Customer reviews for Columbia Men's ROC™ II Short

Columbia Men's ROC™ II Short

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.
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4 Stars
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28 out of 42(67%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Men's ROC™ II Short
Review 1 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great Shorts!!!

PostedFebruary 4, 2012
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GratefulDrift
Location: Georgia
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts are the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn! They fit great and look good too! Perfect length with the 8 in inseam, I wish I had about 5 pair in each color! Columbia delivers again in quality and comfortably!
Activities: Trail, Canoeing, Hiking/Trekking, Camping, Boating, Kayaking, Vacation, Fishing - Freshwater
Conditions: City, Sweaty, Sunny, Rainy, Humid, Cement/Asphalt, Bug Infested, Muddy, Rocky, Hot
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great men's shorts

PostedApril 24, 2015
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MrPheasant
Location: Bradenton, FL, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent quality

PostedApril 22, 2015
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pdliving
Location: Columbia, SC, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Little different look with the stitching, liked the look of the previous roc but these shorts are still made to last and feel great.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent Quality

PostedApril 22, 2015
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Torrie
Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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True to Size
Runs Very Large
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The material is nice doe not wrinkle, and the length is great.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Comfortable

PostedApril 21, 2015
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Beelong
Location: Carrollton, GA, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
great fit durable and comfortable!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Men's shorts fit me well!

PostedApril 15, 2015
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SLKslk
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Never should have changed to Roc II

PostedApril 13, 2015
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ProPutt
Location: SC
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Not the same quality

PostedMarch 29, 2015
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Colin777
Location: Mason, OH
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Large
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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?
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

New favorite shorts

PostedJanuary 16, 2015
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Ukintheusa
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Nice shorts but sizing was off

PostedOctober 1, 2014
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Shorts3
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Sizing

PostedSeptember 18, 2014
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SOBB
Location: Sandy, OR 97055, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Mens ROC II shorts

PostedAugust 16, 2014
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Brother
Location: Port St. Joe, FL 32456, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These shorts fits great and are very comfortable. Very high quality.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

NOT SAME QUALITY, SIZING IS WAY OFF!!

PostedJune 18, 2014
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Frustrating
Location: Asheville, NC
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Large
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2 / 5
2 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

ROC II Shorts

PostedApril 6, 2014
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mp0812
Location: SC
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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2 / 5
2 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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?
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

NO Consistency in product sizing

PostedDecember 15, 2013
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chipper3
Location: Athens GA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
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Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Men's ROC™ II Short
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

New ROCII

PostedDecember 3, 2013
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Mike7899999
Location: Clearwater Fl
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Men's ROC II shorts- abyss blue

PostedOctober 1, 2013
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Bilson
Location: Eugene, OR
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Good but used to be better made

PostedAugust 14, 2013
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TTPaul
Location: San Diego, CA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Waist Size Inconceivably Wrong.

PostedAugust 7, 2013
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Charlie04
Location: Maryland
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Can't recommend as the waist on three pair bought is 4 inches larger than labeled. No reliable way to judge what will fit.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

great, with a couple caveats

PostedAugust 1, 2013
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FoxtrotTango
Location: Oregon
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I've been wearing Roc series shorts for years. The only other ones are Patagonia Stand-Up shorts.
This latest pair still fits the bill of reasonably priced, well-built, well designed shorts. I only have two small quibbles:
Sizing at Columbia is nuts. What's labelled a 30" waist measures 32". Other comments are that they run small. From year to year, all I can conclude is that the sizing is unreliable, so be prepared to send them back if you're not buying them in the store.
In addition to the waist, Rocs are getting longer and longer. They're now tickling my calves. Really, why?
The other, trivial quibble, is what's with the double back belt loop? Just to encourage people like me to miss one and look kind of silly?
I still love these shorts, don't get me wrong, and recommend them highly. I just wish I could have cloned my worn out pair.
I would recommend this product.
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