Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts are made from ripstop nylon, so they won’t soak up too much water when ghyll scrambling or walking in the rain, and they won’t tear easily when scrambling on rock. They come with an elasticated waist and a waistbelt, so you can get a pretty good fit here straight away. The two hip pockets are nice and big and easily accessible, and they’ll take an OS map. There is a deep zipped pocket on the right hip too plus two rear pockets and these all easily swallow small guidebooks. A crotch gusset makes these shorts very spacious and comfortable when scrambling around, while the just-above-the-knee length is great for general use. These are good all-round shorts at a reasonably good price. But although you can slip thinner-style small guidebooks in the lower hip leg pocket of the Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Short you cannot quite Velcro down the flap, which is a touch annoying as just an extra 1cm on the depth would solve this. The fabric is not a stretch material and while these were comfy on me, some people may get a better fit from stretch fabrics. Features like a brushed waist lining would make them even more appealing.
Material nylon Minim Rip
Weight 246g (size L, with belt)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 85
The Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts are good general walking shorts with some good pockets, but they could be even better if the details were refined a little.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2011