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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3.4
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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21 out of 33(64%)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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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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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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Review 12 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Falling Quality

PostedJune 24, 2013
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lxbm
Location: Switzerland + Irvine CA
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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3 / 5
3 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
The ROC short used to be my favorite hands down. I recently bought 2 pairs of ROC II's to replace my old and worn out ones and not only do I have to agree with many reviewers that the quality is lower, but it seems that quality control has also flow out the window. The inseam length on the shorts I purchased is closer to 11' than the 10' I ordered, which as a matter of fact is the only length offered for the ROC II.
Also worth noting if you are buying on-line is that the colors on the web are misleading. The fossil which I bought is significantly lighter than what it appears when buying on-line.
Last but not least you cannot get them outside the USA so for all of us who do not live in the USA buying Columbia products is a matter of trust in their quality... and I'm now no longer willing to buy Columbia products expect in a physical shop where I can check the quality.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Too big, otherwise good utility short

PostedJune 19, 2013
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Cooper49
Location: Atlanta, GA
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
While I appreciate the quality and function--good weight canvas with velcro and zipper in all the right places, they run WAY too big. I am 6' and 165 lbs with a solid 33 inch waist, but these 33's were hanging off of me. I had ordered a 32" waist as well, which fits better, but is still on the loose side, even after a wash and dry.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Happy with order.

PostedJune 4, 2013
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Bob47
Location: Hudson, WI
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I like that these shorts are available in different lengths. It is hard to find shorts that don't go below my knees. Comfortable to wear. Good color choices.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Men's ROC™ II Short

PostedMay 28, 2013
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Shane76
Location: Cape Cod
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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3 / 5
3 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice shorts but not the quality of the older shorts , lighter and velco not sewed
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Men's ROC™ II Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Best Shorts by Columbia

PostedMay 22, 2013
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KenYz
Location: Nevada
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fits true to size. The button works much better than the snap on the Ultimate ROC, which also fit tight. The leg pocket is just right too. Good fabric - not as heavy as the ROC I - but it's wearing well. Pockets are good. Zipper is now nylon, but these are as long-wearing as brass, even if they are not as substantial looking.
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Review 17 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Don't stop making these!

PostedMay 14, 2013
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Texman56
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
Great style. I wear these on the trail or down at the pub.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Best shorts ever

PostedApril 20, 2013
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zeugma
Location: Phoenix
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
I was very happy to see ROC II shorts offered online. I have a ROC shorts wearer for many years.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Men's ROC™ II Short
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Ruined a Great Thing

PostedApril 14, 2013
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Prairiecaster
Location: Grand Rapids
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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1 / 5
1 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
I have been wearing these shorts for years. They were the best. When I went to reorder for this season I saw a lot of comments about poor fit and reduced quality. I decided to see for myself.
The fit was terrible. 2" off in the waist. I bought the same ROC II in the pants and they were fine. No reason for this inconsistency.
The fabric is lighter weight and will not wear as well. I put them side by side with my old paid and did a comparison.
To make things worse I had to pay for the return. Others take returns prepaid. I know because I buy from them for my family as well.
Something is going on a Columbia that I do not like. Did I mention that the kids fleece pilled much sooner than they should have? I have switched them to other brands. More expensive but better overall value (cost + quality+ brand image)
We but a lot of gear for my family of five and can shop where we like. I am unhappy with Columbia products.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Men's ROC™ II Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Awesome

PostedApril 7, 2013
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Johnson78
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
First of all they are a lot better looking in person. I'm super tall (6'6) and they fit perfectly (I like them to hit several inches above the knee cap). Second, they are extremely durable. I wear them all the time in all kinds of scenarios. I have the crouton and fossil. The colors arent exactly accurate in these pictures either. I plan on buying more pairs of these.
I would recommend this product.
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