Columbia Ultimate ROC Pants for Men
I am a newspaper reporter and part-time teacher. I bought two pairs of Ultimate ROC pants to wear while teaching a college class. Last night our class was interrupted by a tornado warning after which I returned to work and was assigned to go back out and photograph storm damage. After hours of splashing through puddles and pouring rain, I returned to the office and found my pants had repelled most of the water and my feet were dry (thanks to waterproof hiking boots). The Omni-Shield Advanced repellency really works even after a couple of washes. These pants look nice enough for business casual and can hold up in extreme conditions.
April 26, 2011
Needs better durability
I really like that the pants look business casual yet still have thick belt loops and all of the pockets that these pants have. I wear a hand gun, cuffs, a badge, credentials, an extra magazine, and a phone every day as part of the job so it is very handy to have all of the pockets. I also like how comfortable the pants are. Unfortunately, however, the material is not as durable as I would like it to be. I have have had a small tear just above one of the back pockets from carrying too much weight (my wallet). I would like to see columbia sacrifice some level of comfort for better durability while maintaining a look which can be passed off as business casual.
April 29, 2011
Love these pants
I was a bit hesitant to order pants online but so glad I did get a couple pairs of these. I own the original ROC pants and rarely wear them since they just don't feel as good as some of the other pants I own. Up until now my REI slickrock pant were my favorite. These Ultimate ROCs feel tough. THey have very comfortable stitching on the pockets which makes you want to have your hands in your pockets all day. The snap is a welcome feature for anyone who looses sewn-on buttons like I do. Belt loops are super durable. Attractive embroidery on the rear. Feel tough and look good and are my new favorite. Cons are the cell phone pocket is not large enough for smart phones.
December 30, 2010
Feels like PJs
I bought one pair at the Columbia store and liked them so much that I ordered another. The pair that came in the mail had a terrible chemical smell to them that, luckily, went away with one washing. Some others have complained about the snap, but I have no complaints since I wear a belt and it's never unsnapped on its own. These are very comfortable pants, although they run a little bit large compared to Levi's jeans, and the pockets are plentiful and smart but not bulky. I've finally learned to keep my wallet in the zippered right leg pocket and my back side feel great now. Sometimes I need to look down and make sure I'm not wearing pajama bottoms, though, because they really are that comfortable!
November 21, 2010