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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short


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$24.99 $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
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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 4.3 out of 5 by 191.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great comfort I now have two pairs of these shorts and I love them! The only shorts I wear now are Columbia because of how comfortable they are.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go everywhere These shorts are cool, comfortable and very useful. They fit well. The zip pocket keeps my key secure and there is plenty of pocket space for other items. All my other walking shorts are gone since I discovered these.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love these shorts Size runs a little large, but I love these shorts. So comfortable, I will be buying more of these.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Patagonia I bought these as a cheaper substitute to Patagonia's baggies and they delivered. They are lighter weight, more comfortable and have a pocket that zips. They're great!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as functional as previous designs. I love Columbia cargo shorts....at least I used to. Unfortunately, my very well loved cargo shorts found some sap recently and have been ruined. I ordered what I had believed to be a simple replacement online. When they arrived today, I was quite disappointed. The pockets serve no function, the material is much thinner than it used to be. The color options are not the same. My previous shorts were a green / khaki, these new are more fleshy / khaki. I wish Columbia would bring their old cargo shorts back. In the meantime, I guess I will search for a new, more functional brand.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elizabeth68 Like all Columbia products, these shorts are well made and perfect for the tropics.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skimpy - too short from waist to crotch Columbia's sport shorts used to be generously cut, quick dry material, deep front pockets, and front and back small zippered pockets for keys and money. RN 69724 CA 05367, SP04 AL4623 This model was returned, with a clear request for their help to replace my wonderful older shorts. I did promptly receive a refund, but no response as to whether or not they have a current women's sport short equal to their earlier design.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Liked my first purchase, so ordered another pair of these shorts. Not too long, or too short. Also cool in our hot Texas summers.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long wearing shorts My wife has purchased these shorts before and continues to like them. They wear well and are made well. The only thing she would like to see changed is to make the inseam available in different lengths. She is tall so a 6" inseam leaves a lot of leg exposed. Also it would be great if the pockets were more functional as opposed to being a decorative item.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excelent I bough tree shorts; Every thing perfet but not some colors
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what they used to be These shorts used to have functional pockets, but they no longer have back pockets or side pockets large enough to hold a cell phone for the women that wear them. And the inseam is so short that they are not practical for an older person. Please make them more functional!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! I love these shorts so much, I got them in multiple colors. I wear them for walking as they have great pockets to hold what I need (phone, keys, watch) so I don't need a butt pack. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that they don't stretch, so I change to others that do for weight training.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these I love these shorts! These are perfect for any outdoor activity. They are comfortable and very appropriate to wear to baseball games, to golf, and also to hike. These are my second pair and I will most likely get more. I have tried others that are similar, but keep coming back to these because they are the best in fitting me.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts if you don't carry a purse I haven't been able to carry a purse for years so I need to have shorts that have pockets. These fit the bill but would love to see the cargo pocket have a wider zipper so I could put my cell phone in it. I now have almost every color. These are my one and only go to shorts for the summer.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent shorts. I bought the shorts for my wife. She loves them. She said they are made of extremely light and thin material - perfect for hiking and biking in the hot weather.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value Lightweight comfortable adjustable waistband. Washes and dries quickly only negative comment is short tends to ride up inner thigh (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable shorts Love these shorts, they are comfortable, and dry quickly. There is a total of 4 pockets, two with zippers, while not as large as pockets in cargo shorts still functional. While they geared toward areas with water, I still use them for short hikes.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right These river cargo shorts are just right in weight, fabric, and length for me, they are exactly what I was looking for to use in misc water sports I'll be involved in this coming summer. I purchased the lychee color that is a soft coral, a nice sunny color that will go with almost anything.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic warm weather short...... Fantastic warm weather short......for all your outdoor pursuits. Comfortable and excellent form, fit and function.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very comfortable fit A love the fit. It is so comfortable but the pockets are too small to be useful. I want pockets to hold keys, wallet, etc.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great water shorts This is a comfortable short, and holds up well in salt water conditions. Fit is true to size. The only thing I don't like is that the belt is not sewn in, so it falls out of the loops easily. Not a big deal, but different than past models I've owned. The Miami color is really fun.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable! Fit perfectly These are my new favorite shorts!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice shorts but a little short for me I find the inseam in these shorts to be a bit short for me. I would prefer the shorts to be a couple inches longer as well. However, they are well made and I do have an older pair.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy Great shorts...very comfortable....have a pair that is 10 years old!!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I ordered these to have a shorter pair of shorts with a self belt. They are terrific, roomy with the elastic waist and then the belt if you want them a bit tighter.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts Great shorts at a great price. Easy wear, no wrinkle, with pockets. Good length for going out around town in addition to working outside.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Breezy Short I'm really glad I chose to buy these shorts off-season. I couldn't pass up the sale price. I purchased an XS in Nocturnal, which is a gorgeous darker blue. They fit true to size and are easy on easy off with the elastic waist. They also come with a bonus belt that you can use or not use.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Cargo Short I really enjoy wearing the Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short. They are very comfortable and are great for traveling...lightweight with pockets that give added security in those crowded tourist areas. I like them so much I'm contemplating purchasing more in different colors.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts for anytime and anywhere! I have maybe 5-6 pair of Sandy River Cargo Shorts & LOVE every pair.. I can wear them all day, & I do! Easy on & easy off - wear beautifully & never wrinkles or loses shape! The only thing I'm not fond of is the belt clasp...too hard to manage sometimes! But 99% happy with all of my Sandy River's!!!
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lightweight shorts I accidentially purchased one pair of shorts at a Bass Pro Shop, I never put them on until about 6 weeks later and WOW impressed, comfortable cool and washes up well. I would recommend these to anyone. Since then I went onto the Columbia website and searched for them and found them on sale purchased two more pairs, totally excited with the product
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts These fit great, look good and are very comfortable. Perfect for summer kayaking and warm weather hiking. Wish there were more in my size!!
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like you're wearing nothing! I'm so finicky about shorts. They just don't seem to fit and they're hardly ever comfortable. I absolutely wouldn't think of wearing shorts hiking UNTIL I found these shorts. They are better than my hiking skirts, pants, and skorts. They are thin, they wick sweat, snap and zipper closure, belt if you need it, the BEST. I have ordered two colors and will probably duplicate some colors just to have more of these shorts. Wonderful. I wear a M, 5'6", 140 pounds.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entire Staff Loves These! I got these for my adventure team at work. We run kayak tours, hikes, biking, canoeing, camping, summer camp and anything else outside! Everyone LOVES these shorts, they are durable, actually repell water, dry super quick, and look professional.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from BEST BOATING SHORTS These shorts are made of a light wt. material, thus quick drying. I found they ran small in the crotch area which was very disappointing because when I'm sitting in my kayak I want to be comfortable. I kept them anyway because of their other good qualities. I'm 5'7" and weigh 182 lbs. I usually take a size XL which were too short in the crotch. The 1X fit just right in the crotch but too big in the legs. Columbia please don't do what the rest of the companies are doing, short-changing on material...it's so disappointing!
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from large I am 5'4'' and 130lb usually M or size 8 this pants were very large I would need small. they seems nice but I returned them
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from small pockets these are a great pair of shorts, but the pockets are too small to be of much use for other than car keys. A back zippered pocket would be a great enhancement.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts ever! Best shorts ever! I love the shorts so much I wish I had a pair for every day of the week! I did just buy another pair.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luv these shorts I had bought a pair years ago and love them so I decided to look online to purchase more, I like the lightness of material they are great to wear for just about anything you might want to do: )
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Order a size down I am a curvy 6 and ordered mediums (6-8). I love the shorts (thin material, quick dry, belt), but will have to return them. Mediums in this style fit more like an 8-small 10. :(
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I always reach for these shorts Whether it is day-to-day or out hiking, walking, etc. I always reach for these shorts. I have several colors, they dry quickly and hold up very nicely. Only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is that the pockets are a bit shallow, as phones are getting bigger I guess it is a problem if you want to be hands free. The zip pocket is good for carrying cash but wallet does not fit into it. This aside, I think they are well worth the price!
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pockets are too small These are great, lightweight shorts. However the "cargo" pockets are so small they are useless. Too small for a phone or small wallet. At best you could fold some cash or carry a couple of keys. Also, the side slash pockets are designed so that items easily fall out when sitting. Great shorts but not for cargo.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Canvas Shorts Hi love these shorts - I tried these shorts on in a store and found I was able to fit into a smaller size because they ran a little larger. They are very comfortable and great for hiking, biking, and some water sports as they dry quickly. I highly recommend them!
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Womens sandy river cargo short I bought several shorts for hiking this summer and bought this style for the cargo pockets, they are so comfortable and wear well. I love the slightly longer inseam (others I bought were shorter). The elastic waist is comfortable, but love the belt to keep it looking less frumpy.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good price, nice shorts The material is a little thin, but it is lightweight, comfortable and should be quick drying. The pockets are way too small though to hold anything significant - phone, camera, wallet, etc. Otherwise, the short's length and size was perfect, and I have difficulty finding clothes that fit right. At this sale price, I would recommend getting a couple of pairs!
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorited Shorts I first purchased a medium they where to large reorder 3 pairs Black/ Blue/Tusk in a small and these are my favourites shorts now. I am travelling to Europe in September these short will make great travel shorts they are light they dry quickly and the zippered pocket will also be beneficial I am actually thinking of buying a backup of each color.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them! I ordered 4, 1 in each color and am very pleased with them. Perfect for wearing any where and for running, walking, golfing or putting on over bathing suit. Only slight complaint would be the size of the side pockets are a bit too small so things can fall out.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit These are just what I wanted. I am 65 145lbs and the Large fit perfectly. Only things I would wish for would be more colors, another inch longer and larger pockets - phone doesn't fit into the zipper parts. It is nice that they aren't low cut. Almost comes up to my waist.
Date published: 2016-08-08
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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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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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