ColumbiaUltimate Roc Short - Men's

The ultimate short for your outdoor endeavors.

Omni-Shield technology protects the Columbia Men’s Roc Short from dirt and stains when you can’t resist getting too close to nature. Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection lets you enjoy the relaxed feel of the Roc, even when shade is scarce. A side zip pocket keeps your keys in place when gravity and thick brush challenge you to a duel and after you’re done harmonizing with Gaia you can head into town and hit your favorite burger spot without looking like a wild man.

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Great Summer Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 34-11

They fit well, have ample pockets, and above all are comfortable on hot days. Good shorts for everyday summer use.

Great work shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 32

Was initially skeptical of the button, but it has held up so far without issues. Fit true to size and not too tight. Soft durable fabric was comfortable yet not too delicate for getting the job done. I've had a lot of Columbia products over the years and they rarely disappoint.

Workhorse Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 38

Fit true to size, durable, launder well, one complaint - although a novel idea, the 'canvas rivet' style closure does pop open fairly often, a good old fashioned button closure would be better.

Great Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've bought a couple pairs of these shorts. Fit true to size. Comfortable. Not an active wear short, but great for every day use.

It's really good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 32

I will buy some more in different colors. Lots of pockets, good for hiking, going to the beach, casual summer events

Fine Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I love the Ultimate Roc Pants and so I thought why not give the shorts a try?

While the pants are great for just about every environment I've found (work, hiking, lounging, weddings, etc.), I feel like the shorts are a lot more specific in the settings that they're designed for. Basically, they're dad shorts. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Columbia found a photo album of my dad wearing shorts from the late 80's to early 90's and designed these shorts to look and feel like what my dad was wearing. The only different is that these have updated pockets.

Fine shorts, just not for me.



  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I may have a different pair, but anyway I bought 7 pair of these shorts for work as a uniform short. Great stuff, cell phone fits in the little lower pocket perfectly. Sizing is spot on a 32 is a 32. No issues with these shorts, Columbia did well with these.


The shorts in the picture look like the Columbia Roc II Short, which are a great pair of shorts (I am currently wearing some now) but are pretty similar to the Ultimate Roc Short.

Here Ya Go


    Cool Comfortable and Tough, Use em for work, home, life.

    Whidbey 2

      Overall good, not great, shorts. Medium plus weight. Loose fit. Snap opens inadvertently at times. button would be better. Good length and pockets. Utility type shorts - not great for hiking or other active sports.

      Ultimate roc shorts

        Love them. Lighter weight material, water beads up on them. Very comfortable!

        do these shorts have a snap closure??

        do these shorts have a snap closure??

        yes. also belt loops.

        You can't go wrong

          Columbia gear is often hit or miss...these shorts are a definite hit. True to size. I like them for daily wear...they are a little heavy for hiking, etc.

          Roc Short

            Excellent shorts,nice lightweight shorts. Money well spent

            I am looking for a short that has narrower...

            I am looking for a short that has narrower legs, as everything seems to be the same width at the bottom. I have skinny legs and baggy does not look good. Does anyone know of a Columbia short that is like this?

            Best Answer

            These are relaxed fit (as a lot of Columbia gear is). If you want an active, outdoors pair of shorts that are somewhat more fitted, I'd look at something from Patagonia, North Face, or Kavu. I have shorts from all three brands that are more fitted in the legs. Be sure to check the fit in the description, though.

            The Columbia Harper Trail will suit this request quite handily. it is built to move and stretch without billowing (?)

            Hooray- Snap closure

              Love the shorts especially the snap closure. I have difficulty with buttons and these are amazing for me. Very few companies use snaps and these hold closed all day. The fabric is comfortable, great color choices, and true to size.

              Rocs Rock

                Normally I'm not a Columbia guy. I got these because of the price and color. The suede looks awesome. These are incredibly comfortable and look really good. I am very happy with them. They are a little bit big, I got the 30's and normally wear that size. One gripe: a snap instead of button. Otherwise... they are perfect. Hit right above the knee.

                Excellent shorts

                  These shorts are very comfortable, and I love the side pockets. Highly recommended.

                  Nice Shorts!

                    These shorts are great. Come with a nice water repellant treatment. The small pocket on the left is PERFERT to drop in an iPod Nano, and because of its partially overlapping design, it wont fall out! I dont have any wrinkling issues, just take em out of the dryer promptly and no worries. Think I'm gona grab a couple more pairs.

                    Ultimate Roc Shorts

                      Great shorts for any activity. Very comfortable.