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Women's Sandy River™ Cargo Short - Plus Size


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Style# 1386072
Uses Water


Stay comfortable, cool and protected during active outdoor adventures with this super versatile cargo short: UPF 30 protection is built right in and quick-drying nylon provides excellent durability.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Exterior adjustable waistband
  • Modern classic fit, regular rise
  • Inseam 6”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Water
  • Style# 1386072

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Women's Sandy River™ Cargo Short - Plus Size is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 73.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts Good fit and light. The leg is a bit wide. Good for strong hips. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good with any season I ordered these shorts assuming I would be a wearing them next summer, and then we had a week of 90 degree temperatures ! I was thrilled when they arrived and they didn't disappoint. They held up well for last minute gardening, lawn cutting and raking! They looked good enough for a quick trip to the store. They did run shorter in the crotch but having read other reviews had ordered up a size. Wish they were 8 in rather than 6, but will wear them often.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool shorts Very comfortable, but a little big.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and functional Wore these on vacation and they were comfortable and the quick dry feature is nice Wish the zipper pocket was a tad bigger
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty much best shorts ever aside from szs being inconsistent from garment to garment these shorts are the shiz nit, the bomb diggedty, and my go to for camping, archery and other sweaty outdoor stuff
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love these! I have been looking for a pair of shorts that I feel comfortable in, and these fit the bill. I fit in a smaller size, but decided to size up (because of my body shape) and wasn't disappointed with the fit. I had more room to move and feel comfortable while paddling and portaging in the BWCA. They also dry fairly quick if your stuck in a down pour.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Very comfortable fit and cool for Florida summers.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Very comfortable, light weight shorts. They have enough room in the legs and butt so they move comfortably. Having functional pockets is a must for me. They wash well and have not shrunk, although I don't put them in the dryer just to be sure. Once I found these, I have bought several colors. They work with a t-shirt or something nicer.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great function These shorts are light-weight and quick-drying. The multiple pockets, including a zippered one, make these shorts perfect for everyday use. The weight means I can pack two pair of these in place of one pair of heavier shorts. The shorter leg length works well for my short legs. However, the legs do ride up my thighs when walking. The shorts dry quickly, whether in the dryer or hanging. I was delighted to get the latest two pair on sale--I now have 5 pairs in various colors. I love them.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfy Was looking for new shorts for summer activities. Since our summers tend to be hot and humid, I wanted something with a light fabric that would dry quickly if it got wet or sweaty. Love these shorts. Plenty of pockets, super comfy. Love them! Bought 1 pair to try, then bought 2 more after I received the 1st pair.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great hiking shorts these shorts were just perfect for our hike. kept me cool and very comfortable. glad to see Columbia carrying plus sizes for women who love the outdoors. Thanks
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hiking shorts I love these! Great price and so glad I ordered 3 pairs! They wash up great and I really like the comfort and fit of these shorts!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Functional but waist is small I love the fabric, length and feel. What I don't like is how small the waist is, I tend to be more apple shape so I had plenty of room everywhere else. I will wear these but won't be buying more.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to find, plus size, active wear shorts Great shorts. Have some at smaller size and so grateful they make plus sizes. Love these shorts while kayaking for quick dry feature but also for everyday wear. Really comfy and lightweight.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Travel Got 3 colors to keep my suitcase light. The fabric washed/dried quickly! A plus was you can't see through the fabric. For me - 2X & 3X fit was almost identical. Think I could've fit the 1X as the cut is so generous. The thigh area fit is a little looser than I'd like but because I have a long full trunk - purchasing pants/shorts is difficult so didn't want to take a chance
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Short Very comfortable short for everyday use as well as camping, kayaking, working in the yard. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who wears short shorts?! These area great pair of shorts! Columbia has not skimped on quality on any of their products that I own. The issue I have is this: I am 6' tall with a 34" inseam. I find it hard to purchase any pants, whether shorts or pants, knowing that there is a chance the length won't be suitable. Now I know shorts are short, but being a plus-size woman, I have a hard time finding something that is both functional & comfortable. Many times plus sized women do not want a short that reveals too much leg. These shorts do just that! There was no mention of inseam length that I saw in the product description. If there is, someone please let me know where to find it because I looked all over the page and never found one. I felt as though for my level of comfort, they weren't the length for me. I have no plans to return the item, as I want to see if I will warm up to them, so-to-speak, after-all, they are great shorts! I recommend these 100%, but just wish they were a tab bit longer.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and breezy The shorts were thin material that made them ideal for hot weather.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Loved the color and it works for my water sports. Quick drying. Have bought these before. Will buy again
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Very nice shorts love the way they fit
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty nice I wasn't sure if I needed these, but went ahead and bought them. Pretty nice. Fits fine. Not too long, not too short.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd year I have gotten these short... Love them. great fit.. comfortable feel. easy wear. highly recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Short Nice lightweight short for hiking. I have only worn them once on a difficult hike and they held up. Will be interested to see how well they hold up. The only thing I did not like about the shorts pockets and the belt.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy shorts Very comfy and great to walk around in. When you spend your day in the outdoors comfy and breathable clothing is a must! (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Plus size runs huge! Measured carefully according to size chart - I was in between sizes so ordered both up and down. Smaller size, which according the the sizing should have been too small was huge in the waist and ballooned over the hips. Nice big pockets and I liked the length. Columbia wouldn't help with postage for an exchange, which was frustrating given that I used the size chart very carefully and measured twice to be sure! I will go to an outlet to try on a smaller size, so can't really speak to the fit in a correct size.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I love these shorts so much I bought them in every color. I wear them when kayaking. I have taken an unintentional swim and been rained on in them. They are comfortable, cool and fast drying.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great outdoor short These shorts are so fantastic that I've bought them in more than one color.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cargo shorts I bought 2 pairs of these great cargo shorts when I was in Florida 4 years ago. I wear them constantly so I just ordered 2 more pairs. They wash & dry beautifully, are very comfortable, always look good! Since I'm a "full figure" gal, finding great shorts is a challenge! These cargo shorts are a great find!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cooling shorts These shorts are great for hiking or even walking on humid days. I haven't had the chance to wear them yet. They are very light weigh and have the pockets on the side as cargo pants do. The pockets are very small and can't be used for much at all. They will not be big enough for what I carry in them. I hope next year Columbia will have the pockets be more useful. I have to walk using 2 walking sticks so my hands are full. Other cargo pants I have I carry water 1 for me 1 for my dog. I have her snacks in a side pocket I have my wallet and phone in other pockets. Larger pocket would be more helpful. Would have given it 5 stars if the pockets were more useful
Date published: 2016-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent quality AND in my size In regular clothes I usually wear a 16, but as outdoor clothes always seem to be sized small, I ordered both 1x and 2x. The 2x was actually too big, though still wearable. The 1x fits reasonably well, though I would say that the rise is just a little on the short side. The leg openings are, however, extremely wide, and have me wondering if I will take off like a kite when it's windy. That and the position of the waist (lower than the true waist) make the shorts less flattering than they might be. Time will tell if these aspects will affect how they feel with more extended use. The pockets seem reasonably useful, though the main ones could be deeper (why are the pockets in women's clothes so much smaller proportionally than those in men's?). The smaller pocket on the leg without the zipper has me wondering what I would keep in there, as it gapes open when I move, and I feel certain I will lose something if I use it. The zippered one is excellent; I would have liked two of them. They are extremely lightweight but appear strong, and are well-made. No comment so far on the durability. I bought them for mountain use - I like the shorter inseam especially for hiking in warm weather - but I'm sure to use them for water sports too. I'm very grateful that Columbia recognizes the fact that not everyone who wants to be active in the great outdoors is slim to medium build. Keep it up! More offerings, please! You are one of the few companies still doing this. Most of the time we are reduced to wearing men's clothing, which fits in some ways but not others... I'm sure more women (average size and larger) would be active if they could easily get hold of technical yet still flattering clothing they can actually wear. Kudos!
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would choose it again Lightweight, comfortable and quick drying. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good shorts Love the shorts. They're lightweight and comfy. Great for hiking or just touring around. Wore these all over Bali and Thailand and loved that they were perfect in humid conditions, but also were rugged when hiking. They don't stain. As others have mentioned --the belt is poor quality and don't live up to the other materials. The pockets could be designed a bit different so things don't fall out of the front pocket --but overall great shorts, especially when you buy them on sale.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from CA's new shorts The shorts fit nicely, the fabric was great, the real problem was the inseam was too short for a plus size short. I measured it and the inseam was no longer than 6", not good for a plus size!
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from True to size in waist and hip; but too wide in the legs I ordered Sandy River Cargo shorts in size 2X. I was so excited to see plus-size shorts in water-phobic fabric, in colors other than black! I also love the fabric belt for a customized fit at the waist, and the pockets. Unfortunately, I found that the shorts are cut with overly wide legs, as so many pants and shorts for larger women are. The excess fabric, hanging straight down from the widest part of the hips, just makes me look even bigger than I actually am. I had to return all the Sandy Rivers. Luckily, I found some more-flattering Columbia shorts on a different website - I think they were a previous year's model since they are not on Columbia's own site now. Hope they get the cut of the thighs for their plus-size clothes figured out better for next year.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable My new go-to short. Very comfortable. I just wish they had a built in liner.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Cargo Pants Like these shorts. Light-weight-take up hardly any room in suitcase, wash very well. Took to Costa Rica in humid conditions-performed better than I expected. I bought a few more pairs.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts! The Women's Sandy River Cargo Shorts are awesome! They have plenty of hip room and also fit at the waist. It's rare to find plus size shorts that fit so perfectly. In addition, they really do protect you from the sun. I bought three pairs and recently bought three more. They are definitely a "must-buy" if you like to be outdoors a lot. They dry very quickly if they get wet, and that's a big plus when walking along the beach.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Comfy and Light! I'm glad they made Plus sizes!
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for boating These shorts are very comfy, the belt however, needs to go. Oh my word the belt is awful, but the shorts are a nice. I like the length, the material is quick drying. I know quick drying is usually thin material, but these seem very thin. They are great for boating or maybe yardwork. While I have not had any issues with them, because they feel so thin, I hope the material will hold up. For me the waist is a little big. While I do have a smaller waist than hip/butt proportion, this seems a little more off than usual. Please find a better quality belt, that belt is just terrible. The belt went straight into the trash.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Odd fitting shorts I really wanted these shorts to work and tried them in different sizes and styles (non cargo). All returned. On all sizes I found them to be either tight at the waist with excessive amount of fabric in the leg. Or ok at the waist but so much fabric. The shorts remind me of culottes, cinched at the waist but flowing through the leg. I find it to be an unflattering look. Did love the color options though. Would prefer a short option that is more tailored and less baggy.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable Shorts Shorts are lightweight and airy. The fit is true to size and are extremely comfortable even outside in high temperatures. I would strong recommend these shorts if enjoy comfort, cool and comforts shorts
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous shorts I bought these shorts for a recent trip to Thailand and couldn't be happier with their performance! They repelled dirt and didn't show sweat - it was extremely hot and they stayed comfortable, didn't stick to wet skin and looked good even in the 98 degree heat! Fit was very comfortable and true to size.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These shorts fit well, very comfortable for fishing, and all around versatile shorts. I usually don't wear the belt, but they stay up just fine.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sporty shorts Comfortable fitting, nice longer length, quick to dry. Slenderizing! Good for hiking, swimming, or just a casual lunch.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite shorts! I have these shorts in several colors and even a couple of sizes. They are my favorite shorts! They're light, breathable and dry fast. I love the zippered & velcro pockets too. I totally recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These shorts are great! Ok, I have 8 pair of these. This year's model has been slightly resized, they are MORE comfortable, less binding across the backside when bending over. YAY. They dry quickly. Things I'd like improvement on..... bigger pockets please. I prefer to ditch the purse, and neither pocket is big enough for my cell phone, and will barely hold my smallest wallet. Now, if they do go with bigger pockets they will need to strengthen the elastic.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Cargo Shorts Excellent short, very pleased with fit.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Work Shorts I wear these shorts when working out on the Lawn Maintenance crews. They are light weight yet durable and have great movement for pushing mowers and weeding in the gardens.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and functional I am very pleased with this pair of shorts. I have a "curvy" shape and have difficulty getting a pair of trail shorts to fit properly allowing good movement. These fit the bill. The elastic waist allows a good level of comfort. The length of the short is sufficient and the leg opening is generous without being overly big. These shorts are what I expected from a size 16W. This is the second pair that I have purchased. Very happy!
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite Love these shorts! Imagine my dismay when I burned a hole in my favorite shorts...just before a trip! Ordered two pair of these cause I am not taking chances.
Date published: 2015-04-03
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Women's Fit Guide

Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Women's Performance Top Fit Guide
Women's Performance Bottom Fit Guide
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide

Women's Body Measurement (Inches)

Women’s Plus Sizing

  Size Bust Waist Hips Short Inseam Regular Inseam Long Inseam
1X 16W–18W 43–45 36–38 45–47 29.5 32 34.5
2X 20W–22W 47–49 40–42 49–51
3X 24W–26W 51–53 44–46 53–55

How to Measure

Women's Size Chart
  • 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.

How to Measure

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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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