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.
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4.244 / 5
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105 out of 125(84%)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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2 / 5
2 / 5

Cargo Shorts Have Less, Which is Not More

PostedJuly 18, 2012
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Location: temecula, CA
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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2 / 5
2 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
This was once a product with handy, reliable features. The present version possesses impressive color tones and look. However there is less in features, which means it is a less functional product. For example, the pockets are too narrow, there is no longer the nifty velcro pocket either, which offered more security of belongings inside the pocket. Also, it's noticeable that less fabric has been used to make the shorts. I look forward to a return to what wasn't broken and didn't need fixing.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Size wise falling in between

PostedFebruary 26, 2013
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Location: Upstate NY
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
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 ordered two pair of Sandy River shorts for an upcoming trip to Belize and Guatemala. After reading the reviews and the specs, I decided to get mediums (I"m 5'3" and about 133 lbs.) I thought they were pretty comfy, but hubby said they were kinda loose in the rear. I had time before the trip so I reordered both in small. Those were just a "scooch" too snug in the rise. Back and forth I went, comfy or sleek? I finally went with the sleek, small fit.
These shorts are wonderful. The style is very nice, not too cargo-y. Love the self belt, too.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Give Me Back My Old Sandy River Cargo Shorts

PostedApril 25, 2013
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Location: Austin, TX
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
Quality
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
In hopes that someone at Columbia is reading these reviews, I have resorted to rating these shorts. I have worn this style Columbia shorts since they came out; sadly, I am left with no choice but to shop other brands.
This newer version is shorter in the rise; tighter in the crotch; and much less comfortable & durable. Less material = less functionality for people who actually wear these for active sports. One would think Columbia knows this, right? I can only speak for myself, but even after I ordered a size up to compensate, the shorter legs and tighter crotch make these pretty useless for kayaking, hiking, etc.
Over the years of the original version, I have probably spent $3-4 thousand on other Columbia items, since I sought out the brand to buy new colors and replacements of these shorts - tops, sweaters, pants, crops, shoes, etc.
Sadly, Columbia is no longer my go-to brand for upgrading my active spring/summer wardrobe, now that my old reliable shorts are no longer reliable.
I guess if your most strenuous activity in these shorts is a stop at Starbucks, they might work for you. But I cannot recommend them otherwise.
*sigh*
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Love These Shorts

PostedJuly 16, 2015
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Location: San Jose,CA
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 are my go-to summer shorts. They are comfortable for everyday wear, pull on easily, wash and dry quickly, great for fishing or any other place you might get wet.
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

SEM

PostedJuly 30, 2015
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Location: Alabama, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Great shorts, runs a little big in size. Wish the shorts were about an inch or inch and a half longer.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shorts

PostedJune 26, 2016
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Location: NJ
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
Twelve years ago, I got a puppy and bought a few pair of Columbia cargo shorts that could accommodate treats, tissues, phone, id, and poopy bag, all in separate pockets. They were great but after 12 years of being washed twice a week, they needed to be replaced. I bought both the Sandy River shorts and Sandy River Cargo shorts. The fabric is great, very light, the fit is very comfortable (I am 5'1" 122 pounds and the small is great)
I definitely prefer the extra inch in the inseam the cargo shorts provide, plus, the pockets in the regular shorts are a little shallow and I'm afraid my phone might fall out.
My old shorts have 2 deep pockets, plus deep zip cargo pockets, large enough to hold my phone. The new cargo shorts zip pockets are not deep enough for my phone. Since my walks are very hilly, I prefer my phone to be in a zipped pocket.
I would definitely recommend these shorts, but would love to see the zipped cargo pockets enlarged to accommodate a phone.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Liked product but not what I was hoping for

PostedJuly 18, 2016
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Location: Waldport, OR
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
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Accidentally ordered xl, to big but still seemed small for an xl. As for function I don't know since it was returned but couldn't change rating. Also thought it might be more of a swim short; wishful thinking on my part. Seemed like a good product though
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Review 8 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great at work or at home

PostedJune 10, 2012
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Location: OH
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 love these shorts and own many pairs of them. I work outdoors in the heat and humidity and the comfort of these shorts is beyond compare. I use the cargo pockets for my cell phone and other devices as well as treats for my horse (I am a horseback riding instructor). Away from the barn these shorts are always cool and comfortable and look nice and neat. Thank you for making such a great product!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Columbia shorts

PostedJune 23, 2012
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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
Love the shorts. Lightweight and dries easily
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Out with the New and keep with the Old

PostedAugust 18, 2012
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Location: Seattle, Wa
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
Liked the old version. Would like a key loop at the waist to keep the keys away from the water when wading in water or playing with dogs so the key fob doesn't get wet.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

the shorts are great just tooo short

PostedSeptember 18, 2012
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Location: florida
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ 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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5 / 5
5 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
for the cost fo the product i was disappointed
i wish they were 8 in long
i know the product details say 6 but i have an old pair and they are 6 but somehow are longer
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Fishing shorts

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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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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Review 13 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

very functional

PostedSeptember 1, 2013
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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 14 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Not like before

PostedApril 22, 2015
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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 15 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

great shorts

PostedJuly 15, 2015
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Location: Idaho
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Loved these shorts--just the right length, quick drying and comfortable. Ran a bit large but otherwise great like most Columbia products.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love them!

PostedJuly 25, 2015
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Location: Kalama, WA 98625, 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
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I have 4 pairs and I love everything about them. They're light weight so they dry quickly if they get wet, they're the perfect length for gardening, hiking, and biking, and the elastic waistband gives comfort with every bend and reach! Great quality with the construction, I hope they add even more colors!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Shorts

PostedJuly 31, 2015
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Location: Orange, TX, 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
I bought the first pair and loved them so much I bought 2 more for next summer. They are super comfortable and do not ride up on my thighs. That was a major concern for me. I am an average size 12 and bought the size 14 which I am very happy to say fit really nice. the lenth was good for me. I am 5'5" tall.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love these shorts

PostedAugust 6, 2015
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Location: CA central coast
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
At 66, I don't wear shorts very often but needed some for traveling. I generally take hand washable clothes (nylon, polyester) and have a big collection of Columbia pants and shirts. I am normally a size 6 but got these in a medium since Columbia pants, like the anytime outdoors, sometimes run small. These are very roomy--I can pull them on without using the zipper but do not need the belt. They are exceedingly comfortable and do not pull when sitting, bending, or moving around. The pockets are a good size for carrying a phone and dog treats. Even the 6" inseam is perfect, and the length hits my legs at a good point. I need to find more in basic colors since I am not a bright red or blue person in pants.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

I love these shorts

PostedJuly 7, 2016
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Location: Green Bay, WI, USA
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
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is my third pair of these shorts (new color). I wear them every day and they don't seem to ever show any wear. They are extremely comfortable. I wish the zipper pocket was big enough for my iPhone 6, but it does securely hold my money, license and a credit card so I can leave home without a purse.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Okay shorts, but not for list price.

PostedJuly 8, 2016
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Location: long island, ny
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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3 / 5
3 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
The shorts fit and are comfortable, but there's nothing outstanding about them. The elastic in the waste seems a bit flimsy. I don't expect it to last through very many wash cycles. We'll see. Had I paid list price, Id be disappointed.
I would recommend this product.
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