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Columbia Men's Ultimate ROC Short
Columbia Men's Ultimate ROC Short
  • 100% Cotton
  • Imported
  • Machine Wash
  • Omni-shield advanced repellency
  • Omni-shade UPF 50 sun protection
  • Zip-closed security pocket


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Ultimate ROC Shorts

A rugged outdoor cargo short in a soft, sandwashed fabric, the Ultimate Roc Cargo is outfitted with UPF 50 sun protection and an advanced water repellency treatment that shields you from rain and stains alike.

Technology Benefits:
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency treatment wards off rain and stains
  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 protects you during long hours in the sun

Re-engineered and ready for action, the Ultimate ROC™ short has retained all of the classic style and function of the original ROC™ pant, while gaining an active edge. Omni-Shield® technology sheds dirt and stains and the side zip-closed security pocket keeps valuable in place as you brave the elements. With a new lower rise, pop-stitching detail, and softer, more relaxed feel, the Roc is ready to conquer the greater outdoors in style. Authentic fit.

  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 3.2 inches
  • Item model number: 1491941
  • Date First Available: March 6, 2010
  • ASIN: B0035T2BO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,106 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry)
    • #729 in Men's Flat Front Shorts
    • #148961 in Men's Shops

    Great shorts, but the snap at the waist can't stay together under the crushing weight of my dad-bod midriff. meaning: every time i get out of the car or bend down to pick up another beer from the cooler or my kid's crap (which is all over the damn house!) the little waist snap pops open. works fine with a belt, but it should be stronger, since, you know, none of us have the physique of the plank-ish model in the picture.

    good construction, and great pocket strategy. length is good too.

    I have two other pairs of these shorts bought retail at a brick and mortar store, size 34. In the picture, the bottom pair is store bought, and the top pair is from Amazon. The Amazon pair is definitely NOT a 34 waist. It's at LEAST a 36. Secondly, the store-bought pair has a metal zipper and plastic zippers on the leg. The Amazon pair has plastic zippers all around. The zipper thing isn't really a big deal, though it is the first point that I noticed. However, the waist issue definitely is a big deal. I didn't open up the shorts until a couple months after I bought them, so I guess I'm out of luck.

    Update 8/19/2015: Beware! There are two different versions that are being shipped! I ordered 3 pair of these in 36x9 and received two different versions. The "new" version with the longer, rounded zipper pull fits SIGNIFICANTLY larger than the old version. The 36W new version fits more like a 37W. The "old" version with the smaller, squared-off zipper pulls fit like a true 36W. Seems like it's the luck of the draw as to which one you get.
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    I love that they offer the choice of a 9" inseam! I can't stand the low rider look where "shorts" come down past your knees... Those are called "pedal pushers" and they are for women.

    These are a nice light, soft khaki material that dries fairly quickly. The 9" inseam version fits me perfectly with the shorts falling just a tiny bit above the knee.

    The only downside for me is the pockets. They are really just there to add visual interest to the shorts in my opinion. They're not functional at all. The non-zippered pocket has a weird over/under thing that I'm not sure what the point is... The small vertical zippered pocket is too far down and back from your hand to be of any use. Plus you'll probably be sitting on whatever you put in there. If you get the non-cargo version of these shorts just ignore the pockets and you'll be happier for it.

    Overall I love these shorts. The pockets are dumb, but the rest is gold.

    Very comfortable, but only lasted about a year. I've never really had trouble with the longevity of Columbia products (heck, the shorts that these replaced lasted a solid 6 years!) but both pair of Ultimate ROC I had purchased in late 2014 gave out in the same area, the crotch, by early 2015.

    My other big gripe about these shorts is with the cargo pockets. They are only sewn along the bottom, and this results in a large 'pocket' which your foot can get caught in when putting them on. It happened frequently enough that I'm shocked that wasn't the point of failure with them.

    Oh well, back to Columbia's Brewha shorts!

    Great pair of hiking shorts. They are resistant to light rain but I got a stain on mine, wouldn't come off in the washer but with a brush it goes away quite easily. Very comfortable and very light. These are intended for hiking not construction work and such. They won't last as long in those conditions.

    I have two older editions of these shorts which I absolutely loved. Much has changed since I bought those earlier models 5 and 10 years ago. The fabric is much thinner than it was (not always bad in a summer short) and feels cheap. The front snap never holds for more than a moment. What had been usable side pockets that were large enough but not cargo short massive have become relatively unusable for a phone or sunglasses. It makes me a little sad, these were one of my favorite shorts designs. What has not changed is the price and I feel like I got much less for my money. Afraid I'll be looking elsewhere for useful shorts that slot the middle between nice dressy shorts and utilitarian cargo shorts. Of course, I will continue to wear these for as long as they hold out so they weren't returnable bad.

    Comparing these to my other Ultimate Roc shorts the quality is not there. The rear pockets are just sewn on to the seat of the shorts, instead of having the interior pockets on the older version. The material feels much thinner and artificial (less cotton and more synthetic). I'm sending these back.
    The sizing is also inconsistent, the difference from the 33 waist to the 32 waist is not one inch, the 32 waist is about 2" less than the 33 waist. Strange.

    OK. I travel overseas and I'm exposed to pickpockets. Zipper pocket fixes that. Wife approves because they don't have pocket flaps. So far so good. I'm 6'4", 226 lbs. - non flatbelly. The snap coming loose was driving me crazy. Everything about these are PERFECT, except the snaps. Losing a little weight helped. Finally, I went to a sewing store and found a blue jean snap kit. I added a snap beside the existing snap. Works great. Problem solved. Also, I don't tuck, so the extra snap appearance is a non-issue for me.