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Women’s Sandy River™ Short


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$21.99 $32.00
Style# 1386081
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Uses: Water
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product Fits Slightly Small | 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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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 60 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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! May 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. May 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. May 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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! May 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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!! July 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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! June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts They are cool, right length and have pockets! June 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Comfortable and fast drying Love these shorts just wish I could get my size in all colors... June 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Outdoor Shorts Love the shorts and wish I had them in more colors now. I'm pretty petite and have athletic legs but small hips. I wish these ran a little smaller through the top of the shorts but it's not a deal breaker because of the drawstring. Definitely recommend! June 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great fishing shorts These shorts are very easy to get stains out of and and very light. Living in Florida it is imperative to have shorts that breathe and are lightweight and cool, these shorts are phenomenal. May 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Women's Sandy River Shorts I have been looking for this type of active wear shorts for several years. Absolutely love them...ordered several pairs. Nice fit especially with a yolk in the back eliminating the usual bulk of a stretch waist band but still not tight. They are a "short" 5" inseam and I would prefer just a bit longer. Adding a zippered pocket would make these perfect! Even considering these last two comments, I am extremely happy with them. May 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Flimsy Material I am really surprised by the poor quality of these shorts. I have a pair of similar shorts from Columbia that I bought a few years ago that I really like and wanted to get another pair. The quality of the fabric and the fit are like night and day compared to the older shorts. They are also very tight in the crotch, and I am afraid that they will shrink when washed. I bought two pair and I am returning both. May 6, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good water shorts These are closer to a 16 than a 14, so they are a bit large for me. Candy Mint is true to the color on my monitor. May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by summer shorts good buy on well made cute summer shorts = even have a zipper pocket ! recommend April 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Traveling pants wear them for traveling, light weight, good fit. April 29, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Just not the same... 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 5 out of 5 by sandy river shorts I gave had 6 similar pairs over the years love them. And still have them and stand up well March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandy river shorts I wear these almost daily for gardening, kayaking, walking, just everything. They clean up really well and last a couple of years, plus they dry quickly. Nothing fancy about them, just useful everyday lightweight shorts. Used to wear them sailing, but have retired from cruising. March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Columbia Sandy River Shorts The shorts were exactly what I ordered. I could not find all colors in the local stores but Columbia came through. Material and stitching are good. Colors don't bleed. Good value for the money. Order came quickly, 3 to 4 day tops. Very happy with ordering on line. March 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by sandy river short These will be great for a beach vacation. Just wish they were longer to cover my old legs. February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT Product! I work at a year-round camp and conference center where I direct a children's summer camp. This year when my staff came in wearing these shorts, I immediately went to find some. I now own 4 pairs and LOVE them. I wear them for everyday wear because they are comfortable and cute. But, I've also worn them while kayaking and they dry very quickly. I highly recommend these to anyone that works or plays outdoors. September 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent shorts I ordered 2 pairs of these shorts for walking/running with my dog every morning The quality is excellent and they are comfortable & true to size. I bet they will be great for kayaking as well because of the quick drying material. August 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by I love the color zing but.... The shorts I ordered in a medium fit, but when sitting the legs roll up. I used them for Kayaking and had to unroll the legs when I finished my trip. I will probably try to make the slits on the sides of the legs larger. August 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cool and comfortable Lightweight, cool, and comfortable, even for longer hikes. A little shorter in length than I normally wear, but tolerable. Like the drawstring and elastic in the waistband. August 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Comfy These shorts are light weight and very comfortable!!! Love the variety of colors and that they don't hold sweat. August 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! The shorts are light, cool and very comfortable. August 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good multi-use short I bought these to go over padded spandex biking shorts and wear them often for that use - they don't get gross sweaty, and they have enough give and dry quickly. I also threw them on over a swimsuit for rafting and they worked well for that too. Good versatile "workhorse" shorts for outdoor activities. July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AMAZING!!! I love these shorts! They're so light and it feels like they're not even there. The pockets are bigger than most in women's shorts which is very helpful! I will definitely own every color of them. June 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Love the fabric but.. These shorts are made well and the fabric is great. My only complaint is that the hem rolls up when walking or running. It could be just me and maybe if you have very skinny thighs you won't have this problem. June 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Comfortable! These shorts worked out perfectly for what I bought them for - modest coverage at the water parks this summer. I wear a swim suit bottom underneath and then the shorts over it. I'm 5'6" and 135, bought the medium and very happy with fit. They don't ride up in the leg which is a great thing when walking all day. They also dry quickly and feel great. Only bad thing was the color I got was a little darker than they looked on the screen. May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts!! Shorts are light weight, and very comfortable. I wear a size 8 jeans, so ordered the medium. They fit perfect. Also like the length. The pockets are also nice. They are deep enough to where nothing will fall out. And the price was great. I ordered a second pair. Have nothing bad to say about these shorts or anything Columbia makes for that matter. May 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Exactly as described. Great except I wish they were a bit longer. May 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Super Deal Wonderful fabric (feel, weight and colors) and nice design features. The rise is a tiny bit short but otherwise these are perfect shorts. Glad I bought two pairs! May 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice shorts You can dress the shorts up or down. The shorts are light weight and comfortable. Only minor flaw is the legs run large. March 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just what I needed Was packing for the Caribbean and couldn't find my shorts, Ordered these, delivered in 2 days. Wore them almost every day. Washed them and they dried in a few hours. Looked great, felt wonderful, super light weight, great pockets. February 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by You need these.... If you're active and around water these are a must have. They're very comfortable and the length is great if you're getting in and out of kayaks and canoes. February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for Modest Teen We got these shorts in a smal size for my daughter to wear with a bathing suit camisole. Even though she could easily wear a "barely there" bikini, she feels more comfortable with something that offers more coverage. These shorts worked great for that! September 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light weight & comfortable! These shorts are extremely light weight with enough room to be a comfortable active-wear short. Drawstring waist aids a perfect fit, and the pockets are a good size. The fabric dries easily making this a perfect short for kayaking and camping. Very happy with this purchase! August 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable I love the light weight material as well as non binding fit August 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice material and hidden pockets. Even though I measured myself, the shorts were still a little snug across my butt. I would rather have something a little looser but thought if I went a size larger, according to the chart, it would have been too big. I guess I should have taken that chance. August 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect! These shorts are perfect as walking shorts, water shorts and everything in between. Lightweight, dry fast, fit perfectly, wash up nicely. I have 4 pair. Love them. July 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Product but hard to find!! I've had shorts like these for many years, washed zillions of times and use them for walking and fishing. They wear like iron. When they became so faded and I decided to replace them, they seem to have changed the style for "sandy river shorts" to something that has a belt and more pockets. I bought some of the new style but do not like them. Went online, found these and love them. Would be very dissapointed if this style would no longer be available as they are classics. July 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by River short is great I finally found the perfect shorts for summer - short enough for running, light weight, long enough for a bit of coverage and the best part - they have POCKETS! Love these. Bought another pair - one's not enough. Oh yeah, cool colors, too. July 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by The shorts are cool and comfortable. The shorts are perfect for walking in the Florida heat. They are cool and comfortable. The other morning I got sprayed by sprinklers and they dried in no time. They are also ideal for wearing over a swimsuit when going to the beach or pool. July 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it!!! Very comfortable & fit. June 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by So COMFORTABLE I love theses shorts. We live by the beach & I have a 2 yr old son. We are outside everyday to the beach, a park, playground, riding bikes, etc. These are perfect to put on to run around shopping, playing & keeping up with an active little one. I thought the fit was really great & maybe a little big in the waist compared to the previous ones but I still got the same size. Love the new colors. Hate that the only store that sells them near me (Dick's Sporting Goods) only has black & verdant. The are very light weight & you do have to were light colored underwear if the shorts are a light color. I will buy more. Just wish I could buy more Columbia shorts in the stores. June 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love Shorts I love the shorts, fit well, perfect for running around with my two toddler grandaughters. Also, feel wonderful. Perfect June 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for everyday and as water shorts Like these shorts because they fit well, dry quickly and look nice right out of the wash. If you are looking for some clothes good for running errands, and running on the beach, these are the shorts. May 4, 2012
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit top
womens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit top
womens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
womens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens relaxed fit top
womens relaxed fit bottom
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
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.

How to Measure

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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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