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Light and tough.

Spring skiing requires lightweight gear that won't leave your legs feeling like they're suffocating in a sauna. Enter the highly breathable and lightweight Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant. Light enough to prevent overheating—yet durable—thanks to the tough woven construction to resist abrasion from rocks, crampons, and ski edges, the Cirque will makes a great addition to your late season gear.

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5 5

Great purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 145 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

I've been using these pants in both Iceland and the Whites of NH and they've been bomb. Both places are exceptionally windy, and these things have cut wind pretty well. They felt a little small, especially around the upper parts, but the stretch so well I haven't even noticed.
They shed water pretty well at first, and after a fresh coat of DWR are working like new. They're pretty warm, perfect for 20-40 degree F weather with lots of wind.
I wear a 31x30 pant and the small was literally a perfect fit. I'd definitely buy these again!

5 5

Got another pair

  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 195 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Just got this in Black. I already had in Pewter and I have to say that these pants are my all time favorite. The fit couldn't be more perfect. I will be ordering a couple more pair of these within a couple weeks for my next trip. I wear a 34w 32l in Gap Jeans and bought this in a large.

For those who read my last review about these pants, yes I have gained weight and the pants still fit perfectly.

5 5

Worth the money

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 1845 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

I bought these to go ice climbing and winter hiking in. I am 6 feet tall 185lbs and usually wear a 32x34 pant size and these fit wonderfully. I was impressed with how well they kept me warm on Mt. Washington at 25-30 degrees with steady 40-70mph winds. Really looking forward to next winter to try them at truly cold temperatures.

5 5

Good for climbing, general winter use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 165 lbs

I use these for rock climbing and general winter use. Never done any skiing, but have stayed dry through lots of sledding and rolling in snow. They are warm, nice and stretchy, good for genera. winter activities outdoors. Maybe a tad large and stiff (a tad) for climbing, but still work very well.

5 5

great pants!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Wore them first time today in 20 degree weather. Hiked about 8.5 miles in Harriman State Park. They are extremely comfortable. I was a bit concerned about perhaps overheating in them as we tend to move fast, but they breathe very well, I never felt overheated or cold in them. They might even work great in 10 degree weather without long underwear. I hate hiking with long underwear and was looking for a pant that would give me comfort with having to use long underwear. One of the best purchases I have made , very very happy with them, very well made, they stretch and feel great next to skin. They do have that swooshy sound of a softshell, but a much better sound and feel than my Marmot precip pants, and I love Marmot products.
For my sport,hiking, they work better than expected. My new favorite pants!

5 5

Awesome Pant

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I am not sure what happened to my review from a couple days ago, so here is another brief review. I am 5'10" 180lbs, 34w, 32l, and ordered a large. The fit is perfect, and the length is better than perfect.

Pant material is a little stretchy which I really like and hope to enjoy.

what's the inside like on these, is it just stretch woven or is there like a fleece liner? I'm looking for a softshell pant for cold weather snowshoeing/alpine (think -20 to 20 F but on the move high exertion dayhikes) in the NH White Mountains, currently using the REI Mistral but wanted something a touch warmer. Would also love to see something with hip vents for those 3-4k foot ascents.

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Inside is stretch woven. Looks kinda like a denim. As of temperatures, I used them regularly throughout the winter, and they worked great with some warmers underneath. I did all my skiing (this year) in them, both touring and downhill in the resorts. As of temps, I am functioning in Celsius scale, but -20F makes -28C.. Forget about *not* using some sort of warmers with these. You'll prolly need some warmers starting from -10*C (14F).

These pants do have one pocket on a right hip. All pockets are made of... well, some sort of mesh from the inside, therefore can be used as vents (when emptied). Hope this helps.

4 5

Nice all round pant

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

These are super functional pants for AT, climbing, or anything requiring DWR/breathability. Belt/waist area is a little chunky, but doesn't really bother me when I'm in a harness for hours at a time. The cinch at the ankles and the ankle zipper could be a little more robust as they tend to want to loosen/open when they are really cranked down for post-holing. For ice climbing, I wish the lower legs/ankle area could be a little more straight legged. Overall these are very good pants at a really good value...love OR products.

5 5

Many functions

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

These are my favorite soft shell pants. I have a few different pairs at different thicknesses, but I keep coming back to these for the solid features. I use this for all my cold weather activities.

5 5

Great fit and function.

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

Use the Cirque pant for telemark skiing in the spring conditions when no base layer needed. They stretch nice, are very comfortable and can be worn in the 30's with no base layer. The bottom has a zipper cuff to fit over boots and I use OR suspenders but don't really need them. I own Black and Pewter.
Also use the pant for hiking in colder weather, especially good if using snowshoes with my winter boot. Purchased them snug for my particular needs. Wear a medium in all my technical clothing, same for this. 150lbs, 5'6", 34 waist.

5 5

Ice Climbing Pants

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

Used for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and a good bit of ice climbing. Snug fit on me but still work well due to the stretch. Plenty warm and I can even fit long underwear underneath. Overall, very good pants. Only problem is that one of the bottom cuff cinches wasn't attached on the inside so I had to feed it back through and sew it, but that doesn't justify subtracting a star in my opinion.

4 5

Versatile !

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll start with stating clear that I do not like Nylon, Polyester, etc. All my life I was using regular cotton pants for hiking. I bought those thinking about hiking in Alaskan SE, in those cool showers. Then I realized they would work great for nice weather alpine skiing. They would definitely work for ski touring. Then -- perfect pants for paragliding. Then I tried them in all those activities, and they worked really well. I even put them on for horseback riding, where they performed unexpectedly well. I just put those little gaiter hooks on shoe laces, and they prevented pants moving up my legs while riding, so no need to use chaps. Versatile ! That's what they are.

Pros:
+ Built-in gaiters ! Pretty cool.
+ Dirt tends to not stick to them,
+ Leg sleeves have zippers which allow you to fit them over your ski boots.
+ Mesh pockets which may function as (effective) vents.
+ Tough materials

Cons:
- Weird fit. For me being 189cm/83kg, 'L' I bought is tiny bit too short, and too loose in waist, even with tabs fastened. Bonus question: How am I supposed to answer the question 'How Does This Product Fit ?' then ? It runs both too small and too large at the same time :)

5 5

Excellent for my adventures

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

I've worn these by themselves in single digit temperatures while backpacking, and they were great. They kept the bite of the wind at bay, and even kept me warm while walking around camp. I've also worn these and the OR Radiant hybrid bottoms while ice climbing in subzero temps and wasn't cold or wet once. They're also tough as nails. I caught my crampons once or twice on these babies and they didn't tear at all.

5 5

Great go between!

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

So I would not consider myself much of an alpine adventurer either climbing or skiing. I do find myself in the mountains doing both of these activities but just not all the time and I am a beginner in both. These pants work perfect for both and I didn't break the bank getting a skiing only specific pant vs. a climbing pair. I like the expandable feature on the bottom on the pants so you can switch from a ski boot to a smaller mountaineering boot. These pants fit me perfect and are a little slim fitting as advertised but they are so stretchy I don't mind.

5 5

A great pant

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this OR pants as an alternate for the Marmot Scree. I've used them for biking in cold and wet weather. The Cirque has better water repellant. I plan to use it for climbing mt. Baker this coming July.

5 5

Best pants

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

I tried on four or so pairs of "mountaineering" pants -- I know I tried on Raab and Mammut. The Cirque was the cheapest. Of all the pairs I tried on, this was by far my favorite. Fall and spring hiking, summer up high, and winter ski touring -- these pants are perfect. I have been wearing these pants for two years, 100+ days a year, and they still show very little wear for how hard I've treated them. I am 5'11, 155 lbs., the size medium fits like a glove. Little bummer: These have a venting pocket on just one thigh; I wish these had venting pockets on both thighs. Overall, I love these pants -- I love the feel, the fit, and the durability, especially at this price point. My girlfriend even bought a pair! Once I wear these out, I'm going to buy another pair.

4 5

Not light but tough and stretchy

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

These are great if you can get them on sale. The stretch gives you great movement no matter your position. The material is durable. I got a little too close to the fire and instead of a hole I got a melted plastic like hardening so they are totally still usable. Great pants if you don't mind the weight.

2 5

Salty

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I was excited to try these out in soggy dolly sods this weekend. The waist was roomy at the top, but the hips seemed a little tight. I had to tighten the belt down all the way so I assumed the material would loosen up. Before we had gone 100yards the zipper busted. It is a shame as the materials seemed decent, but the build and cut weren't for me. Not having a zipper did help with ventilation..
Maybe for the skinny people these are great pants, but at 6'3 195 with a 34 waist a large was a bust for me.
Edit, other people have the zipper problem..

Awesome pants!

Awesome pants!

Year-round ski touring, fall and spring hiking, cold-weather trail running -- these pants keep you dry.