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Men's Palmerston Peak™ Water Short


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Style# 1449841
Uses Water, Travel


Featuring Omni-Shade® UPF 50 and an interior mesh brief, this clean-cut, quick-drying cargo short delivers comfort and versatile performance both on and in the water.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 provides maximum protection from the sun
  • Zip closed security pockets
  • An elastic waist with nylon webbing detail ensures a perfect fit
  • Quick dry for comfort and performance on the water
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Modern Classic fit
  • Inseam length: 9”, 11”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Water, Travel
  • Style# 1449841

  • Omni-Shade 100% textured nylon poplin
  • Shell overlay: 100% polyester
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Men's Palmerston Peak™ Water Short is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 144.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palmerston Peak Water Shorts Great shorts. Lightweight and dries quickly. Perfect for hiking.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Water Sport Trunks I use these for swimming and they are great! Quick drying and fit nicely.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect It is good for beach activity.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice swim shorts Have only used these once, but they are very nice shorts. Great quality and I'm looking forward to wearing them when I visit Guam next month. As many as have stated, they do run a bit large. I wear 36" shorts and pants, so I ordered large. I should have ordered a medium. Not a big problem, since the strap is easily adjustable, as long as you remove the stitching for the tag on the waist. Also had a little chaffing from the webbing on the inside of my legs after wearing them, probably because of them being too big.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great water shorts Perfect for my morning fishing trips
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Water Shorts Very comfortable and light to wear.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for working out I like these shorts very much. Especially the belt which goes all the way around instead of being stitched down on the side seams. They're a tad too long for my preference, hence 4 stars, probably would have given 5 if the 9" inseam model was available when I purchased. Still, I bought 3 pairs. I love Columbia shorts!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight The material feels light and airy. They're comfortable to wear in hot weather and dry fast. Downsides about the waist band and belt: - I found the waist band a bit tight to pull-over the hips since they barely stretch. - Oddly, once the shorts are on, I'm unable to securely tighten the belt around my 30" waist since the belt appears sewn inside the waist band (the belt therefore does not appear to be removable). - No loop to hold the belt's tag end, meaning that it dangles on the front when cinched.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from palmerston short Great shorts - I use them for everyday, warm weather wear
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shorts are too big. I recently purchased 2 pairs of shorts. I did not realize that one pair was relaxed fit until I tried them on and the waist was way too big. I decided to keep the shorts thinking they might shrink bit and returning them would cost almost as much as they cost. I’ve tried to make them work but they are too big at the waist and will not wear them anymore. Why would relaxed fit have a larger waist? So I am disappointed. Not sure what the best solution is except to learn and pay more attention when ordering. If you look at the site, the relaxed fit is hard to see. Thank you for your time.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great quality but poorly designed belt I like everything about these shorts except for one design flaw: The sewn-in belt. I'm a 33-inch waist. The stationary end is 2 inches long and allows barely 1 inch of adjusting smaller. If you're a 32-inch waist, think twice. Columbia, you should make the stationary end much shorter so there's more room to cinch the belt tighter.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Good quality great fir
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More like XL than L Order smaller. Have more shorts like these from seasons past that were fine in large. Swimming in these.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-round shorts! I have been purchasing and wearing Columbia Palmerston shorts for many years. I have never been disappointed in the comfort and quality of this product. These shorts are great for everyday wear as well as swimming trunks.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! These shorts are the best! Great quality...good price and super functional. They hold up very well and are my favorite summer short.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Water Shorts Looks great. Dries fast. Weightless
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great swimsuit This swimsuit was great! Just what I expected! My husband loves Columbia shorts so this was perfect!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just what I need Perfect all-purpose short
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from # GOTOSHORTS These shorts are great to kick around in or just to throw on ! You can also use them as swimming trunks, they dry quick and wear easy.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Excellent material. Light, breathes well and Columbia is great with delivery!
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Changes needed For columbiia The backer for the pockets is light mesh and has not held up. Adding a lower pocket on the right side for holding someing like a phone? And a zipper fly would be nice as well. For consumer The shorts are cool and breath well making them good for rafting. There is one small useable pocket on the left side and pockets to keep your hands if you need them. There is a web belt to help keep them in place. Also there is a mesh underware system in the shorts. Making them good for hot days around water.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent but a tad large Great water shorts, exactly what I was looking for to spend 24/7 in at the lake and around town (if I have to). For me, ran a little large (6'1" 160#). I ordered the Mediums at first based on the size guide of 32-35" waist. I typically wear a size 33 pant. Re-ordered the Smalls and while they fit great, even with the belt cinched down I worry about their ability to stay up when they're soaked, so I'll probably have to have the belt tailored down a bit. Other than that - great product.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is era of the expanding man..... I needed some trunks for a trip to Mexico this Spring break. These are just what the doctor ordered. Great columbia quality and function.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wearing for years These have been my go to shorts for many years. Still the best.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lasts forever I wear nothing but these shorts. It takes a long time to wear them out.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Water Shorts I am a raft guide, and I own 5 pair of these shorts. The belt allows a tight fit for the rougher part of the river or an adjustment to a more relaxing fit for calm waters. They dry quickly, provide great protection from the sun, and are very comfortable sitting in the raft, getting pulled into a rapid, or loading boats between trips. They are tough and last awhile.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Purchased for swim/beach to take on cruise. Next cruise these are all im taking. Versatile on deck, at the beach, swim, hike, walk, zipline, cave tubing, port shopping, anything...
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best water short ever! This is my second go around for these shorts I had all of the colors that were sold by a local Outdoor shop wanted to get more but they had quit selling these shorts. I went to your web site and ordered all colors. Most likely will order all the colors again in a few weeks. I live in these shorts year around.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Perfect for my husband! He’s 6’4” and always has a hard time finding long swim shorts. These were great! (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Palmerston Water Shorts This makes my second pair of Palmerston Water Shorts. Whether playing in the water, relaxing on the beach, or fishing in our boat, they are perfect. The weight is just right for very hot weather, yet not too lite for cooler weather. I've worn my first pair quite a bit, and there is absolutely no fade in the color! Awesome product with an awesome quality for an awesome price!!!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts for Boating/Fishing/Cruising Before the review, let me say ABYSS IS BLUE. I mean no disrespect to those who have said they are basically black, but they are not. They are VERY dark blue (like dark midnight blue), but you will not want to pair these with a green shirt or other clashing color. I am very happy with the comfort, convenience and durability of these shorts. They are great for the boat, they dry quickly, and they do include a light mesh liner (like men’s swim trunks), but they wear comfortably with boxer briefs, etc. I am 6’ 2” and a 40 waist, and XL (with 9” inseam) fits well hitting me just above the knees and snugging the included belt a little. I will purchase again.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Water Shorts Comfortable, look good and dry fast
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice trunks I like these trunks. Run slightly large but quality is consistent with Columbia.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great water shorts I have used Columbia products most of my life. These water shorts (swim suit) have been my go to swim wear since I can remember. The new shorts I just bought are just like my last pair. For me it doesn't get any better than that. You can't wear out this stuff. By the way I am 70 years old.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palmerton Peak Water Shorts This shorts are highly functional, looks good enough dry with a polo to dine in after being in the water to swim, fish or what have you! Great pocket, belt and inner net! GREAT price while on on sale, well worth the cost regardless! I love love love these! I am a tweener, L vs XL went with L, they fit!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only shorts you need! I have owned multiple pairs of these shorts starting 15 years ago. They are perfect for Summer wear or all year round if you are so inclined. I love the light weight and especially built in mesh lining which eliminates the need for any under shorts! If you want to jump in the pool there's no need to change into swim trunks after you get out of the water ...your Palmerston Peak shorts will be dry within minutes . Highly recommended !
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good if getting wet If you have to be in the water and out of it several times a day, these shorts are great. They dry quickly and don't feel uncomfortable in the crotch either wet or dry.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palmerston Peak Shorts Great pair of shorts. I really like the fit and fell. I recommend them.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would purchase again. Overall an excellent product that delivers everything that it advertised. Should give me many years of performance and comfort. Especially like the built in mesh brief. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts The Palmerston Peak water shorts are extremely comfortable and don't fade with extended use. I were mine as both water shorts (jet skiing) and for dress with a polo shirt (golf). The 9" or 11" inseam option is great. The material is good quality as is the stitching and I now have 3 pairs.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Best Pair of Boat Shorts I have Ever Owned!!!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all day active shorts I wear these when on the boat all day whether I jump in the water or not - lightweight for those hot days
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best to Wear I've been wearing Columbia Men's water shorts for over 10 years and by far they are comfortable, durable and size I order is exactly as the label states!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Complaint Columbia has fixed the belt problem on previous models and you have a real belt on this short. That's good. Sadly, they now have only 1 secure pocket (zipper), whereas previous models had 2 (zipper and velcro). I got my kayak wet this weekend and needed both.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Shorts These shorts are nice and would get a higher rating if the belt buckle wasn't such poor quality. The belt does not stay tight, I am looking at buying other buckles on line to make the shorts functional.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! These shorts ROCK! This is my second pair and the first lasted too many years to count. I love the waist strap and while the pocket layout (and quantity) has changed over time, they still provide secure storage for when I'm out of the water.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Buckle Issues I really liked the look and fit of these shorts. Was very pleased with the way the buckle worked and the waist stayed snug, right up until the first time I washed them and the buckle came apart. You have a great product if you improve the sturdiness of the buckle.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality and Size Waning I wear columbia almost daily now for 15+ yrs but have noticed quality is waning and sizes (waist, shirt sleeves) vary according to which foreign country makes product. Becoming disappointed and sold my columbia stock. Start making in the US! Bring back the old PFG titanium cargo shorts with multiple pockets (zippered, pull cord, and flap pockets) as those lasted, functioned well, and the sizes were uniform. Just returned another item, this time a mail order. Ordered small, received small. Incredibly large size with elastic waist made for a bear. Probably fits a 40" waist, mine is 30". Don't buy Palmerstons. Eagle Rivers are cheaper now too.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great choice! This is my third pair and I love them...and I am not a small person in my waist and legs!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Beach Shorts Best features: Long 11 inch inseam, belt that actually tightens (unlike board shorts that always seem too loose), front pockets are deep enough, good zip security pocket, built in liner, quick dry. I can walk, run and be active in the ocean with these shorts. I have 2 pair so one is always clean and ready to wear. I just bought a third pair to save for the future just incase they stop making these.
Date published: 2017-05-28
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size 28-30 32 34 36 40 44
Waist 26-29 29-32 32-35 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size 36 40 44
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
How to Measure
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 5. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 6. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens 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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