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Women’s Sandy River™ Short


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$19.99 $36.00
Style# 1386081
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Uses: Water
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Modern Classic


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Style# 1386081
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 5”
  • Imported

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Women’s Sandy River™ Short is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 107.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these Sandy River Shorts. The Sandy River Shorts are very comfortable, light weight and dry fast. They are great for the summer weather and look great after swimming.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great short but not for curvy people I am pear shaped and have trouble finding shorts that fit in the hip and not too big in the waist. I bought these shorts about 6 years ago and they were perfect. I still have them but need new ones as these are worn out! . however, the last two times I have ordered them they are too tight across the butt and in the crotch which makes the pockets bulge out. This is a sure sign that the short is too small. well, I am 5" 5" 145 pound fit woman and the medium is way small. if i had ordered a large the waist they would have been too big. take note columbia. why did you change the style of this short? The pair I got 6 years ago did not do this. I still have them and have worn holes in them. Although they didn't fit me, I would still recommend as I like the elastic waist and material. And when they get wet they dry quickly. If you arent hippy then buy this short. its inexpensive and will last forever.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sandy River Short Although they have an elastic waist, they were too tight across the butt and in the crotch. I didn't think the 5" length was comfortable either. Although they didn't fit me, I would still recommend as I like the elastic waist and material.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful shorts Love these shorts. They look good, feel good and wear fantastic. They are great for hiking or for just around the house. I highly recommend these shorts to anyone looking for comfort and durability.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts I bought these shorts to go on a sailing trip. They fit nicely and dry quickly as I used them to as swim shorts as well. I bought a size up from what I normally do and they fit nicely.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the lightweight material Have previously ordered 3 other colors and love them so much that I ordered 2 more. Love all the color selections and they are so comfortable.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shorts for those with long legs My teenage daughter has a hard time finding shorts that look appropriate and fit well due to her long legs. These are perfect. She can wear to school and work. She loves them.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for any outside activities!! They fit just great and love that you can wear for so many different reasons. All around my favorite shorts now!!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shorts! These shorts were just what I was looking for. Being 23 I don't want shorts that show everything, but I also don't want granny shorts. These were that perfect length! Very appropriate and the feel of them is amazing! I got soaking wet the other day and they dried within minutes! Love the additional pockets as well.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! These shorts are awesome. I love the zipper pocket on the back. They dry really fast and work for multiple occasions! The only thing I would change is the elastic in the waistband, I wish it was more stretchy
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy Love these shorts. I bought two in two different colors.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Love these .....I work outside all day and these shirts are very comfortable . Very light weight and super easy to wash . Hang them on the line and they dry in minutes!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts Love these short! They're comfy and practical. My only complaint is that they're kind of snug in the hip area.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun short I got these to go over my swim suit last summer in Coral Bloom. They were great for swimming (I used a pair of short running spandex shorts under to prevent see through). Cute and felt great... would recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful colors this product is very light. Great for Miami weather
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! Finally a pair of shorts that aren't too long or too short. They are perfect for everything from running, workouts, hiking, gardening, running errands, etc. They are lightweight and dry quickly. I already ordered 2 more pairs. I only wish that there were more color choices! Thanks Columbia!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST SHORTS EVER Im a college student and outdoor enthusiast and theses shorts are perfect for in the classroom or on the trails. The fabric and fit are extremely comfortable and they don't look like "granny shorts" at all. They dry quickly and wrinkle little to not at all. If I had the money (unfortunately I have to eat), I'd buy a pair in every color. And maybe then i'd double up just in case the first pair got dirty. I absolutely love these shorts and think EVERYONE should have a pair. Way to go Columbia, another great product!
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best These are truly some of my most favorite pair of shorts. I am a very athletically built lady. I am 5'3 125/130 and wear a small. I run, hike, cross fit, play tennis, explore, and swim- and these shorts are perfect for ALL. The 2 pockets in the front are great for any quick access, and then one zipper back pocket for securing anything. I have tried multiple comparable brands (that cost way more) with their version of this short and nothing fits my curves (butt & thighs) as great as these.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love !!!!! Love my shorts only problem I didn't order every color before they sold out my size
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts for Everyday Wear I got a pair of these shorts years ago to go to a waterpark with my kids. Loved them. They fit well, wash well, dry quickly (I just hang to dry after washing). Great for exercising, running errands, or just hanging around. Just got another pair online in a different color. I would buy more if you had my size (M).
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable! These shorts are so comfortable, light weight and have room to move. Perfect for a hot climate. I have washed them 4 or 5 times already and they come out like new.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality seems to have declined I bought a pair of Sandy River shorts a few years ago and loved them. The elastic has worn out so I bought a new pair to replace them. The new pair seems to have poorer quality elastic and is too big around the waist (XS). The fabric is soft and silky, but I wonder if it will be as durable as my old pair. Even the drawstring is thinner. The seam in the back from the crotch to the waist feels too short (feels like it might rip when I stoop down) unlike my old pair. I like the fit otherwise. They look nice when I have them on. I just don't know if they will last long like my old pair, especially since the waist is already loose on me and the elastic feels like it won't last. I rated them as running a little large because they are big in the waist for an extra small, but they are snug in the back due to the short seam that I mentioned.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep them coming, Columbia!!! I love these cypress colored shorts. They are comfortable to walk in, lightweight and great to wear while doing errands. I have black, beige and royal blue cargo shorts from Columbia and now cypress Sandy River Shorts.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these!! Quick dry and comfortable.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SUMMER SHORTS! These Sandy River Shorts are so nice and cool for hot summer weather. They dry very quickly, too! I have these in many colors.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a little small A little small and rides up.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great shorts for summer activities Ordering a second pair - love these for all sorts of activities. Super comfortable, not too short which I prefer for activities. Use them kayaking, walking/hiking, and hanging out
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from comfortable I love these shorts. I bought a size up, so slightly large but I can't wait to wear them on the trail. Love the zipper pocket in the back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool and comfortable I just came back from a week in Central America with no A/C. These shorts were so cool and comfortable and the zipper rear pocket was perfect for card sized security. Wish they came in more neutral colors!
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They fit perfect These fit me perfect. I am 5 ' 105 lbs. and ordered xs. Per other reviews that they ran small took a chance on xs as compared to small. It worked out ok.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new faves! These shorts are functional, comfortable, and versatile.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts Beautiful color, soft and comfortable, these shorts are perfect for outdoor and indoor activities. They are v practical yet classy enough for casual dining. Love these! Only slight drawback is the soft drawstring tends to knot when I try to untie.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Active Shorts! I bought these shorts because I was heading to a summer camp to be a counselor. They surpassed my expectations - and they are always on sale! I recommended them to many of my friends. I like the price, the feel, the material, how they are a bit longer and more modest unlike many of the shorts I have tried. I can wear them in the water and they will dry quickly, and the zip pocket in the back is great for bringing small things on a run or to work out! I am usually a small or medium but small was perfect for me. They are great for so many different activities and after a year of use, they are practically like new! Definitely a great buy!
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sandy river I have bought this product many times of the past few years..........very long lasting material ...will continure to purchase in the future
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts I have two pairs of these that I ordered last year, black and a brighter purple than what is offered above. I wear these shorts pretty much every weekend. I plan on buying two more pairs this season. I've never had a problem with these shorts. The pockets are great and the length is good. I hike pretty much every weekend both Saturday and Sunday (I have an 8 month old lab puppy who is crazy energetic). Highly recommend these quick dry shorts.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable! Love these shorts. They have a comfy fit and I own several pairs and wear them often. Still look good even after wearing them most of the summer!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Runs small Runs at least a size small. I have many shorts this style. All fit fine but not these .
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quick dry shorts I'm between sizes, my waist measures as small, but my hips measure as medium. I got the medium and I'm glad I did. They fit perfectly around my hips and the draw string means I can cinch them down so that they fit my waist well as well. I use these for river running and they work great.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looking for liner I was disappointed with the shorts for 2 reasons. They fit pretty small and they don't have a liner in them. I'm looking for a "true" swim short with a liner, so this didn't fit the bill.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable and Versatile I found my first pair in an outdoor store and loved them so much I bought a second pair here online. Color-wise, the Miami shorts are sort of like bright colored scrubs. I like the color but it's not sky blue or anything. The Cypress ones were more Army green than I expected but still a great color. The only nit picky thing I don't love about these shorts is how open the front pockets are. If you bend your leg too much or squat down, phones, keys, eyc are likely to fall out. The back pocket is the perfect size for your ID or drivers license and zips which is super handy for days when you don't want to carry a purse. I have gotten pen stains to come out of my blue shorts so far and even most of the tar marks I aquired from helping my husband put a new top on the Jeep. They are super light and the perfect length. For the price, it would be hard to find more useful shorts. The size is right on target. I wear between a 0-2 in pants and the XS size fits perfect. Love them!
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Shorts I've had other Columbia water shorts for many years and the elastic has given out finally. These are different from my others but nice, hopefully they last as long. They are light weight, comfortable and dry very quickly. My only complaint is the front slash pockets are very shallow, but I'm still ordering two more pairs in different colors.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts I recently bought 4 pair of these shorts in different colors. They fit well and are very comfortable. I'm looking forward to wearing them doing outdoor summer activities.
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, versatile summer short Love these shorts! Great length (not too short!). Super lightweight and versatile. Great for running, hiking, biking, or just around town. Thank you for making these Columbia! Please offer more colors too!
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love them! I got the black ones for myself and I'm in love! I am the t shirt Nike shorts kinda girl and I saw these and I thought the would be great for water and hanging out with friends. They are super comfy, the dry fast and I would wear them everyday if I could! I got them on sale which was even better! Please buy them you will no regret it!!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts Like them because the pockets are big enough so items don't fall out. Especially the back pocket in the back. I will purchase more of these because they are light and quick to dry. Great for hiking and camping.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great option These are not "booty flattering" but they are good for air flow, comfy, and fit fairly well. I got them for summer hiking and would recommend them for any summer activity.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts! These shorts are awesome! I wear them to work (I work at a ropes course outdoors) almost every day in the summer. They're great for the heat and dry quickly when it rains. I wish they weren't sold out of my size in other colors so I could buy more!
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts They are cool, right length and have pockets!
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable and fast drying Love these shorts just wish I could get my size in all colors...
Date published: 2015-06-16
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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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Shipping & Returns

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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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