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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
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Men's PFG Backcast III™ Water Short is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 147.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top quality shorts Bought these to wear as casual shorts and I am extremely impressed. Very comfortable and fit perfectly. They're also very durable and will be great for any work or outside activities. Cutting out the mesh liner improves the comfort in my opinion. Definitely going to buy more in different colors, well done again, Columbia.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These shorts fit all needs and look great I purchased these shorts because I heard they were good for casual wear. I didn't realize how comfortable they would actually be until wearing them. I've worn them for casual wear at work, outdoor activities, and I'm excited to try them in the pool. I would highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One great short. I am a tournament bass fisherman. I fish the Colorado River chain of lakes. Mead, Mohave, and Havasu. This part of the country gets hot. The Backcast III Water Short is the ticket. Light weight, comfortable, and dry's quickly. I can jump in the lake cool off and keep going. It's my go too shorts for being on the water seven months out of the year. Lots of colors to pick. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the quality and mobility! Great product! Love the mobility and the quality! Will definitely keep purchasing Columbia products.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from they do what they suppose to do great shorts. Lite weight, fast drying when wet. They fit well. Look great and have enough pocket space to hold keys and cell phone
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love these shorts my son wears these to school and loves them..they are comfortable and durable
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts These shorts are awesome. They fit great and dry really quickly.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Shorts These shorts are comfortable, fit great, and have an awesome design. Love the pockets and love its repelling ability in the rain.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite shorts of all time These are by far my favorite shorts I’ve ever worn. Perfect length, light and cool. I wear them fishing, to the beach, out to dinner, whenever. Very versatile shorts and I’ve had yet to ruin a pair. As long as they keep producing these shorts I’ll keep wearing them.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite shorts! These shorts are my favorite shorts by far! I put these through some harsh conditions as a fishing guide and they hold up very well. Not only are they very comfortable, but they look good as well. I wear a 38 in waist and the XL works fine. They are actually a little big but the draw string makes them perfect. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good swim trunks This bathing suit fit nice and I use it for multiple outdoor activities such as diving, fishing, and swimming. I would totally recommend this bathing suit to anyone looking for some good all around trunks.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backcast are fiirst class The best h20 shorts ever. They dry fast, very comfortable & are made to last !!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PFG shorts These are my son’s favorite shorts. They are very durable and look nice.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality shorts for everyday activities. I ordered 3 pairs of these shorts in the colors I like because they are so worth it. This is the second time I've ordered these shorts in 4 years because they are living up to my expectations. After putting my new ones next to my older ones, I am finding no fading, change in size or any wear and tear. I live in the Pacific NW and wear these everyday, even indoors in he winter. I'm a tee-shirt and shorts guy and I just love these. Obviously, I step it up on the golf course, shorts-wise, but these are definitely everyday shorts. I love the Omni Shade treatment to keep the UVs off me. I'm a 32 waist, so small fits perfect. I also like that there are two lengths to choose. I hope these are a Columbia staple for life!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts I love these shorts, very cool and relax fit.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men’s PFG backcast watershort Ordered these on Monday and they came in that same Thursday. Exactly what I needed to make my my fishing trip enjoyable and stylish. Couldn’t have asked for a better price or swimming trunk.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and sturdy My son loves these shorts. He has a few pair of different color. They last a long time and hold up well to washing and drying.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MEN'S PFG BACKCAST III™ WATER SHORT I was a little weary of buying tjeee online because of the fact that I couldn’t try them on in person, it they fit perfectly. The quality is shorts are like swimming trucks, which I love. I was very satisfied with my first purchase with Columbia and I highly recommend this product!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not functional Doesn’t fit well and also is to short in length.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Shorts for Any Activity These have been my favorite spring/summer shorts for many reasons. They are extremely light weight and they look like casual shorts but are perfect for the beach. I have used them for kayaking, fishing, and swimming; as well as eating at restaurants and hanging out at home. The only complaint I have is that when wading through water, the pockets almost always get turned inside out. Not a huge issue but can be annoying.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted No on makes a nice mesh lined all purpose short except Columbia. Theses are a great short, especially if you live in Florida.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from men’s pfg backcast III water short Great shorts ! Fit true to size. After trying these shorts , I will never fish in anything else.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great versitile shorts Great color Great fit Great durability Love it.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! Dry Fast! My guys love these shorts. They are comfortable and dry quickly!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best out there!! I love Columbia there amazing there the only water shorts I wear there soft and dry fast and there quality is amazing
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Shorts Bought these for summer time fishing. They are great!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite all purpose shorts These are my 18-year old boy's favorite shorts. He wears them for everything.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I bought 3 pair of different color shorts for my husband and he loves them all and I’ll keep shopping more later and highly recommend! Thank you!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing shorts My hubby fishes 2-3 times a week for about 4 months and most the time he has on these shorts!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men’s PFG Backcast 111 Water Shorts These shorts are excellent Quality Shorts, My 14 year old wears them everywhere he goes. We have never had a pair fade or tear. The quality of the material is excellent. This is the only Shorts we buy in our house for him. The function is as great as the quality! He is a very active teenager with playing baseball and other activities. He not only wears these to Social events but also to School and also Swimming. In my opinion you get more than what you pay for and could not be more pleased with this product!Thank you Columbia
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For my boys I bought this for my teenager (6'2) and for my husband (5'7) and they love these shorts. We've bought multiple pairs over the past couple of years and they are so nice. High quality, durable, color has lasted amazingly well, and according to them the most comfortable shorts they've ever owned!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pair of Shorts Very durable for any outdoor event or task I’ve done. Definitely recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great We live in Louisiana so the weather is never too cold. My boys wear these just about year round and have them in almost every color. Great for swimming, hiking or hanging around. They fit true to size for my boys.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Do Everything Shorts! I wear shorts almost everyday for work as a beach volleyball coach, and by doing so have tried out a variety of styles from just about every top brand. Besides beach use, I also use these gardening, hiking, backpacking, traveling and casual wear. I pretty much wear them all the time. So far, these are my favorite, and here is why: Nylon is the ultimate material for lightweight, super strong and quick drying shorts. Stretch material is popular right now, but I have not found stretch shorts any better than these. In fact, I find these even more comfortable than stretch materials and not restrictive at all, which seems to be a big selling point for the stretches. The front and back pocket construction is great, the mesh has big enough holes to let sand through, and the zipper back pocket is great. The random side cell phone pocket is not great. It holds a cell phone well, however it does not have any way of draining water or sand (does not pull out or have mesh), so it ends up gathering sand that you either need to take off the shorts to get out, or do a handstand. Given it's not a big pocket and doesn't hold a lot of sand, I rarely find this a problem during the day and empty out at the end of the day when I take them off. Inner liner fits perfect, not too tight, not too loose, mesh has big enough holes to let sand through. Elastic waistband is the best for comfort. I won't wear traditional board shorts anymore, they just aren't as comfortable. I've worn my first pair through a whole season on the beach and they show almost zero signs of wear. I'm expecting them to last me at least 3 years at this point. When I can get through year one with out a major blowout, thats usually a good sign they will last a long time. I own both inseams and can't decide which I like better. A little longer, or a little shorter, both are great. A couple upgrades I would love to see are adding a mesh element to the cell phone pocket (or getting rid of it all together) and using a black mesh instead of white mesh considering the new black mesh would have the same softness, durability and size of holes. I will continue to update my review as I wear these more and start to truly wear them out. All shorts eventually give out, even the best pair eventually get retired.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great shorts for teens teen boys love these shorts. they can wear as regular bathing suit and/or shorts because they dry very fast
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great work short for landscaping great work short for my husband who is a landscape designer and is outside in the Florida heat all day. keeps him cool
Date published: 2017-11-23
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
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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

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  • 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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