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Sizing notes

Tall sizes are generally for people 6'1" and taller. Columbia Sportswear Tall sizes measure approximately 1.5" longer in the sleeves and 2" longer in the body (for short jackets) and 3" longer in the body (for long jackets) as compared to regular-size garments.

Tall size pants generally have inseams that are 2.25" longer and outseams that are 3" longer than regular-size garments.


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bring back the zippered rear pocket! I have several of these shorts and if it weren't for having to go to work, I would wear them every day all summer. My only complaint is that Columbia changed the zipper on the rear pocket to velcro. When I have my wallet in my back pocket I feel like it's more secure in a pocket with a zipper than with velcro.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, comfy These shorts feature the standard benefits of synthetic materials: lightweight, durable, and dry fast. What sets these apart from others are the fit, mainly due to the elastic waistband and included belt, which lets you customize the fit to your body. The zip and velcro cargo pockets come in handy and prevent accidental loss with stuff falling out. Great shorts!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable in warm weather This time of the year I wear them just about everyday that I am home, which is often since that is where my office is located. I like that they are very lightweight and cool to wear... very comfortable. If they get wet, they dry very quickly. Much preferred over my older cotrton shorts!
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hiking Shorts Wore these shorts for the first time on a short walk around our neighborhood just to try them out. Wore the second time hiking Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon. Didn't think about them while hiking at all which means they must have been doing the job.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts! The light weight fabric, the features including the zip pocket, the high-quality YKK zipper on the fly and the elastic sides all make for great shorts. My one complaint is that REI needs to carry them in more colors. I'm buying more of these.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great lightweight hiking shorts Lightweight breathable hiking shorts with lots of leg room and plenty of pocket space, recommended!
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts - Men's Lightweight material, comfortable, haven't gotten drenched in them yet, but they feel like they would dry quickly. I like the belt being included. Main pockets are good and deep and the extra pockets zip/velcro closed so keys, etc., stay put. Having a lining like another pair of Columbia shorts I have would have pushed this to a 5. I just like a lining for shorts I may go swimming in.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Same Fit as Previous Columbia Shorts These shorts seem well made enough, but compared to my favorite older pairs of Columbia shorts, which came in S/M/L/XL, my size 34 Silver Ridge shorts are a little too snug in the waist (but I'm sure a size 36 would be too big). Also, the metal button digs into my stomach uncomfortably.
Date published: 2016-08-01
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Questions & Answers

I have recently (April 2015) bought a pair of Silver Ridge shorts at another retailer, and the fit is slightly better than the ones I bought last year. Is this REI Silver Ridge short Columbia's latest version?

Asked by: iRon
Yes, REI has Columbia's latest version of the Silver Ridge shorts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Do these come in 10" inseam only or also in 12"?

Asked by: Shutterfly
The Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts are available in a 12" inseam. You can find them online here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-30

I'm looking for shorts for a person who wears size 36" regarding the waist. The sizes here include both a "36" and a "36,"" with different colors available depending of which 36 is chosen. Which size designation is for regular 36" waist pants?

Asked by: docustan
The Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts sizing is the same whether the size selected is "36" or "36 In". In both cases the waist size will be a size 36. One color may require that you select "36", while another may require you select "36 In", but they will both be a 36 inch waist. We are working to improve the size selection process.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-14

Are both back pockets Velcro (hook and loop) or are one or more back pockets zip?

Asked by: Starship A
Both back pockets on the Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts have Velcro closures.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-14

Do these shorts have a liner?

Asked by: xyz1
​No, there is not a liner in these shorts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

I would like to order two pairs of the Columbia silver ridge cargo shorts size 36x10 inch in color fossil.  Will you be getting more in stock?

Asked by: sidsnow
REI will not be receiving more of the size 36" fossil color shorts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-25
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