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Women’s Sandy River™ Short


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Style# 1386081
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 5”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Water
  • Style# 1386081

    100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
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Women’s Sandy River™ Short is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 135.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quality, however I wish these shorts had worked for me , but they were ‘short in the stride’. They fit more like a pair of men’s shorts might fit. When I first tried them on I loved them, but after walking in them for 5 minutes I realized I was constantly pulling down the wIst so that I didn’t have a continual ‘wedgey’. The quality is excellent, except for that. And I made the mistake of cutting out a scratchy tag so I could not return them.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for summers at the lake! Perfect length and fit. I have three pairs of these shorts and I love them all, great quality and comes in beautiful colors. I wear them everyday in the summer, great to kayak and swim in because they dry quick.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snady River shorts Love these shorts, but wish they were a little longer for someone older:)
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Big & Too Small These didn’t work for me. I wear size 8 everywhere. I’m 5’6”, weigh 142 lbs, measurements are 34” x 30” x 40” and the Large was too big and Medium was too small. It’s a shame. I really wanted these to fit.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service and great products I had a problem with USPS and my package got lost. Columbia customer service was very helpful and professional and the problem was resolved. The shorts I ordered are the only kind I wear. I love Columbia products.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most comfortable shorts I own!! I ordered two pairs of these shorts, and they have got to be the most comfortable shorts I own! The 5in. inseam is pretty forgiving in terms of chaffing, which is the reason I had to return the 4in printed shorts in this style. I wear them to work, to hike, and honestly everywhere I go. The neutral colors also allow me to wear them more often. I would 100% recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy and Versatile These shorts were a great buy! Light, comfortable, and packable. Perfect on hot days lounging around. Ok for short walks and wearing in camp after a long day hiking and as swim/bathing shorts on multi-day back country camping trips. I was hoping I'd be able to wear them on longer hikes but they don't have enough of an inseam to prevent chafe effectively. They also bunch up when you sit down. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts! I really love the lightweight fabric of the shorts as well as all the three colors I chose. They are well-made, stylish, and they go well with almost all of my tops. They are also a great fit!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short I really recommend this product!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good fit I like the material: quick dry, perfect for travelers. Glad to find it in my favorite colour: navy. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Women’s Sandy River™ Short The medium was a little snug for me, so I sent these back and got a large. The large didn't work as they were too big around the waist. When I tightened the string it made the waistband wavy, and didn't tighten them up enough. I really wanted these shorts to work because the sunset red is beyond beautiful. The material is amazing. I think the medium would have been ok, but I wanted a little more room in them for bending over and sitting down. The waist was fine- not too tight there. For reference I'm 5' 7" and weigh 150lbs.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday relaxing shorts Purchased these shorts as a everyday throw on relaxing at home shorts. Love them. Great for wearing to beach or just going out quickly. Material very nice and light and not tight. Relax fit which I like !!!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just love them love these shorts. the material is so light weight and breathable that you feel like you have nothing on they are cool and most comfortable and work great as a working short around the place working in the gardens and mowing in the texas heat the lighter the weight and comfort is most appreciated would recommend these to everyone
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great. The fit well, light weight, dry fast and they have pockets
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from nice color I am 5'4 128lb usually I wear M but the M was too big so I ordered S but it runs a little small, mainly because the rubber isn't very flexible. many pocket and it is a bit too short.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These shorts are perfecto for pilaties, running and biking. Fabric is light and easy to wash and dry. Very comfortable, good pockets.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sandy River Shorts I've been a long time fan of the Sandy River shorts. After gaining a little weight I decided to up my size. Oddly there wasn't as much size difference between the S and M as I expected. They are a little snugger across the hip than the older version but still great. I've managed to poke through to one of the pockets but I blame that on constant wear. They drain quickly, dry well, which is about all I ask for!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts! They fit true to size or even an little on the small side, but I love them. Perfect for summer in the deep south!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect active summer shorts! I love these shorts. They are light, functional, and incredibly comfortable. The length is perfect because they are short enough for me to move around, but long enough that they don't ride up on my legs. If they get wet, they dry quickly. They are perfect for sailing, SUP, hiking, walking, and everyday use around the city. I have already ordered my third pair!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to Summer Shorts I've seen these shorts for years and finally bought a pair. I LOVE them. Not too long, not too short and the fabric isn't stiff at all. They're exactly what I needed. I will say that there is zero stretch in them, so either buy your normal size or size up. I'm usually a 12/L (sometimes 14/XL, depending on brand/cut) and got the XL and they're perfect.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Would be nicer in longer inseam length I had bought a similar pair of this style of shorts at least 15 years ago, and I still wear them, but they are starting to show their age, and need to be replaced. I hoped the Sandy River Shorts were similar in fabric and style, but the inseam length was too short (5 inches). The original pair I bought years ago have an inseam of about 8 or 9 inches. I hope Columbia will make this style and fabric of shorts in a longer inseam length
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! Wore these shorts on an excursion in Aruba that had us getting in and out of water. These shorts were perfect! They dried quickly and were very comfortable, wet or dry. Several people asked me what kind they were and were jealous at how easy they dried compared to what they were wearing. Can't wait to buy more of them!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight for packing, great colors, quick drying, nice look I bought 3 pair of these shorts and glad for the purchase. The sale price made the purchase even better. Great on the boat and at the beach. They dry quickly when wet and keep a nice look. Lightweight for packing small and a good selection of colors. I would purchase these again as I intend to wear these all summer.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Active Wear Shorts I have purchased several of these shorts as they are just wonderful for travel (light weight, wash and dry quickly), great for yard work (stretch and dry quickly in hot weather) and fit perfectly for what I do. I am 5 foot, 101 pounds and purchased an XS. They are comfortable on me as I like my shorts to be a little loose.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts for water sports, travel, hiking These shorts are comfortable and dry out easily, making them ideal for water sports, the beach, hiking or travel (i.e. washing in the sink). They're a little shorter this season than in the past - about 1".
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is extremely durable I have worn these shorts for years on various outdoor trips and jobs and they still hold strong! Definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed I read some reviews that said these shorts either run too big or too small or jump a lot in between sizes. I got a large and am 5'6" and 155 pounds, and they fit great. They do ride up a little in the middle, but they are exactly what I was looking for. Great pockets and the fabric is really light weight and dries quickly. I'm an avid hiker/camper and these are great for going outside in the LA summer heat.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect pair of shorts I am very happy with my recent women's Sandy River Short purchase. This is a versatile item that can be worn as casual, sporty shorts, or as beach shorts with a bathing suit. The pockets are roomy and can hold a key ring or small coin purse. I like the variety of colors and will probably order another pair.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these Sandy River Shorts. The Sandy River Shorts are very comfortable, light weight and dry fast. They are great for the summer weather and look great after swimming.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great short but not for curvy people I am pear shaped and have trouble finding shorts that fit in the hip and not too big in the waist. I bought these shorts about 6 years ago and they were perfect. I still have them but need new ones as these are worn out! . however, the last two times I have ordered them they are too tight across the butt and in the crotch which makes the pockets bulge out. This is a sure sign that the short is too small. well, I am 5" 5" 145 pound fit woman and the medium is way small. if i had ordered a large the waist they would have been too big. take note columbia. why did you change the style of this short? The pair I got 6 years ago did not do this. I still have them and have worn holes in them. Although they didn't fit me, I would still recommend as I like the elastic waist and material. And when they get wet they dry quickly. If you arent hippy then buy this short. its inexpensive and will last forever.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sandy River Short Although they have an elastic waist, they were too tight across the butt and in the crotch. I didn't think the 5" length was comfortable either. Although they didn't fit me, I would still recommend as I like the elastic waist and material.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful shorts Love these shorts. They look good, feel good and wear fantastic. They are great for hiking or for just around the house. I highly recommend these shorts to anyone looking for comfort and durability.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts I bought these shorts to go on a sailing trip. They fit nicely and dry quickly as I used them to as swim shorts as well. I bought a size up from what I normally do and they fit nicely.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the lightweight material Have previously ordered 3 other colors and love them so much that I ordered 2 more. Love all the color selections and they are so comfortable.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shorts for those with long legs My teenage daughter has a hard time finding shorts that look appropriate and fit well due to her long legs. These are perfect. She can wear to school and work. She loves them.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for any outside activities!! They fit just great and love that you can wear for so many different reasons. All around my favorite shorts now!!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shorts! These shorts were just what I was looking for. Being 23 I don't want shorts that show everything, but I also don't want granny shorts. These were that perfect length! Very appropriate and the feel of them is amazing! I got soaking wet the other day and they dried within minutes! Love the additional pockets as well.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! These shorts are awesome. I love the zipper pocket on the back. They dry really fast and work for multiple occasions! The only thing I would change is the elastic in the waistband, I wish it was more stretchy
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy Love these shorts. I bought two in two different colors.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts Love these .....I work outside all day and these shirts are very comfortable . Very light weight and super easy to wash . Hang them on the line and they dry in minutes!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts Love these short! They're comfy and practical. My only complaint is that they're kind of snug in the hip area.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun short I got these to go over my swim suit last summer in Coral Bloom. They were great for swimming (I used a pair of short running spandex shorts under to prevent see through). Cute and felt great... would recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful colors this product is very light. Great for Miami weather
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! Finally a pair of shorts that aren't too long or too short. They are perfect for everything from running, workouts, hiking, gardening, running errands, etc. They are lightweight and dry quickly. I already ordered 2 more pairs. I only wish that there were more color choices! Thanks Columbia!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST SHORTS EVER Im a college student and outdoor enthusiast and theses shorts are perfect for in the classroom or on the trails. The fabric and fit are extremely comfortable and they don't look like "granny shorts" at all. They dry quickly and wrinkle little to not at all. If I had the money (unfortunately I have to eat), I'd buy a pair in every color. And maybe then i'd double up just in case the first pair got dirty. I absolutely love these shorts and think EVERYONE should have a pair. Way to go Columbia, another great product!
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best These are truly some of my most favorite pair of shorts. I am a very athletically built lady. I am 5'3 125/130 and wear a small. I run, hike, cross fit, play tennis, explore, and swim- and these shorts are perfect for ALL. The 2 pockets in the front are great for any quick access, and then one zipper back pocket for securing anything. I have tried multiple comparable brands (that cost way more) with their version of this short and nothing fits my curves (butt & thighs) as great as these.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love !!!!! Love my shorts only problem I didn't order every color before they sold out my size
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts for Everyday Wear I got a pair of these shorts years ago to go to a waterpark with my kids. Loved them. They fit well, wash well, dry quickly (I just hang to dry after washing). Great for exercising, running errands, or just hanging around. Just got another pair online in a different color. I would buy more if you had my size (M).
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable! These shorts are so comfortable, light weight and have room to move. Perfect for a hot climate. I have washed them 4 or 5 times already and they come out like new.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality seems to have declined I bought a pair of Sandy River shorts a few years ago and loved them. The elastic has worn out so I bought a new pair to replace them. The new pair seems to have poorer quality elastic and is too big around the waist (XS). The fabric is soft and silky, but I wonder if it will be as durable as my old pair. Even the drawstring is thinner. The seam in the back from the crotch to the waist feels too short (feels like it might rip when I stoop down) unlike my old pair. I like the fit otherwise. They look nice when I have them on. I just don't know if they will last long like my old pair, especially since the waist is already loose on me and the elastic feels like it won't last. I rated them as running a little large because they are big in the waist for an extra small, but they are snug in the back due to the short seam that I mentioned.
Date published: 2016-08-09
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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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