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Men's ROC™ II Short


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Style# 1438301
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Uses: Travel
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Style# 1438301
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A clean, understated pair that always stays tough, the newly updated ROC II features a cleaner design with a sleeker fit and a new zip-closed hip pocket built to hold your precious smart-phone in the face of rough terrain.

  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Modern Classic Fit
  • Imported

  • 100% cotton Granite Cloth
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Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 76 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable and quality The fit is perfect. They are the high quality that Columbia is known for and a superior pair of shorts. Two thumbs up May 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great choice I bought these as a gift and he couldn't have been happier. Great job Columbia! May 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Favorite shorts, hands down This is my 7th or 8th pair of Roc II shorts. That, in itself, should say something. They're perfect for any rugged use and they can be used in dressier occasions as well. Very comfortable and durable. Would recommend to anyone needing a good sturdy pair of shorts May 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good function redesigned would be Great ! I have 5 already so know i like them. Zip pocket is best security feature available in shorts. Great for wallet but needs zip on other side as well for car keys. Still able to walk with hands in pockets These shorts double as my high security manpurse. Should be 7 loops not 6. I like the jeans brass button. Please upgrade to make these the best high security travel shorts. March 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts for the casino Great shorts with the zipper pocket..It lets you kjeep your cash safe at the casino....I always wear a Tommy Bahama shirt and Columbia shorts or pants...for style and safety February 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Functional and comfortable The color(grill) is a little darker than it appears on my screen. I like the difference. Material feels sturdy and not too thin. January 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by ALMOST EVERYTHING CHANGED I really liked my ~5 yr old ROC shorts and Customer Service said they so popular, they would always be available. I ordered two pairs of Size 32-8 ("identical") on line from Columbia. >> BEWARE --- NOT THE SAME AS BEFORE 1) Thinner material than before 2) Waistband: flimsier, thinner 3) Back drop: Was 15", now 17" 4) Inseam: Was 11-1/2", now 10-1/2" 5) Pocket depth: Was 7", now 6" 6) Zipper: Was 6", now 5" 7) Length was correct I'm a slim guy--I hate to think how these would fit if I gained 2 or 3 pounds. They might want to change the name to something else and stop telling people that the original ROC short we liked is still around. The return was one of the biggest product hassles I have had this century. I ordered from Columbia directly. December 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Roc11 pant and shorts I wear the pants daily for work and love them so much I bought two pairs of the shorts. Only one small problem for me is I use the pocket on the leg for my smart phone. There is a line of stitching down the pocket to create a space for a pen that I remove to fit my phone. I think more people would use this pocket for a phone if that stitching wasn't there. November 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beware: Waist sizes are different from old style ROC shorts Ordered 3 pair of ROC II shorts in 40 waist - which is what I wear in old style ROC shorts. Waist on these new size 40 shorts measured 43 inches (+/- 025") on all three new shorts versus exactly 40" on my old size 40 shorts. Returned shorts & will try size 38 when I can find them in store locally. After the fact, I see that Columbia.com size chart actually shows that size 40 fits up to 43" waist. October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good shorts I found the 8" shorts to be a bit too short for my style and a bit wide around the thighs, but my GF said I look cute in them so I'm not complaining too much. I think that they hold up very well and are breathable yet quite sturdy. September 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts My husband is a biologist, and he's lucky to be able to wear shorts to work. In the past he has worn Patagonia shorts, but they're very high in price. These Columbia shorts are just as well made and fit perfectly. This is his second pair. September 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts Bought these for my husband as he completely wore out his previous ones and wanted the same short again. Great fabric, fit and features. Very comfortable with deep pockets. They are his go to shorts and they look nice too. Highly recommend September 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Men's Roc II Shorts The waist runs a little large but shorts are well constructed and a solid value September 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Large waist, good pockets Waist size runs a bit large, but not the seat or thigh. Otherwise comfortable with useful pockets. Strong button, and plenty of belt loops. Side zip pocket is useful. "Painter's" slip pocket too small for most phones. September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hidden zippered pocket These are the only shorts I can find that make it extremely difficult to get your pocket picked. I looked for this type after a bad experience while traveling. I ONLY buy these shorts. September 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ROC II Shorts I bought one pair to try. When they arrived, I immediately ordered a second pair. They are made of "real" fabric rather than some chemical blend and - most importantly - are available in short lengths. It seems most shorts now-a-days have inseams that take them to the middle of the knee, This produces binding while climbing or simply bending the leg to a 90 degree position. These shorts with an 8" inseam prevent that issue. I recommend them. September 2, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by the new roc shorts I have been wearing the roc shorts for many years and the quality each time I get them goes down. I hope you start making the better quality shorts again September 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good shorts, but the cut seems strange Overall very good quality shorts. Waist size seems to be correct. My only issues are that that they need a slightly higher rise, as they seem a little tight in the crotch, and the bottom of the leg openings should be tapered in rather than billowing out somewhat. August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mens Roc ll shorts Very good quality. Like the color. Only brand I will buy August 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by I love this product - but the availability and quality are changing I love these shorts because they fit me well, have the zippered secure pocket, are very comfortable and don't have the odd pockets like some of the other Columbia shorts. The challenge is that these shorts don't seem to be readily available. It almost appears that they are no longer being made. So I bought 4 pairs. The pairs I received are made of a lower weight material than the pair I bought ~ 6 years ago. Maybe it won't matter much over time, but the old pair still looks great - that is why I buy Columbia products - I just hope these new pair will as well after 6 years. August 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ROC shorts I replaced several older pair of Columbia shorts that were (after 10 years) fraying at the edges. I looked and looked but couldn't find a fabric similar to the old ones. The ROC shorts are a great replacement, the fabric seems just as tough and perhaps a little softer (which is good). I found the rise to be a bit short and I ordered then an inch too big in the waist (my fault not Columbia's). I'd order again but next time I'd confirm the waist size first... July 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by I just love Columbia, but Sizing I own 9 columbia shirts, 6 shorts, 3 pants and just about 1 of everything they make. There is only 1 issue with the brand, Sizing. My shirts example, I have XL, XXL and Large and they all fit the same. Shorts, I have 38 and 40. They all fit differently, very differently. I have 38's that fall off and 40's that are too tight. My only advice when buying Columbia, try it on... Once you do, BUY IT! The stuff lasts, it's comfortable. I'm 6'5" 250 lb, so I'm not "fat", but I'm a big guy. Finding comfortable clothes that last is important to me. Columbia is my favorite brand. July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Husband Really Likes These Shorts! My husband purchased a pair of Columbia ROC II shorts at a local retail store at regular price. When he wanted to purchase another pair, our retailer had none left in his size. We went to the Columbia website, found that the shorts were on sale and ordered 3 additional pairs. Most of the time he wears the 10" inseam, but we also ordered an 8" inseam (just above the knee) for hiking. The fabric is very substantial/rugged and has washed well so far. (We have not put the shorts in the dryer; have only air-dried them.) My husband highly recommends these shorts. July 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fit runs WAY TOO SMALL Very disappointed! Sizes run extremely small. Ordered size I normally would and could not even get them buttoned! July 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts The quality of these shorts is great but they run a bit tight in the upper leg area (at least for me). the waist was perfect but it was tight around the butt and upper leg area. July 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Boating shorts They are good, and a good deal. Only problem, I wish that they came in odd sizes. July 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Shorts I've worn out several pair of the ROC shorts. So, I bought a few pair of the ROC II shorts. The shorts are great. Please just keep making them the same. Thanks July 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Fabric Very functional and heavy duty shorts but quite roomy, I would recommend ordering a size down. June 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tuff Hard to beat these shorts. Great price! Holds up well and can take the ruff stuff. No restrictions for the working outdoorsman. June 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good--could be great I own 6 pairs because these are functional shorts. However, the functionality of some is diminished for me because the phone pocket sizes are not consistent. My iPhone 6 fits in some but not others. The weight of the fabric has been reduced from past models so they don't feel as robust as in the past. June 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ROC II Shorts Great shorts, great value. Loved the free shipping for Club members - a real bonus and delivery was very fast. Fit is true to size and very well constructed. On the rear pockets, I'd change the velcro to button closures. And add black to the color selection. May 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Love the Shorts not the Size I enjoy these shorts as they compare well to the ROC pants. They are quite functional and I like the security pocket behind the hip pocket. The two drawbacks are : 1. Colors are not the best in the world and it is almost impossible to get them in Blue. 2. The other major issue is the sizes are anything but consistent. Some are large which is a better option than when they are too small! The two pair I just received are small and I don't know if I can lose 10 pounds to make them fit! May 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great men's shorts Pros - - As a short guy, I LOVE that you can buy these with a shorter, 8" inseam. - Sturdy construction. Good shorts to knock around in. They also look good enough to pass at nicer occasions. - Good price and fast direct shipping. Cons - - The pockets are good, not great. The fabric tends to follow your stuff as you remove it. - Typical of modern clothing manufacturers who take shortcuts to save money, the waistband is substandard. Actually, there isn't one - it's merely bulked-up shorts fabric. If you don't wear a belt, the 'band' bends inside out. - The zipper opening isn't long enough (see comment about mftg above). Bottom line - - I love these shorts. They give me 90% of what I want shorts to deliver. Most guys will like these a lot. April 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent quality Little different look with the stitching, liked the look of the previous roc but these shorts are still made to last and feel great. April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Quality The material is nice doe not wrinkle, and the length is great. April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable great fit durable and comfortable! April 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Men's shorts fit me well! Being over 65, I cannot stand the way women's shorts ride low over my stomach...older women are just built that way for the most part. Anyway a Columbia employee in a retail store suggested I try men's shorts. I normally wear a 6 or 8 in women's clothes. The men's 30" fit me wonderfully and come up to my waist comfortably. This makes my 5th pair of men's Columbia shorts. April 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Never should have changed to Roc II The original Roc shorts were the best. I have worn these shorts almost every day from late March to late Nov for the past 5+ years. When they introduced the Roc II I bought several pairs and am very disappointed. The pockets are too long. Whatever you have in your pockets will slap your leg during a fast walk. (Running is worse) They not only made the pockets to long but they also got rid of the pocket inside of the pocket. Big mistake. I know they are trying to save money but I will not buy them anymore and right now I have at least 10 pairs of shorts and another 8-10 pairs of the long pants. April 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not the same quality I purchased a replacement pair last year but as stated in previous reviews the quality and fit was not the same and the sizing was way off. Very disappointed - why mess with a great product? March 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by New favorite shorts Love these shorts. Fit perfectly in 32" waist. Love the length as they are not long like board shorts. The zippered pocket is great for keys or wallet. January 16, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice shorts but sizing was off I purchased a third pair of shorts online to get the right color. They arrived quickly but were so large, I ended up returning them. My wife measured 40 inches with a tape measure. I think I got a mislabeled pair, since I ordered a 36! Will try again in store. October 1, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sizing I ordered the shorts above in a size 34 the size I wear in all other clothing. When received they were way to large. I returned them and reordered a size 33. Should have known better! When received, the size 33 were still to large. At this point I gave up. September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mens ROC II shorts These shorts fits great and are very comfortable. Very high quality. August 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NOT SAME QUALITY, SIZING IS WAY OFF!! The original ROC shorts were great. I purchased approximately (7) pairs. These are NOT close to the original design. The material is a lesser grade. The pockets are cheaper and the snap is gone. The BIG issue is the sizing. Way off. I wear a 30" waist. The same size shorts measure 33". That's 3" off. WHY DID COLUMBIA HAVE TO MESS WITH THE ORIGINAL, PERFECT DESIGN!! IS ANYONE FROM COLUMBIA READING THE REVIEWS ABOUT THE SIZING ISSUE! I donated my (2) pair to Goodwill. Hopefully someone can use them. I would rather pay more for the original shorts than to have cheap ones that do not fit. June 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by ROC II Shorts Have bought many of these shorts over the years. Great quality and fit well until this year. Went to buy the ROC II and found the fabric flimsy and the sizing NUTS! I wear a 30" but these fell down two inches. The sizing and quality are just not the same. Why change something that was really good? April 6, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by NO Consistency in product sizing I had purchased the same shorts a couple of years ago and have been pleased with the shorts. The main thing that I like about the shorts is that it has a zipper pocket to keep my wallet. I was leaving for a 5 week trip and wanted two new pairs of shorts. I could not find the same style locally and ordered them on line directly from Columbia. The shorts that I had are size 30" ,as such, I ordered the same size. When they arrived the shorts were about 2" too large. Since I was leaving the next day I took the shorts with me along with a belt to keep the shorts from falling down. Not a satisfied customer. December 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by New ROCII I recently bought some ROC II shorts to replace my well worn ROC I (?) shorts. And I’m very disappointed to find that these are not the same shorts at all. The ROC II shorts differ from the ROC I shorts in several significant ways:: 1. The fabric is much lighter and less robust; 2. There are two fewer belt loops; 3. The pen slot next to the side utility pocket is gone; 4. The interior change pocket is gone; 5. The sewn cuffs are smaller (1¼ vs 2 inch); 6. The back pocket flap is smaller and less secure; 7. The interior friendly “Pants in the family” message from Gert Boyle is gone; 8. The waist is 1 inch larger than advertised All the changes to the ROC II shorts are attempts to use less fabric and save money. My earlier Columbia ROC shorts were unique, of terrific quality and without any direct competition. The new ROCII shorts are just another pair of shorts with lots of competition. I’ll not be buying them again. Very disappointing. Its like loosing an old friend. December 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Men's ROC II shorts- abyss blue These shorts are soooo soft! Very comfortable! I was disappointed with the color of the actual shorts (they look much lighter in the picture) and are closer to black than the grey/blue that the picture shows. I was also hoping they would sit right above my knee cap, but go below the knee. The comfort makes up for any kind of disappointing detail though! October 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good but used to be better made As others have noted, the smartphone pocket is shallower than it used to be, and the velcro poorly attached. Waist is vanity sized; I bought a '35' but fits the same as the old 36. Low rise. August 14, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit top
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit top
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit top
mens relaxed fit bottom
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
Waist 26-29 29-32 32-35 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
How to Measure
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 3. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
  • 6. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

Shipping Method Rate Expected Delivery Time
UPS Ground $6.00 3-7 Business Days
UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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