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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short


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Style# 1535781
Uses Fishing


These easy-fitting men’s water shorts come in a durable, quick-drying nylon with our highest level of UV protection and a built-in mesh brief that dries ultra-fast so you can jump in and out of the water without needing to change.

  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Quick dry
  • Imported
  • Uses: Fishing
  • Style# 1535781

  • 100% textured nylon poplin
Sun Protection

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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 111.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My top pick Live in South Carolina July, August, 95+s dgs & 85 % +s humidity.Looked all over net and ordered several other pair; Patagonia, Aftco and others.Love AFTCO but way to hot here in Summer. Material breathes, nice pockets back and front and knife pocket.Best Summer shorts I could find.Only shorts I wear during Summer now. Only wish knife pocket was reinforced it sags even with small 3 in. knife.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts Ever! These short are great quality for a great price and have very practical uses.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Columbia shorts I love these shorts I have four pairs and they are my favorite shorts great for fishing swimming a day on the islands or comfortable to where around the house
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice material!!! Bought for my husband to wear as lounge shorts after he had knee surgery. Nice thick material, not see through, and comfortable for him.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These are great swim trunks they dry quick. The only complaint I would have is they fade rather quickly.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Columbia Shorts These shorts are very comfortable and fit great
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended! Bought these shorts for every day while traveling in our RV; I like the multi purpose idea with shorts/swim trunks and they work really well as both! They fit very well and are true to size, I'm 5'7, weighs 150lb and the size S is perfect for me. After several washes, they kept their size, shape and finish - still looks just like new! I'm very happy with my purchase and can highly recommend these to anyone!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable Shorts I like most everything about these shorts. The fit is good, length is great, overall they feel really good. Only down side is the two front pockets, they are made of mess material (inside) which I really don't care too much for. Almost anything I put in the pockets gets caught in the mess. I expect the mess will not last too long with the way I use these shorts, i.e. always putting stuff in & the pulling it out. The pocket openings seems too large, & they tend to stick out a little bit. I would like to see the pockets redesigned. I do recommend the shorts, especially for outdoor uses such as hiking, biking & even fishing.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shorts Perfect shorts for any type of use. Mesh lining can be annoying at times, but other than that they're amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool comfort at first glance it looks like a bathing suit but I wear them every summer day. Pockets are deep with a rear pocket zipper to keep your wallet secure. Keeps you cool and dries quickly.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Land & sea I wear the shorts as I would everywhere and on the beach. Comfortable, a short you can wear on land and in the water. Drys quickly.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile shorts Great for beach, kayaking, or water sports.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alternative Use I work at a golf course and play golf in Florida. These shorts are ideal for our summer weather. Rainy - they dry fast, cool, and are light. I have two pairs.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and fast-drying Just tried this out last weekend on a fishing trip to a nearby ocean reef and they were great! The mesh lining isn't uncomfortable and the drawstring is easy to adjust. I jumped in the water before heading home and within 10 minutes, the shorts were completely dry. As a plus, they're easy to clean - all the fish guts/slime came out in the wash.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Pair of Shorts These shorts are awesome. You can wear them for everyday shorts or down to the river where you have the ease not worrying about your shorts to dry out if they get wet.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit and looks sharp Will buy this again, my boyfriends new favorite short.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Great product for such a great price
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Bought these for my husband and he absolutely loves them!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Shiorts Comfortable fit. Water dissapates quickly and fully dries in a reasonable time.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from long sleeve pfg shirts and shorts I have most of the long sleeve pfg 50 Omni shade shirts and now shorts to seek and gain the best sun protection being a child of the sun and water. Just perfect, both, even in high heat, while running or walking, protection and comfort is outstanding. Just a fan and long time purchaser for winter and summer. No one competes with these products. Look at my buying history to denote supporting data.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort and Fit are great They are well made, fit great and are comfortable. Materials are lightweight and dryout quickly, making them great for being outside
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shortd I have a few pairs of these in different colors. I cut the nets out of some of them to just wear as normal shorts. Very comfortable, dry quickly, and they don't stain.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PFG Shorts Great Shorts for hot weather was not sure about the mesh lining but it is not as restrictive as others.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr Good product, love the product
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for in AND out of the water My husband loves these shorts. They're perfect for in the water and they're also great for running around town in.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Perfect swim shorts, dry fast
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent fit and style Bought for my husband they fit perfectly and loved the color and material.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent product I am a big guy and finding a swim suit that fits is hard. This one fit perfect, I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts for all activities My husband was hesitant to get these shorts and didn't want them to be too short. We ordered him the 8in in 2 colors. He has used them for fishing, yard work and just out and about. He loves them and was pleasantly surprised. He wanted more colors but they were sold out since they have become so popular. We will order more when the sizes and colors become available.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Water Short I have tried different water shorts of all brands and these are the best fitting and the most comfortable. The mesh lining does not give you a wedgy like other water shorts. I wear these whenever I know I'm going to be near water. They dry quick and the pockets are very roomy as a day short to hold keys and a smartphone. The back pocket zipper is perfect to lock up your keys when you go for a quick dip. My waist is a 32 and I bought the small. I would go up to medium next time. Overall, I would buy this again. Excellent product from Columbia.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are my summer uniform Spring to fall my business is building and maintaining water gardens. My recreation is flyfishing my local streams. I have a bunch of these shorts in a variety of colors and that's what I wear pretty much full time other than meetings or church.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great swim trunks Love these. They are great. Bought my husband four pairs. The 6 is long enough that it's above the knee, but still covers everything and looks manly on my 6'0 husband.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only shorts you need for summer! I have purchased several pairs of these shorts in different colors for my 2 teenage sons. They love them and wear them everyday. The quality and fit are excellent. These shorts are perfect for summer to go in and out of the water all day because they dry so quickly.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-Terrain Short These shorts are perfect for every activity. They fit comfortable on the waist and thigh, and do not ride up or down when walking. They are lightweight, durable, and dry quickly. The fit true to size, I wear a 38 and I ordered the Large and they fit perfect. Besides being my everyday pair of shorts, they also make a great pair of swim trunks. My only complaint is that the shorts are lined with a netting, just like swim trunks, but just cut it out and you are ready to go.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile athletic shorts This Columbia short has become my favorite for any type of sports, walking around town or just feeling comfortable around the house. They fit, feel and look great. Unlike most athletic shorts they have a back pocket which makes it easier for them to be used for more than just sports. They also come in a wide variety of colors so matching them with different color shirts is not a problem. Overall it is a great short at a very reasonable price point.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hybrid Shorts On The Planet Exactly what you would expect from columbia, quality, durable, fishing shorts that can take a beating. These shorts are unparalleled, the nylon material deflects water in the rain, and dries fast after swimming. The liner on the inside is among the most comfortable of any shorts or swim trunks i've tried and underwear is not necessary, especially in the warmer months here in florida. the 4 pocket system is great, enough room for phone keys wallet and a knife comfortably. Best shorts for the money hands down
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Boys Favorite Shorts I have 2 teenage sons and this is the only pair of shorts they ask for. They have at least 5 pair. They like the light weight feel of the material, they are very active so these shorts are perfect for them.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so comfortable you don't know you're wearing them. I am a tournament bass fisherman. All the clothing in the PFG lineup are excellent. They dry quickly after a rain storm and keep you cool in hot weather. Construction is excellent. I highly recommend them.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switch from Patagonia Long time Patagonia Baggies fan but they no longer offer them in Khaki colors, so tried these and love them - my new go to shorts for living at the beach!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Comfortable and stylish is the best way to describe these shorts! I love the material and the way it dries quickly! Awesome shorts!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for any activity I've had a pair of these for 4 years, and they are the greatest pair of shorts I've ever owned. These are perfect for fishing, swimming, hiking, and everything in between. They're comparable to Patagonia Baggies, but these are superior in comfort and quality. I'm 5'11" and have a 32" waist, and a small fits perfect. The medium was slightly too large.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The "all around" shorts These shorts are perfect for any activity. The look like regular shorts, but function as swimming shorts. They are lightweight, slightly flexible, fit well despite any "holiday weight" fluctuations, and truly have become my go to shorts. I've bought four pairs all in different colors.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts I love this shorts and how you can use them with a polo or with a tee on a hike. Very versatile and very good quality.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great indoor and outdoor shorts Since I have received these pair of shorts I have worn them at least once a week. They are perfect for any activity (running, working out, hiking, and fishing). I bought the size 8 in length and are about an inch or two above my knee. They are comfortable and can be adjusted around the waist with the pull of two strings. They are my go to shorts and you can wear them with anything.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I pretty much only wear Columbia. A thing suits because they fit very true to size, are the perfect length and high quality manufacturing
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swimsuit My husband loves these. We wears them as a swimsuit and shorts. He loves the grey!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! Great shorts for hot weather. My son loves them because they wick away sweat & are great for swimming, fishing & all outdoor activities. He also wears them to his college classes. He now owns 9-10 pairs in both the 6 & 8 inch.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for in or out of the water Perfect shorts for an entire day. Whether you are swimming and hiking, or just relaxing. Plenty of pockets and the comfort is just right. Very quick to dry and very lightweight. Have 4 pair and wear them all
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is comfortable This product is very comfortable with build in mesh which allows for proper movement. It runs true to size and dries quickly.
Date published: 2017-04-20
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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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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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