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Outdoor Research
Cirque II Softshell Pant - Men's

4.005102040816326 out of 5 stars
196 Reviews


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Why We Like The Cirque Softshell Pant

The Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pants are our go-to pants for all things alpine. Their tough, stretchy, and water-resistant fabric was made for our most rugged missions, whether they're in the shoulder season or the dead of winter. Abrasion-resistant performance and a movement-mirroring stretch keep them prepared for mountainous terrain, 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.


  • 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
90D 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered thigh
brushed tricot-lined
Gusseted Crotch
Claimed Weight
1lb 5.8oz
hiking, mountaineering, backcountry touring, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4 based on 196 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 17 reviews
2 Stars - 17 reviews
3 Stars - 25 reviews
4 Stars - 26 reviews
5 Stars - 111 reviews

Fits Slightly Large

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4 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2024

Large in length, thigh but small waist

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 7"

Great product for keeping me warm with just these and a base layer even below freezing while doing snow removal. Only problem I have is this product runs small in the waist band but very large in the size of the thighs and in the length of the pants. the length is not as bad as the thighs since wearing boots and using the lace clip can kind of mitigate it. When layering up the waist of the pants can feel tight but after some time the feeling will go away.

carlos l
5 out of 5 stars

February 22, 2024

Warmer and stretchier than my previous OR soft-shell pants.

Warm enough, but not too hot, on a XC ski trip on the Long Trail and up Mt Washington, NH yesterday. We have a winner. Flexible and versatile, big crampon protector. Could use one more lower pocket.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 11, 2024

would definitely recommend

Used these pants on a niseko ski trip and around Hokkaido. Construction quality is great, and these were warm enough to wear with only a base layer in the snow.


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3 out of 5 stars

February 3, 2024

Not that waterproof

Fit was actually pretty good for me. Liked the color too. However, it unfortunately wasn't that water proof for me on the very first time out, some snow tubing left the seat area completely soaked to the skin. Weather was slushy snow/rain so maybe these weren't designed for complete water proofness but I definitely didn't expect it to soak through to the skin after a couple times down the hill. I can see it being a decent soft shell pant for snow shoeing/light snow use.


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2 out of 5 stars

February 1, 2024

Decent Product - Wouldn't Buy Direct from OR again

The quality of the pants are good, but I didn't like the fit or the look. They might work better for someone else though. My main issue was with the delivery and customer service from OR after.


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1 out of 5 stars

January 31, 2024

These are sized extremely weird

My waist in all brands of pants is 33". Once in a while 34". The size chart claims that a Medium is 31.5"-34.5". I bought them and they are skin tight. Barely could fasten the button. Yet they were 2-3" longer than my inseam. These are made for men with a tiny waist and extremely long legs. If I bumped up to a large, i would need to have my waist, but stand at a solid 6'5". And yay. I had to pay money to give them back the pants they mis sized. So that was cool.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 19, 2024

A1 Adventure pant

One of my favorite pants I own. They're warm and block wind pretty well on their own. Not waterproof of course (not rated to be) but water almost always just beads up and falls off them. Solid zipper pockets. I wear a M regular @ 5'10" 150lbs and they fit nice and loose and also stretch really well when needed. Reinforced areas are strong. The boot clip, ankle zip, cinch and fabric reinforcements around the ankle are pretty much like having a gator built into your pants. Which rocks. My only critique-it would be nice if the waist sizes came in inches and there were more options. That way I think you could eliminate the adjustable waist and make it less bulky. Either way, I'd buy them again. Thanks!!


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4 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2024

Cirque 2 Pants

Very warm with only base layer. Have performed great in temps as low as 10 degrees. Fit is a bit strange. Difference between the M and L is significant. I'm 6'1" and wear a 34/32 and the medium/regular fits my body well. The waist is a touch tight, especially when layering up. The large was swimming on me and considerably longer. Overall, very happy with their performance so far.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 17, 2024

Fantastic pants

I'm a heavy guy and it's not easy to find pants that will keep me warm, dry and provide the flexibility I need outdoors. I've had these out multiple times in sub 20 Fahrenheit hikes and they've performed admirably. Recommend getting the suspenders too, too bad they're not included with the pants.


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4 out of 5 stars

January 3, 2024

Fit well in seat but long in legs

I bought size medium, which fits well in the seat and thighs, but are long. It probably won't be a problem underneath gaiters and I'm not going to be one of their models. But the length is disproportionate to waist and seat size if worn with boots and gaiters. Otherwise, the material and construction seems very good.


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