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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

    Tech Specs

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    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: 140lbs

    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.

    Awesome winter climbing pants

    Great Pants!

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

    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.

    Bad Ass!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Extremely flexible. Very comfortable. They wick moisture and keep you dry. Great addition to your mountain gear for any cold weather occasion. And most importantly....you just look bad ass in them! If you're single and can't get a girl...put these on and it's a damn good chance you'll catch a date on the trail. If you've got a flat ass...slide these on and even a latin lady will be jealous!

    Bad Ass!

    Awesome winter pants

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Been using these for snowshoeing all winter in the Washington Cascades. Through powder, concrete, and everything in between, have not needed to revert to using gaiters, which makes for much better breathing down low. The front boot hook keeps the pants down over the boots and the cuffs have great coverage. I tend to work up a sweat on steep climbs and these pants are great at keeping warm but allowing good breathing. Very durable - recently took a spill from collapsing snow where one leg sunk under and left snowshoe bit into right leg. I got several raking scratches and a bruise, but the pants did not tear and prevented what would have been an awful gash (mountaineering shoes - big teeth). They also put up with all the abrasion from the snowshoes on the cuffs very well. All pockets zip shut to keep everything inside. Yeah, that sounds simple, but try a glissade without that and you'll be doing a GPS backtrack looking for your wallet. The lower pocket extends back to keep stuff OFF your knee and front of leg, making it much more useful and less irritating during long treks. The Velcro adjustment is nice to take up slack, lessening somewhat the need to yank a belt super tight when packing a bit heavy. Wife has a pair of these too and loves them. Highly recommend these pants.

    Great If You Want Your Pecker To Freeze

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    They're stretchy, comfy, provide decent wind protection, and are plenty durable. They've even survived the crampon misstep test. Honestly, if that was it I'd have given them 4+ stars easily.

    The problem? The two pairs I have seem to have the zipper separate itself when doing any kind of high stepping that puts pressure on it. Starts happening after a few months. The result is that your nether regions go on full display without warning. It's not like it's some kind of effective ice climber mating display either since there's not much to show when it gets that cold down there. After one particularly bad incident on a cold day, I had to put a foot warmer down there since it kept coming unzipped.

    Maybe they've improved the zipper since last year's model. But I'm personally not going to risk it again.

    Alfredo! PLEASE send these back to OR so they can replace them with a pair that doesn't do that! We saw this issue a while back and have since addressed it. OR's warranty is the best and they will take care of you - I promise.

    Thank you so much for writing, and I hope you reach out to OR and get a warranty return happening. Go to: www.outdoorresearch.com and look for "warranty."

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Amazing for snowshoeing/skiing.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I originally bought these over the summer for ice climbing this season, however, have not gotten to take them out for that and probably will not this season. However, I have gotten to use these for skiing and snowshoeing. I wore these during the powder-filled December at Jackson Hole and they were perfect! They stayed dry and kept me warm enough with only a light merino wool base layer underneath. Fabric is comfortable, and extremely stretchy/flexible and durable.

    Only thing keeping these from being 5 stars is that while the sizing such as waist and length were perfect, the pants themselves fit tight in the legs. I should have gone with the mediums.

    Another Thumbs Up

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    There are plenty of reviews here telling you how great these pants are and I totally agree. I've had them for a few seasons now and they are still as good as new. Stretchy, breathable, tough, quick dry time, and surprisingly water/snow proof. I've sat down in wet snow for 20 minutes at a time in these pants and didn't even get a wet bottom! Very intuitive and well executed design.

    Perfect for skiing, hiking/trekking

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Really pleased with these pants. Used them in many applications, but primarily hiking/trekking and skiing. They were my go to pants for the high altitude portions of my Kilimanjaro trek last summer (another guy on the trip had the same exact pants too and also thought highly of them). They are a little tight through the thigh and seat (thus 4 stars, not 5). Still enough room at the ankle when pant leg is unzipped to fit over ski boots.

    Perfect for skiing,  hiking/trekking

    Solid outer-layer for cold conditions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I'm 6'0" 175lbs and the large fits perfect. Waistband has velcro adjustments as well as loops to hook your jacket into. Solid outer-layer for cold conditions. I'd recommend a layer of something warmer underneath though. Looks like they are fairly puncture resistant to crampons and such. All in all, you can never go wrong with Outdoor Research clothing.

    Look at the bottom of my review for my contact info. Feel free to email or call if you have any questions about my review or this product.

    Hey Devin, depending on temps, this pant is great by itself, or, like you in cold cold temps, you might want something more. We don't line it with anything to allow for maximum breathability. Plus it gives the user the option of how to layer.

    Enjoy!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    any winter adventure

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

    Got these pants while guiding winter expeditions backpacking and climbing,. Great softshell that will wick water for snow or light rain. snug fit allowing base-layers under. and zipper pockets. Stretch for hiking or climbing. Fits true to size and hold up will. Only complaint is that i feel suspenders would be a great addition for these.

    any winter adventure

    Sweet Alpine Pants

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 32"
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    These have been my go-to alpine and ice climbing pants this past season and they've been fantastic. The cordura patch on the inside of the ankle is super handy to keep from crampon snags and the whole pant seems to breath very well and dry quickly. Throw a heavyweight baselayer underneath and you'll be comfortable down to 0*F.
    Now to the fit: I have a 30" waist but sized up to 32 for extra room for a base layer. These have a very slim fit, almost too slim. They fit perfectly but they are quite tight through the thighs. Try these on before you buy.

    Tough, Breathable, Water-Resistant

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    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.

    have you overheat when using them? i bought this pants thinking on an all around hiking pant for cold weather and warm conditions 23 ºC at most, but i'm thinking on returning them.

    Great value, good, but not great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    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
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    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
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 174lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    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.

    Unanswered Question

    How do these pants hold up for skiing? I'm looking at these to be my ski + mountaineering pants. Seems like a good option, but am wondering if I'm better off getting something hardshell.

    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.