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Women’s Sandy River™ Short - Plus Size


http://www.columbia.com/womens-sandy-river-short---plus-size-AW4573.html AW4573
$12.98 $40.00
Style# 1386082
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Uses: Water
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Modern Classic


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Style# 1386082
Uses Water


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

  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Interior drawcord
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Modern classic fit, regular rise
  • Inseam 6”
  • Imported

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 31 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts Very True to Size. Love them. Comfortable. August 31, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great outdoor short I liked this short and it was great in the hot weather although I prefer the ones that button. August 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product These shorts are very well made, comfortable, light, and dry quickly. I've worn them on several hikes and they have been excellent. According to the size guide I ordered a 3X; these were way too big. I exchanged them for a 2X which fit beautifully. The only con I have is the front pockets are shallow and are basically good as Kleenex holders. Otherwise these are fabulous shorts. I ordered another pair! August 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by too large for me I found these too large. Nice shorts. I wanted them for fishing. August 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts Love these shorts. I bought 3 different pairs (at half off!) and wore them throughout my entire trip to Bali and Thailand. They are lightweight which is great in the humidity. They were great to just wear around, or when I was hiking and doing more outdoorsy activities. They don't stain, and are very sturdy. They're definitely a great deal when you buy on sale. My one critique is that they need to work on the design of the pockets. Things fall out too easily from the front pockets. July 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good fit, nice light shorts I bought these shorts for an upcoming beach vacation. I think I'll get a lot of use from them. I just wish there were more color choices. I would have liked black to go with my bathing suit, and perhaps some brighter colors. July 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Shorts The black shorts shrank in the wash and the waist band twists. Nice shorts but now a problem to straighten out. July 5, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Disappointing So disappointed with these shorts. Theses and the Sandy River Cargo shorts have been a staple in my summer wardrobe for ever, but now the fit is different, too low for American women who want the waist band on their waist, and the fabric is so flimsy it is revealing, almost like lingerie. I'm sure that the fabric would tear easily. If it ain't broke, don't fix it...sometimes sizing trends are just that - trends! I returned them. July 1, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by plus size gal great fit. light and comfortable. just right for summer weather. June 16, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Legs cut too wide and make you look bigger I ordered Sandy River shorts in 3 colors, I was so excited to see plus-size shorts in water-phobic fabric, in colors other than black! I also love the drawstring for a customized fit, and the pockets. Unfortunately, I found that the shorts are cut with overly wide legs, as so many pants and shorts for larger women are. My size is 2X. The excess fabric, hanging straight down from the widest part of the hips, just makes me look even bigger than I actually am. I had to return all the Sandy Rivers. Luckily, I found some more-flattering Columbia shorts on a different website - I think they were a previous year's model since they are not on Columbia's own site now. Hope they get the cut of the thighs for their plus-size clothes figured out better for next year. June 5, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Odd fitting shorts I really wanted these shorts to work and tried them in different sizes and styles (cargo option). 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 Love these shorts! Bought these shorts to wear while kayaking. Light weight, dries quickly, true to size, vibrant color. Love these! Would definitely recommend & will be buying more in other colors! June 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by love these shorts I was looking for comfortable active shorts and these are great. I'll be purchasing them in other colors. May 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good, but long... Great shorts functionally... not uncomfortable when sitting, but they're longer than I expected and sit high on the waist. Not the most youthful or feminine shorts I've owned, but good for my casual workplace or running around in the summer. May 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Swimming shorts I plan to wear these in swimming pool in Arizona instead of typical female bare-all-leg suits. November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these shorts I ordered these shorts one week before vacation! I was so happy that they were fit to size and very comfortable!! The only two pair of shorts that I wore on vacation. Love the zipper pocket!!! thanks!! March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love Sandy River Short I bought 3 pair of these light weight easily packable shorts. Love them!! Comfortable and great for out door activity. March 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Big These were very large. I have to roll them over twice at the waist. June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very comfortable. Nice, light weight fabric. Among the nicest shorts I've ever owned. May 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good shorts I like these shorts but I also ordered the cargo shorts and like them better. But these are comfortable and cool in the heat of the Florida summer. I would prefer if they were a little shorter but overall good shorts. May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Columbia shorts The shorts fit great with plenty of leg room without pulling when you sit down. April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love These Shorts! I am a summer camp counselor, in AL. We are outside in the heat a lot and these shorts are great! They are cool and comfortable, and long enough to fit the dress code ( and they don't ride up)! I currently own two pairs and plan on purchasing more before camp starts up again! April 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect lightweight shorts Lightweight, dries quickly, so great for travel and water sports. I've bought several in different colors, and this year's model has a pretty print on the inside of the waistband, for those who like to roll down the waistband (not me). My older pairs have held up quite well to extended use and repeated washings. November 25, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Workmanship---- fabric has changed I love Columbia shorts however, these are not the same quality as shorts I have received in the past. Fabric is sooo much thinner!! Had to order this size to get a 6 inch inseam length, because I could not get this length in any other short. They are too big. Needed sports shorts. October 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plus size Sandy River Shorts Love these shorts. Light and cool. Use them to hike in and everyday wear. Perfect for Hawaii and AZ trips. Liked them so much I picked up two more pair. Would recommend them for plus size ladies. Very comfortable and will not ride up when walking. September 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I bought these shorts to wear on vacation, where we would be in or on the water every day. While on vacation, we had a lot of rain, so these shorts were perfect because they dry so quickly. They are extremely comfortable and the size was spot on, which is usually a problem with me. I will buy more of these shorts and certainly recommend them to friends and family. August 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Decent shorts These are good shorts for the price. Sizes run small however. October 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable and airy I bought these shorts for river rafting on the Rio Grande. They fit beautifully, are comfortable, and were dry before I got back into the car to go home. July 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love my new shorts This is the 2nd pair of Sandy River shorts I have purchased. When I received them I immediately ordered the second pair. The fit is so comfortable and they are so light weight. I love the elastic waist band. June 14, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pockets a little different I love my shorts. they are extremely comfortable and cool. I wish they had a 4x the pockets are a different style than the Sandy River Short I had before and stick out some but that is because the short is a bit tight for me. But I wear them anyway because I love Columbia and its products. May 15, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy River Short I currently own 3 pairs of this short in different colors and from different years of sale. This latest one is a bit thin on the material, but still sufficient. I am quite happy with it in size 1x as it fits around my size 20 waist without making my size 18 hips and legs look like they are swimming in a dumpy pair of shorts. I like the new design with the print around the inner waist band. The color blue you offer is the only reason I was hooked into buying it as I already owned 2 pair in black and brown. It is very pretty. March 26, 2011
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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
ORDER BY: 10:00 PM PST on December 15th to arrive by the 25th.
UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
ORDER BY: 10:00 PM PST on December 19th to arrive by the 25th.
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
ORDER BY: 10:00 PM PST on December 20th to arrive by the 25th.
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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