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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

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!

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

4 5

Terrific pant

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great fit, solid construction typical of OR (except the fly on my pair, see below). These pants can be found for significantly less than similar softshell pants.

Pros:
- Price!
- Schoeller-like fabric seems very burly & sufficiently stretchy.
- Even with re-enforced kick patches, they weigh less than other pants.
- Grommets, although I have never used them before. I do see their utility since I hate wearing gaters.
- I like the cut/fit of these pants better than my two Patagonia softshell pants (previous generation Alpine Guide & Backcountry Guide). The thighs are slightly tighter and they are a little less baggy at the bottom but still fit snugly over my ski boots. For reference, I'm 5'9", 32-ish waist, 160 lbs and Medium feels about right.
- Built-in adjustable tabs w/ options for a belt or suspender loops.
- Color! Digging the pewter style & getting tired of black.

Negatives:
- Hand pockets aren't that deep, but I usually don't carry much in these pockets anyway. Stuff in pockets work to make saggy pants.
- Sort of a negative, but happens with all my softshell pants....since the hand pockets "double" as vents, you can noticeably feel the pants get looser in the waist/hip areas...which can also contribute to sagging.
- Same issue with all of my softshell pants, they could be about an inch shorter.
- Unfortunately, my pair have a factory flaw--the zipper teeth are not secured together at the bottom base of the fly and inevitably, my fly unzips itself from the bottom up...I have to get this fixed. That's one place I don't want cold air or snow in! Surprising given ORs usually outstanding quality.

Terrific pant
5 5

New Favorite Soft Shell Pants!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super stretchy, sheds dirt, snow and wind and has an awesome fit. Hand pockets are OK .. they aren't very deep, but will hold some small items. The pants are very well put together and are high quality, and I suspect will last many seasons! I'm 6' 185lbs with a 33 inch waist and the size large is perfect, as they are slim fitting. Perfect for climbing ice, ski touring, alpine and snowshoe mountaineering. I would definitely recommend! The grey/pewters are sweet!

5 5

Ski, Hunt or Hike

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants are very breathable and work well for mountain hunters, skiers and hikers looking for a multi-purpose pant. These pants are ideally suited for active sports 15-60 F. The Glacier/grey color blends into the woods or pairs with many colors. They work well with or without a light silk weight underlayer. These are lighter that the Arcteryx Gamma MX pant, but not too light to be used for 90% of BC sking days.

5 5

Sweet

Really well designed pants. The material is strong and breathable. Pockets all feel good. No faults that I've noticed. I'm 5'9" 28-29" waist and the small fits well.

4 5

Great Touring Pants

I've used these for one overnight tour on Mt. Rainier:

They are a very comfortable pant with a stretch Schoeller type material. I would call them a medium weight which is great for 50 degree weather, but a little warm when the sun really starts to beat down. While they are claimed to be breathable, I was wishing they had some partial side zippers to get a little more ventilation. Construction is typical OR...very high quality. The cuffs unzip, easily go over my Scarpa boots and then zip up to stay firmly in place. I tend to be hard on the inside of cuffs (old skiing style is hard to break) so I appreciate the reinforcement patches there. Sizing is a little odd. I have a 33" waist, with the 32" waist a little tight and the 34" waist a little loose. I went with the 34" waist and just added some suspenders (don't like belts with a pack). Overall, very pleased with the purchase and expect many years of touring duty from them. The picture is of me and a buddy camping on the Mt. Rainier Muir snowfield...loving my OR Cirque pants!

Great Touring Pants
Nothing but the Cirque Pant

Nothing but the Cirque Pant

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Let's just say it was a good thing I was wearing my Cirque Pants when this photo was taken.

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