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Palmerston Peak Sport 8in Short - Men's

3.8333333333333335 out of 5 stars
12 Reviews

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Why We Like The Palmerston Peak Sport 8in Short

Canvas cargo shorts are nice, but when we don't know where the trail will lead us, we prefer the versatility of the Palmerston Peak Sport Short. Omni-Shield-treated synthetic fabrics keep moisture from splashes and storms at bay, and the materials dry quickly after an encounter with a mid-hike stream. Plus, the stash and cargo pockets keep our hands and back free while we still have our trail essentials on hand.


  • Everyday hiking short for trail-to-pub weekend outings
  • Tough nylon construction resists abrasion from brush and rock
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency keeps like precipitation at bay
  • Internal mesh brief offers extra support
  • Elastic waistband with drawcord for a custom fit
  • Cargo pockets offer pack-free storage on the trail
  • Item #COLZAWQ
100% nylon, Omni-Shield (water-repellent coating)
2 hand, back, 1 zippered side, 1 cargo
UPF Rating
casual, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4 based on 12 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
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5 Stars - 3 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

February 4, 2024

A Poorer Quality Version of a Good Product

This version of the Palmerston Peak shorts are a poor, cheaper replica of the originals. - They have more pockets, which might be a good thing if the shorts didn't replace the belt with an elastic drawstring, so anytime you use the pockets, your shorts slide down your hips. - They replaced the zippered cargo pocket with one made of velcro. That's livable. - The fabric may be a bit cheaper. Again, livable. - These shorts used to be lined. They no longer are. - The most ridiculous thing they did with these shorts was replace the adjustable belt with the aforementioned elastic drawstring. As cheap as they have made these shorts, Columbia still charges a primo price for them. Definitely no longer worth the price!


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4 out of 5 stars

August 28, 2023

Suspenders Anyone?

Glad to see I'm not the only person having issues with the drawstring.

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4 out of 5 stars

August 22, 2023

Good quality

Just wish they had more zippered pockets like the old snake river shorts.


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3 out of 5 stars

July 23, 2023

Disfunctional Waist locking mechanism

The waist drawstring will not stay at the set tension. My solution is to pull extra through the clip and tie off the cord after the clip. Try a clip mechanism like what you find on elastic shoe laces.

Dan S

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3 out of 5 stars

June 20, 2023

Ok but drawstring

Good quality but the drawstring rubber clasp is useless.


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4 out of 5 stars

September 19, 2022

Basically good, with a few flaws

The good: 1. The fabric is light without being flimsy or translucent. 2. The cut is trim but comfortable and not restrictive (at least for a slender person like me.) 3. Although the pockets, both front and back, aren't huge, they're big enough. The bad: 1. The "drawstring" is an elastic cord. Since the waist is already elastic, tightening the drawstring just adds more constriction without really securing the shorts against, say, being pull down by a bit of rough water or heavily loaded pockets. 2. The drawstring is secured in front with a kind of rubber cord lock which doesn't work. So I'm probably going to replace the drawstring with some nylon accessory cord and a real cord lock. 3. The shorts look like they have a fly, but they don't have a fly. Don't bother with the appearance of one if you aren't going to have one. 4. The front pockets are entirely mesh, which will let things like keys get snagged, and I don't know how durable they'll be ultimately. They do add a bit of ventilation but they could've been mad of half mesh and half the main shorts material, and there would still be ventilation. I may reinforce them at the bottom with heat-sealable packcloth. 5. The rear pockets have no closure, which is a problem for outdoor wear. You don't want your wallet sneaking out when you're scrambling up a rock face or something. I may add a snap or a thin strip of velcro to them. Which I shouldn't have to do. Neutral: The side pocket is velco-secured, which is better than nothing, but it's on the left and I prefer the right, being right-handed. No biggie. And it has a little sub pocket inside made of mesh, which I can't imagine any use for, but at least it doesn't hurt anything.


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5 out of 5 stars

September 8, 2022

Great Shorts

Great shorts! My husband loves them. He plays golf in them two or three times a week.


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4 out of 5 stars

August 23, 2022

Nice shorts, but....

I bought these shorts for my son. They fit nicely, made well with nice materials. However, the sizing is inconsistent among the colors. XL for blue are 2" narrower (waist) than XL for tan ones. So, be sure to try them all (in different colors).


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5 out of 5 stars

June 8, 2022

Great all around shorts

I purchased a black pair and a mustard color pair. These are good shorts with three pockets, a nice change so that I can carry my wallet. The material is comfortable and you can wear regular underwear. Good for the gym or loafing around or even meeting someone for a beer in the afternoon.

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5 out of 5 stars

June 6, 2022

Blue shorts

Very comfortable Quick drying Nice color Sized right


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