Columbia Sandy River Water Short - Women's


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Stay out longer in these performance shorts with UPF protection.


  • 100% nylon Perfecta Plus
  • Sits at the waist
  • Quick dry
  • Water repellent
  • Elastic waistband
  • Authentic Fit:Not too fitted, not too loose.
  • UPF 30:UPF 30 rated products provide very good sun protection, according to standards set by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).
  • Omni-Tech Laminate:Omni-Tech laminate is applied to the base fabric and all seams are sealed with a waterproof tape. Makes for a very durable garment.
  • Inseam: 5"

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

80 Reviews

  • Great design: 1
  • Performance: 1

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Fit: 4 / 5

80 Ratings & Reviews

columbia shorts
October 02, 2009

Very comfortable, quick drying, great for fishing in which I use them for. Will get another pair. I love them.

Great shorts, great service!
August 09, 2010

The material is wonderful: comfortable and care free. These shorts are well made. I love the zippered pocket. I can carry a small wallet and cash and don't need to carry a purse. I wish they were still available in beige. I'd buy a dozen pair.

Great fit
August 18, 2009

I recently bought these shorts for the first time. The fit is so good, I had to buy them in 4 more colors

You won't be dissapointed
April 22, 2010

love them!

Comfortable, light and fast drying
August 24, 2010

I've bought 4 pairs of these high quality shorts & will buy more. The fit is comfortable and good for hiking. Fast drying after being caught in rain.

Love these shorts!
May 21, 2010

I like the fit and the material. They dry quickly which is what I was looking for to wear kayaking. I'm actually going to order another pair.

Fabulous cargo shorts for sailing!
May 04, 2008

These cargo shorts are perfect for sailing! Plenty of room, cool, lightweight and they are drip dry. Altrec is a fabulous company with great customer service! I'm shopping here first for all outdoor gear.

Best Shorts Ever
May 16, 2010

Very flattering shorts for heavy legs. Great for the hottest weather. Long enough to bend over in without putting on a rear-view show

good quality and comfortable
October 04, 2009

These are the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn. They are lightweight and dry quickly. I have a couple of colors and won't hesitate to buy more.

Great service and great shorts
October 16, 2009

nothing more to say!No need!

Great shorts for outdoors
August 11, 2010

These shorts are very comfortable, true to size.

Great Shorts!!
June 01, 2010

Great fit, great material, great shorts! Lightweight material perfect for hot summer hikes and quick drying makes them great for paddling. I like the longer length. Let's me be active without flashing the world!

Very good experience
May 15, 2010

Shipment came sooner than promised. Material of shorts was just what I was looking for.

very comfortable, great for fishing
June 26, 2010

I now have every color!

fits well and dries fast
March 23, 2010

comfortable, good for outdoor sports, hiking, kayaking, etc

August 21, 2009

Got my purchase very prompt and any questions I had about them, customer service was very helpful.

Had to go back and order more...
June 15, 2009

I bought a pair of black, and loved them so much, I went back and ordered more colors.

Different cut
July 07, 2009

I already own these shorts in two other colors, but when I tried on the black pair I found they are cut differently than the other two pairs...even though all of the product numbers are the same. I'll still wear them, but it is disappointing because I go to a lot of trouble to order clothes that I know will fit me and these have a different cut.

Great shorts
April 06, 2010

Comfortable, great colors, very pleased with my purchase.

July 13, 2010


August 19, 2009

Love 'em. Fit great - dry fast. I can look good out of the lake and in the lake! Best shorts I've ever owned. Had to buy 3 more pairs!

so comfortable
May 30, 2010

Once I bought one pair, I needed to get more in different colors. VERY comfortable. Only improvement would be a deeper front zip pocket for my cell phone/iPod.

Great Shorts and Service
April 21, 2010

The shorts were what I expected - excellent quality, sized correctly. The shipment was on time and in good condition. I would definitely order from Altrec again.

Cool Shorts
June 08, 2010

These shorts are the greatest. Light weight material and very well made. I bought two of them and wear them all the time. Thinking of buying more.

really comfortable, flattering fit,
August 06, 2010

I had bought water shorts from different makers and been less than satisfied. Found these on vacation last year. Ditched all the others and ordered 3 more pairs of these! Have gotten all my kayaking friends to order, too.

Love the shorts, great for humid climates
May 13, 2009

These shorts are quick-drying, cool and "stick-free" which is so important in the humid climate I live in. They are also long enough that I can be active AND modest at the same time!

Perfect Summer Shorts
August 09, 2010

I discovered these shorts when I was looking for clothes for a trip to Belize. What a great discovery!! They were perfect for the trip, and I will wear them all summer. They have lots of handy pockets, are lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for outdoor activities. I bought 3 pairs and I wore them every day on my trip.

Columbia Water Shorts
July 15, 2009

Haven't worn them yet, but plan to use these shorts as Board shorts over my swim suit ... just wish they were a little longer. Great quality!

Comfortable, quick drying
August 12, 2010

Pockets are a bit short but I don't need deep pockets.

Comfortable fit, thoughtful details
November 17, 2009

Columbia has projected needs in small details that make this aquatic garment not only more functional but comfortable. Thank you

I love these shorts!
July 14, 2010

I have several pairs of them and play volleyball in them all the time. Nice when I get caught playing in a rain shower. They dry quickly!

Awesome Shorts!
June 23, 2009

These are great shorts. True to size, very comfortable, and cut correctly for a great range of motion. I highly recommend them!

Great Shorts and Great Service
May 04, 2009

Love the shorts, just as described. Will order from Altrec again.

Super Light
June 30, 2009

These are some nice water shorts! I would complain that they need more/bigger pockets (because I have a slight pocket fettish), but I gues they are water shorts... how much stuff am I going to carry into the lake with me? Perfect fit... love-em!

Excellent hot weather shorts
September 04, 2009

I now own a pair in almost every color and find they are extremely comfortable for being active in hot weather.

Best shorts ever!
June 10, 2009

I bought a pair of these at a sports store last summer and have worn them so much I decided I wanted more. Well that store no longer carried them and after looking online at a couple of websites I found them on Altrec. They had all the colours available, and had them cheaper than anywhere else I looked. I now have 4 pairs! These shorts don't wrinkle, they are quick drying and they are lovely and cool in the heat and humidity - in short (pardon the pun) they are the best shorts ever!

July 07, 2010

Great shorts for any activity. Pockets are a plus and they are stylish enough to wear as a casual pair. I love them.

May 20, 2010

GREAT SHORTS. I am very pleased with the fabric and style. I will be wearing them over my bathing suit while tubing with family this summer.

Happy with transaction
July 25, 2009

I ordered two pair of the cargo shorts in different colors. I received them promptly and liked the quality very much but decided to return one pair because the color wasn't exactly what I had in mind. The return was credited to my credit card. Thanks, !

Great Shorts!
August 11, 2009

Very comfortable shorts. Great for just about anything. True to size.

March 27, 2010

Their light weight, cool, comfortable and true fit to size. Can be worn casually or on the boat fishing and that's where I find their best for me plus the style and colors are complimentary when you take that big catch picture.

comfortable fit, easy care
February 27, 2010

Great shorts - comfortable fit, easy care and useful pockets! Fabric dries super fast!

Great shorts
July 19, 2010

Over the past few years I have purchased several pairs of these shorts. They are very packable and extremely comfortable especially in warm, humid weather.

Love them!
August 05, 2010

I love the shorts - they are really comfy! Wish they came in navy!

excellent for kayaking
August 07, 2009

Love these shorts. Great for any water sports. The zipper pocket is nylon, not mesh, to prevent loss of key or money, which is a big plus.

Great shorts, great service!
May 17, 2010

The shorts are of excellent quality and fit perfectly! Very comfortable and cool. Altrec delivered as stated and I look forward to ordering more.


Finally some new colors for great shorts!
May 08, 2010

Finally broke out of the functional colors to some fun colors in functional shorts!! Easy care, dry fast, places to put things and comfortable. Thanks!

Practical and fit well
November 15, 2009

I wear these over bike shorts for modesty. They fit well and have pockets that zip and velcro closed so I can conveniently take along items when I bike. They will get many years of use.

Great Shorts!
May 15, 2009

True to size, excellent quality, light weight. Great for around town, running errands, used these on a cruise - easy to pack. Wish the pockets were big enough to hold a wallet, and would have liked them just a LITTLE bit longer, but overall a great selection.

columbia shorts
May 26, 2009

good quality and just as described. Took longer than average to arrive

June 15, 2010

Actual colors did not match the photos on website and the fabric was of poor quality.

Great shorts
June 13, 2009

I love these shorts! Light weight, comfortable and quick drying. I bought two pair and will be buying more.

my favorite shorts
September 10, 2010

comfy, easy to pack, easy to wash, dries in no time

Quick Drying and versatile
September 14, 2009

These are good for water activities and hiking. However, the side pockets are too small and the belt could be of better quality.


Summertime dream!
June 01, 2009

I have two pairs and want a third. So comfortable, quick drying, a must for summer.

great leisure shorts
September 04, 2009

These shorts are roomy and fit true to size. Great during hot weather for any sport activity. I wear them for golf, the gym and leisure.

Wonderful short for active wear
October 07, 2009

Fit true to size, They do not bind anywhere. These shorts dry very quickly and are perfect for our hot, Florida weather.

August 20, 2008

just got mine in the mail - I really like 'em! They are comfy and the service was excellent. I got them in just a couple days

Excellent buy
June 03, 2010

These shorts are so comfortable, dry quick and are an all around good buy. The only nit is that I found they ran a tad on the large size

love these shorts
August 18, 2010

These are great water shorts - they are comfortable, dry quickly, have two zip pockets for small items and look flattering.

Love these shorts!
June 10, 2010

I'm ordering some more in different colors because they work so well for me. I travel a lot and they pack great - they don't wrinkle and dry quickly.

Love the shorts...
July 08, 2010

They are true to size and work great on hot & humid days. Love that the pockets are mesh so there is less fabric to help keep you cool.

July 16, 2010

Love the shorts. Wish they came in more colors.

Great Shorts to wear all summer
August 22, 2009

I have several pairs of Columbia shorts. These fit great, wear them with or without the belt. Very durable, I wear them throught the summer. Also like the multiple pockets, use them all. The material keeps you cooler on those 90 degree days, esp when compared to cotton.

Love these shorts! Fast drying, perfect length, great color!
June 27, 2010

Love these shorts. I am always looking for fast drying comfy shorts to wear on the weekends when hiking with kids, visiting the farmers market, hanging at the beach or pulling weeds in the garden. these shorts have done it all. ordered again in black and wish there were even more colors!

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

sandy river cargo
January 16, 2011

i bought these shorts for a maymester trip to costa rica. i havent gone yet but tried them on and they fit nicely... true to size. i also really like the length of the shorts. overall, im very happy with the purchase!

Great shorts! Fit nicely and no ironing required.
August 17, 2009

I have these in 6 colors so it's nice when they come out with new ones. My summertime "uniform".

Cute shorts
August 23, 2010

Shorts are very comfortable and lightweight. These will be great for traveling to warm climates

April 28, 2010

These shorts are the most comfortable and lightweight shorts I have ever had. Got two pair last summer, wore them all the time and they look just like the day they arrived. Obviously I sent and got three more pair. Love them. You will too.

more sheer than 2008 water shorts
September 01, 2009

Purchased this in two colors - Blue Vapor and Mud. Both good construction, but I liked the fabric from 2008's water shorts a little better. Not as sheer.

One of the best shorts for campiing
August 24, 2009

I have been wearing these shorts for 3 years now, and they can just about go anywhere. The stand up to hiking, swimming, camping, yard work, coaching, and are good enough to wear on any casual outing. They also look good wash after wash.

Great Shorts for Outdoors
July 19, 2010

These shorts are amazing! They fit well, and they dry so quickly. Wore them to the amusement park, and got drenched on a water ride. Shorts were dry in no time! I am definitely going to buy another pair.


Good workmanship
February 26, 2010

Shorts were purchased for cruise, which fell through at last minute. Therefore, I'm going to have to wait a little longer to try them out. Pleased, however, with the fit and quality.

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

January 16, 2011

very comfortable shorts! They seem to be true to size and have plenty of room in the legs. great for hiking!

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5

Great fabric
October 09, 2010

These shorts were just what I was looking for in a travel short. Modest length and very comfortable.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Perfect Shorts
July 17, 2010

Love these shorts. Super light weight. Great on hot and/or humid days. Dry quickly. Zip and velcro pockets are perfect for keys, credit cards, etc. Great for packing. They roll up into practically nothing. I have 8 pairs. You won't be disappointed!

Perfect all-around shorts...
October 03, 2009

Great for boating and hiking. They are comfortable, the fit is true to size, and the length is not too short.

Would like to get more.
September 02, 2009

These shorts fit very nice, comfortable, cool, and dries quickly. Recommend them highly

Perfect shorts for kayaking
June 16, 2009

I use these shorts for kayaking and they are great. There is even a pocket for my cell phone. The nylon material is perfect for a water sport and drys quickly.

June 07, 2010

Great fit, very comfortable shorts. And the color is just what I was after. Can't wait to test out the quick drying feature next week!

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Columbia Women's Sandy River Water Short Photo

Black, Fossil, Blue Vapor, Columbia Navy, Jupiter, Lemongrass, Mariner, Mud, Nautic Blue, Nico, Red Canyon and White Cap.

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

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