Iceline Versa Pant
Outdoor Research's Iceline Versa Pant offers lightweight protection from snow and wind when you're high on lead fighting the screaming barfies. Its three-layer fabric includes a Ventia membrane that staves off snow and water as you kick your toes deep into encrusted snow and ice. Water shears off the fabric, and sealed seams ensure that moisture stays locked out. Kicks and high steps are easy to execute as articulated knees and four-way stretch material allows for an extended range of movement, so performing advanced maneuvers while high off the deck is seamless and unrestricted.
- An bombproof ice climbing pant keeps your legs protected on the send
- 3-layer Ventia fabric staves off snow and water during harsh storms
- Windproof material withstands gale force gusts at the summit
- Moisture is prevented from leaking in from sealed critical seams
- Articulated knees provide mobility when you need it most on lead
- 4-way stretch allows for unrestricted movement when high stepping
- Zippered outer thigh vents dump heat during aerobic activity
- Item #ODR00RI
- Q & A
Breathable and Warm
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 140lbs
I will agree these pants have a tight fit from the knee up, but i think OR designed them with the idea of wearing gaiters with the pants, which I do 50% of the time I use them, and the tighter fit around the upper leg creates no bunching with the gaiter. The tight legs don't bother me while ice climbing, I did try ski touring in them, and they were a bit too tight and too warm. The bottom of the pants has a zipper that opens up and will allow a ski boot to fit if you want to give it a try though. I wear these pants ice climbing down to 10 degrees with no base layer, they still breath and vent well for the uphill hike.
Tight on the Thighs
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 180lbs
I wear and love the OR Cirque pants for ice climbing (although I do wish the scuff guards were a little bit tougher), so I wanted to try these out in this interest of having some of the additional insulation and protection on the lower legs. The size M Cirque fit well in the waist and thighs, but these pants are too tight on the thighs to the point that they bunch up my base layer even if I open the thigh vents. My thighs are on the bigger side, but it was weird to have a pant that fits in the seat and waist but not the thighs.
Otherwise, the feel and warmth of the pants is great.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 185lbs
I was looking for a high end soft shell pant I could use for general mountaineering and ice climbing. I ordered a medium and a large. I wear size 32-34 jeans depending on the brand, but my actual waist measurement is 36”. I’m 5’10”, 185-190lbs (depending on the day) with an athletic build. The waist of the large must actually measure around 38-40”. I was swimming in them. The medium fit well in the waist (even though the size chart says 32” for medium) but was too tight in the legs, so there would be no way to comfortably wear any base layers. I will say the pants are very nice and burly. The fleece lining is nice as well. The medium alone probably would be great for ice climbing alone with nothing underneath, but not necessarily as part of a layering system for winter mountaineering......and the size chart apparently means absolutely nothing. Being that I’d likely fit into something between a medium and a large, I returned both pairs.