45–47 29.5 32 34.5
2X 20W–22W 47–49 40–42 49–51
3X 24W–26W 51–53 44–46 53–55

How to Measure

Women's Size Chart
  • 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.

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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