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:
4.125 / 5
4.1
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5
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Rating breakdown 80 reviews
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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61 out of 77(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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4 / 5
4 / 5

cows2hay

PostedJune 18, 2015
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cows2hay
Location: Montgomery, Texas
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great shorts, nice material & construction, but inseam short @ 6". Would have bought more if longer shorts offered, like 9" inseam. Can use them but not ideal.
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

Consistent quality and design

PostedJune 17, 2015
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KyHorseGurl
Location: KY
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts are basically the same style as some I purchased about 5 years ago with some modifications to the side pockets. The fit is the same and the function is the same, which is what I wanted. They are nice and lightweight for summer activities and dry fast when they become wet. Now if I could only find a pair of capris designed similarly with bigger side pockets.
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

Sandy River Cargo Shorts

PostedMay 31, 2015
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Hershey
Location: Easton, MD 21601, 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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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great styling, good fit, nice fabric. I like the slightly longer length of these compared with the Sandy River Shorts. The yolk at the back makes for a nice fit with the elastic waist eliminating the usual bulk. The cargo pockets are a bit small. A zip pocket at the waist would make these perfect. Love the colors...
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

Go to summer shorts

PostedMay 24, 2015
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JoniW
Location: Medford, NJ
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
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I've been wearing Columbia cargo shorts for years. They wear well, dry quickly, and offer secure zip pockets for essentials. You can't go wrong packing these shorts for travel, too!
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

Love them

PostedMay 24, 2015
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Pixie12
Location: Florida, USA
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 are the best shorts I have ever bought. I absolutely love them. I bought two colors and am seriously thinking of buying the other colors too! I wear them every day and when one is in the wash, I'm wearing the other. They dry so quickly. I love them....perfect.
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

Sandy River Cargo shorts

PostedMay 21, 2015
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GodsGirl52
Location: Ormond Beach, FL, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I ordered these in a size large, even measured myself, but had to return and reorder in an XL, as they REALLY RUN SMALL! I have several pairs of the Columbia shorts in this parachute-type material, and some made of the Omnishade. I am in and out of the water and on the beach a lot, so I like the fact that they are quick dry and made of a lightweight material. Nice selection of colors to choose from, too. They have one zippered pocket, and one pocket with a sort of fold over the top to keep things in, plus two regular side pockets. They have an elastic waist with a snap and a zipper, plus a belt, which I think can be removed if you don't like it. I will probably purchase a few more pairs of these before they go off sale at the end of the month, and, overall, I like them. I feel that they will hold up well and are a good price on sale.
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

Cargo shorts

PostedMay 19, 2015
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ttoe
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
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
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
love the comfort and style. You used to make these shorts with a larger zippered pocket on both sides. I would like to see the larger zippered pockets again for better storage function. I'm always on the go and need my hands free. I could barely put a credit card and some cash in the one secured zipper pocket. I've been wearing your shorts for over 20 years and will continue to do so. Just would like larger zippered pockets again. Thanks
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

satisfied customer

PostedApril 29, 2015
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DEBZeke
Location: Minnetonka, MN, 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 the material..light weight...perfect for outdoors - camping, gardening, golfing.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shorts!

PostedApril 27, 2015
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Katske48
Location: Rhode Island, 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
I love these shorts. Great fit, true to size, easy care and lots of colors. I got these for a mid-April trip to Florida and they held up great through several wearings. Very comfortable. I will definitely get more colors.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Not like before

PostedApril 22, 2015
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MMinSD
Location: San Diego, CA
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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2 / 5
2 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
I have a pair of these shorts that are over 7-8 years old. I love their durability so ordered two more pair online. Sadly, the new shorts aren't made as well. The original shorts were made in Sri Lanka and were thicker, a tad longer and larger. The new shorts (same model) are made in Vietnam and MUCH more flimsy in make and material. They're extremely thin! The slight difference in fit is not a big deal, but I don't see these shorts will lasting over year with regular wear. =(
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Cargo is a misnomer

PostedJanuary 20, 2015
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burner
Location: Hood River, OR
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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True to Size
Runs Very Large
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Although advertised as "cargo" shorts, the pockets are too small to safely cary a wallet or cell phone. When you sit down, everything falls out of the shallow side pockets. The little zip pocket can carry cash or a credit card, but that's the only cargo I'd recommend carrying in these shorts.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 12 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
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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 13 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
True to Size
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 14 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 15 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 16 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Light and comfortable

PostedNovember 29, 2013
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anne52
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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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 17 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 18 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 19 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
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 20 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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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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