Columbia Sportswear Cool Creek Stretch Plaid Short

Priced: $31.99 - $55.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 6 reviews.
Columbia Sportswear Cool Creek Stretch Plaid Short
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The Columbia men’s Cool Creek™ Stretch plaid shorts can handle the rigors of a long day on the trail. Designed with Omni- Shade® technology, the Cool Creek™ features UPF 50 sun protection, to keep your skin intact, when the relentless sun beats down. The zip- closed security pocket allows you to store you valuables away, without worry of them falling out of your pocket. Intended for the great outdoors, yet perfect to wear every day, the Columbia Cool Creek™ is an instant favorite.


Wash and Care:

  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.


  • 4-way comfort stretch


  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Zip fly and snap closure.
  • Zip cargo pocket at right side.
  • Hand pockets, rear pockets with rip-and-stick closures and a zippered thigh pocket offer up space for stashing essentials


  • Two front hand pockets and two rear hook-and-loop pockets.
  • Mesh pocket bags


  • Polyester/cotton fabric blend has 2-way stretch for ease of movement while you're on the trail
  • FABRIC 61% polyester, 39% cotton stretch
  • UPF 15 fabrication protects your skin during outdoor activity by blocking harmful Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays (UVA and UVB).
  • Omni-Wick technology draws perspiration from high-moisture zones and disperses it across the fabric surface for faster drying.


  • Active Fit sits at the waist and is straight through the hip and thigh.
  • The Columbia Cool Creek Stretch Plaid shorts have an active fit


  • Omni-Wick™ technology pulls moisture off your skin for quick evaporation so you stay cool and comfortable on hot days

Size and Dimensions:

  • Inseam gusset allows unrestricted range of motion


  • Imported


  • Gusset detail
  • Fixed waist with belt loops.
  • Trail plaid
  • Omni-Shade® UPF 50 sun protection
  • Omni-Shield® advanced repellency

For adventures on trail or across town, the Columbia Cool Creek™ Stretch Plaid shorts aim to please.

The growling in your tummy can no longer be ignored! The time has come to hunt and you won't be denied your prey. Catch the tantalizing scent of grilled meat lingering in the air and set out on your quest for the nearest backyard barbecue in the Cool Creek Stretch Plaid Short.
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Back Rise:16 in
Body:61% polyester, 39% cotton. Band
Fabric:96% nylon/4% elastane Rugged Stretch canvas, 57% recycled polyester/43% polyester mesh
Front Rise:10 in
Inner liner:No
Inseam:14 in
Inseam (in.):12 inches
Leg Opening:22 in
Moisture wicking:Yes
Outseam:23 in
Quick drying:No
Side cargo pockets:Yes
Sun-protective fabric:No
Waist Measurement:32 in
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Columbia Sportswear Cool Creek Stretch Plaid Short Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Pleasantly surprised

My favorite use for these shorts was at a park where I was biking on their trails and then swimming in the creek. The shorts were flexible enough to not encumber my legs when biking and light enough to dry easily after swimming in the creek with my kids.

I got these to satisfy my wife's request to have nicer looking shorts, but they ended up really satisfying my desire for some more versatile shorts!

I did have an issue with the back pocket stitching coming loose. As has always been the case however, I took them back to the store and they exchanged them without pause.

As for the fit, you should expect them fit like the measurements indicate.
Beink at REI on 08/08/2013

Work as advertised

They work exactly the way shorts should work. They look smarter than the typical hiking shorts, so you don't look all douchey if you wear them out in town. They are unbelievably light and airy, so it feels like you forgot to put on pants, which is always invigorating for the soul. They dry with one or two good gusts of wind, so no complaints there. I've only had them for a couple months, so I can't make any claims for long-term wear, but they look good as new so far, despite lots of wear and at least a couple washings. Nothing at all to complain about up to this point.
Springs Biker at REI on 07/07/2013

Almost All Good

The biggest reservation I have about these shorts is the static electricity. If I have my iPhone in my pocket while listening with headphones, I get small shocks and a crackling noise. Otherwise, they are great shorts, the best feature being their light weight. The zipper on the cargo pocket is also of high quality. The stitching on the inside of the left pocket is somewhat questionable, although it remains to be seen how well it holds up to use.
Brent Billings at REI on 05/05/2013

I bought every color I could find

I always have trouble the most expensive to the least priced shorts fitting properly. I find my quads are always being restricted by almost all shorts. I tried these on and thought I died and went to heaven.
elkman at REI on 07/07/2013

Quality and Comfort

Nice pair of light-weight shorts. Good quality material and construction. Bought them for wrinkle free travel but wear them often. The zippered leg pocket is good for wallet but more zips would have been even better.
hikerandbiker at REI on 04/04/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Like these shorts except for one thing

I like everything about these shorts = fit, comfort, length, stretch; but unfortunately, the two side pockets are too shallow. When I sit down things fall out. On several occasions i looked down and saw my dollar bills half exposed.
Note: I don't have the plaid version, I own the solid grill model.
Kurchian at REI on 07/07/2013