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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 4.1 out of 5 by 113.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts ever I have purchased many pairs of these shorts over the last years and as always a great fit, style and quality. Will continue to make these my shorts of choice.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palmer stone Peak Men's Shorts Love these shorts. Comfortable, durable. Have just reordered three other colors. Prefer the 9" vs 11" length
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from My 6th pair of this short Not roomy in the seat like the 5 prior pair and very little elastic in the waist. This will be my last pair of this model.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. SHORTS. EVER. I have been wearing Columbia water shorts for at least 20 years. When I lived in Illinois, I wore them in the summer when golfing, fishing, etc. Then I moved to south Texas. These shorts are perfect for our weather. Golfing, swimming, fishing, amusement parks...you name it...these shorts have you covered for any outdoor activity. The material wears like iron. I have many of this exact model and have yet to notice any signs of premature or abnormal wear. The color stays fast without any fading or bleaching from chlorinated pools or frequent washing. I would describe these shorts as a cross between cargo shorts and swimming trunks. They have a liner so wearing them in the water is not an issue. But the style, length and pockets allow them to be worn in most any casual setting. Best feature is if your plans change...you don't have to change your shorts. Want to hit the local burger joint after swimming? Chances are they will be dry before you finish placing your order. I am a bigger guy and I find the sizing to be perfect for me. A little extra room is always welcome. And the 11" length provides extra protection against the sun when golfing. I have read some reviews of complaints of the lack of a back pocket. Yes...there is no back pocket, but it has a nice side (cargo) pocket to make up for that. I put my wallet in one front pocket, my phone in the other, and my car keys in the cargo pocket and I am ready to roll. If your a guy and need more pockets than that...well what can I say? And finally I have read some reviews that some people cannot tighten the belt enough, that one end is fixed. No it is not. The tag on the back that is wrapped over the waist band and stitched with two thread loops has to be properly removed. Just don't yank off the tag. Get a seam ripper and remove those two little thread loops (usually white thread so you would want to remove them anyway). This will free up the belt so you can center it and tighten it as much as you want. Heck you can even remove it and install it in the other direction if you want the buckle to work the other direction. Like many things, this complaint is nothing more than user error!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts but. . . Great, high quality shorts except for two things. First of all, a zippered back pocket would make these shorts far more convenient. Also, there is always an extra length of belt that hangs out. There must be another way to design these so the wearer can adjust the waistline without this sloppy look. Fix these two things, charge a couple bucks more and these shorts will be better than great. They will be awesome!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from River Shorts I live in the desert and love these in the hot months. The elastic in the belt could be stiffer so the shorts will tighten more.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these shorts!! I have tried on a lot of shorts but these are the best. I have finally found my short. They look great, they dry fast if they get wet and best of they are the most comfortable short out there. You can you them for casual dress or hiking swimming jogging and exercising. They are very durable too. They come in all colors to fit your need. You cant go wrong here. So go out and get yours today. I just hope they don't stop making them.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday I am retired and live in a golfing community and use these while playing golf....great product.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Water shorts Disappointed they left the wallet pocket in the back off.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice lightweight shorts These shorts are lightweight, comfortable, and dry really quickly.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from palmerston shorts We bought them in all colors and some even twice. These shorts are perfect for Florida. The quaity, the fabric, the fit. Excellent.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product Like the product. Fit is good and true but belt is too long and has to be cut off and sewed.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Water Shorts These are the best water shorts I have ever had. I wear them as a bathing suit and I use them to walk on the treadmill. I love how they dry so quickly. The material is great! In addition to the elastic waist, there is also a belt on these shorts. They are so comfortable and I love the light material. The color doesn't fade. I lost a lot of weight recently and was upset that my shorts were too big. I was so happy to be able to order them again in a smaller size. These are my favorite shorts.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Florida Weather These shorts are my favorites! I am an avid boater and spend a lot of time in and near the water. They are light, comfortable and dry very quickly. They can be used as swim trunks for casual shorts.
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not too Boxie Size runs smaller but fit is not too boxie. Once I order a size up, the fit was perfect.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Product Disappointed that some of the colors did not come in the size I wanted. I prefer the 9" seam length to the 11" seam length. I would not purchase the 11" short in the future.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Offshore fishing Having to return as the size is running much larger. The medium is too big at the waist and returing for a small. Other than the size, they should be great outside to wear with the longer lenght and 50 sunscreen.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palmerston Peak Water Short Fits great. Drys very quick.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good material, belt not well thought out Fit is just slightly large. There is not enough elastic on the waist. The belt cannot be cinched up to any significant degree as it is fixed to the waist and is restricted by the belt holder. On the positive side, they do wear well and the material is light and dries fast. Just don't plan on jumping into the water with these shorts or they may come off.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multipurpose shorts These shorts are good for just about everything I use them for hiking, golfing, bike riding and getting in the water. I don't like the belt system as well as previous Columbia shorts and these run big. I am a large in most everything but a medium in these shorts is a much better fit.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice shorts. These shorts are nice, I mainly use for golfing. I don't care for the belting system, leaves a lot to be desired.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Fitting Shorts That I Can't Return These shorts felt fine when I tried on dry. When I took them on vacation and got them wet they wouldn't stay up. The elastic around the waist is weak and the belt would not cinch up properly because of the design. It appears the belt is attached in the back and because of this design you could only tighten up so much before the buckle reached it's maximum tightness position. I have no use because of the poor fit and I can't return because I wore them. I'm glad I paid $30 and not $45 full price.
Date published: 2016-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I have ever had! I truly love these shorts. I wear them practically everyday. I am ordering more right after this review. My ONLY COMPLAINT IS: WHY HAVEN'T YOU MADE THESE SHORTS INTO PANTS? Not the style with the "Zip-Off" legs; real pants. Thank You!
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent pair of swim shorts They ran a little large for me but nothing that kept me from wearing them. The fit and feel were great and the pockets were a very nice touch. The zippered pocket was a great place to securely keep an ID and credit card. Very comfortable, could have worn them in just about any circumstance. Great pair of shorts.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luv em These are great and versatile. I use them for Mt biking our swimming. Or descent shorts to hand around the house in
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfort These are some of the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn. They move with your body and do not pinch when doing activities such as running.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts for the Chubby Guy! I have a hard time getting shorts like these to fit. These were great!. A tad bit long in the leg (reaching mid knee cap) but very comfortable. I especially like the draw belt built into the waist band over a draw string. Far more comfortable and they stay in place better.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit Great swim suit. Perfect fit, and adjustable with belt. Dry's quickly! Just a great value!!
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from multi-function travel shorts I purchased these for a two-week European land/cruise vacation. I am a one bag/carry on light traveler so I look for multi-function clothing to save space and weight. I wasn't planning on wearing shorts much and knew that I might want to swim in the pool on the ship. These served both purpose very well. As others noted, the only drawback is that the belt is not continuous. It is "fixed" in the back of the shorts so if you purchase these large, the belt will tend to be off center when cinching up the shorts. I did not have this problem as the shorts fit well, but see how it could be a problem for some. Also, the belt actually seemed to be reversed for a male with the buckle on the right hals of the shorts. The 9" inseam was just at my knees (I'm 6'1") which is just where I like them. Overall, I liked these shorts and would recommend them.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from water shorts These shorts are great for wet or dry fishing conditions.. they are cool when its hot, and if you decide to wade and get them wet right before heading back to the dock i assure you you will be dry in no time. Awesome product!!
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adjustable belt and clasp I have bought probably 30 pairs of these shorts through the years and obviously love this product but have noticed in the last year or so the adjustable belt tends to twist easily and the clasp is always falling off in the wash.I hope that you have caught this and corrected it.
Date published: 2015-08-13
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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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