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Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short


http://www.columbia.com/mens-ultimate-roc-cargo-short-AM4501.html AM4501
$29.90 $60.00
Style# 1472191
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Uses: Travel
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product True to Size | Fit Modern Classic


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Style# 1472191
Uses Travel


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.

  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency treatment wards off rain and stains
  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 protects you during long hours in the sun
  • Hand pockets
  • Inseam length: 10”, 12”
  • Imported

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50, Omni-Shield100% cotton canvas, garment enzyme sandwashed
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.


Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 36 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2 pairs 2 problems my go-to short for hiking and home projects. fits well and fabric is good weight. 1st pair the snap broke and the material shredded at the seam. The 2nd pair had a button closure but the fabric shredded at the seam and split 1" above the seam. Not buying number 3. May 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these shorts I really enjoy the ROC shorts. They are a perfect fit. Love the pockets and snap closure instead of a button. Have another pair that I've worn for a few years and the snap still works, which was a fear. September 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Back to basics The cargo shorts are well made--except: Why does Columbia insist on using the pressure closure instead of a button? After a short time the snap becomes worn and opens on it's own. Tailoring--way too baggy. The leg on the pairs I have would fit an elephant! I am returning both pairs I bought. February 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good short needs better description on web Easy to like these shorts, comfortable and well made. Only was a bit surprised at the length. MUCH longer than other Columbia shorts I own. These were the first online pair I purchased, didn't see anything in the description about extra inseam length. Not a problem, as I said it was a surprise though. February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by best features The snap closure at the waist. Cargo pockets not overly "blousey" - just right. October 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Color slate is moss green, not gray as shown on website Green shorts are OK with me so I kept them, but I expected to receive gray, which was shown on the website and labeled as "slate" (which also indicates gray). I like the trim look of the shorts even though they have cargo pockets. Features that would be helpful in the future are a narrow, vertical sub-pocket for a pencil or pen and pockets designed for an eyeglass case and cell phone. The pencil pocket is important because pencils in cargo pockets tend to get into a position where the point jabs through the fabric. August 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Buy I bought these pants for a week sailing trip in the keys and they lived up to my expectation. They weren't as waterproof as I imagined but still held true to some. Then the UPF 50 sun protection worked well, and I think being in the keys is a pretty good test. August 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Shorts These are a solidly constructed, good looking pair of shorts. The material is soft and comfortable with a nice slim fit. The snap is a pleasing "donut-meets-donut-hole" design. The two main drawbacks in my view are that the "cargo" pockets are not gusseted, so they hold no cargo. They fit a piece of paper or a thin wallet OK, but don't try to put a fly box or pliers in them. Also, the rear pockets don't close, which makes them marginal for storing a wallet on an active day in the field or stream. July 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Product is great! Bought these shorts to use for work, but I love them so much I use them all over the place. They are sturdy and the clip in button is a lot sturdier than originally thought. July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Shorts I was looking for a basic cotton cargo short, but had a hard time finding a durable short with a 12 in inseam, something that didn't look wrinkled and require ironing, or have a distressed look. These fit the bill so I tried them out and love them. I bought two colors. They're perfect for everyday summer wear and dress up nice with a button down shirt. I love the coating that helps prevent stains and allows water to bead up and roll off. Well worth the price since most other comparable brands offer something similar for a lot more money...great value for a great short. I'm thinking of buying more colors. Nice job Columbia! July 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Oh Snap! Great style and construction. I took points off because the waistband is fastened with a metal snap instead of a button. Good quality snap but it tends to come unsnapped very easily. July 8, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by One bad thing makes these a pass Great workmanship, bad choice of closure at the top. The replacement of the button with a very heavy duty snap, which doesn't hold, was a bad choice. My snap is constantly opening, and it makes these otherwise fine shorts almost unusable. I wear them about the house, but not in public. Brownsmead I purchased work quite well, thank you! July 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good looking shorts. I like the look of the shorts. I just wish they were a little bit roomier in the thighs and butt! These shorts fit a little tight for a guy with big thighs. July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts! I've been wearing Columbia shorts for many years. I especially like these because they were lightweight, but still seem to very durable. Living in Houston, I'm always on the lookout for lightweight clothing. June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by One of my favorite pair of shorts These shorts are very comfortable and are made well. June 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great but with one big flaw--the snap! These are great comfortable shorts that have one annoying flaw--the snap. I have three of these shorts and the snaps come undone more and more as I wear them more. It is annoying to constantly have to be re-snapping my shorts! Please Columbia, eliminate all snaps from your pants and shorts. Prior to this I had the Browsmead shorts, which had buttons, and they were great. I bought these because I wanted a little longer short. I also wish the back pockets had some kind of button or Velcro to secure them. Other than the snap, the fit and finish is great. The pants are light, which is great in the heat of a Texas summer. June 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great everyday shorts I highly suggest these shorts. I just ordered my fifth pair, and plan on ordering more. The fit is great and the water repellency is very effective. June 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shorts are very durable Great pair of shorts with large cargo pockets. June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great fit great shorts. looking for color Abyss in size 40 but cannot find anywhere May 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best cargo shorts ever rugged, plenty of pockets, fits as billed, fabric has great feal May 10, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fit like a skirt The legs look more like a dress. Have NEVER seen anything like it before. Returned all four pair. Love Columbia so found other Columbia's not so messed up! February 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good fit and great quality, but a snap? As with any Columbia product, these shorts are durable and styled well. The only issue I have is that they use the snap closure on the waist instead of a button. I have several Columbia shorts that have this, but for those of us that tend to be really active and move and stretch a lot in them, the snap keeps popping open. I don't have that problem with the button closures. My recommendation to Columbia is to use buttons on those clothing items where you expect the person to be active. Other than that, these shorts are great! October 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shorts I really like these shorts! September 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ultimate ROC shorts - easily my new favorite pair of shorts! These shorts are very light yet durable. Great to lounge around in, go hiking in or head out o. The town. Most comfortable pair of shorts I have owned in years! Plan on buying another pair September 12, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Comfortable and functional, but overpriced. You can get an equivalent cargo short at a much better price from other vendors. September 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome stain/water /sweat resistant cargo shorts These shorts are great! They are water/stain/sweat resistant and great for super hot summers in Chicago. I would highly recommend for everyday and for outdoor/hiking. Please don't stop making these and make more summer clothes with Omni Shield. July 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts I was having trouble finding a 35 waist as I'm in between sizes. I found these and they fit great. In addition the fabric is nice and light yet durable. I would buy these shorts again without hesitation.. July 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by quality unfortunately I had to exchange this product because I ordered the shorts to big. Waiting for new shipment. Wore these in the past and they are excellent July 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts I will be purchasing more of these shorts. I like the fit the size of the pockets and the material. They are very comfortable to wear. July 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Product is very comfortable and well made. Shorts are really comfortable. They have great storage and are well made but are not as heavy or bulky as some shorts. They are cooler for summer weather. The material is softer and wears really well. I normally wear a size 34 waist and found these to be true to size , ordered 34. June 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ultimate ROC Cargo Short Great shorts--I just bought a second pair . They are extremely comfortable and look great around town or on the hiking trails. June 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Omni-shield works When I bought these I pretty much ignored the omni-shield, assuming it was a marketing scheme. The shorts are comfortable and fit well. I noticed the omni-shield works after I dropped the contents of a bean burrito in my lap. A laundry soap directly on it before a wash and there were no stains. Will be buying more of these for sure. June 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shorts! Comfortable, functional, Columbia quality. What's not to love! April 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ? ----> :-) Have always been skeptical of buying clothes online. Maybe I should get less so with Columbia. Am delighted with the cargo shorts I bought. The fit was great, are very comfortable and the material felt really amazing. Even had a minor mishap where a lot of water accidentally fell on the shorts and it just beaded off like water off a ducks back. Very pleased with the purchase. April 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable These are exactly what I was hoping for. They fit great and are perfect to wear on the weekends. They are longer, so I would not recommend them as "nice" shorts (i.e. what you could wear to work or golfing). They are great to wear after work or just hanging out with friends. Quality is amazing, very strong, and feel great. March 19, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Shorts Too pricey, bought two pair same size, one fit perfect the other just a little tight! Hope they don't shrink! February 27, 2012
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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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