Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts for Men
The Silver Ridge Cargo shorts fit well and are quite comfortable on those long hikes, however the quality and functionality is far inferior to Columbia's previous hiking shorts.
*The cargo pockets do not expand.
*Security pocket (only One) is on the left side making it more difficult to open and use for right handed folks like me and the other 85% of the population.
*There are no pull tabs on the zippers heads thereby drastically reducing their functionality.
*Zippers require two hands for opening and closing as where previous models could be worked efficiently with one hand.
*The elastic on the waist line is minimal.
*The belt loops are okay for Levis but not nearly wide enough for hiking shorts. Such a design flaw eventually allows the belt to ride up against the flesh.
*The Velcro tabs on the front pockets are minimal and as a result require too much attention to secure while on the move.
I would rather pay half again as much and get a great pair of hiking shorts as Columbia once produced... especially when you consider they are going to be with you for many years in the future.
October 27, 2014
excellent utility shorts
Great comfort with reliable construction
September 11, 2014
Bring back the Front Security Zipper Pocket
I have worn these for several years now - on the 2014 version Columbia eliminated the extra zipper security pocket on the right side and added a zipper to the existing left front cargo pocket. The former shorts actually had a "double" side pocket, the zipper allowed you to secure keys or money clip etc. with no fear of losing them whether hiking or on an airplane. Also the items rode on the side of the leg, whereas if you are hiking anything in the front cargo zipper pocket bangs on your leg. I guess this was a move to save money.
This is the one reason I buy Columbia over Under Armor, North Face etc. - I liked the security of the zipper side pocket. I hope for 2015 they will bring this back.
September 1, 2014
Great shorts for quality and I love having cargo pockets. However, the normal pockets seem a bit small and I had the tendency to have gear slide out of the pockets.
Overall great shorts, but I would caution anyone that works around water to use the cargo pockets and not the regular ones just to be sure that nothing goes for a swim by accident.
August 25, 2014