So functional that it's spooky.
From an exposed rock route on the Tetons to the celebratory brewpub visit following the descent, count on the Outdoor Research Men's Voodoo Softshell Pant to conjure up ample style and performance for both. The double weave softshell fabric blocks windy weather and light rain, and stretches for complete freedom of movement when you're on the trail or sending a technical route. Plus it wicks sweat to keep you dry and cool, and it's lightweight and breathable for comfort in hot conditions. And when you're done getting after it, its jean-inspired styling won't be out of place when you're grabbing a plate of nachos back in town.
- Technical outdoor pant with casual-inspired styling
- Lightweight softshell construction wicks sweat and moves easily
- Tough fabric also blocks wind and light rain for protection
- Harness-compatible waist and crotch gusset for climbing comfort
- Multiple zippered pockets secure small essentials
- Item #ODR00PP
- Q & A
Good pants that I can't wear climbing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 30x32
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 155lbs
I got these pants to replace my OR prusik pants after some seams blew out. OR was out of Prusiks in my size, so I went with the voodoos.
I'll say the pants themselves are well done. They fit my build (cyclist; large legs slim waist) well, they breathe well, and the articulations stop the pants from shifting around while you move.
With that said, I haven't had a good time hiking or climbing in these pants for two reasons.
1: The pocket design is poor. The hand pockets are very shallow. Barely deep enough to hold my phone while I hike. Also because they are so shallow I can feel the top of my phone dig into my hips whenever I bend forwards. Not great, and not secure enough to put any valuables in. Pretty much useless handwarmer pockets. I'd about trust a chapstick in there. Rear pockets, same thing. Tiny. Right rear pocket is zippered.
Of course with all climbing pants there's a thigh pocket that's accessible while your harness is on. This is a really deep zippered pocket on the voodoos which is nice. However they are placed in such a way that whatever you put in them can slide behind your knee/onto your hamstrings. This makes high stepping and squatting difficult and uncomfortable. You definitely could fit a phone or bars or a map in there, but you'll feel the corners dig into the back of your knee any time you flex your leg. Not a fan.
2. The waist on these pants stretched and I'm unable to wear them without a belt. Belts coupled with harnesses and hip straps are uncomfortable so it's hard to use these for the things I bought them for. There is no integrated belt. The belt loops fit my 1 inch wide webbing belt well.
In conclusion I can't recommend these for climbing or hiking. They are excellent pants for lounging and casual wear but for the reasons listed above I'm not a fan of them as technical pants.
Check out the OR prusiks. Much better IMO.