Columbia Back Up Long Sport Short - Women's


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For a classic lean-look, nothing tops the Columbia Sportswear Women's Just Right Long Sport Short for versatility, comfort, and coverage. Featuring Columbia's new Back Up waistband technology, this active short offers cutting edge fit construction designed to move with you as you bend, stretch, kneel, squat and jump. The wider waistband prevents binding and rises slightly in the back to provide essential coverage that curvy bodies in motion demand. 2-way comfort stretch and gusset detail further enhance mobility and the super soft nylon-elastane fabric is fortified with Omni-Shield® advanced repellency to reject stains and keep you dry in a light drizzle. Stash keys and ID in the security pocket.


  • Fabric: 96% nylon, 4% elastane Summiteer Lite, 90% polyester, 10% elastane Slick knit
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency
  • Flex fit, mid rise
  • 2-way comfort stretch
  • Gusset detail
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Inseam: 11”

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

3 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • Great value: 2

  • needs additional pocket: 1
  • threads at waist coming undone: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.3 / 5
Durability: 3.7 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from Crested Butte Colorado
45-54 yrs

Super Comfy
August 04, 2011

These shorts are very comfortable. The high back provides a nice fit for any activity. They run true to size...I'm 5'4" 120lbs and the Small fit perfectly. The water resistant aspect of the material has worked great for stream crossings and light rainfall. I liked the cut and fit so much I purchased 3 pair in different colors.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Sherborn, MA
55-64 yrs

Great fitting shorts that move with you!
September 04, 2011

I have several pairs of these shorts and have found them indispensable this hot summer while gardening, volunteering at a local CSA, and hiking. The length comes to just above my knee providing good coverage for bending over and getting in and out of cars - I am 5'6" and bought a large. Material is cool and thin and totally moves as I move, returning to shape without any bagginess. The only addition I could wish for would be another pocket to hold my iPhone or keys. The back key pocket is very small

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: needs additional pocket
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from New Orleans, LA
25-34 yrs

Columbia Make More!!
August 15, 2012

I own two of these shorts in khaki color and black and literally wear them everyday bike commuting in the New Orleans heat/humidity. They stay cool, wick extremely well, and never look sweaty or wrinkled. The fit is fantastic - I'm 5'5", 150lb, athletic build, and bought a size medium. The fit is perfect for someone like me with athletic legs and bum and the length is ideal for a more conservative sporty look (they come right to my knee). The waist is midrise, and comes up a little higher in the back, which is perfect for bending over biking. The material skims the body, but doesn't cling anywhere unwanted, and the material is extremely soft. Plus there's a small pocket for key/credit card, which I LOVE so I can go hands-free. I love these shorts so much that I wear them everywhere - around the house, errands, yoga, out at night, festivals, brunch - seriously everywhere. The look is sporty, without looking like strict workout gear, and with a shirt that covers the top, I think they can pass for nice casual shorts. Athletic top - ready to go for yoga. Linen top - ready for a summer night out. Seriously these shorts go with everything. My only complaint is that some threads are coming out around the waist, but as I said, I wear them everyday to commute so they get washed a lot. Please, Colombia, make them in every color!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: threads at waist coming undone

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Black, Greenscape, Grill and Verdant.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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