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Men's PFG Permit™ II Short


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Style# 1494201
Uses Fishing


Crafted with an incredible collection of (10!) storage pockets, this super-wicking and sun-repelling short dries quickly and artfully stashes your stuff to keep you hands free out on the water.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 provides great protection for long hours in the sun
  • Omni-Wick advanced evaporation actively breathes and pulls moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Quick dry
  • Multifunctional pocket
  • Utility loop
  • Relaxed fit
  • Inseam length: 10”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Fishing
  • Style# 1494201

  • Omni-Shade, Omni-Wick 100% nylon
High-Performance Wicking Fabric
Sun Protection

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Men's PFG Permit™ II Short is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the price. Well fitting and good looking.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best active-wear shorts on the market Perfect! I wear them fishing, golfing, camping, just about everywhere. PFG products are a piece of genius.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Fit is great works well by the water dries fast
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PFG Permit II Shorts Extremely satisfied with the whole process, comfortable and functional.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I bought these shorts for my husband. He usually wears a relaxed fit in jeans so the shorts fit but were a little snug. The fabric is great and he seemed very pleased with his gift.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice shorts Light, comfortable feel. I wish the cargo pocket was deep enough for my cell phone. Otherwise, just perfect for me.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Permit II Shorts I am a wade fisherman along the Texas coast and the Permit II shorts have been the only shorts I wear. Fits right, great pockets, drys quickly and are durable. My uses don’t stop there the Permit II shorts are nice enough for casual wear. With the Texas heat you will find me doing yard work and operating my tractor in a pair of Permit II shorts. I love to bow hunt hogs and in the summer you will find me in a bow blind wearing a pair of Permit II shorts. Great product and the only shorts I need.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pair of shorts These are now the only shorts my husband will wear, he is able to wear them to work and here at home along with on the boat. They hold up great and can take the abuse he puts his clothes thru.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Longevity I spend a lot of time walking the beach in South Florida with my fly rod. I need shirts that are light and durable. These shorts do the job far better than much higher priced shorts. Have yet to find anything better.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Permit II Shorts Comfortable, fit well, look great, priced right...what else is there?!?
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-around great shorts These shorts are a great weight for summer activities and are very comfortable. I ordered the size I normally wear in jeans and found them to fit but just a touch small. I ordered the next size up and they fit better.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and comfortable Drys quickly. Very comfortable. Love it
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super comfortable Just what I expect from Columbia: high quality, super comfortable!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts I’ve always worn the Silver Ridge shorts but I thought I would give the Permit shorts a try. I think I have found a new favorite. Great look and a great fit.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men’s PFG Permit short 10” Perfect short for me! Lightweight as I live in the tropics! Functional with cargo pockets for easy access. Washes great with little or no ironing required. I will definitely order more colors!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Permit me II be honest The PFG permit II is the most functional, versatile, comfortable, and toughest pair of shorts I own. This is the 4th pair I've bought ranging from size 32 to 36 (I retired after 24 years of active duty military service, so I've put on a few pounds). I use them for fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking, hanging out around the house, and even going out to dinner. Quick to dry, never bunch up or sag, and not a tear after lots of use and abuse. The elastic in the rear part of the waistband is comfortable and adjusts to any position or activity without stretching. The zipper has not given me any issues and the velcro has stayed true without wearing out keeping all the belongings in my pockets secure. I own a pair in every color and no fading whatsoever. Definitely worth the price and another quality Columbia product I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product This pair of shorts ... fantastic. Fit beautifully- just the right fabric & weight for Arizona. Launder terrific
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's PFG Permit Excellent fit, excellent color. Just what I expected! I am only 5'5" and needed a 6 inch inseam. These short are perfect. Thank you,
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Found at last... The perfect short for a guy who doesn't like the long lengths of most shorts, has to have pockets, looks neat and must be black or navy. Great for hot weather and can be worn for outdoor sports, lounging, and even casual dress. Body build for person I purchased for is very trim and fit.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pair of shorts These shorts are true to size and very comfortable. These are my second pair
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts, but tighter than I expected I ordered three pairs of these after I was unable to find Blood 'n Guts with pockets in the front like these. I ordered the same waist size as my BnG's, but these seem to be quite a bit tighter. I was glad to see they were available in a 6" length as I don't like my shorts touching my knees. The quality is excellent, so I'm sending these back and will buy the same thing in the next larger size.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's shorts Great lightweight summer shorts
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I wanted to see if these felt as good as the material of the shirts I bought and they are wonderful, lightweight and cool. I am hot natured and really love
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pair of casual shorts Love them. I'm buying more tonight!!!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts Ever Light, comfortable and plenty of pockets.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful shorts I own all three colors of these shorts and i love them. They are light, breathable, and offer coolness for the hot spring and summer days.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Love these shorts great value!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boat Shorts I spend a lot of time out on the water, good boat shorts are important to me. I've been through many brands until I found these. The first pair fit and looked so good, I went out and got 5 more pair. I don't know when exactly, (or why) American men started wearing very baggy shorts that came down to the knee or beyond. I got these shorts in the 6 inch inseam which is very comfortable and allows for unrestricted motion. I race sail boats or taking photographs of wildlife when I'm out on the water. Both activities require lots of motion. These shorts hold up well in both situations. There are enough pockets but not too many. They dry quickly and look good - what more could you ask for from a pain of shorts.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Shorts I have purchased these before and liked them enough to order two more pairs. Very comfortable with nice pocket design to carry what's needed.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plastic Pants My wife calls them plastic pants because of their feel when she washes them. I love them, they are very light and low maintenance.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PFG shorts Excellent fit keeps me comfortable keeps me from getting sunburned great for on the boat or a day on the beach
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great casual shorts, order a size up. Really happy with these light weight shorts except for the snug fit. Despite the bit of elastic in the waste, I would suggest ordering a size up from your normal size. 34s almost always fit me perfectly, but these were definitely snug around the waste for me. I still wear them, but they make me want to lose a couple pounds to get a better fit, and the waste band definitely pinches a bit. I've ordered a 36 to see how those will do because other than this sizing issue, they are the perfect shorts for fishing or hiking or the park. Tons of great pockets and a lot of well thought-out details. Really like the 6 inch length, which comes to just below mid thigh on me. (5'8)
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Southern Comfort Short Over the years I have had a number of pairs of sturdy all-cotton hiking shorts. They are fine for a multitude of uses and occasions. BUT they are not good for humid environments: the American South. Washing cars, doing lawn work, or exercise is not fun in wet utility shorts...The Permit II shorts allow for evaporation which keeps me dry "down under." These are now my outdoor shorts of choice. P.S.- Companies from "up north" have overlooked a major market segment by not directing product choices to other locales. Summers are longer and warmer than Oregon-I liked visiting the Portland store several times- but a lot of sportsmen and women would respond to products designed for the American South (hint: See above)...Think about it. Please.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Go to Shorts Neat , Sturdy and Comfortable. I especially like the 6" inseam option since the inseam on my long pants is only 30". Got four pairs and finally put my old shorts in the give away pile.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pockets This is the second pair I own and I bought them because of the pockets. They are sown into the leg of the short and hold their contents very securely. I can pedal a bike or jog with a phone, wallet and keys without having them jostle around. The weight of the contents also feels to be carried by the waist and they never feel heavy or twisted.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts Lite weight great shorts.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Material too thin I read about them being shorts made for fishing but I thought I'd give them a try for everyday use and work around my garage with power tools. I would like the shorts to be made of heavier material to stand up to everyday use. I'm still looking.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summerweight Shorts Very surprised as how light weight these are and very comfortable. Not sure about how long they'll hold up over time but really like the way they feel. Suggest following washing instructions for longer life. One thing is for sure, they'll dry out in no time if you get them wet!
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite shorts These are great in the heat and water. They fit small with the elastic waistband but are made of a soft thin material. I prefer the board short material like katuna. These are great for wade fishing and anything you don't have to bend over much doing. The crotch is too tight for my liking .
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and comes in short length I really like these for two reasons; they're light weight and much more comfortable than cotton shorts. Also, I'm short and like the 6" length these come in. I use them for golf, boating and casual wear. Great shorts.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too small They were to small and had no seat
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from functional fishing shorts Love the permit shorts, they permit me to carry all my stuff in my shorts. Nice to keep your junk in your trunks.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Permit II I don't like the changes made to the pockets. You removed the excellent left fish net pocket with elastic band... ideal for keeping paper money. The new plier-sized pocket is great for pliers... but, now I don't have a secure place to put paper money. V1.0 was better than V2.0.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts were the perfect fit Just wanted to thank you for the Permit II men's shorts I recently purchased for my husband. He needed them for coaching softball....something black but cool with lots of pockets for his stuff, and the fit was perfect. Also, the delivery time was AMAZING! He got them right in time for the tournament. We are very pleased and will purchase on-line again. THANKS! Jennifer T
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Lightweight Shorts I found that the shorts ran a bit small in the rise and would have liked a little more room. The shorter rise makes them a little less functional for some outdoor activities. Otherwise I liked the lightweight fabric and style.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Permit II This is another fine product, but not exactly perfect for me. I absolutely love the Permit I because they give you some room to grow. As I am a 33 in the waist, the II's are a little snugger than I like, and do not have the elastic in the waist band. All that aside, these shorts are tough and are sure to be some of my favorite fishing shorts come summertime.
Date published: 2013-04-27
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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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