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Women’s Sandy River™ Short - Plus Size


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Style# 1386082
Uses Water


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

  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Interior drawcord
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Modern classic fit, regular rise
  • Inseam 6”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Water
  • Style# 1386082

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Women’s Sandy River™ Short - Plus Size is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 70.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Shorts These are for my wife and she loves them. These are a great option for any outdoor activities during the hot Florida summer months. Thanks Columbia for providing quality products.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Shorts, Iceberg, Tuscan I have spent a fortune over the years trying to find a pair of shorts as comfortable as the guys get to wear, without looking like a guy! Years ago I bought a pair of quick drying, zip pocket, thin, light, ripstop shorts from Columbia that were soft as butter. I have hauled them around for years, even though they no longer fit, unwilling to let them go. When I saw these shorts, I was SO excited, I accidentally ordered 2! I was afraid, by the picture, they might be short shorts, but I'm pleased to say they are a perfect length for a 66 yr old with spider veins! They don't bag & don't cut me in half. They are more comfortable than underwear! I gave my old ones to my brother (did I say they were mens?) and he loves them. Your friendly service department did not hesitate to send me a return label and waive the return fee. I seriously don't know why I ever shopped for outdoor clothes anywhere else!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Normally a Size 16, XL - bought a XXL Normally, I wear a size 16, XL but I bought the XXL in this size since my measurements were on the edge for an XL (39" waist and 48" hips). I hated having to buy an XXL, but I do enjoy how it fits - roomy. I have an extra inch of room in the waist without the elastic expanding. I still have a butt in the back. The shorts are slightly flared out at the bottom. They end about an 1 inch above my knee. I am able to walk without the short bunching up between my legs as often. The shorts washed well, They have a nylon parachute material feel to them. I assume it will help them dry faster.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Fabulous pair of shorts I bought two and would like them in every color ! I’m sure I will have them for years great fabric so worth the price .
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Water Shorts They run a little small but will be great on the beach or hang out around the pool and the outdoors. Love the length and the quality.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st time wearing Columbia Shorts I am so happy these are available in plus size. It is so hard to find plus sizes in stores. Buy these shorts, you won't regret it. I wear my mine when I'm in the backyard or even floating the river in Concan, TX.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ahorts These shorts are so comfortable and very lightweight!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! Love these shorts! Very lightweight and perfect for travel. Great variety of colors to choose from, too! Very comfortable and fit true to size. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect everyday shorts I’ve been searching for a replacement everyday short. Something I can workout in, wear in the garden or just knock around in. These fit my curvy figure and are very comfortable. I fall between a 1X and a 2X in hip measurement but wanted these to be comfortable not snug so I opted for the 2X, they are perfect not tight but the waist drawstring let’s me snug up the waist a bit. Not too short. Very happy, I ordered 3 more pair.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy River Shorts I love these roomy shots, side pockets, and the zippered back pocket. The fact that they are also SPF 30 is another plus for me. Have recommended these comfy shorts and let a few family members and friends who have come out to our place in the country borrow a pair since I have several sizes on hand. Most comfortable, cool, shorts ever! Every one of them has gone online and ordered them for themselves especially after taking them for a "test drive". Always satisfied with Columbia products.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as advertised These shorts are perfect for hot weather workouts. They are light weight, quick drying and a relaxed fit. Have purchased 2 more pairs.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pair of Shorts If you are older and plus size, don't be afraid to have nice shorts - don't limit yourself to what my daughter calls "ZooKeeper Shorts". These are a nice length, great fabric that dries quickly, the color (blue) is nice.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer hiking shorts Wear these when hiking with the dog. Super comfy. I'm a large middle aged woman 5'7" ~190 lb...was looking for something that would not be constricting when climbing over rocks, but did not want anything tight fitting like leggings. These are lightweight, loose around the legs with elastic waist. Got a great price too on clearance.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great casual short Very comfortable and easy to put on with a t-shirt to have a more active day. Very quick to dry if I want to wear them to the beach or pool. Overall, a great choice and I'm happy I purchased a couple pairs.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very nice shorts light, cool, quick to dry. perfect for water fun in sunny Florida.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love these Shorts Really love these shorts. So comfortable and good for so many activities from kayaking to walking the dog. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great short for over bathing suit I use these shorts for paddle boarding over my bathing suit, or with just a tank top. The material is nice and light, so dries quickly and doesn't weigh you down in water. I could have used a smaller size but wanted to have freedom of movement. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All-Time Favorite Shorts I've bought these shorts for years, and in many sizes as my weight has fluctuated. They have all fit well (I have muscular legs, and they never bind). They're comfortable, not too short or too long, and wear like iron. I use them for hiking, for kayaking, over swimsuits, over biking shorts (so I have pockets), and in yoga class. They are my all-time favorites, bar none.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I love these shorts I'd recommend them to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from weird fit Nice material, fit was a little weird.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good shorts Comfortable shorts. I have been running daily for over 30 years- now I do a fast walk. I am allergic to polyester so finding cotton or nylon shorts that are suitable can be difficult. I also like the longer length. The material seems a great deal thinner than the previous shorts I have bought, but I can live with that.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fit Issues I was unable to get a size that fit good so I returned them. I am disappointed because it is so hard to find longer shorts with pockets for someone middle aged. The 1X was just small in the waist so I ordered 2X and they were huge so I'm sending them all back. They are very light weight and great for hot weather also. Quality appears good. I wore one pair so I'll have to keep those. I did notice that they come out of dryer wrinkled, which is not good.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Fits great. Good length. Great for kayaking
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable I absolutely love these shorts. They were so comfortable from the moment I put them on. Elastic waist with draw string and comes down to almost my knees when I stand. I'm 5'5. 2 shallow pockets in front and a pocket with zipper in the back. Probably won't keep anything valuable in the front pockets.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Run Small I usually wear a 2x in Columbia's hiking pants so I ordered a 2x in these shorts. They are very tight so I have the 3x on order. Otherwise, they are fine shorts for kicking around camp.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would Recommend First purchase from site. Good quality available in larger sizes. Will not be my last purchase.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These Shorts Feel Amazing The Sandy River shorts fit well and are so comfortable, it feels as if you are not wearing anything! They are cool and dry quickly when wet. I would absolutely recommend this product!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shorts I bought these for an upcoming Florida trip this summer but have already tested them out. They're the perfect length and extremely comfortable! I already added additional colors.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great short 2nd year buying and they are great. easy to wear. wears well. dry fast.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing for Archealogy I took these on an archaeological dig with me to Peru. These are honestly the best hiking shorts I could have gotten. They are very durable and truly can take a beating. I may have to buy them in every color. I will say if you do have a bit more of a booty, go a size up just for maximum comfort.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Alternative to Patagonia I'm working at a camp in the mountains all summer, and I wanted a high-quality short that could work for all different purchases. Lots of my friends had raved about Patagonia's Baggies, but they weren't size inclusive, and they were very much designed for those with a slim athletic frame. After some research, I found these. I could not be more satisfied with my purchase. I have a very small waist, and large hips, and these sit right at my natural waist. The waistband is a little loose, but there is a drawstring that helps with that. They fit nicely throughout the thigh, which is the area I typically have issues with. They are a little bit longer than I would have liked (being plus sized doesn't mean I'm puritanical), but they are well-made, and very comfortable. I ordered them in several different colors. I've gotten many compliments on them and have recommended them to several friends.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable I absolutely love these shorts. I wear them for softball, volleyball and just everyday comfort. I plan on wearing these all summer.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from elestice in the waiste band Order Number = 09572804. Comment = You said to write a review. When I hit that button it went no where. Any way I have just worn the shorts a couple of times as the weather is not warm enough here in Ontario. There is one adjustment that I am going to make. I will take the string out of the waist and put in some bathing suit elastic. I have no hips and no waste. So the string does not keep my pants up. I order the 1X shorts. Other wise the couple of times I have worn them I am happy. I also find them a little baggy in the seat. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took a lot of searching to find this type of plus-size short After an extensive search to find a plus-size lightweight comfortable short with pockets that would quickly dry after getting wet, I discovered these. Thank you, Columbia, for carrying some plus-size options, as that is all too rare in this category of clothing. Love the shorts so far, although I wish the front pockets were deeper as they are so shallow that it really interferes with functionality. It's nice that the rear pocket zips, and maybe Columbia will consider either redesigning the front pockets to be more functional or adding a second rear pocket. As virtually no stores carry these plus sizes and it can be tricky to find your best fit without trying things on, it is helpful that Columbia has no shipping charges if you become a member (although you do have to pay for return shipping of anything you return). Columbia has handled my returns well and promptly provided full refunds
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sizing is confusing While I loved these shorts and I was anxious to receive them they were huge. I ordered the 2X because the similar pants I ordered in 1X were to small. I will not reorder.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Very True to Size. Love them. Comfortable.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great outdoor short I liked this short and it was great in the hot weather although I prefer the ones that button.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product These shorts are very well made, comfortable, light, and dry quickly. I've worn them on several hikes and they have been excellent. According to the size guide I ordered a 3X; these were way too big. I exchanged them for a 2X which fit beautifully. The only con I have is the front pockets are shallow and are basically good as Kleenex holders. Otherwise these are fabulous shorts. I ordered another pair!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too large for me I found these too large. Nice shorts. I wanted them for fishing.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Love these shorts. I bought 3 different pairs (at half off!) and wore them throughout my entire trip to Bali and Thailand. They are lightweight which is great in the humidity. They were great to just wear around, or when I was hiking and doing more outdoorsy activities. They don't stain, and are very sturdy. They're definitely a great deal when you buy on sale. My one critique is that they need to work on the design of the pockets. Things fall out too easily from the front pockets.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fit, nice light shorts I bought these shorts for an upcoming beach vacation. I think I'll get a lot of use from them. I just wish there were more color choices. I would have liked black to go with my bathing suit, and perhaps some brighter colors.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shorts The black shorts shrank in the wash and the waist band twists. Nice shorts but now a problem to straighten out.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing So disappointed with these shorts. Theses and the Sandy River Cargo shorts have been a staple in my summer wardrobe for ever, but now the fit is different, too low for American women who want the waist band on their waist, and the fabric is so flimsy it is revealing, almost like lingerie. I'm sure that the fabric would tear easily. If it ain't broke, don't fix it...sometimes sizing trends are just that - trends! I returned them.
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from plus size gal great fit. light and comfortable. just right for summer weather.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Legs cut too wide and make you look bigger I ordered Sandy River shorts in 3 colors, I was so excited to see plus-size shorts in water-phobic fabric, in colors other than black! I also love the drawstring for a customized fit, 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. My size is 2X. 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 1 out of 5 by from Odd fitting shorts I really wanted these shorts to work and tried them in different sizes and styles (cargo option). 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 Love these shorts! Bought these shorts to wear while kayaking. Light weight, dries quickly, true to size, vibrant color. Love these! Would definitely recommend & will be buying more in other colors!
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love these shorts I was looking for comfortable active shorts and these are great. I'll be purchasing them in other colors.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but long... Great shorts functionally... not uncomfortable when sitting, but they're longer than I expected and sit high on the waist. Not the most youthful or feminine shorts I've owned, but good for my casual workplace or running around in the summer.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swimming shorts I plan to wear these in swimming pool in Arizona instead of typical female bare-all-leg suits.
Date published: 2014-11-14
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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

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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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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