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Women’s Arch Cape™ III Short


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Style# 1579831
Uses Trail


This classic fit, versatile short with UPF 15 sun protection is crafted from a soft yet durable blend of cotton and nylon to keep you ventilated and protected during summer play.

  • UPF 15 sun protection
  • Regular rise
  • Modern Classic Fit
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail
  • Style# 1579831

  • Shell: Adventura Cloth 66% cotton / 34% nylon
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Women’s Arch Cape™ III Short is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy Typically I wear size 8 petite and I have a large waist-hip ratio with waist 29-30 and hips 40. Per the size chart measurements, Arch Cape III (4" shorts inseam) might run true to size if slightly bigger. I also ordered Saturday Trail & Pilsner Peak shorts and these were the only ones that didn't gap by inches in the waist thanks to the elastic back. Love soft shorts with pockets for casual bike riding so I can keep keys handy. Great quality just like another pair of Columbia shorts I've had for probably 10 years now.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had to reorder They were no the correct size for me, have reordered in another size.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great buy These shorts are great for hiking & other outdoor activities. I got them on sale in both the khaki & the slate gray. I love the colors & the length, the only issue I ever have with these is that they tend to ride up a bit on me. The waist fits very well though! I enjoy wearing them out, they can just be a tad uncomfortable to sit in for long periods of time, which is something I don't often do! Great shorts for an affordable price!
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hipster fit Disappointed with the fit at the waist. They fit at the hips, crotch is way too short!
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts I own! These shorts are great! I wore them on a five hour hike and they were super comfortable and kept me from chaffing at all. I got the 6 inch ones which go right about to mid thigh, which is perfect! They are also super cute to wear anytime. I am very happy I bought these.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Small I'm usually a 4 in just about everything, but these shorts wouldn't fit. I would need a 6, so size up when purchasing this product.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I'm 5'5" and around 140lbs.. I'm a bit curvy on the bottom and these shorts fit great! Not too short and waist was comfortable. Planning on buying another!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way too small I have other similar Columbia shorts that fit fine, but these were way too small. Returning for a larger size.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and Comfortable I have been looking for shorts that I could wear casually and during activities like hiking or canoeing- These do the trick! I am originally a size 8 but that was too big on me so I went to a 6 and it fits great! Would love if there were other color options though.
Date published: 2015-04-21
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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.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

Shipping Method Rate Expected Delivery Time
Ground $6.00 3-7 Business Days
2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
Free Standard Shipping

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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