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Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant - Men's

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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.
    • Item #ODR0797

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [shell] nylon double weave, stretch woven nylon, [lining] polyester
    Fabric Waterproof Rating
    water-resistant
    Fabric Breathability Rating
    highly breathable
    Insulation
    none
    Venting
    none
    Side Zips
    no
    Gaiters
    no
    Waist
    button with belt loops, adjustable tabs, suspender loops
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 right thigh, 1 back
    Claimed Weight
    21.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine climbing, ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Tough, Breathable, Water-Resistant

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

    I bought these for 3 season (fall, winter, spring) mountaineering in the Cascades of WA. They have a nice athletic fit, but still with room for a base layer. The material is very breathable, a little warm, and incredibly water resistant. I wore them on a wicked approach of Eldorado Peak in North Cascades National Park during May. The entire approach was a sufferfest of pouring rain, then hail, and then whiteout conditions up to the Inspiration Glacier. These pants beaded water better than my hardshell OR Foray jacket (which I do not recommend). I don't think any pant could've been a better choice there.

    The integrated snow gaiter clips work decently well, but not as well as on the Ferossi Pant, so you might still wait gaiters when in a lot of wet snow.

    Best use is in high output activities below 40 degrees in the alpine. The material is tough, breathable, and water resistant.

    These are the Amal Clooney of pants!

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

    These are the best pants on the planet. And I'm not joking. I bought these pants for a 6 week alpine rock climbing trip in The Bugaboos (Canada) and Wind River Range (Wyoming, USA) and they are literally perfect. The fit was the perfect mix of loose and slim giving me uninterrupted freedom of movement but without excess material and bulk which was enhanced by the bi-directional stretch material. The were warm enough while climbing in 3C degree temperatures and not too hot when hiking up glaciers in the sun when it was 15 - 20C. The ankle gussets meant that I can pull the pants in while climbing but there is easily room for the pants to fit over plastic boots. The material is stretchy, water resistant, quick drying and tough. I spent 6 weeks dragging my arse up hundreds of metres of finger and hand ripping course granite crack routes and was regularly burying my legs and ankles into the cracks. Despite this punishment the ONLY visible damage was done after spending 20 hours on a 800 route with a chap stick in my thigh pocket, and even then it's only some minor abrasion. At this rate in 30 years time when I've torn a few holes in these pants I'll definitely be straight back to buy another pair. Next time I'll get the black pair though. I'm not such a huge fan of the grey. Buy these pants! You won't regret it!
    Actually one improvement would be larger pockets. I guess you need to balance between slim line and practical, but it would be useful if the pockets were a bit larger (especially if the openings were a bit larger) but I'm really being pedantic here. The pockets fit my wallet, phone and keys so really it's fine.

    Great value, good, but not great

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

    Baseline, these pants and fabric perform very well. Wind and snow protection is great as well as warmth and breathability. However, I also found numerous drawbacks.
    1) pockets are tiny and are fairly useless when compared to the fit of the pant. Items budge out and press hard against legs. The front pockets fits my iphone 5 (aka my GPS) or my tracker 3, but they are a very tight fit and cause lots of sweating.
    2) relatively heavy for performance: get rid of belt loops, streamline velcro/belt system, lighten crampon protection, and remove rear pocket.
    2a) also the velcro tightening system happens to be right where hip straps rests, could be adjusted or redesigned for more comfort.
    3) gaiter system does not work all that well unless you have large boots that completely fill the pant leg (e.g. ski boots).

    Super Stoked

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

    This is my first pair of solid uninsulated softshell pants and I'm so impressed. Just like everyone has said, they are stretchy, windproof, super durable, they fit great, have a wide temperature range, and my favorite part is that they are very water resistant! I can kneel or sit down in super wet snow for several minutes and they won't be wetting out at all. I've worn them downhill and XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountaineering, sledding and everything in temps from frigid into the 40s and they've always performed perfectly!

    Perfect for snowy and chilly adventures

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I'm 5'9" and about 183lbs and I wear a medium. I have 33" waist and I am pushing the boundaries of wearing a medium but they do stretch after a little use. As others have mentioned the front pockets are a little small but it doesn't bother me because all I use them for are small snacks or my car keys. The pockets are warm if your hands fit in them though. I am guessing but I don't think OR designed the pockets to be used as alternates to gloves. The hook on the front of the cuff of the pants works well in light snow but extended use in deep snow will eventually let snow into your boots. I recommend using gaiters if you will be plodding through a lot of snow. I attached a video of a recent trip where I was wearing these pants. I paired them with a pair of OR sequence tights and I never got too hot when climbing or too cold when taking breaks. The temps hovered around 32F with lots of sun.

    Stretchy Leg Armor

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Picked these up for the alpine climbing season. I haven't yet climbed with them, but I have taken them out for a bunch of mountain activities: ice axe / glissade practice up on Rainier in a 50 degree scorcher, dry, rocky scrambling up Putrid Pete's Peak, bushwacking off trail going vertical on a sopping wet Snoqulamie Mountain winter scramble, and alpine start practice in the pre-dawn cold out on the ski slopes. These pants have handled it all, and handled it well while keeping me warm, cool, and dry. While bushwacking, I banged my shin against a sharp branch on a blowdown - pants didn't get damaged, even though my leg was bleeding under the pants (wat). While glissading down several ~100 ft chutes, only a small part of my behind got wet, mostly because I left the back pocket slightly open. I can't wait to wear these on alpine climbs.

    I gotta second the other reviewers on the fit and pocket size. I'm tall and thin and wear a 32x32 pant. Medium fits great in the waist and the inseam length is just about perfect for mountaineering boots. However, the thigh area is fairly tight. I don't think I have particularly large upper legs either. The small pocket size is made worse because of how tight the upper legs are - there's practically no room between my leg and the pant fabric to put anything in the upper pockets. The pocket on the lower thigh is a bit more useful, but there's no way you're fitting a map in there (like a Green Trails map) unless you fold it 8 times.

    Photo:
    Near the top of Davis Peak, we were getting hit with typical spring mountain weather: one moment, it's 45 degrees and sunny, the next, the skies darken, wind kicks up, and the snow starts coming down. The cirque pants kept it real.

    Stretchy Leg Armor

    No Leg room

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large/ XL

    I purchased the Cirque Pants, knowing Outdoor research makes quality gear, as I already own a few products. The Cirque pants were a huge disappointment because of the leg room. I get it, Alpine pants are not supposed to be really baggy. I also get Alpine climbers are typically rail thin people with little muscle mass. I climb, Ice and Alpine regularly, and I have an athletic build. I typically wear a 34-36 waist however both sizes of the Cirque pants are extremely tight between the pelvic to the knee area. In the future, I hope Outdoor research takes other body styles into consideration, I tend to be brand loyal however this is a good way to get me to look elsewhere. I will not be recommending these pants to any of my fellow climbers. And the pockets, the pockets are very small.

    Holy Hot Hell These Are Comfy

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

    Wow! I was so stoked when I put these on. Got these for spring skiing. The stretch fabric is super comfy. I haven't used these yet on a day with bad / wet weather, so I'll have to update the review once I can try them out then. Otherwise, they kept the snow out! I love the fit, and love the style. Looks like I could get away wearing these in the office.

    My only complaint is about the front pockets. Are these pockets for ants? Really only big enough for holding your car keys or maybe a small wallet. The leg and back pocket are both sized for real life, so that's good.

    UPDATE: Wore these pants up Saint Helens over the weekend. Perfect weather. They blocked the wind and breathed enough to keep me from over heating. I put shell pants on for glissading down. When I took those shells off, there was still a bit of downhill, but glissade time was mostly over. I did do some semi-accidental glissading on these pants and after a few times my butt was wet. Not complaining, just wanted to include that info.

    Great Pants, Pockets Sized for Toddlers

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

    Excellent pair of pants. Comfortable, stretchable, great softshell material. Nice attention to details too; the hook to hold the hem to your shoelaces, the crampon guards, the vertical thigh pocket (which I thought I wouldn't like, but it's great while you're sitting), the Velcro waist adjustments... the list goes on. However, my 3-year-old has pants with bigger hand pockets. I'm really glad they have a zipper, because anything you put in them would immediately fall out; your phone, lighter, keys, winning lottery ticket, compass, knife, cash and coins, etc. Seriously, what are these? Pockets for ants?

    Great Pants, Pockets Sized for Toddlers

    Great Pants but they did not fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small/ Medium

    No doubt about OR products standing up to the task at hand. I was bummed that the Small was to Small and the Medium was to big. I wear 32x32. Even with layers on I was surprised.

    Great pants

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

    I love these pants!! In fact I bought two pair. The gaiter hook on the inner cuff is a nice touch. Very well made, lots of stretch. The pants fit a little snug at first, I have a larger butt and, quads so pants almost are always snug for me. For the price this is a killer pair of soft shell pants. Thanks BC!!

    Great pants

    Great

      These are my winter mountaineering and hiking pants for the Northeast and I find them to be perfect for that purpose. They fit great and I'm a hard-to-size tall and skinny guy. 6'2, 165 and the medium fits great. There's also petty of room for adjustments if needed. Personally I am fine with them down to about 0F with a baselayer. The only time I had to add a hardshell is in -30 windchill on Katahdin. This is a good product.

      I am wondering if anyone out there can give me advice on the fit and durability of these compared to the OR Prusic. I mountaineer in central europe often and Im looking for a new good all around softshell pant. Extremely scrawny at 6' 145 pounds. Usually take a 29 waist 32 inseam pant. I especially want something that will be trim in the waist and ankle. Hate when Im climbing and my thin legs are all juggled around inside gigantic ankles of pants. Thanks

      Durable

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

      The double stitching makes these more durable than the single stitched equivalents from other brands.

      The seam between the zipper and cargo pant is glued and came undone on second outting, so that doesn't work anymore. This is a significant design flaw, but the pants are so comfortable, durable, waterproof in other respects that i still recommend them. i wore out pants from other manufacturers very quickly.

      Great pants!

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

      Bought a pair in March 2015 and have not been disappointed with them yet. Purchased for the Haute Route ski tour in the Alps, and have kept using them since. Climbing on German sandstone, hiking in the wind and rain of Northern Scotland, climbing the Matterhorn... they've been fantastic everywhere.

      Solid material, no noticeable rips or abrasions yet. Blocks wind fairly well, resists light rain but also dries quickly once it gets wet.

      Pocket/vent on right leg is great - wish there was a similar option for the left.

      Hooks on pant leg front attach securely to boot laces and help a little to keep snow out of your boots if you don't have gaiters.

      Adjustable velcro waist band/straps eliminate my need for a belt, which is a plus for me.

      With the zipper expansion on the lower calf, the pants were big enough to fit over my ski touring boots. They were also tough enough to not get too beat up by my crampons and ski edges.

      Great pants!

      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.

      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.