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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 154.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts for any activity Great short and great fit! Fast drying recommended.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. This are the best shorts I have every purchased. They dry very quickly and are very comfortable and stylish. I have 6 pairs of different colors of these shorts.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pair of shorts Ordered these in just about every color. Love them...lightweight for South Carolina summer activities. But the best part is that they don't ride up like other shorts. Great product for price!!!!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite shorts! These shorts are great! I love the fit and the material. Perfect for active summer days. Found them earlier this month and already have 3. I did find that these were just a TINY bit smaller than expected, so had to order an XL (when I am a solid L in everything else Columbia sells) to get the fit I wanted. Super comfortable. I can't wait to fish in them.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone I have several pairs of these shorts in many different colors and I lover them. Very cool in hot weather,
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Summer Camps I needed finger-tip length shorts for church summer camps. I was looking for something that would be long enough to fit the requirements but not so long that they looked awkward. I also wanted something that was light and breathable and would dry quickly. These shorts were everything I wanted and more. I bought 3 pairs, and after wearing them at camp for a week I promptly bought 2 more pairs. These shorts are great! (For reference I am 5’10” with long limbs and these are fingertip length)
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Versatile Short I love these shorts so much I bought them in 3 colors. I wear them for racquetball, to kayak, and to run errands.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light summerweight Nice lightweight, quick drying shorts for warm weather outdoor activities.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent shorts! Good for work outs or general activity. Love these have pockets.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Around Great Short I think these are made to be water shorts but I wear them in every situation! I love them! They do not ride up ever and are the perfect length! I said they run a little small because I would normally order a Medium but these do not have a lot of give in the leg when you sit down. The Large is a little big for me and therefore I have to pull them up at times. I own 4 pairs of these and want more! I love these shorts!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Melissa Great shorts but rise is too tight for long waisted, tall, women.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Water shorts Shorts are great for water activities where they get wet. Lightweight and dry quickly.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I have two colors (pink and blue) and I absolutely love these. Perfect length too.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women’s sandy river short Great shorts. Comfy fit and pockets.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little small I really like the shorts but they are slightly tight in the waist. Usually a Large is more than roomy for me.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not good for sensitive skin sizing was spot on but the material was kind of stiff and for sensitive skin it rubbed my inner thigh. If you don't have sensitive skin, it would be a great product to have on hand.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT Shorts! These are great shorts for teens needing a short that is "on trend" yet meets the requirements of fingertip length for dress codes. I purchased several of these for my teenage daughter for camp. She loves them!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best Well worth the price. Superb shorts with pockets and drawstring. Drys very quickly. Great for running, kayaking and other sports. Just purchased another pair to add to my collection of four. Highly recommend these shorts.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Sandy River Shorts! I have always bought all of my summer athletic clothing from Columbia. In a hurry to add 3 pairs of shorts to last for an active week in another (hot, humid) country recently, I, of course, went to Columbia first. Needed durable, quick drying, cool, attractive, but basic for practicality reasons, shorts. Had never bought Columbia online, but believed that because of my excellent experiences with them in the past, they would come through for me in time and with quality for my trip. And they did! Love the shorts as they delivered all of the qualities I was looking for. Thank you, Columbia. You’ve never given me a reason to doubt you. And I had a great, comfortable time!
Date published: 2018-05-04
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
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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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