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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 4.7 out of 5 by 32.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pair of shorts, but do run small Great pair of shorts for warm weather, fishing, hiking, camping or swimming. But they do run a little small unfortunately.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality We are in winter now, so only we can say is that quality is excellent
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts Great shorts. Perfect for a summer outings, beach days, and everything in between. Perfect length and mesh inside doesn’t tug on crotch area like other shorts. Many colors to pick from so that creates never ending style options.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great summer short Bought it on sale less than $10 and you can't ask for more. Good quality and it seems durable for summer short. Three pockets: one on the back and two on the sides are enough to carry wallet and phone when I need to.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Columbia Watershorts! These shorts are very comfortable and easy to take care of. This is my third pair. Great for the beach and the cruise ship!
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swim shorts Very nice shorts and great length in the long size
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from husband loved um Bought for my husband for swimming and kayaking...he loved them, very comfortable and dries quickly.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Shorts Great fit, quick drying and comfortable. Columbia makes some great threads and you would be well served by buying these shorts
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts on sale! Would I pay $30 for ANY pair of shorts? Nope. Would I pay half price for these shorts? Probably. Would I pay half price for these shorts plus a 20%-off coupon code (expired 5/1/18)? Oh, yeah...and absolutely love 'em. I love the drawstring waist; the pockets are functional & useful; the fabric seems durable and quick-dry; and the quality of construction seems above average. The front mesh pockets are deeper than most shorts of this type so they're very useful (approx. 7" deep). The right rear zippered mesh pocket is deep as well (approx. 6" deep). Perhaps they're being phased out of the Columbia line of clothing items so colors & sizes are very limited. I ordered 10 of the Yacht color (like a baby blue color) to use as running shorts. Never in my life have I ever seen a pair of shorts offered in two different inseam sizes (6" and 8" in this case). I chose the 6" for running (the shorter the better, in my opinion) and am happy with the inseam length. I ordered the XL size as I have a 40-inch waist. This fit would be a perfect match for most folks, I'm sure, but I like my clothes to be a little roomy. As I have just begun running (for the first time in years) for better fitness, I'm certain that I'll lose a few pounds in the next month or two and this XL size will be a little roomy as I like 'em. Overall, these are excellent shorts for the money. I am glad that I purchased 'em and wear them nearly everyday to run. I would highly recommend them at half price, even without an additional discount coupon code.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Water Shorts These shorts are great! They fit well and a very functional. They also look great. They are perfect for beach days in the summer because you can wear them to swim then when you are in town. I love these shirts
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My must have shorts Have many pairs of Columbia PFG shorts and this color is very nice and the picture is right on. These shorts are great for walking, swimming and other outdoor activities. The material is fast drying and the inner layer does not cause any irritation. It gives ample room. Thank you Columbia.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from River Shorts I bought these for my upcoming trip to Key West plus I always need new river clothes because they get torn/burnt. I love the color. They are a a little snug on my but I have gained some weight too. Have not worn them yet. Overcoming poison ivy and waiting for that to clear up.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backcast water shorts I bought these swim shorts on sale. I tried them on as soon they were delivered to check the size. They fit perfectly. The pockets are perfect and even included a zippered pocket so I can use them for other things beside swimming. I will be using these for fishing as well. The shorts appear to be well made and should hold up well. I would recommend these to other shoppers.
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 If you don't want boardshorts First the fit: If you have worn Columbia shorts before, the sizing is consistent with what you know. Style: The style takes me back to the 60's when we surfed in "baggies". Today I'd just say they're a relaxed look. Where else can you find a 6" length in swimwear? Fabric: Truly a quick dry, yet properly opaque when wet. I own multiple, high end, long boardshorts that are slow to dry and chafe while waiting to dry. These water shorts will become one of my surf favorites - I can see them hanging from my back pocket while heading to the beach, like in the old days....
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts For A Tall Person I love these shorts they fit perfect. Would recommended.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit and Function Just got these in a few weeks ago and have only worn them around the house a little so I can only speak to fit and feel right now. I will update my review as I use them more. Fit: I'm 5-10/175lb and wear size 34 pants. I initially ordered size large in these shorts. The fit good but even with the drawstring pulled tight they still weren't secure. I returned and got Mediums and they fit great without having to synch the drawstring tight. Feel: I bought these to swim, fish, and run around in during the summer. They are nice and light weight and seem to be a product that dries fast.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome These shorts are the best ever.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality and value, especially when on sale good quality and value, especially when on sale
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice shorts Great shorts to wear swimming or everyday in Florida fit nice feel good and dry fast. Great price for these shorts.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great product! I have been very pleased with this company and their products. My son loves the pfg shorts .
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect swim shorts I bought these shorts for my boyfriend and he loves them! He wears them to go fishing and as swim trunks. He loves the zip pocket on the back and enjoys how fast they dry once out of the water. He said they fit very true to size and he wants more!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I love these shorts. I wear them everywhere. Lake, around town, even the golf course! I strongly recommend these shorts for any use.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile My husband took these shorts on our recent vacation and was able to wear them both to dinner and to the beach to swim in. They were so comfortable and versatile.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality and Versatility! Quite possibly the best all-around summertime short to be had. These shorts can handle any outdoor activity you throw at them and they dry quickly. Very easy to launder, the colors stay true. Convenient pockets so you don't have to hold your wallet and phone in your hand when you run an errand. Get them, you won't be sorry.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beach use Good product for the price. I wish it were more fit.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from kayaking57 got these shorts and like them when I go kayaking.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed Love these shorts for all sorts of activities (in addition to water sports)
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My second pair.. A versatile product. It is great for boating and swimming. Quick dry and very comfortable. I even wear them to the gym.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Product. I would pass on this if I had actually seen it in a store and not just on-line. I was pretty disappointed with the quality of the product and the color is not true to what is shown on-line. The garment appears to be low quality, more like a Walmart type product than what you would expect from a high quality retailer.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid shorts as usual, a Columbia product well made and exactly what you think you are purchasing. These were part of a gift and ran a little on small side. Otherwise, very good.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bathing Shorts (!!) I've been trying to find shorts like this for several years - years ago, I purchased, and in the summer pretty much lived in, a half dozen pair of Patagonia shorts, in a model they no longer make. Attempts at replacement have failed, as later models and other brands had pockets that were too small, or too hard to put my wallet in, or were too snigy across my butt, or didn't dry quickly. These shorts do it all, and serve great as double duty: nice shorts for rambling, and good swim trunks for the beach. So, they are highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-09-24
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit top
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit top
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit top
mens relaxed fit bottom
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
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
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
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. 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.
  • 3. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 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.
  • 6. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

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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Shipping & Returns

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

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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