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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short


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$14.98 $45.00
Style# 1386071
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Uses: Water
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Modern Classic


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Style# 1386071
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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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 239.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I love these shorts. I own four pairs and wear them all the time. We spend a lot of time around the water so I'll swim with them and they dry right up. The newer versions have better belts on them too so they hold better and don't loosen as much as the previous version. Overall, they are a great pair of shorts and I would highly recommend them.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not long enough These are really nice BUT wish it came in a 7 or 8 inch inseam. JUST TOO SHORT
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Shorts These shorts look good no matter what you do. I recently bought two pairs and I am enjoying them for hiking, boating, and around town. They are a very tough, hard wearing fabric. I bought these because my old pair of these shorts is at least 12 years old and they are starting to show some wear. They are also cool in the hot Florida weather but don't show too much leg for me.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Outdoor Short These quick-dry shorts are my favorite summer outdoor short. These are the things I've done locally this summer and have worn these shorts: amusement rides (where you get wet), kayaking in lake and river, sitting along the river on a very hot day, hiking in mountains, tubing in the river, walking on the greenway, casually biking, etc. etc. My waist in larger in proportion to my slim hips, so the stretch in the waist of these shorts is perfect.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from legs ride up My just be my chunky legs, but the shorts ride up on me. I wish the inseam was 2" longer and I'd buy every color.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These shorts have it all Comfortable, practical, attractive, these shorts have it all. Whether you're going to a barbecue, going on a hike, gardening or enjoying a book and a cup of tea, you will love these shorts.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She loves them She said she loves them and they fit great
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts I'm an athletic trainer in the secondary school setting and I love that these shorts are length appropriate and have lots of storage. Great for wearing to games. They look professional and work well.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts I love the 6 inch inseam. Makes these shorts appropriate to wear for us more "mature" gals. I love the lightweight fabric that dries very quickly if you get them wet. My only complaint is that the zipper pocket is very small. Really can only fit a key or a few folded up dollars in it.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy river cargo shortslarge Very satisfied with sandy river cargo shorts
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Didn't realize 6" inseam was so short but love the fit and quality!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Active Shorts Available I have had 2 pair that are over 5 years old--been hiking, kayaking, swimming and still in great shape--they dry super fast and don't cling to you when sweaty. I ordered 2 more pair, just to update the colors---wash and wear and the zipper pocket is great for keys. You won't regret this purchase!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Love these shorts ,really comfortable have them I in every color !!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT COMFORTABLE SHORTS I have 4 pairs of theses shorts. Great for outdoors, with the UPF 30 , quick dry and pockets.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for florida summers wish it came in a khaki color!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for casual and everyday wear Love these shorts. I own several pairs in different colors. They are comfortable enough for everyday wear, and I especially like that they are durable and quick-dry!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sandy River Short Comfortable shorts. True to size. I like the pocket and belt
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these shorts! These are so comfortable and cool that I ended up ordering three more in different colors.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Longer would be great I have mostly Columbia shorts. I like these for really hot days, lots of circulation. I like having pockets. What I would really like is about an 8 or 9 inch inseam. I have to take the hem out of these to get another half an inch, or give us a two-inch hem and I'll make them longer myself.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Basic and functional Material is slightly thinner than I expected, but they will certainly dry quickly. Comfortable!
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a little tight and short Nicely made, and love the quick dry material for floating and hiking. These were a little smaller and shorter than I expected, but if i would finally lose the weight I need to lose, they would be perfect! :)
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent casual short I love these shorts! I have never bought shorts from Columbia before so I was nervous about purchasing these, especially since I am a bigger girl. However, they are perfect in every way. I'm from a very hot and humid climate in the south and I HATE the way most shorts cling to me in the summer. I know these Sandy River shorts are supposed to be used for water activities but they are a God send for me and I like them so much I bought a second pair. They don't cling to me on even the hottest of days and they are a very flattering length, hitting me right about mid thigh. The 6 in inseam helps prevent chafing and they honestly are very flattering. I can't say enough about these shorts except get yourself some! You absolutely won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts My new favorite, light and comfy. Have another pair that I have had for years and these are equally as good. Thanks, Columbia, for maintaining your quality.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and looks great I got medium size in tusk color! They fit perfectly and are very comfortable. I would highly recommend these shorts
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice shorts love the length of these shorts as well as the breathability and light weight. they are very comfortable wore them to town on a very warm summer day with a nice top and felt very cool and again comfortable. l like that they are little nicer than the shorts I usually wear to town but so much more comfortable will have to get more of these in different colors. would recommend them to everyone and have.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really comfy shorts that are XS I purchased the blue/grey ("Nocturnal") shorts at the Columbia outlet and really liked them so I bought the aqua ("Miami") on line, and they fit well. I am very small and it's difficult for me to find women's shorts that are small enough. These XS really are and the 6" inseam is more comfortable and flattering than the usual 8". The material is amazingly lightweight. I like having spacious pockets and and the small zipper pocket perfectly hold keys or credit cards. So glad to have these 2 pairs, I will buy another at the reduced price.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value and Colors! I got two pairs of these shorts in different colors at their AWESOME sale price. The Miami pair fits perfectly, but the Lychee were a little smaller (though still workable). The fabric is fast drying, but pretty thin, so the Lychee color is somewhat see-through in the back. I have to choose my underwear wisely, but they are worth it!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy Cargo Short Great feeling of material in wearing , light , easy to pull up and down , don't even have to do any unbuttons . Legs' room and comforts in style .
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy river cargo shorts I love these shorts. I have many of the colors that are offered. They wear well, wash well, and dry fast after being caught in the rain.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River cargo shorts Super thin lightweight shorts that dries quickly. The length is perfect not too short and not Bermuda. The shorts are great for hiking and rafting.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cargo Shorts As usual, these cargo shorts are snappy looking and very functional with all the pockets. Super quality for the very competitive price, which is why both my wife and I keep coming back to this particular product over the years.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Item not as described The length of these shorts is stated as 6, which I believe to mean an inseam of 6 inches. The actual inseam was about 3 inches. I had to return 2 pair and was charged $6 for return shipping. This is Columbia Sportswear's error, I should receive a full refund.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Cargo Shorts I LOVE these shorts. I've enjoyed wearing the regular Sandy River shorts (non cargo) over the past several years but as I've gotten older the belt and length of the Cargo version have got me hooked. They are long enough to not be revealing. Multiple pockets, including that fateful zippered one, guarantee no loss of keys on a kayaking trip. The belt is detachable for days when I'm slipping in and out of the shorts to swim. Overall these are fantastic shorts
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pockets Love these shorts and I've owned several pairs over the years. Only complaint I have is why are the pockets so small now? Used to be so roomy!! At least make them big enough to zip your phone in! Thanks!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need deeper pockets These shorts are very comfortable and easy to move in. Although they are well made, the pockets need to be deeper or zippered. My stuff constantly falls out and the smaller zippered pocket on the side is too small for anything other than a pocket knife. Deeper main pockets would make these the perfect hiking shorts.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite shorts Love the lightness of the fabric! Perfect for active wear because they are loose without looking baggy and dry almost immediately. I think the length is just right for an everyday short, (I'm 5'6") so I'm ordering 2 more pairs. Front pockets hold my cell phone and side pockets are just right for keys or fitness tracker.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Comfortable and light weight. Just ordered 2 more pairs.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cargo short for vacation Very surprised by quality and fit purchased for vacation in September so not worn yet but have tried on found them comfortable and will be great in warm weather of Grand Canyon. I have found all the items I have purchased from you to be great.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only shorts I own I got hooked on these shorts last summer when I bought 3 pair. They still look and feel great, so I bought 8 more pair. I love these shorts, and hope that Columbia continues making them forever!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't hesitate to buy these! I bought these shorts years ago at a local dept. store and I have lived in them every summer. They are the best casual, outdoorsy shorts and a friend that I introduced them to has ordered 10 pair from this site! You will love the light weight feel and quick drying quality.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cargo shorts Good quality. Side pockets "girl size". True fit.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from leg inseam length too short I had purchased a similar pair of Sandy River Cargo Shorts about 15 years ago and they are starting to show their age and need to be replaces. (I'm the same size as 15 years ago!) I was hoping the Sandy River Cargo Shorts were going to be a good replacement for the older shorts I have, but the leg inseam length of 6 inches is too short. They do not measure 6 inches. The older pair of shorts I had purchased have a leg inseam length of 8 or 9 inches. I hope Columbia will make the Sandy River Cargo Shorts in a longer leg inseam length of 8 inches.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST HAVE I have purchased these shorts 3 years in a row. They are so comfortable, dry quickly, just a cool and comfortable fit! Just the right length for coverage, yet not too long. There simply are no cons, all pro's! You will NOT regret this item.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks for bringing these back I owned quite a few pairs of similar Columbia shorts that I purchased about 10 years ago. When they started wearing out a few years ago I went on the search for similar shorts, but the new styles were not as wide in the legs, which meant they were either too tight in the thighs if they fit my waist or too loose in the waist if the fit my thighs. I don't know when they changed the style back, but this is awesome. It is similar to the older style with the more generous legs. Thank you so much for bringing these back! I've bought more in every color. I love the deep pockets and tough fabric. The fit is true to size. The only thing I would love to have is a similar short in a fabric with some stretch.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little big but good over all I like these shorts although order them a size smaller than you think. They run a little big. If you have a larger leg be aware the short length is a little short so you may have issues with them riding up.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these for summer activities I have several pairs of these shorts and don't wear any other kind for summer water sports. These may run a little large, but that works for the type activities I wear the shorts for. I like the relaxed type fit for increased mobility when kayaking or any other activities you want to be able to move.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good hiking short I bought these shorts hoping to add to my collection of Columbia shorts that I found at a second-hand store in the women's section. LOVE those shorts. Thought these were the same, but after they arrived sadly they are not. The pockets are too shallow to be useful or to access quickly. BIGGER POCKETS would be great! After much research I found the shorts I was looking for - they are MENS! Still, love the light fabric and roominess of these shorts.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great shorts! I had received a pair of these shorts a few years ago and absolutely loved them. Just re-ordered two more pairs - different colours - and now I love three pairs. They wash beautifully, wear like iron - and you could never pay too much for them. Excellent product. Columbia does not disappoint. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts I bought a pair of these shorts several years ago and I can't get enough of them. Now that I know the size fits, I just order them whenever I can so I never run out. I usually remove the belt and just wear them as pull on shorts. They are lightweight for traveling and they dry fast. They look sporty and they are comfortable to wear for all activities.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from River Cargo Shorts These are very comfortable and the perfect length. The fit is great and roomy without being baggy. Material also drys fast.
Date published: 2017-06-19
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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.

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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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