Columbia Sportswear Sandy River Short

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Columbia Sportswear Sandy River Short
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Redesigned with a sleeker more active look, the popular Columbia Sportswear Women's Sandy River Water Shorts combine quick-dry fabric and Omni-Shade™ sun protection with a full elastic waistband for the perfect combination as a beach cover up, or water shorts to pack along on your active outdoor adventures. Mesh pocket bags drain quick and keep the look light while action slits at the side leg enhance mobility and add sporty sass. There's a cute print hiding on the inside of the waistband - the perfect adorable detail for those that like to roll it over for a low-slung fit.

Lining and Layers:

  • Mesh-lined hand pockets


  • Modern classic fit, regular rise
  • Relaxed fit over hips and thighs for casual mobility without binding.
  • Interior drawcord for a secure fit.


  • Constructed of 100% nylon Perfecta Plus II fabric.
  • Lightweight, quick-drying nylon weave


  • Elastic waistband with internal drawcord

Size and Dimensions:

  • Inseam 5"


  • Zip-closed security pocket.


  • Made in Sri Lanka
  • Import.


  • Multi-functional pockets.


  • Regular rise sits just below the waist?
  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 30 sun protection.
  • US shipments only
  • Water repellent.

Come rain or shine, your adventure will go on when you wear these Columbia Sandy River water shorts! Featuring Omni-Shade UPF 30 to protect against sun damage, these women's shorts are water repellent and quick-drying. An interior drawcord provides a custom fit while a zip-closed security pocket keeps your ID and cards safe. These water shorts feature a relaxed fit and regular rise. Made of 100% nylon Perfecta Plus II. 5'' inseam. Imported.

Manufacturer model #: AL4573.

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Columbia Sportswear's Sandy River shorts boast UPF 30 sun protection and lightweight, quick-drying fabric so you can enjoy water sports more comfortably.


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.

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Vendor fit:Columbia Sportswear Modern Classic Fit bottoms have a regular rise that sits just below the waist with a generous cut through the leg and thigh
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Columbia Sportswear Sandy River Short Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love. Love. Love these shorts!

I was looking for a short that I could paddle a canoe in, swim in and lounge at the beach, but that wasn't skin tight or too short. The 5" inseam is perfect for covering up, but not restrictive at all. I have a curvy figure, so I appreciate the elastic waist and roomy hips...makes for a comfortable fit. These shorts dry quickly. Perfect for canoeing, kayaking, the beach, the pool and even running errands.
JSeibs at Campmor on 07/07/2013

excellent for paddling

I ordered these a size larger than usual for use on long lake paddles. They look great, layer well with swim bras and tees. When in my kayak I have absolutely no movement limitations but they still look good enough to get out of the boat and eat at the classy marina. Repel initial water contact. Dry quickly after repeated immersion. Mud totally washed out and they look like new after several hard uses.
katherine the kayaker at Campmor on 06/06/2012

Great Shorts

I love these shorts for any activity where I might get wet, such as canoeing, washing the car, or taking my pointer for a walk around the lake. I also wear them for running and just lounging around the house. They are stylish enough that I wouldn't be embarrased to run a few errands in them either. I will probably be buying a few more pairs in other colors.
DocG at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Just what I wanted

I'm a size 10-12 but had to order a large. Still a little tight at back & has a tendency for the legs to turn up when playing tennis & reaching down for the ball.
Been looking for something like this for 2 yrs. and like the fabric, the way it washes, the large pockets & elastic waist. Don't like the way the legs ride up.
No nickname at Campmor on 08/08/2013

Super Columbia Shorts

These are the best shorts. The pockets are deep and appropriate. The string waist fits well. I had been looking for this style to replace an older/bigger set of shorts and was afraid there wasn't anything out there. Columbia MUST have a great marketing dept which knows what we want/need. Delivery was so... fast and efficient.
MollieKat at Campmor on 09/09/2013

Perfect anytime shorts

I bought these shorts to take to Hawaii, and decided to "test drive" them swimming in the creek near our home in CA. Swimming doesn't really describe sliding over rocks in the fast water! The shorts held up beautifully to the rough and tumble water. The zippered pocket in the back was an added surprise.
Gramma the adventurer at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Love These Shorts

I love these shorts. I had a pair previously and recently bought 3 more. Very comfortable to wear around the house or for casual shopping trips. Living in Hawaii I'm in shorts and tank tops all year round and these shorts get worn constantly. Washes and holds up well under heavy usage.
Hawaii Gal at Campmor on 10/10/2011

Looking forward to trying them out.

I love the color. The design lining inside the waist band is slightly annoying. It has an elastic waist with a drawstring which can be practical. The pockets are net-like material so they won't hold air in the water and will dry quick when out. It has one zipper back pocket.
R Lake at Campmor on 08/08/2013

Columbia Sandy River Shorts

Used on a week long canoe trip.Had debated about buying these. So glad I did. Would wear them all day rinse them out and wear them again. Despite muddy conditions they always looked good. Alternated with another pair of Columbia shorts. Very comfortable.
Adelaide at Campmor on 07/07/2013


Comfortable as soon as you put them on. Handy pockets. Quick dry. Have worn these for yard work, dog washing, kayaking.

plan to order more in all colors!
flatcoatfun at Campmor on 05/05/2013

Negative Reviews:

Short Rise, sits below the waist

Would have loved these had they run the same as the previous model. I have 2 pairs of older ones that sit at the waist. I did not realize from the description that they had restyled them to fit below the waist. For me they pull up and are too short through the rise and are uncomfortable.
Disappointed at Campmor on 06/06/2012


These shorts were just not comfortable. The waist was too big and it was scratchy. I returned them.
New England Mom at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Bad description

Not described as below waist. Cost me $15 to return and I never would have ordered if i had known. Also 10 days since I sent back ( insured) and they could not find it until I just called- even tho when they just checked- turns out they got the pkg a week ago. Cust service said they would take care of credit right away. Sure hope so
Lydia at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Too old to wear shorts this short

These shorts are perfect, just what I've been looking for, except they are way too short.
grannygg at Campmor on 05/05/2012

Returning for a larger size-runs small

Runs small.
Sue at Campmor on 06/06/2012