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Balebreaker Pant - Men's

4.428571428571429 out of 5 stars
21 Reviews

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Why We Like The Balebreaker Pant

The Balebreaker Pant mirrors our every move while we work out our latest boulder project. We keep cool and focused in the breathable, sun-blocking material while piecing together all our beta for the send. When dusk starts to settle, we brush the chalk off our pant legs to look fresh for grabbing some grub with friends in town.


  • Durable pant for working boulder problems and sending sport routes
  • Stretchy and quick-drying for full mobility and moisture control
  • Weather-resistant for windy crags and misty treks back to the car
  • Integrated belt allows for a secure, customized fit
  • Trim fit eliminates bulk for comfortable harness wear
  • Classic style looks at home on the wall and out on the town
  • Outdoor Research, one of the most trusted brands in outdoor gear
  • Item #ODRZ8E3
Responsible Collection
Bluesign Approved
97% nylon, 3% spandex
30in, 32in
2 hand pockets, 2 drop-in back pockets
adjustable integrated belt
shank button closure
Gusseted Crotch
UPF Rating
Claimed Weight
[medium] 1lb
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 21 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 4 reviews
5 Stars - 15 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

May 13, 2022

Cool Pants!

This looked like awesome pants, but they were two inches longer than I expected. I'm usually a 32, but these were definitely too big. I'm sad I couldn't get my size when I went back to order the right one because it was out of stock.


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1 out of 5 stars

April 25, 2022

Baggy as 80s parachute pants

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 8"

Nothing slim about these pants. Waist is smaller than marked and seat/legs/hem are as sloppy as a trash bag. Award winning? Perhaps the fabric is great but the fit is terrible. Excess material in outdoor clothing hinders performance. I own several Outdoor Research products but they missed the mark on these pants.

Jason S
5 out of 5 stars

April 7, 2022

Another Winner

Fantastic fit. Bought a second pair! Need a khaki color!


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5 out of 5 stars

January 31, 2022

I'll wear these for life!

These are my everyday pants Just enough stretch and durability for everything. I work in wetlands, woodwork, and house renovation projects and these pants are amazing for all of those applications!


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5 out of 5 stars

January 28, 2022

Super comfortable

These are super comfortable. Wear them hiking in cooler weather, to the office, around town, around the house. Very practical and versatile. They seem very durable, especially compared to other OR pants I have


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5 out of 5 stars

January 10, 2022

Excellent Pant. Need More Colors!!

Bought two pairs in different colors. I'm always looking for pants that can function well outdoors and in a business casual setting. A lot of pants out there seem to have a side/hip slash pocket which ruins being able to use them in business casual/night out type setting. These are perfect! They look good. They feel good. Nice thickness to the fabric. The sizing was the same between the two pairs, which is always a plus. I returned the one "Curry" color because I was hoping for more of a khaki/tan color and this was a little too...orangish mustard color for me. I guess when they said "Curry" they weren't kidding. One of those "hard to tell the exact color from the online pictures" type thing. NOT a knock on OR or the pants at all. They need to consider making these in a tan or browner color. They'd sell out quick. I know I'd be in for a couple of them.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 14, 2021

Super comfortable, great range of motion.

These are the best stretchy climb pants I have purchased. The built-in belt is the best I have seen in pants this style. The cut is classy and passes for a night on the town. The performance is welcome on every outdoor adventure I have worn them on. Fit is true to size.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 9, 2021

10/10 would buy again

Best pants I've owned

Dakine guy

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5 out of 5 stars

November 23, 2021

Sturdy upgrade

In love with the Ferrossi pant but wanted something a little thicker for colder weather and harder work. This fit the job perfectly. Sturdy but flexible. Love it


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5 out of 5 stars

November 12, 2021

Balebreaker pants!

So far it's a great product. It's slim enough that I don't feel like my pants will catch on any rocks, but also roomy enough that I have enough flexibility in my legs. Durability seems quite good. I would recommend this for anything except winter climbing as the material feels thin and I can feel the wind as I bike. Would highly recommend for climbing as well as any active activity that's not in winter.


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