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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short


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Style# 1386071
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# 1386071

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 312.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool material I'm always looking for something to wear outside during the summer to keep me as cool and comfortable as possible...these shorts are a winner in my book for this south MS heat....I've bought every color they have!
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the quality Always love the clothes from Columbia.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big in waist According to the size chart, the waist in size L is for @32". My waist is 34, yet these shorts gap around the waist. The included belt helps with that, but I would prefer if the belt were elastic instead of web, and I would prefer not to need a belt. Otherwise they fit well, and seem to be of good quality so I will keep them.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long waisted? Not for you! I'm 5'6", 125 lbs and long waisted. Small is the size I needed, but it was too short in the rise. I had a wedgie from the start. If I ordered a medium, the shorts would have been too large everywhere else.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice pair of shorts These run a bit small. I wear size 12 and they're good, but not if I was a 14. They are a nice, cool fabric and will be good for hiking, amusement parks etc. They fit better than the Sandy River shorts that aren't cargo. The crotch is a little uncomfortable when sitting, however.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diverse short Great for anything outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, pool and beach. Love them so much bought 3 pairs
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I just purchased 3 of these shorts to wear for the summer, and I LOVE THEM!! They are the most comfortable pair of shorts I have ever worn, they look great and I get a lot of compliments! I will definitely be purchasing all colors soon!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Melissa Excellent shorts and comfy. Perfect for our 100+ temps in Tucson, AZ.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I love these shorts! They are light, quick drying, and the perfect length for a very active over 60 year old. The belt is great but I don’t really need it since it has a great elastic waistband. The secure zipper pocket comes I real handy too.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts! They were a little big when I first got them but I may have just gotten too large a size. They were still super comfy and fit well even though they were a little bit! These shorts are great for doing everything in from hiking to lounging around. They are now one of my favorite pairs of shorts.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Love the fit and all the pockets of the Sandy River Cargo shorts. Lightweight fabric breathes and drys quickly.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Same I had hoped that these shorts would be the like the ones I purchased several years ago. These are quite short and the fabric is very thin. I am sending them back in the hopes that Columbia will someday make the same type I have worn for years.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit! Love these shorts. Fit great, Not too long or too short.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for hot, humid weather Comfortable fit and quick drying. I must have 2 dozen pairs in every color. I spend Winters in Key West so ride bicycle or scooter daily. These are the only shorts I wear. Wish you'd bring back past colors and enlarge one pocket to fit a thin wallet like some of your previous cargo styles.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! As a full-figure 60plus-year-old woman. I have been searching for a pair of shorts that are both flattering and durable. The Sandy River Cargo short is the perfect short. They are a bit longer, flattering to my figure, light, comfortable and go from trail to casual dinner date with just a quick change to a chic top and strappy sandal. I highly recommend these shorts whether young or more mature, sightseer, trail blazer or dinner with friends, these shorts are just the ticket.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from shorts fit nicely and feel good length is great (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Shorts are extremely comfortable. They are so good looking that you can wear them just about anywhere after you have worn them to feed the chickens and do the chores. Colors are great. All in all it was a smart purchase on my part and an excellent product on yours. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Color choice is awesome! The belt is very comfortable and lightweight like the shorts. I like the way they feel on my skin wet or dry.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Womens Sandy River Shorts I have been wearing these shorts for years. They're very comfortable and fit in all occasions. I would recommend them to anyone looking for great shorts.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Love these shorts. Love the way they feel.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cargo Shorts Women's Cargo Shorts used to be an inseam of at least 10". Now Women only have 6". Please reintroduce the old Cargo Shorts like Men's.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite shorts for water activities I wore these shorts for three days straight when I participated in the mr340, a three day, 340 mile race on the Missouri River. I loved them so much I bought a second pair. Lots of pockets and comfortable and quick drying.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great outdoor/water lightweight packable shorts These shorts are a great length and fabric for outdoor activities, allowing for a great range of movement and high-waisted UPF coverage. They fit true to size. The snap belt is unnecessary given the firmness of the waist elastic. They hold up great in the wash and dry quickly; unfortunately they've proven slightly less stain resistant than I was hoping (I spilled a bit of oil and paint) given the stellar performance of other Columbia products.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Shorts These run true to size, though I bought the next size up (an XL) to make them a little loose and comfortable. I have four pairs, so obviously I like them. I wore them almost every week all summer, for work, hiking, and traveling. They are lightweight but don't feel cheap, very breathable, and dry really quickly if they get wet or after washing. They are perfect for hot summer days when you're sweating and don't want to wear heavy clothes, and they also dry quickly from the sweat when hiking.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these shorts I absolutely love these shorts, I also have two other pair in a very similar style. The material is breathable, doesn't wrinkle easily, and washes very well. The length is just right, they don't look too skimpy or too frumpy. I got an extra small, I'm about 5'2" and 103 lbs. They are light weight and hardly take any room up when packing. The best!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for casual outdoor sports and around town. These lightweight,loose fitting shorts are perfect for summer day hikes and kayaking. The generous leg openings mean no binding when clambering over rocks or scrunching up your legs because your Vizsla wants to sit in the kayak cockpit with you. And they dry fast after said Viszla decides to jump in the lake and soaks you. The color is a nice neutral and goes with a t and fleece for casual dinner.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More secure pockets I wear these shorts kayaking and the fabric, length and overall fit are fine, but they really need secure side pockets.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts I am a little old for the length of these shorts. But for the quality and the price, I decided to keep them. I bought 2 colors and I really like them. They are quality and lightweight. Great for those hot summer days!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great short Great short! Would like to see them made with longer leg.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could be awesome...... 1. Would be nice if shorts were 2 - 3 inches longer 2. You need to design better pockets. Need a secure pocket to hold a cell phone and a zip pocket that cn hold a wallet. 3. Don't be sexist.....why do you design the men's shorts with better pocket design, but not for women?
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very pratical hiking shorts These shorts are very comfortable and have roomy pockets to keep essenials safe while hiking. They are a great length too, not oo short or too long.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from comfy pull-on lightweight and quick-dry super comfy shorts for water activities (or just for hot days). I am usually between S/M but got a Small because of the elastic waistband and these fit nicely and comfortably, even without the belt.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES I have been trying to find shorts that would fit all occassons. These shorts are perfect! They fit nice, look great. If you want to use for while paddle boarding they dry quick. News ago I bought some Columbia Sports shorts simaler but could never find them again until I came across these. I love them so much I bought 5 pair.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shorts Eh-The shorts are high waisted and scratchy in the waist against the skin. I couldn't stand to have them on for more than a minute. Wasn't worth the money to send back so off to the good will. I usually wear a size 8 to 10 in pants and had purchased the medium.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Womens Shorts These shorts fit great! Found them on sale and ordered a pair, turned around and ordered two more pair after finding a pair that fit great.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite shorts Comfy and fit well! Perfect for hiking, walking. Pack well for vacations and dry fast.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect shorts for summer! These cargo shorts are lightweight, super comfortable, and run true to size. I ordered 2 pairs, one black and the other khaki, and loved them so much that I ordered 2 more pair. They were on sale, which made it even better! This is the perfect short for active walking and hiking.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the shorts Very comfortable and would buy them again
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exciting, but comfortable These are shorts I will probably wear often because they are comfortable and lightweight. The style is rather boring, but oftentimes comfort wins over style. I have slim hips and usually wear a size 8. I bought a size Medium, and they fit perfectly.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought it again It's my second pair! Love them for everyday wearing. Hope there'll be longer versions like 8'' or 10'' inseam. 6'' is great for outdoors, but a bit shorter for office.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Shorts! These are some of my favorite shorts! They do run a little big. I normally wear a small and had to purchase an XS. However, this pair does actually fit tighter than the XS pair that I bought in store. Kinda odd but still love them!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts I have these shorts in three colors. I use them for walking and love all the pockets as well as the quick dry fabric.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have four pair and it's all I want to wear I have four pair of the Women's Sandy River Cargo Shorts in various colors. I love them. I wear them all the time whether I'm headed to the park, going on a bike ride, going for a walk, or just running errands. These shorts are very comfortable.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These shorts dry fast I use them for fishing and everyday use. Very comfortable. They look great on as well
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I had these shorts in three colors in size medium. Thanks to Weight Watchers and hard work, I have lost a bit of weight and now I fit in size small. I ordered all the colors for myself and 2 pairs for my daughter. The shorts are practical, easy to wash and quick to dry. They also look nice. PS I bought them at a great sale price. I will be checking out the Columbia website often.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent shorts Excellent shorts comfortable and wear well
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best shorts. To my utter delight you had my size in the best shorts in the world, and on sale. I treat myself every year to a new pair.. Thank you
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Weight I intend to use these shorts for swimming. I am 5'5" and 142lbs and bought the size L. They fit perfectly. I haven't used them yet but they are just what I wanted. I have an omni shield top that I swim/snorkel in and these will be perfect bottoms. They are a bit shorter than I prefer, I wish they were longer, but they will work for what I need them for.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Button broke on first use! Just wore these shorts for the first time today. The fit was true to size and they looked and felt great. When I tried to unbutton them the button broke apart! Its frustrating that this happened within hours of wearing it!
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women's Cargo Shorts These shorts are comfortable and very functional.
Date published: 2017-08-26
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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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