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Backcast III 8in Water Short - Men's

4.854442344045369 out of 5 stars
529 Reviews
$22.95 - $34.99
Up to 34% off


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Why We Like the Backcast III 8in Water Short

For days spent in and out of the water by the river or at the swimming hole, the Backcast III 8in Water Short is our go-to for quick-drying performance and cool comfort. And because its designed to look like more like regular short than swimwear, we'll also sport these on summer hikes or relaxed trips into town.


  • Versatile summer short for water activities and beyond
  • Quick-drying nylon for in and out of water comfort
  • UPF 50 gives maximum protection from harmful UV rays
  • Mesh brief lining prevents irritation while swimming
  • Elastic waist with internal drawcord for a secure fit
  • Item #COLZB3T
100% nylon
mesh brief
elastic, drawcord, belt loops
2 front hand, 1 zippered rear, 1 small side seam
UPF Rating
beachwear, swimming, casual, training, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 529 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 4 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 8 reviews
4 Stars - 36 reviews
5 Stars - 478 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

May 10, 2024

Love them

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Shorts were shipped quickly and were exactly as described.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 2, 2024

Worth it.

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Really impressed with these shorts. Lightweight, great fit and they make me look cool. Ha. I would definitely buy these again.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 7, 2023

Great shorts

I don’t fish, but I love these shorts for look both looks and comfort. I have two pairs. They’re a very practical everyday shorts.


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5 out of 5 stars

September 25, 2023

Perfect shorts!!

Love these shorts, I have about 5 pairs. You need to add some new colors though. Preferably a few different shades of brown and a dark green.

More colors please

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5 out of 5 stars

September 18, 2023

Yup, nice shorts

Bought three pair of these, tad snug, not like what I tried on in store. But, like em....


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5 out of 5 stars

September 18, 2023

Great swim shorts

Awesome swim/ exercise shorts; great material, medium fits great with 8 inch length


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5 out of 5 stars

September 8, 2023

Good Quality Shorts

Purchased two pair for casual wear and fishing and they are very comfortable. Material is good quality with a good mesh liner. They do run a little big (Size: Large) but still are quality shorts.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 6, 2023

Water shorts

Just what i wanted. Will get more in more colors. Thanks


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5 out of 5 stars

July 10, 2023


Great swimming shorts! They dry quickly, and are very comfortable.


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1 out of 5 stars

June 17, 2023

Lining better suited for grating hard cheese

Columbia might have made a mistake with the listing: they clearly did not intend this to serve as clothing. The lining material works much better as a wood rasp. Wore these only one time (yes I washed them first) for an evening in a hot tub while on vacation. So a hot tub: no hiking, or walking around, etc. Just sitting in warm water and periodically refilling drinks. Even with that, the lining absolutely ruined my legs/thighs. These are egregiously uncomfortable and I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly enjoy these shorts unless they are a masochist, or a person seeking vengeance upon a gift recipient. And, let me say - I own lots of Columbia gear. I've generally been very happy with their value/quality. But these shorts...yeesh. Anyone who tested and approved this needs therapy/institutionalization. When I rise to power, you'll do hard time for creating a monstrosity like this. On a scale of 1-5 stars, I give these shorts the rating: Hurl them into the sun. Thank you for your time.

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