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Voodoo Softshell Pant

From an exposed rock route on the Tetons to the celebratory gastro pub 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.

  • A staple climbing pant for achieving your goals at the crag
  • Fabric is weather resistant, breathable, and quick drying
  • Movement-mirroring stretch helps you reach crazy heel hooks
  • UPF 50+ covers you from harmful rays while exposed on the face
  • Gusseted crotch further boosts your freedom of movement
  • Ankle drawcords keep your trusty climbing shoes uncovered
  • Security zip and brush pockets keep you organized on the move
  • Item #ODR00YT

Material
88% nylon, 12% spandex
Fit
semi-fitted
Inseam
30in
Pockets
1 zippered hip, 2 front, back drop in, brush
Waist
belt loops
Fly
metal shank
Gusseted Crotch
yes
UPF Rating
50+
Claimed Weight
11.6oz
Recommended Use
Climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 3

Good fabric, tight thighs

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

I use these heavily for construction work. I really like the fabric on them. Light, Stretchy and very durable, soft on the skin and breath well. But they have some cons. - They're too tight in the thighs for my taste and have a low crotch making them feel a little restrictive. The biggie though is the side pocket is placed awkwardly close to the knee making it useless. But overall, I really like the fabric so I'll get my use out of them. I don't reccomend, until hopefully the cut changes.

>Rating: 2

OR please bring back the old fit!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
34
Height
5` 6"
Weight
175 lbs

The Voodoo was my absolutely favorite softshell pant and when I heard that they changed the fit I rushed to order a couple pair on sale that were supposed to be the old cut. Unfortunately for me I was shipped the "new" cut and am very disappointed in the fit. The biggest problem I have with the new cut is the sizing in the upper leg area and the addition of a stitch across the front of the thigh that reduces stretch, if you have any quads at all these are way too tight which is very different from the old fit. Even with going up in waist size these pants are so tight in the upper leg area that the zip thigh pocket is completely unusable for me. I guess if you have pencil thin legs the new fit will work for you but I for one am very disappointed in what Outdoor Research has done with the Voodoo. (*As a note the new fit sizing in the waist and length is similar to the old.)

>Rating: 1

Crotch Constricting, Can't Raise Leg

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
31x30
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

What's going on with the crotch design? I can't lift my leg even to hip height. RETURNED.

>Rating: 5

Designed For Adventure

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32x30
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

I was really impressed with these pants! Prior to getting them, I have mostly worn the Prana Brion. And although I still love the Brion, there are several things with the voodoo that made me instantly love them also. First, the material was impressively durable while also breathable. In comparison, they are slightly thicker than the Brion. Whether I was hiking or climbing, they were the right weight for every adventure in Utah in the fall. The thing that really set these pants apart for me was the shape. OR put thought into every cut and seam. The extra stitching around the knees helped the pants move while staying slim but not restricting. The cut around the waist was surprisingly comfortable while climbing, and the stretch in the material made moving in them easy. OR has truly mastered an athletic fit. The only negative was the pockets were shallow, but then again these pants were designed for adventure, and stuff in your pockets would just slow you down.

>Rating: 4

Climb High and Hard in Comfort

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
6` 2"
Weight
170 lbs

These qualify as your All Around Adventure Pants for whatever use you want to throw at them. I've done yoga, gone climbing, gone to work, out on the town, hikes in heat and through snow, all in a few short weeks and they stood up to the test! Comfortable with some good stretch to be able to move around for all these activities, and they look good doing it! The side pocket is nice for storing things while moving around so much, but the zipper on mine was finicky and sometimes tried to come off or not zip perfectly. Still worked great and I loved them!

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>Rating: 5

Crushes it on most every use

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32
Height
5` 9"
Weight
160 lbs

I used these pants for a hike, climb, and yoga session in the same day. No restriction on movement here at all! Like others have mentioned these pants are breathable (thank you mesh pockets!), they stretch, are fairly water-resistant, and are durable enough to stand up to enough rock climbs and hikes through the brush I've been able to put them through. The waist pockets are weirdly small though. It's the only pair of pants where my admittedly large iPhone6+ doesn't fit in all the way. No problem, they can just go in the zippered thigh pocket.

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>Rating: 5

A pant for many uses

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

These pants are awesome because they can be used for hiking, climbing, yoga, casual or pretty much anything you need them for. They run true to size and a 32 fits me well. They are stretchy, durable, water resistant, and breathable. They do not restrict movement at all. The have a good zip pocket for your essential while hiking or climbing. The other pockets are a bit shallow, if you want deeper pockets then go with the Ferrosi pants. These pants a bit thicker than the Ferrosi and will keep you a little bit warmer on a windy or chilly day. They are durable and will be able to take a beating climbing and hiking.

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>Rating: 5

Superb Softshell Pant

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
30
Height
5` 11"
Weight
181 lbs

Fantastic breathability, stretch, and durability make this an amazing pant for the active outdoor enthusiast. I took them out climbing and was impressed at how freely I was able to move. The waist band was extremely comfortable. Only one warning: If you have thunder thighs and a thin waist, this is not the pant for you. The legs were very tight around my thighs. This happens to me with all pants, however, so if its not a common issue for you, the shorts will be great. I just have the most annoying waist to thigh ratio ever. Even with the overly snug fit, the still climbed great.

>Rating: 5

These pants are durable!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
30 regular
Height
5` 10"
Weight
135 lbs

I bought these for geology field camp and ended up wearing them every day for nearly two months of fieldwork, backpacking, and climbing adventures because the other pair of pants I brought didn't hold up. I'm back in civilization now, am still wearing them almost every day, and they're still going strong. The only thing that has failed is the stitching around the back pockets due to abrasion, but that was easily fixed. That said, here are some pros and cons: Cons: Waist size runs large Length runs short (gaiters were a necessity with these pants as they weren't long enough to keep debris out of my boots) Pros: Pockets!! (others have said the hand pockets are too small, but, being a woman used to pathetically small pockets on pants, I found these glorious) The thigh pocket is especially nice, perfect for phone, camera, or granola bar. Durability!! These stood up to two months of scrambling over limestone and volcanic rocks - pointy abrasive stuff - and only ended up with one tiny hole in the knee. Comfort!! Super stretchy, water resistant, wind resistant, quick dry (took an accidental dip in a stream on a cloudy/chilly day - the pants were still dry in a couple hours of hiking), plenty of range of motion.

>Rating: 2

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
155 lbs

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.

>Rating: 3

Pockets?

Just got 2 pair in the mail, haven't tried them on but the pockets are ridiculous. If you're gonna make the pockets so shallow then just don't put pockets on the pants. I have some Ferrosi pants and the pockets are much deeper.

>Rating: 2

Wanted to love these...

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
32/Reg
Height
5` 9"
Weight
180 lbs

I'm kind of a OR junky & wanted to love these pants. Great material & cut, but like others have said, they are too short in length & the pockets.

>Rating: 2

disapointed

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
32 reg
Height
6` 1"
Weight
175 lbs

Bought these (32 reg) after getting the OR Ferrosi convertible in 32 reg. Im normally a 32x34, waist on ferrosi was perfect, voodoo was to big. Length on the ferrosi was on the verge of being short, these were way short. Figured ordering the same size, there would be some consistency in sizing, not the case. Bummed because i wanted a soft shell with a bit more weight than the ferrosi.

>Rating: 4

Comfy, waist almost too loose

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
38 Regular
Height
6` 1"
Weight
230 lbs

I'm 6'1, 230lbs and in Levi's and most pants I wear a 38W x 33L. True waistline measured with a tape is 40.75". I purchased the Voodoo Softshell Pant in a 38/R. The waist feels more like a 40W as I've got enough room to stick a fist inside my waistband, but the seat is perfect and length feels true to size (33L). So a little looser than I'd prefer in the waist and when fat-shedding season comes around they will be too loose for around town but still fine for backpacking. I really like the design and feel of the pants, very lightweight, thin and soft, which is comfortable but could be an issue if you go commando or carry concealed. Pockets are a little shallow. but deep enough for an iphone X..I'm on the fence about the Shade color, it's akin to a faded pair of OR scrubs but not horrible, just a little more pastel than I expected. I like the pants enough that if I were to do it again I would have ordered the 36/R at the same time to see which size worked best and then returned the other.

>Rating: 4

Comfortable

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32/M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
180 lbs

Comfortable pant that stretches when you move. I'm 5-11, 180 and ordered a 32/R and it fits perfectly. Worn on morning hikes around 50-60 degrees with no issues with cold. Not a huge fan of the front pockets as they are quite small but no other issues with the pants

>Rating: 5

They Work Very Well

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
30
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

Finally put a hole in a pair after 5 years of wearing an average of 3 times a week. Used for mtb, hard enduro dirt biking, moto trials, climbing, raft trips, etc, and hiking when they make me. Stretch like no other. Ultra light and packable. Dry very fast. Very abrasion resistant...abrasion proof, basically. Inside is woven in a way that makes them softer to the touch, not that plasty slick feel. I wear them all season with thin base under in the winter if it's under 30 and in up to 105ish in the desert summer. Side pocket fits an iphone plus with Otterbox and is still deep enough to not have to zip, which is now a prerequisite for outdoor pants. Ordering another pair today. @ 6' 180lb I'm normally a 32, but in these a 30 which gives a slim athletic fit that's needed for technical use.

>Rating: 4

Great pants for backpacking!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
32/Reg
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

I picked up these voodoo softshell pants mainly to use for weekend backpacking trips and they didn't disappoint! Durable enough to stand up to brush and rocks yet lightweight enough to go in the pack and not add extra weight or take up too much space. Would highly recommend these for backpacking or just getting out for a day hike. Great pair of softshells from outdoor research! Yes they run a touch short, but not enough that it's an issue. If anything it keeps them right on top of your hiking shoes and out of the mud!

>Rating: 4

great for many uses

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Height
6` 3"
Weight
200 lbs

I took these pants snowshoeing and they were great. Breathable, water resistant, just the right amount of stretch, and a fit that you can wear not doing outdoors activities if you'd like. The articulated knee provides great mobility and I agree that the pants run a little bit wide in the waist.

>Rating: 2

Wider and Shorter than expected

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Height
6` 4"
Weight
185 lbs

I purchased these years back, but never put them to use. I am 6'4 and lanky, these pants are wide and short, and looked/felt silly on myself.

>Rating: 2

Too Short, Shallow Pockets

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
30x32
Height
6` 0"
Weight
155 lbs

OR makes great products, and usually has solid quality control. Unfortunately they came up short—literally and figuratively—with these pants. I'm going to echo Christopher P. in saying these pants are WAY too short. I ordered 32" inseam and wore them a couple of times, thinking each time, "these are high waters. These Don't even cover my ankles. They BARELY come down to the tops of my boots." So I decided to measure the inseam. 29 inches. Cmon, OR. I expected better from you guys. 29 inches isn't even CLOSE to 32 inches. Now on to my second gripe with these. The pockets are incredibly shallow. I like to keep a clif bar in my pocket when climbing multipitch, and the bar barely fits in these pockets. One one climb, I had the bar actually fall out and thump the rock next to my belayer. The finish of these pants is great. I love the cut, I love that they are slim fit. They stretch and move with your body well. They make great climbing pants. I just wish they were of adequate length and had useful pockets. Unfortunately both of these are enough for me to say I can't recommend these pants.