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Description

Stay out longer in the Columbia ROC Shorts for men. These performance shorts have UPF protection and are stone washed for extra supple softness and comfort.

Specifications

  • Fabric: 100% cotton Granite™ cloth, garment enzyme stonewashed
  • Side zip-closed security pocket
  • Feature detail on interior pocket bag
  • Authentic Fit: Not too fitted, not too loose
  • Inseam: 8 in

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

47 Reviews

Pros
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Build quality: 22
  • Great design: 20
  • Great value: 19

Cons
  • cell phone pocket: 1
  • Cost: 1
  • Low performance: 1
  • no cons: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 2.6 / 5

47 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Val786
from Las Vegas
55-64 yrs

Great for Teaching
August 18, 2011

I teach weightlifting and PE and these are the first shorts that can hold up to the wear and tear I put on them. They don't show the dirt or the grease from the plates and it is hard to put a hole in the fabric.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
rocshortfan

great shorts
October 23, 2010

I bought 3 pairs of these shorts in 2001...wore them for 9 years and they are still great, but not "new" looking anymore as they have lots of "character" (paint stains, etc). Finally got around to buying the exact same 3 pairs in 2010 to last me another 10 years from altrec. These shorts are the best.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
RaceReady
from MS
45-54 yrs

Columbia Men's ROC Short
March 13, 2011

Best shorts I've ever owned hands down! I love the material, the fit & everything else about these shorts! I am a Columbia fan from now on. It seems that all their stuff is very high quality.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
runfreddierun
top1000Contributor

from Covington, Louisiana
45-54 yrs

Nice fit, durable materials, good design
March 25, 2011

I've purchased four pair of the Columbia ROC shorts over the past few months from Altrec and I'm more than pleased with the quality, cut, and rugged design of these shorts. I opted for the longer cut, I think 9" inseams. I've been a Patagonia shorts guy in years past, but I kept reading great reviews about the ROC shorts. Now I understand what all the good buzz is about. I train athletes in the warm Louisiana climate and ROC shorts have some cool design features I find useful, including the right-side double pocket - one zippered, one regular. I also love the design of the right rear pocket...there's a small utensil pocket adjacent to the main rear right pocket which is perfect for pens, pencils, etc. Feel safer keeping sharp objects on the posterior side, if ya know what I mean.... The 100% heavy cotton fabric seems durable and the snap button and zippers are all of decent quality. Good utilitarian shorts at an outstanding price point. Highly recommend. Can't go wrong ordering from Altrec!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
LostinChina
from USA and China
35-44 yrs

best short ever
February 22, 2011

Yeah, I really wrote that title. I’m >40 years old and been wearing shorts all my life—even to work. I bought my first pair of ROC Short in 2005. I liked them so much I bought several more pairs. I still have them all. The colors may be well faded but the hems are still in, the pockets hold tight, and the zippers & snaps still zipper & snap. These first shorts are demoted to Saturdays so I just bought several more pairs for weekdays. What I like is the sturdy build, correct sizing, inside zipped pocket—perfect for my passport and a bankcard or two. What I love is the 8" inseam. So many of today’s short have 10, 12, or 16" inseam designed for kids. I’m over 40. I may wear short pants but I don’t want to look like a fad-happy kid. Columbia: many of your customers are adults. Adults buy clothes for decades after the kids’ fads have passed on. Keep the 8" inseam.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jeremie
from CA
25-34 yrs

Great shorts
March 25, 2012

This is a very great pair of shorts, I really like it. It is basically the same as columbia's ROC pants in shorts, with the same very cool zipped compartment inside the right pocket. The fabric is very soft and comfy. The only thing I would criticize is that the button has a tendency to pop easily after a while, so you kind of need a belt to prevent this. I would also recommend you check the color in a store or somewhere before ordering because it is hard to get a good idea from the picture. For example, sage has a greeny taint I do not see on my computer screen. Flax and fossil are pretty accurate but I guess it depends on your computer.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
blkhwk611
from Chino, CA
25-34 yrs

Love these shorts like women love purses
August 04, 2011

Without a doubt these are the best shorts I have ever had. This style is much better than Columbia's Ultimate ROC shorts for a few reasons. First the security pocket is on the right hip just behind the normal right hand pocket. This pocket is secured by a zipper that zips down. These features makes anything your carrying in this pocket super secure. (Plus sitting on you wallet is bad for your back, and your wallet is not readily accessible for theft.) Also on the right hand side, on the thigh is a utility pocket, large enough for most cellphones and secured by a strip of velcro. There is also a small attached pocket that will fit a pen. The granite cloth is very durable for everyday use, and felt more comfortable as I continued to use it. The 4 colors can be matched to many other colors, though I wish they had come out in darker colors like slate, forrest green or even a dark moraccan red clay color to provide a larger variety. I originally bought these shorts in 2005 and it wasn't until 2010 that I had to look for new ones, and then only because the cloth in the seat around the pocket had finally worn out from use. Columbia has discontinued this style, and the Ultimate ROC shorts are poor replacements, plus they trip you when you put them on. I found Altrec because I asked Columbia where I could find more ROC shorts and they actually directed me to Altrec because they still have the shorts in stock. I have purchased a few and plan to get a few more while I still can. I honestly cannot say enough about these shorts, and all I say about the ROC shorts applies to the ROC pants by Columbia (still in production thank goodness!). If I had a complaint about these shorts it would be that now I hate to go shopping for shorts because none of the shorts I find at retail locations compare to these. (This is my opinion, I work for a city's sanitation department, not Columbia, yours could differ, but I would not expect or hope it would, thank you for your time hope this was helpful.) Oh and never had an issue with the buttons or zippers, and the fit was just right, not to small or large.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, security pocket, cellphone pocket, good fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Rickicon
from USA

Best travel shorts
June 25, 2011

No other shorts have a separate front zipper pocket and an open outer slash pocket to protect your wallet; and a side patch pocket to hold your phone (though I had to remove some stitches to fit my iPhone). Great fit, launder and iron well and look good for days. Wish they were still manufactured!

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
PEdad

Perfect Shorts
September 18, 2010

I have owned this same style of shorts for over 10 years. I order new pairs every year (although my original purchases are still in the mix - well made!) I wear them almost every day as the weather permits. Perfect for my PE job. Comfortable, wears well, stylish. 10" inseam mandatory for me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: none

Great shorts. I have owned 7 pair
April 29, 2009

Wore out 3 pair I wore them so much in a 3 year period and purchased 4 more in different colors. Great for any outdoor adventure and I wear with golf shirts and on dates with my wife. I also coach baseball in them.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Shake
from Oxford, AL
18-24 yrs

Wonderful shorts
June 15, 2011

I have worn these shorts for several years now, and cannot get enough of them. They are great for almost any activity: camping, hiking, or just casual wear around town. I definitely recommend them to anyone looking for durability and comfort with plenty of pocket space without clutter. Overall a great design, material, and simply a great pair of shorts. And at altrec.com, a great buy and great price as well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value

Heavyweight Cotton- Great Pockets
July 14, 2010

As a sailor, I have worn these for the past 8 years. The Zipper pocket is great for phones and valuables and the pen pocket does what it should; hold pens well. These shorts have been discontinued by Columbia, but well great and have a timeless style. I have worn out 12 pairs and hope to wear out another dozen.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
workoutmom

June 15, 2011

My husband loves these shorts. They are just the right length and very comfortable. They also hold up well. I received my order within a few days and had no problem returning a previous order, that was the wrong size.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SBP1984

These are so hard to find now!
May 24, 2011

Bought these for my boyfriend because he wears the pairs he has so much that they are getting really raggedy looking. They don't seem to sell these exact shorts anywhere anymore..especially in stores...He loves the 8inch inseam so I was so excited to find these! I ordered him 4 pairs!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
kobuk
from Jamesville, NY
45-54 yrs

Favorite Shorts
December 05, 2010

My husband has been buying/wearing these shorts for the past 10 years. Thank God they don't change the styling every few years the way so many other companies do. The quality is excellent....really made to last. I would say they have a more streamlined fit.....perfect for those who run on the trim side. Also...my husband is 5'6"....and these don't make him look like he's swimming in his pants. The option of shorter or longer length is also a major plus for those of shorter stature.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great shorts
June 25, 2009

I have two pairs of the corresponding trousers that have been great. Decided to try a pair of the shorts and have not been disappointed. Very comfortable and look great.

Comfort: 1 / 5
Durability: 1 / 5
Quality: 1 / 5

from Killingworth, ct
45-54 yrs

Best Shorts I've owned
November 04, 2010

Long lasting and a great fit. Not too baggy and not too loose....just right. Get compliments on the look.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Best durable practical shorts made.
July 28, 2010

Well made, long lasting, and available in shorter inseam lengths (for those who don't like the longer lengths of most shorts made today).

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
boss212

Columbia ROC Shorts
September 21, 2011

Very stylish and excellent fitting shorts. Pockets are deep and functional. My second pair. Will definitely buy more. Altrec had a great selection and they shipped the shorts to me in just a few days.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Trekker123

Great shorts at reduced price
December 21, 2010

I needed a pair of trekking shorts and these were being offered. The price was reduced significantly from the normal low price and so I purchased them. They fit as advertised and are very durable. I can see myself using these as my primary trekking short for the upcoming season and beyond. Great value and will constructed.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value

Great shorts!
July 02, 2009

Great looking shorts...comfort and style in the same pair of shorts. Have 6 pair and love them all.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Cynic
from Alabama
35-44 yrs

Quality Materials + Great Fit
April 23, 2011

Columbia makes outstanding products for the outdoors and these shorts are no exception! Knee Length, Good Fit, Quality Materials & Construction - these shorts are built to take some punishment on the trail but look good with a tucked in shirt at the ball game or bar. I highly recommend these shorts to anyone looking to purchase a quality product.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
soloist

Excellent shorts
June 18, 2011

I can't stand most of the shorts made today. Too long, too baggy, too thin, or too wrinkly. These are just right and the quality is stellar. Columbia hit a home run with these shorts. They look rugged but are stylish, and they are incredibly comfortable.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever

Great shorts, terrible shipping
April 27, 2010

The Columbia shorts are great, especially at such a good price, but the shipping makes me never want to order from altrec again. It was $9 for a single pair of shorts and they didn't arrive for over 2 weeks. That seems ridiculous to me.

Perfect for my work environment.
April 07, 2010

First, the security pocket is JUST the best. I wish I could get all my shorts and pants with this feature! Second, I use a fountain pen every day, all day and the outside pen pocket is another great feature. I hope these features continue on other models, including the shorter inseam.

columbia shorts
December 04, 2009

great price...arrived as promised on time

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
farb4
from concord, ca
35-44 yrs

Work shorts
October 19, 2011

I own a construction company in California, these shorts are all i wear. Fit good, look good, and comfortable. I own 10 pair. Havent tried the roc version usually get valley view, but cant seem to find them anymore.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, fit and look good, Cons: Low performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Eyad

November 13, 2010

Great price comfortable, be aware of the light-colored, quick dirt, I would recommend selecting a long length.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
bmhjj
from Cincinnati
35-44 yrs

May 20, 2011

Great shorts!Have many pairs and they are the best. Very comfortable and last along time and take the abuse through many rough and abusive activities and may washings.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
RollTide
from Daphne Alabama
18-24 yrs

Great Buy
October 04, 2010

The ROC shorts are very durable and comfortable. I have worn these shorts for years and highly recommend them for casual and active wear.

Pros: Build quality, Great value
runfreddierun
from Covington, Louisiana

Nice fit, durable materials, good design
March 25, 2011

I've purchased four pair of the Columbia ROC shorts over the past few months from Altrec and I'm more than pleased with the quality, cut, and rugged design of these shorts. I opted for the longer cut, I think 9" inseams. I've been a Patagonia shorts guy in years past, but I kept reading great reviews about the ROC shorts. Now I understand what all the good buzz is about. I train athletes in the warm Louisiana climate and ROC shorts have some cool design features I find useful, including the right-side double pocket - one zippered, one regular. I also love the design of the right rear pocket...there's a small utensil pocket adjacent to the main rear right pocket which is perfect for pens, pencils, etc. Feel safer keeping sharp objects on the posterior side, if ya know what I mean.... The 100% heavy cotton fabric seems durable and the snap button and zippers are all of decent quality. Good utilitarian shorts at an outstanding price point. Highly recommend. Can't go wrong ordering from Altrec!

Pros: Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

45-54 yrs

Found them at Altrec
April 09, 2012

My Husband has been wearing these for years and loves them. They are a classic fit, and the legs are not huge like alot of the other shorts out there. This year we couldn't find them anywhere , went online and sure enough Altrec had them. Thanks Altrec!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value, Cons: no cons
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
BigCheese
25-34 yrs

Try n Bust'em
May 08, 2011

If you need a excellent all around short to get out and bust trails or just lounge in? These are for you. I love them and have had no issue at all. The material is nice and light also.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jasper07
45-54 yrs

Durable, comfortable shorts for grown-ups
June 03, 2011

High quality, comfortable shorts - and with the 8" inseam, I don't look like I'm trying to be 12 years old! The double pockets (one zippered) on one side are very handy. The rear pockets are actually wide and deep enough to hold a wallet and have secure velcro closure without bothersome flaps. The front snap closure is also much better than the traditional button - which inevitably falls off. The only pocket I don't have a use for is the rear cell phone pocket - it's not too good when you sit down. All in all, these are excellent shorts for active use, and I am very pleased with the purchase.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

great short .
October 08, 2009

Excellent short and service. They come with zip pocket and ready to wear. 8" inseam is great and not easy to find.

Great buy!!
June 02, 2009

Excellent buy and service. They come on hangers ready to wear.

Rickicon
from USA
Over 65 yrs

Best travel shorts
June 25, 2011

No other shorts have a separate front zipper pocket and an open outer slash pocket to protect your wallet; and a side patch pocket to hold your phone (though I had to remove some stitches to fit my iPhone). Great fit, launder and iron well and look good for days. Wish they were still manufactured!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value

Great fit
May 08, 2010

This style of shorts is perfect for my 17 year-old. They are not too short and not too long. He loves this style and they are very durable.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
hikeame
55-64 yrs

Columbia ROC shorts
October 06, 2011

The absolute best shorts I've ever had. I couldn't find them for awhile until I got on this site. Yhe size, fit and comfort are the best. I have been wearing these shorts for years and will continue to were them for years. Thanks, there the best shorts ever...

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value
bill333
from florida
55-64 yrs

good shorts
June 22, 2011

but thought they were off white, not tan...picture is not true...good shorts, though, always like the quality of Columbia, sad the newer line has no size 33

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
SanDiego1

I love Columbia
May 30, 2011

I have worn Columbia shorts for years and love them. I was wearing Landers but they seem to be disappearing. I am short and I like shorts above the knee so the ROC shorts attracted me. I have only one complaint. The cell phone pocket is too narrow and too deep. They need to do away with the pencil pocket next to the cell phone pocket. It is too hard to get your cell phone out and when you sit down you are sitting on the cell phone. Change this pocket and these will be the shorts of my dreams. I love the zipper pocket for security and the fabric is great.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, Cons: cell phone pocket

Stiff, questionable workmanship, tight
March 06, 2010

These shorts are pretty good. They seem a little stiff but hopefully they break in over time. Mine had a small gap where the stitching was coming apart. Not a huge deal though. The fit is a little tighter than normal on a 34" waist.

Tough and Durable
September 08, 2009

Favorite hiking and casual shorts. Have six pair, two with 10" inseam, four with 8". The 8" is preferred, the 10" get slightly in the way of movement. Security pocket with zipper is great for Europe.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
gracefulgram
55-64 yrs

The Best Shorts
June 27, 2011

I bought these shorts for my husband after he was very pleased with a pair of Roc pants that he has had for 2 years. He is very picky about the length of shorts and since these are available in 8" length, I knew he would like them. The 36 inch waist was a true fit. These shorts are durable for rugged trail hikes or setting up a site, yet look good for casual wear out to town. He finds the zippered pocket very helpful and likes the sleek look. (He is not a fan of cargo pants/shorts). I ordered another pair because they are his favorite now and Altrec has them at a very good price. I have always been happy dealing with Altrec; their service is excellent.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
katie2
55-64 yrs

Great Value
August 08, 2011

Great value, good fit. Columbia brand gives you excellent quality and it helps that you can select different length shorts. Would definitely recommend.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Lakegirl

Awesome shorts!
July 07, 2011

These columbia ROC shorts are the best! My husband has tried every short out there (I should know...I am his personal shopper) and these are his favorite. They are sturdy, durable and have the right amount of pockets. He especially loves the hidden zipper pocket so he doesn't lose his cell phone! They last for years and still look new. Can't say enough good things about these shorts!

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Great value

Great shorts
July 05, 2010

My fourth pair, these have become my favorite shorts. Comfortable, nice looking, fit great.

My Favorite Shorts
July 26, 2010

Great shorts...Nice looking, comfortable, durable and the 10" length is perfect. I have been buying these shorts for about 4 years and still have not worn out the first ones I purchased, they are only faded from so many washings.

Great Value
August 04, 2009

I first encountered these great shorts on a trip to the Georgia State Sporting Clays competition in Folkston, GA. I had forgotten to pack my shorts. I found my first pair in a very nice Folkston's men's store. They quickly became my favorite shorts. I purchased additional shorts through Altrec. They arrived as ordered. Great shorts and great service.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 28, size 30, size 32, size 33, size 34, size 35, size 36, size 38, size 40, size 42 and size 44: 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44.

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