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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4.174 / 5
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76 out of 95(80%)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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5 / 5
5 / 5

Cargo Shorts

PostedAugust 15, 2015
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Location: Boise ID
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
I wear these all the time. I have 3 pairs that I have had for all most 9 yrs and I wear them every summer. They are the most comfortable shorts I have worn.
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

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 3 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Nice lightweight shorts

PostedAugust 3, 2015
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Location: Doylestown, PA, USA
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I originally ordered two pairs of these shorts to try them out, especially the fit given the reviews. I run between a size 8 and 10, and ordered them in medium. They fit me pretty well, but the elastic waist is slightly tighter than normal, but still comfortable. They are very lightweight and dry quickly. I love the cargo pockets! Personally, I would like back pockets as well and narrower belt loops. However, I liked them enough to order three more pairs of shorts!
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

Great shorts

PostedAugust 2, 2015
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Location: Sunbury, 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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5 / 5
5 / 5
I now have about half a dozen of these in different colors. They're very comfortable.
The only thing I'm not crazy about is the zipper on the right side. Often it runs on my hand while I'm. It's rather annoying.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great on our boat

PostedAugust 2, 2015
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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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Very comfortable, quick drying. These are the only shorts I wear on our sailboat in the Caribbean. I normally wear size 8-10 in pants. Medium fits great.
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

Best Shorts Ever!

PostedAugust 1, 2015
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Location: Northport, NY, 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
I have an older pair of these shorts in khaki and wear them a lot. When I saw the other colors I just had to have them so I got purple, aqua and pink. I love the feel and drape of the material along with all the various size pockets. These shorts pack well, wear well and dry quickly if they get wet. I'm 5' 3", 117 lbs. and find the small to fit perfectly. I also like the 6" seam as they fall mid-thigh on me which is a length with which I'm comfortable.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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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
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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 8 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Cargo?

PostedJuly 30, 2015
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Location: Gresham, OR, USA
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ 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
Quality
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
Needs pockets and zippers. Shorts are worthless for most of my activities. What happened to the technical aspect of Columbia. Cutting too many corners. Cut the belt and add some decent pockets (rear and front) and at least one zip.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 9 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
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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 10 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Best Ever!

PostedJuly 30, 2015
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Location: Louisiana
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
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Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I now have every single color of these shorts. I have been wearing this style for over 2 yrs now. I love the pockets as my iPhone fits perfectly when I go on my daily 8 mile walk. These r highly recommended. Cool & comfy!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Water Shorts

PostedJuly 29, 2015
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Location: New Braunfels, 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
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Great length and weight for wearing in the water.
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

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
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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 13 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Comfy lightweight shorts.

PostedJuly 24, 2015
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Location: Littleton, CO, 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
I wear these for pickle ball, both indoor and outdoor. They are extremely lightweight which I like. The material is durable. I once hiked a mountain so steep that the only way down was to slide on my butt. The material has no wear from that day. None.
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

shorts

PostedJuly 23, 2015
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Location: Mount Pleasant Mills, PA 17853, USA
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
great shorts,fit nice,great selection of colors,just what I wanted !
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

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
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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 16 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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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 17 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Needs to be More Functional

PostedJuly 5, 2015
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Location: Tampa, 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
Quality
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
Need MORE pockets that are larger to hold phones, keys, wallets etc. Zippers or velcro cover so stuff doesn't fall out. Option for a longer length just above the knee. We don't want a tight crotch, but a comfortable fit for ALL outdoor activities. I love Columbia, but tired of looking in the men's department for a pair of shorts that have the design options women want too.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Doesn't Hold Much Cargo

PostedJuly 4, 2015
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Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
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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1 / 5
1 / 5
I've always adored Columbia shorts, but sorry folks, not this pair of shorts. I'll wait until Columbia gets it together and brings back shorts with decent pockets. ALL of the pockets are WAAAY too small compared to other older models of women's Columbia shorts I still currently own. The side slash pockets are so short that when I put a bit of change in the pocket and sit down, it falls out. The zip cargo pocket is nearly useless. It's about the size of a credit card. Sheesh. A woman I know who does alterations and tailoring tells me that to cut costs clothing manufacturers, have reduced the size of their pockets to save on the cost of the lining material.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Women’s Sandy River™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

cows2hay

PostedJune 18, 2015
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Location: Montgomery, Texas
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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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 20 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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Location: KY
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
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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