An essential piece in your climbing arsenal.
Much like the invaluable prusik knot, the Outdoor Research Men's Prusik Softshell Pant is particularly useful in alpine climbing scenarios, ranging from trad climbs to mixed routes with ice and rock. The Prusik Softshell Pant features a water and wind-resistant softshell that's highly breathable and resistant to abrasion, making it a go-to choice for climbers desiring a lightweight pant for fast-moving alpine missions.
The harness-compatible waistline won't uncomfortably bunch underneath your climbing harness, and it's lined with brushed tricot for buttery-smooth comfort. DWR-treated YKK zippers prevent moisture from seeping inside the pockets. Ample stretch characteristics allow you to move freely in the alpine. Its trim fit sits closely to prevent excess baggage, patterned with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for free-ranging flexibility.
- Lightweight protection for fast-moving alpine climbs
- Softshell fabric is wind, water, and abrasion-resistant
- Gusseted crotch, articulated knees for fluid movements
- Harness-compatible waistband with brushed tricot lining
- DWR-treated YKK zippers keep moisture out of pockets
- Zippered hand and rear pockets for functional storage
- Item #ODR00JX
- Q & A
Good all-around pants.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
OR lists these as alpine climbing pants, however I've used them on hikes, backpacks, summit scrambles, climbs, and general travelling.
It's a real nice pair of pants. The slight stretch and knee/crotch stitching makes it comfortable to move in. I haven't had weird bunching in it. The waistband on these doesn't stretch like other softshells I've had.
Not a very lightweight pant, but I've been pretty comfortable wearing them slogging uphill in the mid 80s. Definitely sweaty, but way better than cotton pants or a hardshell. The thicker weave on them makes them pretty wind resistant.
For the sizing, I'm 5'10 160. I got a size 30 and it fits well. Some breathing room on the waist, but no so much that I need a belt. I'd like to think I have big cyclist legs, and these pants fit them well. Length allows just a bit of fabric to bunch at my shoe upper. Again, the knee design allows the pants to not ride up your leg when you high step.
For a fit reference, here's some other pants I wear:
Prana brions, 30x30
Levis 508 slim tapered 30x30
OR voodoo (same fit as this pair I think)