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Men’s Ultimate ROC™ Short


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Style# 1326471
Uses Travel


A rugged outdoor short in a soft, sandwashed fabric, the Ultimate Roc 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
  • Zip-closed security pocket
  • Hand pockets
  • Inseam length: 9”, 11”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Travel
  • Style# 1326471

  • 100% Omni-Shade UPF 50 Omni-Shield cotton canvas, garment enzyme sandwashed
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Men’s Ultimate ROC™ Short is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 132.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I like the regular ROC better. This ultimate ROC is not as good of a design. Basically my main disappointment is that the rear pockets do not have velcro, also the snap in front is not that strong and the inseam seems bigger. Annoyed that the name implies a better product but it definitely is not. I feel the marketing was dishonest.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite pairs of shorts Love these shorts. Great for fishing and everyday activities. Good quality. Love the side pocket for my knife.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best..shorts..ever. I LOVE these shorts. I buy no other brand. Superior in every way to other shorts. Unbeatable sun and water protection, period.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always Comfortable Have been wearing these Columbia shorts for years and have never had an issue with them.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything Shorts I love my ROC shorts. I have several pairs and wear them for everything. The are very comfortable and have the perfect pockets for my things no matter if I am hiking, fishing, or relaxing. They last forever and get more comfortable every time you wash them. Cant say enough about them best shorts I have ever worn.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functional The shorts are breathable and comfortable for casual outings. Columbia Sportswear at its best.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good all around shorts These shorts are great for all around daily use. I purchased them for hiking and probably shouldn’t have because they are a little bit heavy. They will be great for around the house though. I was hoping they had elastic but they don’t, no biggie, Columbia has plenty that do.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect short I absolutely love these shorts, they have deep front pockets , a perfect left side lower pocket for a pocket knife the lower right side zipper pocket is also a huge plus! The fabric is very durable and breathes well.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go to Shorts So very glad these have returned. My only wish is that the Color "Abyss" would return as well!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Shorts ROC I discovered this style short about three years ago in one of the Columbia Outlet Stores. It became my favorite style very quickly. They only had a few color choices and I bought several pair. Last year I was told they were going to discontinue them in the store so I bought what I could of what was left and they were all of the same color. Found them on line this year and all the color choices and so I picked out several of each color and after wearing them a day or two went back on line and ordered another pair of each color. Great style, a non-binding cut, not too baggy, no zipper or snap issues, and just the perfect pocket space. The best part is they are wife-approved and I get to wear them all the time! They do disappear quickly, so get your colors while you can.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable Short These are very comfortable shorts. Enough pockets to hold thing without over doing it. Great light weight material. Fits big in the waist. Ordered a 32 and they fit like a 34. Would have been a 5 star rating otherwise.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Button pulled out After just the third day of use button's rivet style backing pulled thru the material. Sadly, I think another reviewer mentioned an issue with the button. Correction, fourth time. The first pair I had to return since they were too large by 2 inches. The button is a neat concept, but why complicate things? As for sizing, tape measures are not complected. Maybe they are expecting shorts to shrink by 2 inches. I would have rated shorts higher than 1 Star, but they're somewhat useless unless you don't want buttons or like over sized waistbands. Each return cost money.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well constructed pant I own several pair of these shorts, they are comfortable to wear and last a long time.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roc shorts rock! These shorts are very comfortable, with a nice look and are well-made. Love the snap button. Be careful putting them on not to catch your foot in the inside pocket lining. I love these shorts and will be buying more of them. A bargain, even at regular price.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice short These are nice casual shorts. I prefer an inch shorter, 10 instead of 11”. The front right pocket and lower zippered pocket should not be sewed together. I will try the regular ROC short the next time.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Ruggedness and SPF features makes this a great product and at a great value. The color choices could offer more options. Overall, highly recommended for travel and adventure.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable! I purchased all color options of this short. SO glad I did. These shorts are very comfortable. They are lightweight yet are durable. I have no issues with everyday movement and they are perfect for my day at work, out and about, and at theme parks. Only adjustment I would make to these is have a tack button instead of a snap button. Otherwise, I love them.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts...Greater company! I just purchased 2 pairs of the Rock shorts, they are well made, fit to size and last along time. Im tough on my clothes ,however the Rock shorts can take it.I would recommend these shorts to anyone who needs a functional short that fits well and lasts. Also, Kudos to the Columbia customer service team who where spot on with the assistance I needed with this order.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Snap button I love everything about these shorts accept the snap closure. It has a tendency to unsnap at some pretty inopportune times. Why not a normal button and hole closure???
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good, bought a second pair Fits really nice, has storage but not huge bulky pockets. These are my go to shorts for everything. Bought a second pair already. Material quality seems really good (not the stretchy thin stuff) and style is great. Enjoy.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I really like these, nice fit, light, great pockets, one pocket has a zipper that holds my iPhone 6 Plus (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product great Web site is horrible! I ordered 6 pair to be sent to my colorado address. After several attempts, I thought order was correct, but when I got my confirmation order was changed to go to my Florida address. I finally ordered on amazon.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just as expected The size is accurate, relaxed fit, with zippered pocket tucked out of site but still accessible.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very comfortable This was a repeat purchase. I have now a total of 5 pairs. They're super comfortable which makes them a "go to" in my drawer. The only negative is the snap button becomes weak in the second or third year. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Quality The pictures never really do the quality of the products justice. They are always really great.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts! These are the best shorts in the business and have been wearing them for years. Great finish, great fit and great quality fabric! Go for it!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Overall Shorts Comfort, design, true fit and durability are what I'm looking for in a all around pair of hiking shorts. The Ultimate ROC shorts fill the bill. I highly recommend these for serious hikers and great for casual wear.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good, until you squat These are very utilitarian shorts, after nearly daily wear for over a year some of them began to show wear i.e. fabric thinning or holes appearing from frequent washings and wear. My only gripe about these were the button, it has a nasty habit of popping open during activities such as crouching, lifting and squatting.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts I've ever owned. I will buy no other! These shorts not only feel good they last a long time. What I like the best is the shap button. They do not come off. If you get a pair that unsnaps to easy you can easily fix that problem with a hammer. I love the side zip pocket if you have something you don't want to lose out of your pocket. Also has a small side pocket that a knife or something similar will fit into if you are out hiking. These shorts can also be worn as dress shorts they are attractive enough and go well with t-shirts or collared shirts. You'll love them
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shorts I've ever had I absolutely really like the Columbia ROC shorts. I think I've bought 6 or 8 in the last 10 years. They last (practically) forever, and wear well. I feel like I can pair them with just about any shirt, T-shirt, casual short sleeve shirt, or a long sleeve casual shirt (when it's cooler). Don't know what I would do without my ROC shorts. Probably start wearing jeans.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some of the best shorts ever These are some of the best, most versatile shorts I've ever worn. I wear these for hiking, fishing, golf and travel. The only drawback is getting out a stain can sometimes take a few washes due likely to the tough material. But so far they've always come out and these shorts keep on trucking. That's why I bought a 2nd pair.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice shorts Very comfortable shorts! The fabric is cottony/soft, and they have a relaxed fit.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the metal "snaps"!! I buy Columbia shorts and pants mainly because of the metal "snaps" on them. Sure they look good, fit good and wear very well. But, they are my favorite shorts and pants cuz I love the easy on and off with the metal fasteners or snaps. Buttons come off and if you're in a hurry, (bathroom emergency) the snaps are a God send. Also, I am not proficient at sewing on buttons and my wife has trouble doing it since she had a stroke 14 yrs ago. Don't ever stop using the metal snaps. I stock up on your shorts and pants because of them and in fear you will discontinue them. Thank You for good looking, comfortable and and easy to fasten and unfasten pants and shorts!!!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Husband's favorite These are the only shorts my husband will wear. We found that after they are washed they become the most comfortable shorts in the world. They have great seat room and lots of pockets. My husband fishes and he will now use the older ones for fishing and these newer ones for going out. I bought a couple of pairs for our son to try because all of his nicer jeans look like "preppy dad" jeans - really not his style!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need a shorter inseam Replace the very same shorts, that after a few years of wearing them had too many holes. I like that they are not baggy and that has a zippered pocket. But I do wish they had a shorter inseam version.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultimate ROC Short Review Fit true to form. Dries quickly. Holds up well.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts Great all around, great fit, material and function! I lift weights and these comfortably fit my thick legs and booty!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GB's cruising I already have 2 pair of these shorts which I purchased almost 3 years ago, searched the site and just purchased 2 more pair. I have worn these shorts extensively all year round, at work, in the forest, travelling, at the beach or just doing the shopping. They are so comfortable, great pockets and very durable, plus they look good. There aren't many items of clothing that I have worn so extensively with pleasure.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts As with all Columbia clothing, these shorts are great.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay shorts Funky snap design. Difficult to get right leg through leg opening due to pocket obstacles...
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Casual Short Great pockets and material for comfortable use around town or sightseeing due to the ability to stash necessities like phone, glasses, multi-tools.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts! I bought three pair of these a few months back. They have held up ok; one pair has started to seperated at the seem in the groin. The pockets are great for being on the water and hiking.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Shorts, but a strange pocket The shorts are wonderful. They look better than expected -- nicest short I own now. There is a strange pocket near the bottom where the liner is stitched below the regular pocket liner (inside the shorts). I have to consciously remember each time I put them on that it's there or else my foot gets caught on it. I've fallen over a couple of times. I think I'm getting used to it now, but it's strange. The button is cool -- it's not a button but more of a snap where the one part goes through the other part -- holds on well and is easy for someone with arthritis like me to "button" and " unbutton".
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Updated Roc Shorts These ROC shorts are made of a different fabric than my old ROC pants. The canvas fabric is of a finer weave. It's still very soft and comfortable, and appears to be very durable. The design is the same bulletproof design as the ROC pants. Love the pockets. One note - these are best on the trail for dry days. Being a cotton or cotton blend, they will absorb water or sweat. If you plan a hot hike, wear nylon shorts instead. But these are tops for casual, or dry days on the trail.
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid summer short Good fabric, not too warm, good pockets. I could get all wordy but its a good short and should meet most needs. Cargo pockets are invisible on the plus side unless you load them. And that invisibility means they are just big enough for a phone, wallet or small camera.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shorts have great length and flexibility I recently bought two pair of men's Men’s Ultimate ROC™ Shorts. this makes seven pair that I have purchased. The difference between the two pair is one fits like a size 34 (size I ordered# and the other like a size 32. Since I washed them before trying them on #I didn't feel it would be necessary since I had no problems with the other pairs) I didn't return the smaller size. Still enjoy Columbia clothing.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shorts, But Different Colors than Advertised Overall, these shorts are of great quality. The only issue I had was that the color of the 'Alpine Tundra' is not a darker brown like the picture shows, rather the color is an OD Green (like military fatigues). The other two colors 'Flax' and 'Fossil' are accurately portrayed. But other than that, I love these shorts.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roc Just wash and put on,feeling the need for comfort
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from basic must have utility/walking short well made short... but misplaced extra side pockets. the left smaller side pocket should be on the RIGHT lower right/front side for a iPhone nothing larger. the extra side pocket on the left (if it were to remain so large) should have inner stiching sections so whatever gets put in there does not immediately sag to the front bottom of the short... looks to sloppy~
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's ultimate roc shorts Great shorts for all activities!
Date published: 2016-04-11
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size 28-30 32 34 36 40 44
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 36 40 44
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. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 5. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 6. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit bottom

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.

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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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