Columbia Sandy River Cargo Short - Women's


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Quick-drying and water-repellent nylon Perfecta Cloth makes the Women's Columbia Sandy River Cargo Shorts the ideal choice for a hike in the mountains, a weekend camping trip, or a day on the water. Cut with a relaxed fit and a regular rise, these comfy, easy to move in shorts feature an exterior adjustable waistband for the perfect fit, multiple pockets, and Omni-Shade® sun protection for long days outside.


  • Fabric: 100% nylon Perfecta Plus II
  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 30 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Water repellent
  • Exterior adjustable waistband
  • Multi-functional hand pockets
  • Zip-closed security cargo pocket
  • Relaxed fit
  • Regular rise

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

11 Reviews

  • Great design: 8
  • Build quality: 7
  • Great value: 6
  • Ease of use: 5

  • Cost: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

11 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
55-64 yrs

August 23, 2011

I have several outdoor clothing products and find this to be great value for product. I also purchased the gramacci original G pant and love them as well. Will recommend to family and friends. I live in the smoky mountains so am always looking for outdoor products for myself and family.

Pros: Great design, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Old friend, new pair!
July 04, 2011

I have had this model of Columbia Cargo Short before and have been searching for a new color and additional pair! They are functional with pockets and an easy fit. The lt weight (but sturdy) fabric makes them an ideal traveler . . . easy to rinse out! I never use the belt, so that is wasted on me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, great for travel
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Sunny Florida
45-54 yrs

Great short
December 29, 2011

Love, love, love these shorts!! I am getting ready to order two more pair. Sizing is true and they are very comfotable. My only wish is they were a bit longer.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from NC
45-54 yrs

Nice shorts
May 13, 2011

These shorts wear well. They fit true to size. They dry quickly and wash well. I've worn them paddling and they are comfortable all day long. I've also worn them about town and they are nice enough for that as well. I have an older model of these shorts that I've had for years, and they hold up well, year after year.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Louisville, KY
45-54 yrs

Love those pockets
June 06, 2011

These shorts are lightweight and and very comfortable. i love the fact that they have a traditional waist. I got them for traveling and love the many pockets! I love them so much I bought another pair!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Minnesota
45-54 yrs

columbia shorts are the best
July 09, 2011

I love columbia shorts but the styles or length I look for are sometimes hard to find until I came across this web site. I'm so happy I found you. These shorts are exactly what I was looking for. Very light weight, great fit. The length for me is good. I am 4ft 11in maybe alittle shorter. I am in my 50's so I like my shorts alittle longer and these are just right. I bought 4 pair. The sizing is pretty accurate.

Pros: Lasts forever, Great value, looks almost like new after many washings
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

Cute and different
October 03, 2012

I ordered the Sandy River Cargo Shorts because of all the pockets to put my phone and keys, etc. in while I walked. They are so cute and perfectly acceptable for wear around town, not just for walking. The only thing I didn't like was the belt - was cheap looking and not sturdy looking, but I could've dealt with that by removing it. Unfortunately they were too small and I had to send them back. Altrec's customer service is awesome, and I was emailed when they received them and credited my account. Will defintely order again in a larger size.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from new york
45-54 yrs

Can wear every day
August 12, 2012

I love these shorts because they are light like shorts for running, but they are tailored enough so that I can wear them to the store and not feel like I am in gym clothes. The side zipper pocket is nice for those of us who always carry our phone. And, as I have gained and lost weight while owning these shorts, I have found the side buttons that can be used to take in or let out the waist very useful. My only complaint is that I found the crotch length is a bit long for me. They also dry very quickly, which is a plus as I often end up wet from kayaking.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Long Island, New York
35-44 yrs

Favorite Shorts
July 10, 2011

I bought these shorts for a sailing trip/vacation. They were awesome! I'm a size 8/10 and ordered the medium and they fit great. Lightweight, comfortable, dry fast...perfect! I was able to wash them in the sink and they were dry in a few ironing required. I went back and ordered four more pairs. I really like the traditional waist and that they're not too short or too long. I took the belt off and they still looked fine.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Indiana Pa
55-64 yrs

Love the shorts!
April 25, 2011

Very light and airy. Perfect for my needs. I like to wear shorts that I can't feel while wearing them. So comfort is number one! I like the quick dry specs of these shorts and the color does not change with many washings.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great product
January 19, 2013

Exactly as described on website. That' all you can ask. Best price I could find and great shipping fee policy. Sizing was just as I hoped for. I can't speak regarding durability yet since the shorts are still practically brand new. I'll come back to Altrec the next time I need shorts; in fact I've already ordered a second pair.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

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Black, Glaze Green, Gravel, India Ink, Mountain, Tusk, Zing, Aegean Blue, Burnt Henna, Clear Blue, Clear Blue - 14, Coastal, Fuchsia, Geyser, Groovy Pink, India Ink/ Abyss, Medieval, Nocturnal, Oceanic, Oxide Blue, Red Hibiscus, Siberia, Stone Blue, Surplus Green, Tank and Verdant.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xxs, size xs, size small, size medium, size large, size extra large, size 1x, size 2x and size 3x: xxs, xs, s, m, l, xl, 1x, 2x, 3x.

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