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Outdoor Research Cirque II Softshell Pant - Men's

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Cirque Softshell Pant

The Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pants are your go-to pants for all things alpine. Their tough, stretchy, and water-resistant fabric was made for your most rugged missions, whether they're in the shoulder season or the dead of winter. Abrasion-resistant performance and a movement-mirroring stretch  keeps them prepared for rugged alpine climbs, while articulated knees and a gusseted crotch increase your natural comfort and range of motion. You'll also be ready for backcountry ski tours thanks to the dedicated avalanche beacon pocket and durable scuff guards that resist damage from ski edges, boot rub, and poles. Comfortably breathable, stretchy, and tough enough for any adventure, these pants will soon be a part of your all-season kit.

  • Versatile softshell pants with all-season alpine performance
  • Tough fabric resists abrasion and stretches easily on tough climbs
  • Water-resistant performance protects from light rain and most snow
  • Articulated design reduces fabric resistance for easy movement
  • Avalanche-beacon pocket with clip keeps your beacon securely stashed
  • Scuff guards withstand wear and tear of rocks, ice, and ski edges
  • Adjustable waist tabs help you keep your fit comfortable and secure
  • Gusseted ankle zippers fit over different types of boots
  • Item #ODR00Y0

Material
90D 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex
Fit
standard
Inseam
33in
Pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered thigh
Gusseted Crotch
yes
Claimed Weight
1lb 5.8oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing & snowboarding, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 2

Not as good as it used to be

Size Bought
L
Height
6` 5"
Weight
195 lbs

I am tall, and the original version of this pant, in a size large, fit great. Not too baggy and adequate inseam. New version, same size, is much baggier and perhaps longer. Materials/quality seem to be inferior to its predecessor as well. A bit of a bummer as the original version was such an awesome pant.

>Rating: 4

Medium is 44" long

Size Bought
medium
Height
5` 9"
Weight
155 lbs

As others have said, the only drawback is how long they are. I wear size 32x30 pants and these are a solid 5" longer. I'm 5'9" for reference. So if you're around 6'2" with a 32 waist, these should be perfect for you. Any shorter and they will bunch up below the knee. I really wish we had an inseam option, I'd be willing to pay extra for it Aside from that, these pants are perfect for winter hiking. I went snowshoeing up a mountain in Maine, the temperature when I began was below zero. All I had on was lightweight synthetic long johns and I was fine while moving. Not even remotely cold.

>Rating: 4

Good fit, a bit long inseam

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

Really liked the fit of the pants. I just wish there's also the option to have a shorter inseam. Wore this pants on a weekend ice climbing and I really liked how it fits. With the 33in inseam, the pants basically looked pretty bunched up on my lower legs even when wearing boots. Also liked the waist tabs that really lets you dial-in the fit.

Really
>Rating: 5

Quite simply the best soft shell!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium 32
Weight
180 lbs

Where do I start... bought these pants a year ago to use as my backcountry shell, and a year of use in almost every condition I can think of, and they have never disappointed. I could wear these pants all day long, they're great to layer with a light wool base layer and you'll be tearing up the mountain all day. I've been skiing on very wet/war days and aside from my knees, the pants stayed bone dry. Pros: -Super Comfy -Inexpensive -Tear resistant -Waist elastic adjustment -Repels water quite well -Breathes amazingly well Cons: -Ummmm can't think of any -Would be nice if it had breathing vents along the thighs, but that would mean the pants would cost more

Where
>Rating: 5

Bomber Pants

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
medium
Height
6` 1"
Weight
185 lbs

After hearing mixed reviews about the first model of Cirque's I was excited to try out the Cirque II's. I think these are my favorite mountaineering, ice climbing, and ski touring pant that I have owned thus far. The pant is a little high waisted which works well when wearing a harness. The reinforced inner ankles helps deter crampon cuts and being roughed up by ski boot buckles. The pants a very flexible and shed moisture better than I expected. I only wear a thin pair of long underwear underneath these pants when I am out ice climbing and they block out enough wind and cold to keep me nice and warm. These pants are slim fit for sure, but don't bother me with how much they stretch. If you don't like a fitted pant, I would recommend the OR Trailbreaker.

Thanks for the great review Zach! Really appreciate the insight on the performance of these pants.

>Rating: 3

Too long!

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
195 lbs

These are pretty nice pants. Bought them for winter mountain hiking in the Adirondacks. Unfortunately I will be returning as they are just too long. I bought a size large and am 5'10" 195lbs. Fit great in the waiste though.

>Rating: 4

Great quality, if it fits you

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
175 lbs

Pros: Great material Wind resistant Water resistant Great features around the cuff - awesome! Adjustable waist band Good looking

>Rating: 5

Ice climbing

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

Very pleased with the fit and they were warm enough in the wind and cold world of ice climbing. The pant fits really well and never bunches up under your harness. Overall well worth the money.

Very
>Rating: 5

Great Ski Touring Pants

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

These pants are very comfortable and functional while out for a long tour. They are very light and breathable.

>Rating: 4

Go-to Softshells

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

These have quickly become my go-to softshell pants for a variety of winter activities. I primarily use them for cross country skiing, but they also work great for general winter activities and hiking. I wear these with a pair of light-weight tights and they work great for xc skiing, and I was surprised by how breathable they actually are. The two large zippers on the legs are great for venting, and the options suspenders are great to help keep them in place. These do fit a bit on the tighter side of things, and have slimmer legs which is fine for a lean build. Over-all these are an amazing pair of softshell pants, perfect for a variety of winter activities, and have a number of features that make them easy to use.

>Rating: 5

Favorite Softshells

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 9"
Weight
135 lbs

These pants are fantastic. I have a true 29x31 waist/inseam so it is often difficult to find well-fit pants. The Smalls I purchased fit great, and the adjustable waistband is definitely a plus. I wore these about 50 days last year, probably 35 touring and 15 in the alpine hiking/climbing. They have quickly become my favorite pants for the winter. They move super well with your body no matter if you're touring or getting a high leg ice climbing. I have worn crampons with them a number of times. I've definitely kicked my pants, but there are not any tears yet. They reinforced ankle cuff is really durable. I love that all four pockets zip. It drives me crazy when tech pants don't have zippered pockets. The thigh pocket is especially handy for snacks, phone, map, and even fits a 500ml soft flask well. These pants are light enough to not be too hot on warm spring ascents, and they have also kept me warm doing skimo races in the low single digits (just don't stop moving!!). If I could make two improvements to these pants it would be the boot gussets and the front pockets. The ankle zip is handy for securing the pants over your boots, but it does not zip enough to remove the pants over your boots. One thing I like about pants with a full/longer side zip is the ability to remove them over your boots should you need to add/remove a baselayer without taking your boots off. The front pockets are nice and do zip, but they would be perfect if they had another inch or two of length.

These
>Rating: 5

Great pants, but not actually black

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
190 lbs

There are many reasons why the Cirques are the go-to for many a mountaineer. They are a burly set of soft shells that easily repel most alpine water and wind, and yet are breathable enough for those hot summer days on the crag. The versatility is exceptional. With the Cirques, my hard shell pants stay at home unless the weather looks quite sketchy. Like others have said, the thighs are quite tight. I do not have large quads at all and yet they're pretty tight. Not a deal breaker, but with my phone in my front pocket it's almost borderline too tight. Luckily they do have a decent stretch to them. A bit less than some other soft shell pants I have, but still good enough for most pursuits. The bottoms are definitely a boot cut designed to be large enough to fit around ski boots. This could look at bit odd for anything smaller than a mountaineering boot. I was surprised at how much I like the lace loop at the bottoms. They make gaiters seem almost unnecessary unless snowshoeing or glissading. My biggest gripe is the fact that the "Black" color is not even close to black. It's a dark gray, and that's being a bit generous. In the attached photo I have a pair of Marmot soft shells that are actually black compared to the OR Cirques. Pretty big difference and that's even considering that the Marmots are old and have been washed many many times. Other than that, the Cirques are excellent if they fit your body type. Definitely recommended, just be aware that the black is not actually black.

There
>Rating: 1

Terrible leg zipper design

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 1"
Weight
180 lbs

The right pant leg appears to have a zipper that was stitched to the top and bottom of the pocket opening, but only adhered/glued to the sides of the opening. After one use this adhesive was defeated and the zipper flops around as shown in other reviews. Very disappointing. Working to get a credit or warranty.

>Rating: 1

Zip started to peel off!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
163 lbs

I am big fan of OR, but am super disappointed with my recent purchase of Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant. Upon my second use, the pocket zip started to peel off and I realized it is not even stitched, just glued. Not the pant is unusable. Given it is a month since I purchased, backcountry wont take return and I am working with warranty for an return!

I
>Rating: 3

pocket's too small !

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
men's large
Height
6` 3"
Weight
190 lbs

I bought the pants for a rainy and cold hiking trip to Scotland. It was rainy, cold and windy as expected. The pants held up great. Even when they were soaked they kept me warm while hiking. They dry reasonably fast and the stretchy fabric makes them comfortable. I was initially worried that they'd be too short, but a men's large worked well for someone used to 34in inseam. Unfortunately the pants are not perfect. the pockets are ridiculously small. I lost my map twice and had to be really careful with my pocket knife and other stuff I usually keep in my pockets.

>Rating: 3

super small

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

I'm 6ft, 175lbs and I'd say athletic. I have tried other OR pants with 32 in waist and they fit just fine, but the Med here fit more mike 30in waist - really small. I have no issue with having something tight through the thighs, which these definitely will be for most people, but I suggest buying a full size up, with the heads up that they don't fit like other OR pants, or try them on at a store to make sure you like them. The three stars is because it's hard to buy these online due to their odd sizing, not their functionality.

>Rating: 3

Tight thighs, boot-cut fit

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
205 lbs

I borrowed a pair of these to try out since I have had good luck with other OR pants. The Ferrosi Crag and Iceline pants are two of my favorite pairs I own. I was hoping these would fit in the middle between the lightweight Crag's and heavier Iceline's. The material is nice and it was fairly breathable on a training hike. However, the fit is weird. To me they seem to be cut with skiier's in mind. Where my Iceline's fit my thighs fine (albeit a bit loose in the waist) and have a trim lower leg, these are the opposite. Tight thighs and loose lower leg, obviously sized for big plastic boots or ski boots. And that's with the zippers closed. Not what I want in a climbing pant. For the feature-set they have, they're not super heavy, but they could stand to be slimmed down a little. I used them once and said no thanks, the fit just isn't for me. If these had the cut of the Iceline, they would be fantastic.

>Rating: 4

Excellent pants but a little noisy

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
183 lbs

I was impressed with the quality, fit and construction of these pants. I would have been very excited about them but I decided to return them because they are somewhat noisy. They have a fairly durable feel to them and I believe the 3 ply softshell construction gives them a bit of sound. I was hoping to use these for both backcountry skiing and hunting and I think they would be a little loud in the woods and the brush. It is possible they would soften up after a few washings and wearing but I decided not to risk it and so I am returning them.

>Rating: 5

Awesome winter climbing pants

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 7"
Weight
140 lbs

I love these pants for winter climbing in snow & ice. Very good breathability during high output activities, regulates your body temp perfectly while still blocking the wind and shedding snow & ice like a champ. Nice stretchy, comfortable, and durable feel to them - I like the design and features.

I
>Rating: 5

Great Pants!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large?
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

Really nice mid weight durable pant. I live in ND and the temps and wind can really eat through pants outdoors. These are very durable, fit nice, and work great with BC XC skis and hiking. Love the hook on the ankle to keep pants from riding up. Only wish is that I would have gotten black instead of grey.....but that was my mistake.

>Rating:

Is this Cirque II or the previous version? From the available colors, they seem to be the new version. Can you please confirm? Thanks.

They are indeed the Cirque II pants. sorry for the confusion, I will get this updated ASAP

>Rating:

Are these the Cirque ll or the original?

They are indeed the Cirque II pants. sorry for the confusion, I will get this updated ASAP