Customer reviews for Columbia Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short

Columbia Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short

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.
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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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30 out of 33(91%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Review 1 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Back to basics

PostedFebruary 27, 2014
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AlCWI
Location: Blanchardville, WI
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Good short needs better description on web

PostedFebruary 8, 2014
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Spaghetti
Location: charlotte, NC
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

best features

PostedOctober 18, 2013
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nickyou
Location: Grenada 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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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The snap closure at the waist. Cargo pockets not overly "blousey" - just right.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Color slate is moss green, not gray as shown on website

PostedAugust 31, 2013
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Nitpicker
Location: La Jolla, CA
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Good Buy

PostedAugust 4, 2013
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SloppyJoe
Location: Ohio
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Nice Shorts

PostedJuly 31, 2013
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Higuma
Location: California and Utah
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Product is great!

PostedJuly 30, 2013
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Nick20
Location: Miami, FL
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
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect Shorts

PostedJuly 10, 2013
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OverNOut
Location: Oregon
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Oh Snap!

PostedJuly 8, 2013
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Bob3000
Location: California
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

One bad thing makes these a pass

PostedJuly 3, 2013
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SFSailor
Location: San Jose, CA
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
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!
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Good looking shorts.

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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PhilWildman
Location: Portland Oregon
Outdoor Experience: Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shorts!

PostedJune 30, 2013
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dos2dos
Location: Houston, TX
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
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

One of my favorite pair of shorts

PostedJune 22, 2013
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ofcdarrel
Location: Andale, KS
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
These shorts are very comfortable and are made well.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great but with one big flaw--the snap!

PostedJune 21, 2013
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danwdoo
Location: Texas
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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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great everyday shorts

PostedJune 11, 2013
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Striperguy
Location: Tow, TX
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
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.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Shorts are very durable

PostedJune 9, 2013
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lexsup
Location: Kentucky
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
Great pair of shorts with large cargo pockets.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

great fit

PostedMay 30, 2013
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frankiee
Location: Whitehall, Pa
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
great shorts. looking for color Abyss in size 40 but cannot find anywhere
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Best cargo shorts ever

PostedMay 10, 2013
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Deano
Location: Portland OR
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
rugged, plenty of pockets, fits as billed, fabric has great feal
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Fit like a skirt

PostedFebruary 18, 2013
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bookert
Location: Chippewa Falls, Wi
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
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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!
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Men's Ultimate ROC™ Cargo Short
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Good fit and great quality, but a snap?

PostedOctober 26, 2012
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Brian63
Location: Northern Florida
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
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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!
I would recommend this product.
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