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Women’s Sandy River™ Short


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Style# 1386081
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Style# 1386081
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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 4.5 5 41 41
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
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
sandy river short These will be great for a beach vacation. Just wish they were longer to cover my old legs. February 26, 2014
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
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
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
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
Comfy These shorts are light weight and very comfortable!!! Love the variety of colors and that they don't hold sweat. August 5, 2013
Great shorts! The shorts are light, cool and very comfortable. August 3, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
Exactly as described. Great except I wish they were a bit longer. May 17, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
Comfortable I love the light weight material as well as non binding fit August 23, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
Love it!!! Very comfortable & fit. June 12, 2012
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
Love Shorts I love the shorts, fit well, perfect for running around with my two toddler grandaughters. Also, feel wonderful. Perfect June 7, 2012
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
Quality shorts but too short The colors and fabric were great but were too short. They may have run a little small. April 27, 2012
For Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere I was originally sold this product as male swimwear! It worked perfectly, did not gather sand clumps at the beach, dried faster than any other material I know, and covered just enough without excess material making it hotter. The first pair I have had for three years and it is as durable as ever. Because they are so comfortable, I began wearing the shorts more and more around the house even in winter. It was clear that one pair was insufficient, so I ordered three additional pairs directly. Delivery was speedy, quality maintained, and the price less than I paid in the store. I cannot say how women and children fare with this (I would imagine well) but the suit suits men just fine. March 21, 2012
These shorts are good but the ones from a couple years ago were better I have a pool service company in Texas and these shorts are great for the hot temperatures. They dry quickly and hold up very well. I am disappointed with the changes they have made to the fit of these compared to a couple years ago. It seems the legs are wider and shorter and the waist is lower. I am bending and squatting all day long and the legs on these tend to roll up where the older model did not. The older model I was very comfortable in the large but now I have to get the extra large that just doesn't have the same fit. I guess since I am older I do not like an athletic type short below the waist so I am not thrilled about the new cut. I haven't found any other short that is as comfortable, breathable and light weight to withstand the heat. January 28, 2012
Love these shorts The shorts are great. I usually wear a medium, but had to get a large to get the right fit. The one negative is that they were available in only one color in the large size. I would have ordered one in each color if they were available. July 11, 2011
Too big - liked last year's I ordere extra small same as last year but this year's fall off me. Last year's are comfortable and also came with a belt to take up a little extra space. These were at least two inches too big in the waist. If they fit, they're nice, but there is no place to go beyond extra small. Teh blue is a lot brighter turquoise than it looks on my computer screen, just in case you were not looking for a bright colored pair of shorts. June 29, 2011
Great shorts I love Columbia shorts and these are very comfortable, great for camping. June 20, 2011
Nice fitting shorts! Love the more modern fit of these. These used to be unflattering, but these are less baggy now. Runs ever so slightly big, i'm usually between a size 6/8 for shorts so the small fit me quite nicely! June 20, 2011
Fabulous Sandy River Short! I adore these shorts. They are so popular I was unable to purchase locally and had to go online to obtain them. Love the, love them, love them. June 16, 2011
Love the shorts I love these shorts. They do run a bit large; I do not like tight fitting clothing so if you like a more fitted look, I would order a size smaller. June 4, 2011
Sandy River Short -- perfect name for my use I bought 3 pair of these shorts to walk on the beach in the early morning. They were cool, dried quickly when I happened to get more than just my feet wet while walking, felt super light with no chafing! Could not have asked for a better pair of shorts to beach walk, use as a bathing suit bottom cover up or just for plain walking, lounging around the house, etc. May 13, 2011
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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)

NECK 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
Waist 27-29 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
NECK 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 42-45 46-49 50-53

How to Measure

  • 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
UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 30 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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