Columbia Ultimate ROC Shorts - Men's


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Work short utility meets classic good looks in Columbia's Ultimate ROC Shorts for men. Featuring durable canvas construction and a relaxed fit, these shorts can literally do it all. They are presentable enough for social gatherings yet rugged enough for getting down and dirty in the yard.

The 100% cotton canvas is durable yet soft thanks to Columbia's garment enzyme sandwash process. Their relaxed fit and low-rise cut offers great mobility and a casual feel and the Omni-Shield treatment means great stain and water resistance for long-wearing, clean style. Lots of pockets provide versatile storage options including an all-important zippered security pocket for your smart phone. The lined waist band sits comfortably low on your waist, and you can throw on a belt to dress them up for an evening in town.

Add a little "Rugged Outdoor Chino" style to your wardrobe without compromising on utility with the Columbia Men's Ultimate ROC Shorts.


  • Fabric: 100% cotton canvas garment enzyme sandwashed
  • Omni-Shield® advanced repellency
  • Omni-Shade® UPF 50 sun protection
  • Feature detail on interior printed pocket bag
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Inseam lengths: 9 in, 11 in

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • Great design: 8
  • Build quality: 7
  • Great value: 5
  • Ease of use: 2

  • Cost: 1
  • cut slim: 1
  • sized larger than others: 1
Comfort: 4.4 / 5
Quality: 4.4 / 5
Durability: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3.7 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from newhall,CA
55-64 yrs

Quality down grade
June 07, 2011

i have been wearing these shorts for years and for the first time the quality has gone down. The weight of the fabric feels like it weighs about 2/3 of what the material was two years ago.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Tampa, FL
35-44 yrs

Best casual shorts I have ever owned
November 05, 2010

I stumbled upon the ROC shorts and they are my new favortite! Fit and look great! I like the length a lot because too many shorts now a days are too long and go to the knee or below. These shorts make your legs look great, fabric is amazing and style is fantastic. I need a pair in every color they make.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, length

The greatest advantage is comfortable
May 14, 2010

True to size. Very comfortable because of its 100% cotton. The style is just normal at first sight. UPF 50 will be a huge protection but I've not verified this function yet.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Louisville ky
25-34 yrs

Great shorts
April 23, 2012

These are great shorts. I like the material and the fit of these shorts. I havent had them that long so i cant tell how durable they wil be but overall i am very pleased. I also bought a pair of the pants which i am very pleased with.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Centre Al
45-54 yrs

nice shorts
July 05, 2011

I have both the 9" and 11" inseam in these shorts and like both of them. The fabric used in these shorts seems lighter and softer than the old Roc shorts other than that there is not much difference. Columbia quality just great shorts.

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

Great Shorts!
August 15, 2010

Well constructed with reinforced stitching in all the right places. Very stylish and comfortable to wear. The cotton fabric is very soft. Fit is true to size. Going to buy another pair! I would recommend these shorts to fiends!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Chicago
35-44 yrs

good shorts for a good price
March 15, 2011

I purchased the same shorts last year and had good luck with the fit and durability so i ordered another in a different color. Wouldn't really consider them for the trail but nice casual shorts for hanging out and lounging. Overall a good product if you can get them at a good price.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Alabama
18-24 yrs

Best Shorts I've ever bought!
October 17, 2010

I love these shorts! They are great for just casual wear but are plenty durable for hiking/backpacking as well. You can't beat the price either, in the store they are at least $10 more.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from North Tustin, CA
35-44 yrs

Great feel
April 25, 2011

These shorts I use for work and they are very roomy and comfortable. I go up and down ladders all day and they never feel tight. The croctch has ample room for all day comfort

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

July 04, 2011

These are great shorts, they fit well, love the storage without the bulk. Can't speak to the durability yet. The Lander short also is a good choice, just a different pocket design.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 2 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5

from Boston, MA
55-64 yrs

Not Roomy Enough for Me
March 25, 2011

I like a lot of room. These shorts were cut a little tight for me. Otherwise the shorts looked promising in all other respects. If you like a slimmer fit or your thighs are not on the thicker side then these may work for you.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: cut slim
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 5 / 5
from SLT, CA
45-54 yrs

Ultimate ROC's fit LARGE
September 26, 2011

Nice shorts, but they do fit on the rather large size. I have had about 10 pairs of Columbia Cotton Shorts, and these are much larger for a size 36 waist than all the rest. They do not seem to shrink either for an all cotton short.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: sized larger than others
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Colorado Springs, CO
55-64 yrs

Columbia Ultimate ROC Shorts
May 18, 2012

Absolutely great shorts! Nice look and excellent fit. Pockets are deep and functional. The shorts are also exceptionally comfortable. Buying another pair right after I write this review.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from San Francisco, CA
25-34 yrs

quality shorts quality price
November 26, 2010

I bought the ROC short to replace my Utilizer IIs (yes, I like columbia gear) and they are worth every penny. I am P.E. teacher and coach, so I need comfortable/practical clothing, and these fit the bill. Only con is the snap (not button) at the top of the fly can open up at times (and no, its not cause I'm fat - but thanks for mentioning that).

Pros: Ease of use, Great value

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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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