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Cirque II Softshell Pant - Women's

4.149253731343284 out of 5 stars
67 Reviews
$95.22 - $158.95
Up to 40% off
Color:Light Pewter


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Cirque II Softshell Pant

If 'vertical' is a word that appears in your everyday vocabulary, then the Outdoor Research Women's Cirque Softshell Pants want to catch some altitude with you. Made for days in the mountains when waterproof hard-shell pants would be too stuffy but regular hiking pants wouldn't provide enough protection, the Cirque pants are crafted with a water-resistant, double-weave stretch fabric that shields you from mist and doesn't mind the occasional spring skiing day. The trim fit lies comfortably under a harness during summer alpine missions, and a durable scuff guard adds a layer of defense against crampon points and ski edges. Multiple pockets accommodate your essentials while you move up in the world.


  • Performance soft shell pants for demanding cold weather endeavors
  • Stretch fabric provides unrestricted movement, resists weather
  • Soft shell classification offers exceptional breathability
  • Harness compatible waist keeps you comfortable and prepared
  • Gusseted crotch and ankles, and articulation boost movement
  • Reinforced scuff guards enhance durability and longevity
  • Zippered hand and thigh pockets keep important items nearby
  • Runs large, so we recommend sizing down for ideal fit
  • Item #ODR00ZZ
50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex
not sealed
2 zippered hand, 2 zippered thigh
adjustable tabs
Side Zips
Claimed Weight
1lb 4.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4 based on 67 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 4 reviews
2 Stars - 4 reviews
3 Stars - 9 reviews
4 Stars - 11 reviews
5 Stars - 39 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

April 4, 2024

Not only would I buy again - I did!

This is my second time purchasing these pants. I bought my original pair for a trip to Everest in 2021 and I wore them for weeks straight. They have great stretch, and I loved the adjustable waist and venting in particular as I tend to run hot. We had many days of cold rain on the way up and these pants kept me warm the whole time.(paired with lightweight base layer leggings). The inner leg protection for the boots is rugged and I agree with others that details such as the many zipper pockets made these pants an excellent value. These are my go-to winter hiking pants in cold-weather conditions. You will not be disappointed with these pants.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 14, 2024

All time favorite soft shells!

I absolutely love these pants when guiding out on trips in the winter. Along with wearing them for long winter hikes. The adjustable waist Velcro is a huge win in my book since most pant waists don't fit me properly. A few other features I love on these pants in the boot lace hook, the brush guard on the ankle, and the zip close pockets. This is my second pair and they hold up so well, highly recommend them!


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1 out of 5 stars

February 27, 2024

Seem great, why do only the men's version come in tall?

Why do you only release a tall inseam of the cirque II pants in mens? What about the tall women?

Fed up

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4 out of 5 stars

February 20, 2024

great touring pants!

love these pants, on my 3rd pair. Only complaint is the newer version is cut a lot more snug than my last 2 pairs in the exact same size (broke the leg zipper of my last pair and sadly had to get a replacement)


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5 out of 5 stars

February 9, 2024

Great for winter hiking

Using this mostly for winter hiking. Warm without being too bulky. Good wind resistance.


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1 out of 5 stars

February 7, 2024

Sizing is very off

I originally ordered the smalls and they were too snug. Then I got the mediums and they were way too big around the waist even with the built in belt pullled all the way. There is too much of a discrepancy between the smalls and mediums to get a pair that fits, I plan on returning both


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5 out of 5 stars

January 30, 2024

Great Pants

These are great from some winter hikes. Just throw some fleece-y long underwear underneath and bam. Great fit and movement.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 30, 2024

Perfect for uphill!

Great pants for ski touring. Light weight for the up, and wind breaking for the down. Run true to size. Very happy with my purchase.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 26, 2024

Stayed dry in wet snow

These pants are comfortable to wear and do well at repelling water. Have worn those snow shoeing and hiking and am please with the performance. I am between a XS and a S and ended up buying the XS. I can wear a thin tight underneath and can still find ease of movement.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 22, 2024

Good investment!

I needed a new pair of pants for winter pursuits and snagged these during the winter sale. So glad I did! They are stretchy and allow for your movements. I have broad hips and thighs and these pants fit well, true to size, and the extra waist adjustment is helpful. They are comfortable and keep me dry.


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