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Women’s Anytime Outdoor™ Short


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Style# 1579151
Uses Trail


Country or city, you’ll enjoy hanging in these comfy, mid-rise shorts that repel both rain and stain and protect you from harmful UV rays. When style meets outdoor function, everybody’s happy.

  • Omni-Shield™ advanced repellency
  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Comfort stretch
  • Mid rise
  • Active Fit
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail
  • Style# 1579151

  • Shell: Omni-Shield™ Summiteer Lite 96% nylon / 4% elastane
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Helps you stay clean and dry by resisting absorption of liquids.
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Blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.


Women’s Anytime Outdoor™ Short is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 80.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy I bought these due to my love of the Anytime capri pants and was not disappointed. They are extremely comfortable. My only complaint is that the leg openings of the shorts are a little narrow, making the shorts a little tighter around the thigh than I prefer.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women’s outdoor shorts Purchased these for my 92 year old sister. She loves them. Perfect for around the house and travel. Easy care
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Anytime Any Where Shorts LOVE these anytime shorts! So comfortable to wear all day and even get wet! I usually wear a size 2-4 and the small fit perfectly. Love these shorts so much I bought in 2 different colors!!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Short!! These shorts are great for outdoor wear. They are comfortable, true to size and dry quickly if they get wet. The length is perfect as they are not too short.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy & Stretchy I ordered these shorts to have a versatile summer short that I could wear for hiking and playing outside with my kids. These shorts are long enough for me to feel comfortable and covered but still short enough that I don’t feel like I am wearing “old lady shorts.” They are tight, but the fabric is super stretchy and easy to move in. The tightness makes them look a bit more feminine than other outdoor/hiking shorts. As I recently had a baby and I am still losing weight, I wanted a pair of shorts that would be adjustable and stay up even after losing 10 lbs. These do have a drawstring and (to my surprise) a button at the top of the fly and I think they will still stay up and look nice as they get looser. I am currently 5’ 7” and weigh 175 lbs. I ordered a size 12.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts Ever! I love these shorts so much I purchased a long pair in black, and own 2 regular in black and 1 in tan. I have hiked National Parks, road tripped, and went white water rafting in these shorts! They also can be dressed up. Best comfortable & functional shorts ever! Love!!!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts These shorts are super comfortable and practical for outdoors. I love the material.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I love these shorts! They are so comfortable and easy to wear. I bought them in almost every color. The length is PERFECT!
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall Excellent These shorts are good looking, very lightweight and durable. I wore these hiking 110 degrees in the Arizona desert over 25 miles. They were cool and comfortable throughout the trek. Now, I wear them casually. They fit very well and look nice.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love! I absolutely love these shorts! They are super comfy and stylish! These are my all time favorite shorts. Whether we are going out on the town or just running around running errands, these are the shorts I go for. I have both the black and grey pairs. Definitely recommend these shorts! Thanks again Columbia for another awesome product!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product These shorts are so comfortable! I love them. They are true to size and stretchy so they're perfect for any activity. I use them for work at a zoo where I have to do a lot of walking, running, squatting, etc. They never feel like they are constricting me in any way. They are also waterproof, which is really nice as well. I bought 3 pairs and I am so happy with them. The only downside is that on one of my pairs, the button came apart. They have a drawstring to close, so they are still very usable.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts! These are so comfortable! Love them!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my grab and go walking shorts I walk up to 8 miles a day. I am a dog walker and an active person. These shorts keep me cool and don’t cling to me when I’m sweating. They have the pockets I need to hold the necessities I need when I walk. Phone, lip balm, tissue, with more room to spare. These shorts were quite muddied by a dirty wet dog last night. Tossed them in the wash and they came out clean and ready to step into them and go. I am very satisfied with this purchase. I am a size 8 and they ran true to size.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfortable Shorts I got these shorts because I purchased the hiking pants. OMG- these are just as comfortable. I would highly recommend these shorts and the good thing is that if they get wet they dry very fast. They do run a little small but they do stretch too!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd Fit I had to return these. Legs were snug on thigh which was fine. However, waist was far too large. Not flattering on my body type. For reference I am 5'5"/112lbs and tried size 2. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from too tight in the thigh These shorts look nice, but they are too tight in the thigh for someone with athletic thighs. The Saturday Trail shorts are much more comfortable.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great quality, not great fit. These a nice shorts however they do fit snug in the legs. Almost look like bike shorts.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ride up I am curvy and athletic. These were of good quality but slash pockets stick out and the legs ride up on my body shape. Wanted to like them.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best travel shorts! Just bought my second pair. These are my all-time favorite multi-purpose shorts. My first pair came from the outlet store a few years ago and is a slightly thinner fabric. I probably prefer the thinner version, actually, as it makes them more comfortable for running and also more packable, but the thicker fabric is probably preferable for hiking, around town, or water sports use. I have black and navy, both very versatile. The cut of these is fantastic -- slim and form-fitting, but not too tight. Just enough stretch. The length is short enough to be sporty and flattering but long enough to be slightly more modest for traveling...or for when you're in your mid-thirties and trying to not dress like a teen anymore :/
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I Have Been Looking For I originally bought a pair of these shorts in Indiana at a Dunham Sports store. I spent the full amount ($34) which is a bit pricey for me for shorts. However, I had been looking for a pair similar to this for awhile. They are stretchy, and athletic. And the material will dry fast, won't fad or lose the stretch. I have since bought 3 more pairs...1 at full price, 2 at 1/2 price. I wear them kayaking (no worries about wearing them out too quickly and they dry fast), to my kids swim meets (they look neat), to work (I am a lifeguard) and for everyday (very comfortable).
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I wanted lightweight, quick dry, easy to pack shorts and these are perfect!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfy I love these shorts, they are super soft and light weight for warmer days. This is my second time buying them, and plan to continue to buy them.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy pair of shorts! I was a bit hesitant to try these, I have the capris, but reviews from other ladies my age said they were a bit short. But, I ordered them anyway. I love them! So lightweight, breathable and comfortable. Length isnt really a problem, but I am on short side. If I could change one thing, it would be to add a back pocket like the capris have.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable shorts These are my favorite go to shorts now. I got the light gray and black. I would love to have gotten khaki as well but those were already gone. The length is just right. The fabric is so comfortable. I definitely want to get more.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE these shorts! These are my favorite shorts of all time. They are versatile and very comfortable. I did order one size larger and they fit great. I have them in both black and gray. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I found Columbia Anytime outdoor clothes, first I tried the capris and the skort. I LOVED both of them! Now I got the shorts. They are amazing! All of the Anytime Outdoor clothes are so comfortable, they are lose around the stomach and are so flattering! I will buy again and again!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Order your true size I ordered up a size, I think based on other reviews, and while they're wearable, I can take them on/off without unbuttoning. So I probably would have been better off ordering my normal size. Other than that, I love these shorts, they're super comfortable and a great length.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Shorts! I love these shorts so much I bought a second pair. They are super comfortable because of the stretchy material and just the right length for someone who doesn't like short shorts but doesn't want granny shorts either. I love the fact that the material is moisture wicking as I purchased them for hiking. I am 5'6" and 120 lbs and the size 4 fits me perfectly. Definitely recommend! (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts! I originally bought these for hiking on hot days, but I now find myself constantly changing into them when I'm just around the house or out and about around the city! They are super comfortable and nice fitting. Due to the waterproof technology, rain will bead right up and roll off (I learned that salad dressing does the same...haha). Couldn't ask for anything better. I mayyyy also have bought the long short, capri and pant versions of this product as well. They are all just as equally wonderful!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy them These are so comfortable & look great. Highly recommend. They stretch with you. I got a size smaller than usual & they're just tad snug but I hope to lose a few pounds. Definitely still comfy though.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to shorts I love these shorts from the minute I'd tried them on. Very comfortable and practical. Not too short which I like. Great for everyday use!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! I recently bought these shorts to do some hiking and they've become an everyday favorite. The material is super comfortable and I like the inclusion of a drawstring in addition to a snap and zipper. They were a bit on the small side but I was able to go up a size and they fit great.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best short ever It's the most comfortable short ever. Love the style, feels great you can move in any direction, the short goes with you fluidly. Love love it!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Amazing Fit I can't believe how well these shorts fit, from the waist line, to hip width, to leg openings. I prefer non-baggy outdoor clothing now and these shorts look awesome. This slim fit is not tight at all. The cut on every curve feels like just a fraction of an inch perfectly off my skin, so not only it looks great but most importantly, feels very comfortable. The stretch is a big plus for movement too. I got the black shorts but now going to buy the grey color shorts as well. Hope to have other colors available too!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit I bought two pairs of these shorts for a vacation last fall. They fit perfect. They aren't too short, they aren't too long. I ordered another pair this summer because I wear them every day!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable great fitting shorts I just received these in thie mail, I was a little scared they weren't going to fit since other reviews said they run small but they fit perfect. I am 5'3 and the inseam is the perfect length. Not to short so my inner theighs will not chaf when hiking but not to long that they make my legs look short and stocky. I can't wait to wear them this weekend!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not suited for 5'2 Older Woman While the quality of Columbia is 1st rate, I am 5'2 - 140 pds and ordered a size 10. I am full figured but not fat (per se). They fit to short to be age appropriate for someone older. However, if your fit and like a shorter short, you'll appreciate the quality of this product. I'm sad I have to send these back.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with my purchase The shorts are great for working a long physical day.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product Loved the fabric and the fit
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this fabric The fabric is so comfortable and practical that I have purchased shorts in 3 lengths and the pants. Great for wearing several days in a row while camping/hiking but look nice enough for everyday wear. I usually wear a size 6 but ordered an 8 based on reviews and these shorts fit perfectly. The length is good for hiking, but offering shorts a couple of inches longer would be great for everyday use.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE these shorts! These are my new favorite shorts. They form to my curves without being tight. They stretch when needed without stretching out of shape. I thought the length would be too short for me at first (I'm 5'3"), but they are very flattering at that length. Also I found tops that looked awkward with my longer Bermuda length shorts looked awesome with these shorts. I have 4 pair in different colors. The fabric is a wicking fabric that is great for exercise or for use in hot and humid climates. I plan to wear them to Florida theme parks this August!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit, feel and comfort are great! I have purchased three pairs of these shorts and am planning on purchasing more. Love the fit, feel, and comfort of these shorts. The quality is equally as great. My first pair has been put to the test on land and on sea. I've worn them hiking and fishing and still look as if brand new. Highly recommend them.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are my go-to shorts! I've never worn a more comfortable and versatile short. Perfect for pairing with a nicer top, casual t-shirt, or tank. My favorite part of these shorts is their light, breathable fabric with just a little stretch for comfort. I have these shorts in the 5 length and the 11 length. Would love for more colors! Have recommended these shorts to several of my friends...you should try them! One thing to remember, though...they do run small. I usually wear a four and I ended up needing an eight which fit perfectly.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the feel Clothes that fit and are breathable. I highly recommend Columbia to anyone who comments about my attire.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and comfy Own 3 pair of these shorts and they are just amazing. Perfect length, comfy material and wash well. I want one in every color
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! This is my second pair of these shorts. They are perfect for hiking, errands, and just about anything! My first pair is starting to wear out after about 1.5 years. My only complaint is that I wish they had a bit of a longer inseam - 5 inches is just barely long enough for me. If these had a 6 inch inseam I'd have them in every color!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts These are my new favorite shorts. They are light weight, breathable, and dry quickly. True to size and extremely comfortable.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy Don't bunch up, sits on hip bones, anytime line is the best for my body frame, I've got 2 colors and working on getting them all
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute and comfortable These are by far my favorite pair of shorts. They're more form fitting than other Columbia shorts and they look a lot less "outdoors-y" I usually wear a 0 but the 2 fits perfectly! The fabric is amazing but I do have issues with them pilling or getting fuzz balls all over. They dry fast and are cool in the hot weather. Cannot say it enough, these shorts are AWESOME
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable light weight These shorts are so comfortable and look great. The light weight material is nice when the summers get hot and muggy.
Date published: 2017-05-05
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
Size L
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
How to Measure
Womens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 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.
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens 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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