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Master the Ice.

With a specific tapered fit, scuff guards, and the ultimate in weather protection, the Outdoor Research Alibi Softshell Pant will be your go-to ice-climbing pant.

  • Ventia Hybrid softshell construction provides protection from wind, snow, and rain
  • The Ventia Hybrid softshell is also highly breathable and stretches for athletic movement
  • scuff guards at the cuff prevent crampons from catching, puncturing, or tearing fabric
  • Brushed fleece inner retains warmth, wicks moisture, and is soft on the skin
  • Compatible with accessory suspenders
  • Articulated knees for ergonomics

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5 5

the best

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

5'8" 135# and use a medium. The fit is perfect. I've tried all the others and found them all to be either too baggy or to restricting for high stepping. I've found it to be very water resistant and the times I've gotten them wet from sweating, they dry very quickly. Quite simply outstanding.

5 5

OR Alibi pants

These pants exceeded my expectations. These lined softshells are really warm, if you're moving you'd be fine without long underwear. With longjohns, they'll definitely keep you warm at belay stations. Velcro adjustments at the waist are nice and if you've ever had problems having a pack make your pants ride down you can solve that with either suspenders or a belt through the 2" beltloops. A lot of thought was put into the bottom of the pants legs and it shows. A zippered panel opens the bottom of the legs an extra couple inches, allowing a snug fit on a range of mountaineering boots. Once you have the pants on, zip the zipper down to snug up the fit over your boots. Between this, the lace hook at the front (nicely garaged), elastic at the heel, and eyelets on either side (put some 3mm cord in them to go under the boot to cinch it down), I was able to forego gaiters even when postholing in deep snow for hours and had zero moisture penetrate under the pants or into the boots.
Cheers, Bill Dudley
Rock, Ice, Mountain guide for Earth Treks
Outdoor Research Grassroots Athlete

OR Alibi pants
4 5

Tight but Durable

These pants a nice. Great quality for the price.
These pants have a nice fleece lining making them quite warm. I climbed in these with just a merino base layer underneath in temps around 0-10F.
They do stretch a tad, but I wish they stretched more. They are a bit tight in the crotch area even though they have a gusset.
I personally think these pants fit tight. I were a 30-31/32 pants and purchased a small. I could not wear an insulating layer under them, they would be too tight. I like that they are quite skinny in the legs, its hard to find ice pants that dont fit like parachutes.
The material is very waterproof, and the scuff guards are nice and durable. Although my first day in these, I was doing a cross and kicked high and kicked a slight hole mid shin length just above the darn scuff guard.
Overall, I would recommend these pants for Ice and BC Skiing.

Responded on

I would absolutely agree with the tight fit. Being 5'5'' and 160LBS didn't work. Not that I am fat because my waist is a 29", and my thighs are 22.5", it just didn't work. Hopefully I can return and or replace these nice looking pants.

5 5

Awesome pants!

These pants will keep you warm and dry ice climbing and hiking up long snow routes. Pockets vent pretty good. Being on top of a summit at 0 degrees with wind I was glad I had these on.

5 5

Great winter pants

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these pants. I use them for general mountaineering with a base layer or alone for winter hiking. I love the boot hook and scuff guards. It doesn't totally eliminate the need the gaiters because the pants don't wrap my boot as tight as gaiters, but you can away without gaiters most of the time. The fabric is super water resistant and breathes quite well. Wish they had a little more stretch... even if it was just in the knees. Overall, very durable, versatile winter pants!

PS: In regard to the "outer leg vents" listed in the description, the vents are actually the hand pockets. They are mesh lined to provide venting but it's inconvenient... I like using those pockets.

Unanswered Question

Anybody have opinions about these compared...

Anybody have opinions about these compared to the Alpine Guide pants? My Alpine Guides are pretty much dead now and am kinda shopping around.

I would like to use this pants for...

I would like to use this pants for skiing?

Responded on

That is an appropriate use as long as it is not super wet out. These would be a great touring pant for backcountry skiing.

5 5

Sweet climbing pants

I got the Alibi pant 3 months ago. I have used them exclusively for ice climbing over the past 6 weeks. Great fit, and the softshell fabric is awesome, waterproof, and warm. They allow effortless movement compared to Goretex shells I have used in the past. I spent two days in some talus below the ice wall while climbing. They seem to wear well. No tears or rips. The scuff guard is also tough. A riveted boot lace hook at the bottom front of each leg allows you to hook the pants to the laces on your boot eliminating the need for Gaiters.

As indicated in a previous review, they do not have zippers for vents, but OR does not say these have vents, so I am not sure it is a fair critique. They seem to breath pretty well. I love them.

3 5

No Vents

I couldn't find any "outer leg vents"

Responded on

The fabric breathes pretty well, but for actual ventilation, you must unzip the hand pockets.