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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 67.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite shorts! I absolutely love these shorts! They are lightweight, breathable, and look nice. I plan to buy a few more colors as they are my favorite pair of shorts!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the perfect shorts these are great shorts, very comfortable, lightweight, dry quickly too. I have 3 pairs, would recommend, I wash and put them in the dryer, no shrinking, i plan on buying more.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from These are a lot shorter than the picture shows I got a pair of Columbia shorts 5 yrs ago that I thought were comparable but was I sorely mistaken. These could almost be Daisy Dukes.....cut off at the chunkier part of my soccer thighs. Uncomfie and I had to return them. These would be better for a willowy long legged girl, not a petite rocket like myself
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anytime Outdoor Shorts This is my second pair. They are very comfortable. I own several pairs of the Anytime Outdoor Capri as well and wouldn't be without them. They are lightweight, with built-in sun protection, and they wash and dry so quickly. They do stretch out a little after the first couple of times wearing them, so do pick your true size, or even size down a size. I wear the shorts and the capris almost all the time, living in the warm climate here in Florida.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Runs small The short was the quality I expected but ran an entire size smaller.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anytime short Love the feel of this material. Love it so much I ordered a second pair. The blue size six seems to run smaller than the black size 6 which is very disappointing as they are a smidge too tight. Seems like i may have to return.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anytime Outdoor Shorts I have been looking for shorts that are comfortable and versatile. I have finally found them! I have 3 pairs and can wear them no matter what I'm doing. They are comfortable, lightweight and cool.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big fan of Anytime Outdoor bottoms I already own the boot cut and ankle pants. I ordered these as swim shorts as recommended by one of the other reviewers and am very pleased with them. I ordered my usual size and one size up and find my usual size fits fine due to the fabric. Only a 4 star for all the Anytime Outdoor bottoms because they tend to pill in the inner thigh area, but other than that they're a solid winner.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just right I'm 5'6" and 118#. Size 4 fits perfect and is my usual size. Shorts are super comfortable, NOT binding or riding up. Fabric is soft with slight stretch to it. Flattering shape to them. Length is conservative so I wear these when leading a hike as opposed to my super shorties.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best (Beach) Shorts Ever! I love these shorts and was very disappointed when I tried to order my size in the other colors - they were already sold out:(
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LIVE IN THESE SHORTS!!! I love these shorts. I live in the central west coast of FL, super hot in most of spring and summer. Lucky I have a pool and so do most of my friends. I put these shorts on everyday it's hot out!! I can do gardening , hike with my dogs , detail cars, whatever and they wick the moisture and heat away from my body. Then when I do get HOT, I jump in my Non Chlorine sanitized pool!! I swim in these shorts everyday in pools, ocean and rivers: I also love them because they dry in minutes, all u need to do is wrap a towel around u and boom they're almost dry. If I want to stay cool and go back out and work again, I'll leave them wet to dry on their own. This keeps my body temperature down in 100 degree weather! The only reason I gave it an average quality is because the fabric starts to get a bit "fuzzy" in a few months. I wouldn't mind if they cost $20 but they were $55 when I first bought them: now they're $25. That's better . I bought six more shorts at the $25 price. I would still like to see them improved a bit more though. For the $$, I'd like a back pocket for waterproof iPhone or a zippered pocket so my keys would stop falling out!! And BTW I already had seven pairs , so I wouldn't wear one set more than once a week.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anytime outdoor short The style, comfort and length were great however I needed to size up because they run small and are form fitting.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable I really like these shorts for outdoor activities in hot humid weather. Great for hiking and boating. The fabric dries very quickly and is soft and stretchy.
Date published: 2016-07-10
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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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Shipping & Returns

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