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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short


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Uses: Water
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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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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 99 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy River Lightweight. Easy for travel. Air dries fast. Got 5 pairs and love them all. August 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cargo Shorts I wear these all the time. I have 3 pairs that I have had for all most 9 yrs and I wear them every summer. They are the most comfortable shorts I have worn. August 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these shorts At 66, I don't wear shorts very often but needed some for traveling. I generally take hand washable clothes (nylon, polyester) and have a big collection of Columbia pants and shirts. I am normally a size 6 but got these in a medium since Columbia pants, like the anytime outdoors, sometimes run small. These are very roomy--I can pull them on without using the zipper but do not need the belt. They are exceedingly comfortable and do not pull when sitting, bending, or moving around. The pockets are a good size for carrying a phone and dog treats. Even the 6" inseam is perfect, and the length hits my legs at a good point. I need to find more in basic colors since I am not a bright red or blue person in pants. August 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice lightweight shorts I originally ordered two pairs of these shorts to try them out, especially the fit given the reviews. I run between a size 8 and 10, and ordered them in medium. They fit me pretty well, but the elastic waist is slightly tighter than normal, but still comfortable. They are very lightweight and dry quickly. I love the cargo pockets! Personally, I would like back pockets as well and narrower belt loops. However, I liked them enough to order three more pairs of shorts! August 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I now have about half a dozen of these in different colors. They're very comfortable. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the zipper on the right side. Often it runs on my hand while I'm. It's rather annoying. August 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great on our boat Very comfortable, quick drying. These are the only shorts I wear on our sailboat in the Caribbean. I normally wear size 8-10 in pants. Medium fits great. August 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Shorts Ever! I have an older pair of these shorts in khaki and wear them a lot. When I saw the other colors I just had to have them so I got purple, aqua and pink. I love the feel and drape of the material along with all the various size pockets. These shorts pack well, wear well and dry quickly if they get wet. I'm 5' 3", 117 lbs. and find the small to fit perfectly. I also like the 6" seam as they fall mid-thigh on me which is a length with which I'm comfortable. August 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts I bought the first pair and loved them so much I bought 2 more for next summer. They are super comfortable and do not ride up on my thighs. That was a major concern for me. I am an average size 12 and bought the size 14 which I am very happy to say fit really nice. the lenth was good for me. I am 5'5" tall. July 31, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cargo? Needs pockets and zippers. Shorts are worthless for most of my activities. What happened to the technical aspect of Columbia. Cutting too many corners. Cut the belt and add some decent pockets (rear and front) and at least one zip. July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SEM Great shorts, runs a little big in size. Wish the shorts were about an inch or inch and a half longer. July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Ever! I now have every single color of these shorts. I have been wearing this style for over 2 yrs now. I love the pockets as my iPhone fits perfectly when I go on my daily 8 mile walk. These r highly recommended. Cool & comfy! July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Water Shorts Great length and weight for wearing in the water. July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love them! I have 4 pairs and I love everything about them. They're light weight so they dry quickly if they get wet, they're the perfect length for gardening, hiking, and biking, and the elastic waistband gives comfort with every bend and reach! Great quality with the construction, I hope they add even more colors! July 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfy lightweight shorts. I wear these for pickle ball, both indoor and outdoor. They are extremely lightweight which I like. The material is durable. I once hiked a mountain so steep that the only way down was to slide on my butt. The material has no wear from that day. None. July 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by shorts great shorts,fit nice,great selection of colors,just what I wanted ! July 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love These Shorts These are my go-to summer shorts. They are comfortable for everyday wear, pull on easily, wash and dry quickly, great for fishing or any other place you might get wet. July 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great shorts Loved these shorts--just the right length, quick drying and comfortable. Ran a bit large but otherwise great like most Columbia products. July 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Needs to be More Functional Need MORE pockets that are larger to hold phones, keys, wallets etc. Zippers or velcro cover so stuff doesn't fall out. Option for a longer length just above the knee. We don't want a tight crotch, but a comfortable fit for ALL outdoor activities. I love Columbia, but tired of looking in the men's department for a pair of shorts that have the design options women want too. July 5, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Doesn't Hold Much Cargo I've always adored Columbia shorts, but sorry folks, not this pair of shorts. I'll wait until Columbia gets it together and brings back shorts with decent pockets. ALL of the pockets are WAAAY too small compared to other older models of women's Columbia shorts I still currently own. The side slash pockets are so short that when I put a bit of change in the pocket and sit down, it falls out. The zip cargo pocket is nearly useless. It's about the size of a credit card. Sheesh. A woman I know who does alterations and tailoring tells me that to cut costs clothing manufacturers, have reduced the size of their pockets to save on the cost of the lining material. July 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by cows2hay Great shorts, nice material & construction, but inseam short @ 6". Would have bought more if longer shorts offered, like 9" inseam. Can use them but not ideal. June 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Consistent quality and design These shorts are basically the same style as some I purchased about 5 years ago with some modifications to the side pockets. The fit is the same and the function is the same, which is what I wanted. They are nice and lightweight for summer activities and dry fast when they become wet. Now if I could only find a pair of capris designed similarly with bigger side pockets. June 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy River Cargo Shorts Great styling, good fit, nice fabric. I like the slightly longer length of these compared with the Sandy River Shorts. The yolk at the back makes for a nice fit with the elastic waist eliminating the usual bulk. The cargo pockets are a bit small. A zip pocket at the waist would make these perfect. Love the colors... May 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Go to summer shorts I've been wearing Columbia cargo shorts for years. They wear well, dry quickly, and offer secure zip pockets for essentials. You can't go wrong packing these shorts for travel, too! May 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love them These are the best shorts I have ever bought. I absolutely love them. I bought two colors and am seriously thinking of buying the other colors too! I wear them every day and when one is in the wash, I'm wearing the other. They dry so quickly. I love them....perfect. May 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sandy River Cargo shorts I ordered these in a size large, even measured myself, but had to return and reorder in an XL, as they REALLY RUN SMALL! I have several pairs of the Columbia shorts in this parachute-type material, and some made of the Omnishade. I am in and out of the water and on the beach a lot, so I like the fact that they are quick dry and made of a lightweight material. Nice selection of colors to choose from, too. They have one zippered pocket, and one pocket with a sort of fold over the top to keep things in, plus two regular side pockets. They have an elastic waist with a snap and a zipper, plus a belt, which I think can be removed if you don't like it. I will probably purchase a few more pairs of these before they go off sale at the end of the month, and, overall, I like them. I feel that they will hold up well and are a good price on sale. May 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cargo shorts love the comfort and style. You used to make these shorts with a larger zippered pocket on both sides. I would like to see the larger zippered pockets again for better storage function. I'm always on the go and need my hands free. I could barely put a credit card and some cash in the one secured zipper pocket. I've been wearing your shorts for over 20 years and will continue to do so. Just would like larger zippered pockets again. Thanks May 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by satisfied customer Love the material..light weight...perfect for outdoors - camping, gardening, golfing. April 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! I love these shorts. Great fit, true to size, easy care and lots of colors. I got these for a mid-April trip to Florida and they held up great through several wearings. Very comfortable. I will definitely get more colors. April 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not like before I have a pair of these shorts that are over 7-8 years old. I love their durability so ordered two more pair online. Sadly, the new shorts aren't made as well. The original shorts were made in Sri Lanka and were thicker, a tad longer and larger. The new shorts (same model) are made in Vietnam and MUCH more flimsy in make and material. They're extremely thin! The slight difference in fit is not a big deal, but I don't see these shorts will lasting over year with regular wear. =( April 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cargo is a misnomer Although advertised as "cargo" shorts, the pockets are too small to safely cary a wallet or cell phone. When you sit down, everything falls out of the shallow side pockets. The little zip pocket can carry cash or a credit card, but that's the only cargo I'd recommend carrying in these shorts. January 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not Wrinkle Free love these shorts -- except they wrinkle pretty badly. I bought the first pair at Dick's Sporting Goods and loved them so much searched for them at Columbia.com. They are lightweight and look great but they really wrinkle so much you have to iron them after wearing them. That's disappointing. October 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great fabric LOVE these shorts! Fabric is cool, light-weight, and dries quickly, and wrinkle-free. The medium fit just right. I'm 5'6" weigh 130. I have 2 pairs and wish they had more colors cuz I'd definitely buy more. September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect anything short Love my Columbia shorts for river running, but I got this new pair and they looked so good that I took them out for a non-wet hike. A twist of fate closed our intended trail, making us turn to a waist-high water-wading adventure. Luckily, I had these awesome shorts on, which were up to whatever challenge. NICE. Material is comfortable, fit is good. Like the pockets. Cut is flattering and simple. Great job. September 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by POCKETS I love the quality and length of the cargo shorts and the colors they come in but would like to have larger pockets, especially the zippered one. I will be going on an expedition and more pocket space would be great especially since we will be away from the ship quite a bit. Another plus is the quick drying fabric the shorts are made of. January 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light and comfortable I wear shorts for work, 8 months of the year. They fit well and are very comfortable. The only problem is static. Maybe when the summer returns the static will disappear. Otherwise they wash and wear well. November 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellent shorts- These are very functional and about the right lenght. I will say they do run a bit on the small side but i like my shorts a little loose. They wear and wash very well. October 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Favorite kayaking shorts! I purchased 3 pair several years ago and just got some more. they are durable, comfortable and dry quickly. Love the zipper picket for my ID and some cash to take on the river. The other pocket has an overlapping flap on the top and is easily reachable while you kayak. They did make the zipper pocket a perfect size but one suggestion to the company is to put in a longer zipper like they had before and velcro on the other pocket that overlaps. October 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best in shorts These shorts come from a line of the very best shorts ever made. They are sun protected, durable, quick dry, and have zippered pockets. Thank you very much for these very high quality shorts. September 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I have an old pair of Columbia water shorts and have been looking for another. I love how light they are, perfect for hot summer days. So glad to find this directly on the website, making my search much easier. The lightweight fabric, many pockets, elasticized waistband and inseam length are why these shorts are so perfect for me. The only change I'd like to see is to replace the mesh pockets with the fabric so keys don't snag. Otherwise, don't change a thing! September 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite workout wear I bought one pair of the Sandy River shorts and I love their light weight and quick dry quality. I wear them for workouts, as boardshorts in the ocean and pool, for walking and just around the house. The zip pocket is great. Came with a belt, but I find that useless. I immediately bought two more pair in different colors. The fit is great, although an inch or two shorter would make leg lifts easier. September 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Cargo Shorts I have an old pair of these shorts that I bought years ago and have used for exercise since. I love them, they're the right length and perfect fit. I was excited to see these advertised since I have been trying to find a second pair. As other reviewers noted, these shorts are just not quite as good. The length is shorter by about 3/4 of an inch. The crotch is just that much shorter as well and the material is a little lighter. I agree that Columbia should bring back the previous model. September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by very functional Light weight shorts with pockets deep enough to be useful. Good color for not showing dirt. I've had an old version of these for many years, only buying new ones for a different size. I expect to be just as happy with these. September 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love the material These shorts have a wonderful vibrant color. Material is lighweight and very comfortable. Unfortunately I am a "petite" so the small size is very very roomy. But I bought them for yard work and they are perfect. August 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Se9f Simply the best, for hiking, camping, kayaking, anything outdoors. The fit is great August 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by disappointed in sizing I love Columbia Sportswear. I was, however, very disappointed in the sizing of these shorts. I have two pairs from several years ago that are the same size as I purchased recently. When the package arrived I compared the two - the new product is over 2" smaller in the hips. And the inseam may measure 6" but only by a hair! Way too skimpy with the fabric. I will keep looking to find a Columbia product that measures up to the older product. July 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by extremely comfortable Great fit, nice looking, and great quality that you would expect from Columbia. July 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Active Shorts Ever! These shorts function on so many different levels. Hiking, walking [right side pocket perfect size for an ipod], gardening and just plain lazing around. Durability that can't be beat. My first pair that I bought years ago just got thrown out because after many, many washing, the elastic band broke down and they didn't stay up anymore. Oh well.... they were perfect while they lasted! July 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just what I was looking for These shorts are exactly what I have been looking for. The fit is true to size, color choices are good. They wash beautifully. I actually bought a second pair for myself and one for a friend. July 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ms. your product is also great on the golf course-cool-non sticking-lots of pockets-can you make this in white? July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fishing shorts I work at a Fish Camp for children and these shorts are perfect! The pockets are funtional without being to bulky and the material dries very quickly. Perfect outdoor shorts! July 2, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Bust 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39-40.5 42-44.5
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
Bust 39-40.5 42-44.5
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
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  • 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.

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  • 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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