Summer and warm weather is great. You don’t need to wear layers upon layers, there’s no snow or cold winds and freezing rain. And best of all, for the adventurers out there, it’s the season when you really come alive! But you still need the right equipment to enjoy the outdoors.
Hiking, treks on hidden paths and trails, swimming, diving, waterboarding… The options are endless. There’s just one thing to consider besides the fun parts like where you are going and what you are going to do there, and that is adequate gear. Here at Columbia, we’ve made sure you don’t need to worry about having the right equipment, regardless of the season, weather, and the type of activity you are engaging in.
Many of our light walking shorts also feature stretch fabrics that enable complete freedom of movement and comfort. This guide will help you learn about the different features and technologies of our women’s walking shorts.
Why should you buy a pair of Columbia women’s shorts?
Besides the fact that our shorts look great as a fashion item or a style accessory, they’re designed to be super functional and lightweight. They’re also wonderfully comfy, with their stretch fabrics. We’ve designed hiking shorts women love, and we’ve made them in a way where they can fit multiple uses. During the summer, they can be worn anytime: During your city trips, your mountain adventures and your classic Sunday walk outdoors. Some women even wear them at work!
During spring and autumn, our women's walking shorts will be a perfect ally for your mountain and outdoor adventures. You will find multiple women's shorts, fit for various uses. They're mostly differentiated in inseam length, colours and styling; We have multiple colours, from black to bright and vibrant colours. In between we have several discreet colours such as grey, burgundy, petrol, etc... You will find the colours that fit your tastes, we’re sure of it.
The technology behind our hiking shorts women keep choosing
At Columbia, we’re extremely dedicated to science and always improving. We believe that science stands behind every great design, such as a high-quality pair of women’s hiking shorts. Our women's walking shorts are unique. At Columbia, we think of clothing as a technical ally that can help you to overcome nature's hardships. Hiking shorts are part of this philosophy.
This is why we place great importance on constantly improving our short technologies so we can present you with a wide selection of clothing items fit for any situation: rain or sun, ocean or sand, summer to winter and anything in between.
Most of our shorts use our Omni-Shield™ Water and Stain Repellent technology. We like to call it rain-and-stain as it’s easy to remember and perfectly sums up the principle behind it. We've designed a fabric that repels water and stains by preventing liquids from absorbing into the yarns and saturating or staining your hiking shorts. This technology repels water from the outside and inside so you can stay 100% dry, the same goes for stains from puddles and mud. And it’s also breatable.
Another technology you’ll find in some of our shorts is Omni‑Wick™. It is an enhanced wicking technology that is particularly efficient for active sports: walking, hiking and trail running. It wicks the moisture away from your skin and disperses it across the fabric of your shorts for rapid evaporation and quick drying. This allows you to stay dry and comfortable during your outdoor adventures. Whether it’s sweat or outdoor moisture like rain or sea water, it will wick right off.
The waist of one pair of shorts is even equipped with an Omni-Freeze ZERO™ waistband. Omni‑Freeze ZERO™ reacts with your sweat and provides a cooling effect. It might sound unbelievable, but yes, we have designed a cooling technology within this fabric. The tech’s blue ring reacts with your perspiration and lowers the fabric’s temperature, letting you stay cool in your walking shorts.
How to choose your Columbia hiking shorts for women
First and foremost, you need to decide what you want to use your shorts for and what your definition of comfort is. We have narrow or wider shorts, and our inseam lengths range leaves you a lot of space to find your perfect fit.
If you prefer longer shorts, choose an inseam around 8 to 12 inches. It will cover your thighs better and allow for more room in your pockets. Longer inseams are often fit for city trips and hiking in various conditions. If you prefer a shorter inseam, pick your shorts in between 3 and 6 inches. They will prove to be extra light, breathable and comfy. Shorter inseam shorts are ideal for active sports: climbing, hiking, walking and running, generally while the weather is warm. Choose your regular size, and if any doubts, don't hesitate to check out our size guide.
Last but not least, our women's walking shorts come in different cuts: Some are wider and more loose, some are closer to you and some are even shaped like leggings. It's mostly a matter of taste. But, know this: ample shorts will please women who prefer a wider cut and more pockets. Tighter / leggings shorts will suit you if you want total freedom of movement, excellent breathability and lightweight fabrics.
Shorts that women love
Columbia loves making you comfortable while providing you with lightweight stretch clothes like leggingsthat make your activities and favourite sport easier.
If we take women’s hiking shorts as an example, they’re not limited exclusively to hiking. You can use them for a wide variety of activities such as fast hiking, wandering around the city, climbing, or even going to work, if your job allows casual dressing. They’re a summer staple. Pair shorts with a light T-shirt and some breathable summer shoes and you’re ready for another hot day.
Check out our many women's hiking shorts here. You always have plenty of choices so you can find your perfect fit. Our sizes range from XS to XL, or in UK sizes, 6–20.
Among our shorts you can find:
In addition to this, you can easily find additional information about every pair: whether it is enhanced with wicking abilities, or if they have a cooling effect and pockets! Who wouldn’t be happy and content about that?
Do you feel more like a short with a casual fit? For example, a pair of soft, cotton shorts, or a pair of packable retro shorts? Check out our women’s casual short collection for shorts to chill in or go on an urban adventure in.
Or would you prefer to go on a mountain adventure with women's trousers? Shorts might not be as covering or warm as trousers when the temperatures drop at nighttime. Why not get yourself a pair of hiking trousers? With proper hiking trousers, you can make sure to keep your legs warm. If you can’t choose between shorts and trousers, then don’t choose! In our great hiking trouser collection, you’ll also find zip-off trousers, which turn into shorts with a quick zip.