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Casual looks with true outdoor function.

Some shorts weigh you down, some are so lightweight that they don't provide enough functional features, and some hit that sweet middle spot. The Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts have lightweight, durable, and quick-drying ripstop nylon ideal for travel, camping, hiking, and backpacking while elastic sides and a low-profile belt mean your everyday belt can stick to its work and casual duties. Mesh pocket bags mean less material overall to maintain a non-restrictive feel while added Omni-Shade sun protection suits the long, hot days of summer.

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5 5

Very Comfortable

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

The feedback I received for these shorts were that they were amazingly light and fit true to their size.

4 5

Comfortable, just a bit tight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

These shorts got me through a 3-day backcountry tour. I wore leggings under and the shorts offered good wind protection and durability while sitting on abrasive surfaces. Dries fast too. Were a little tight in the waist so I recommend sizing up. The belt is nice, doesn't get int he way of backpack straps.

5 5

So Light You Think You Are Naked

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These have become an everyday short for me. I was tired of having to buy shorts from American Eagle, GAP, etc every year because somewhere along the way stitching would fail, they would tear....something would happen to them. I bought a pair of these shorts for a summer trip and after a few years of having the same shorts for hiking I decided to buy more for my everyday summer wear. I have yet to replace a pair of these....even my original ones. They are soooo light that you almost feel like you forgot to put on clothes when you leave your house. They dry super fast if they get wet....just a great short! I prefer the older model with the zipper right back pocket and no left back pocket......but the velcro will do.

Back pockets. Both are Velcro.

Back pockets. Both are Velcro.

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I don't really like Velcro back pockets but these are ok.

4 5

Nice shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice pair of light weight shorts. Dry fast and are comfy. Belt is pretty cheesy but it does come off so I have replaced it with a standard webbing belt. The length is pretty good. They Fall right at the knee. Might be nice to be a hair shorter but still good.

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Above is a pic of the cheesy belt.

4 5

good shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Solid pair of shorts. Wear them to go hiking dry out pretty fast. Light-weight.

3 5

They are ok...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I purchase a lot of clothing from Backcountry and recently have purchased a few pairs of shorts that would fall under the category of the Columbia Silver Ridge. They are ok shorts but for the money I would buy more pairs of the Patagonia shorts. The Columbia shorts seem to have cheap zippers compared to the zippers on Patagonia shorts. Other than the zipper I would probably purchase these shorts again but would definitely look at others first.

5 5

Size up!

  • Gender: Male

I had to return my first order as I had ordered my normal size. Too Small.
I have recieved 2 pairs that fit (one size larger) and they are awesome. They are now my go to shorts. The zippered cargo pockets are excellent.

4 5

lighweight shorts

these shorts are really light weight and breathable great for any outdoor use.

3 5

Should have stocked up on last year's model

I loved last year's version of these shorts and I wish I had bought more than 2 pair. The material on these feels more abrasive and they removed the "hidden" zip pocket. The sizing has changed a lot as well. I had a 32 in last year's and they fit comfortably. Without gaining any weight, I now need a 34 and the thighs are still tight.

5 5

Good shorts!

The shorts are great! They're just what you want if you're looking for some good looking shorts that you can wear on an adventure or just around town. The sizes are about what I thought they'd be. They might be just slightely tight but I'm fine with that. I don't like my shorts too baggy when I'm hiking. These are perfect.