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.

  • Cargo shorts built for outdoors adventures
  • Light, quick-drying, durable ripstop with Omni-Shade sun protection
  • Low-profile belt built with heavy backpacks in mind
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Favorite shorts ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 40 waist. xl-xxl

I own 8 pair of these shorts. They are roomy. They have just enough pockets. They are thin and quick drying. They have a great fit and are durable. I've tried lots of other kinds of shorts but these are the best.

Unanswered Question

I have a waist 112, hips 116. What size of shorts is necessary to me - 40x10????? (Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Short)

Like them

    Cool shorts. Very lightweight. I usually struggle between a 32 or 34 and I went for the 32. They did fit, but a bit thigh. I'd rather get a 34

    high hopes, dashed

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    These were meant to replace another Columbia short that they don't make anymore. Fit was so-so, minimal stretch, and the button closure rubbed on the interior. Had to go back.

    Great shorts

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 32

    I love these shorts. They are comfortable, durable and extremely functional.

    I love this short!

      I have 3 of these....that's all I can say. I love them., specially due to the material; they get dry really fast.

      Good but not enough

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

      Fast dry and wearing comfy. But two zippers on the left side pocket and the groin are lousy and the velcro on the right side pocket is not dependable. I worry that my wallet could be lost all the time.

      Terrible shorts

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

      Stitching coming out after about 3 months, BackCountry only warranties for 30 days now.

      Sorry to hear that, Columbia does provide a 1 year warranty for these shorts. You can file a claim here: https://www.columbia.com/warranty

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      Back pockets. Both are Velcro.

      Right Velcro pocket

      Right Velcro pocket

      Left zipper pocket

      Left zipper pocket

      The zipper is not good at all...

      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.

      Nice shorts

      Above is a pic of the cheesy belt.

      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.

      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.

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      Size up!

        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.