Customer reviews for Columbia Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short

Columbia Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short

Stay comfortable, cool and protected during active outdoor adventures with this super versatile cargo short: UPF 30 protection is built right in and quick-drying nylon provides excellent durability.
Overall rating:
4.116 / 5
4.1
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5
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4 Stars
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52 out of 66(79%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Review 1 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Not Wrinkle Free

PostedOctober 10, 2014
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JudyM
Location: Arizona
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
love these shorts -- except they wrinkle pretty badly. I bought the first pair at Dick's Sporting Goods and loved them so much searched for them at Columbia.com. They are lightweight and look great but they really wrinkle so much you have to iron them after wearing them. That's disappointing.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

great fabric

PostedSeptember 12, 2014
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jback
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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LOVE these shorts! Fabric is cool, light-weight, and dries quickly, and wrinkle-free.
The medium fit just right. I'm 5'6" weigh 130.
I have 2 pairs and wish they had more colors cuz I'd definitely buy more.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect anything short

PostedSeptember 11, 2014
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tunafarmer
Location: Moab, UT 84532, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Love my Columbia shorts for river running, but I got this new pair and they looked so good that I took them out for a non-wet hike. A twist of fate closed our intended trail, making us turn to a waist-high water-wading adventure. Luckily, I had these awesome shorts on, which were up to whatever challenge. NICE.
Material is comfortable, fit is good. Like the pockets. Cut is flattering and simple. Great job.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

POCKETS

PostedJanuary 26, 2014
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Mickie22
Location: Shelby, NC
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I love the quality and length of the cargo shorts and the colors they come in but would like to have larger pockets, especially the zippered one. I will be going on an expedition and more pocket space would be great especially since we will be away from the ship quite a bit. Another plus is the quick drying fabric the shorts are made of.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Light and comfortable

PostedNovember 29, 2013
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anne52
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I wear shorts for work, 8 months of the year. They fit well and are very comfortable. The only problem is static. Maybe when the summer returns the static will disappear.
Otherwise they wash and wear well.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Excellent shorts-

PostedOctober 9, 2013
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Schzin
Location: Parker CO
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These are very functional and about the right lenght. I will say they do run a bit on the small side but i like my shorts a little loose. They wear and wash very well.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Favorite kayaking shorts!

PostedOctober 6, 2013
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ladykayaker
Location: Western Montana
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I purchased 3 pair several years ago and just got some more. they are durable, comfortable and dry quickly. Love the zipper picket for my ID and some cash to take on the river. The other pocket has an overlapping flap on the top and is easily reachable while you kayak. They did make the zipper pocket a perfect size but one suggestion to the company is to put in a longer zipper like they had before and velcro on the other pocket that overlaps.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Best in shorts

PostedSeptember 30, 2013
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LauraL
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts come from a line of the very best shorts ever made. They are sun protected, durable, quick dry, and have zippered pockets. Thank you very much for these very high quality shorts.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shorts

PostedSeptember 20, 2013
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Sam0
Location: Florida
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
I have an old pair of Columbia water shorts and have been looking for another. I love how light they are, perfect for hot summer days. So glad to find this directly on the website, making my search much easier. The lightweight fabric, many pockets, elasticized waistband and inseam length are why these shorts are so perfect for me. The only change I'd like to see is to replace the mesh pockets with the fabric so keys don't snag. Otherwise, don't change a thing!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

My favorite workout wear

PostedSeptember 20, 2013
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Poni
Location: Honolulu
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
I bought one pair of the Sandy River shorts and I love their light weight and quick dry quality. I wear them for workouts, as boardshorts in the ocean and pool, for walking and just around the house. The zip pocket is great. Came with a belt, but I find that useless. I immediately bought two more pair in different colors. The fit is great, although an inch or two shorter would make leg lifts easier.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Cargo Shorts

PostedSeptember 14, 2013
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bruth
Location: DC
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
I have an old pair of these shorts that I bought years ago and have used for exercise since. I love them, they're the right length and perfect fit. I was excited to see these advertised since I have been trying to find a second pair. As other reviewers noted, these shorts are just not quite as good. The length is shorter by about 3/4 of an inch. The crotch is just that much shorter as well and the material is a little lighter. I agree that Columbia should bring back the previous model.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

very functional

PostedSeptember 1, 2013
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DallasWoman
Location: Dallas, TX
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Light weight shorts with pockets deep enough to be useful. Good color for not showing dirt. I've had an old version of these for many years, only buying new ones for a different size. I expect to be just as happy with these.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love the material

PostedAugust 30, 2013
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camach
Location: Florida
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts have a wonderful vibrant color. Material is lighweight and very comfortable. Unfortunately I am a "petite" so the small size is very very roomy. But I bought them for yard work and they are perfect.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Se9f

PostedAugust 22, 2013
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Se9f
Location: San Diego ca
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Simply the best, for hiking, camping, kayaking, anything outdoors. The fit is great
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

disappointed in sizing

PostedJuly 25, 2013
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MeNow
Location: Puyallup, WA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
I love Columbia Sportswear. I was, however, very disappointed in the sizing of these shorts. I have two pairs from several years ago that are the same size as I purchased recently. When the package arrived I compared the two - the new product is over 2" smaller in the hips. And the inseam may measure 6" but only by a hair! Way too skimpy with the fabric. I will keep looking to find a Columbia product that measures up to the older product.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

extremely comfortable

PostedJuly 14, 2013
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DLV123
Location: Missouri
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great fit, nice looking, and great quality that you would expect from Columbia.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Best Active Shorts Ever!

PostedJuly 12, 2013
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Key11
Location: Morrrison, Co
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts function on so many different levels. Hiking, walking [right side pocket perfect size for an ipod], gardening and just plain lazing around. Durability that can't be beat. My first pair that I bought years ago just got thrown out because after many, many washing, the elastic band broke down and they didn't stay up anymore. Oh well.... they were perfect while they lasted!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Just what I was looking for

PostedJuly 11, 2013
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mathgirl
Location: New Mexico
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts are exactly what I have been looking for. The fit is true to size, color choices are good. They wash beautifully. I actually bought a second pair for myself and one for a friend.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

ms.

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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leonardo
Location: myrtle beach
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
your product is also great on the golf course-cool-non sticking-lots of pockets-can you make this in white?
I would recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Fishing shorts

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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Meggie
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I work at a Fish Camp for children and these shorts are perfect! The pockets are funtional without being to bulky and the material dries very quickly. Perfect outdoor shorts!
I would recommend this product.
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