Scott Gwrote a review of Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant - Men's on July 14, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
There are many reasons why the Cirques are the go-to for many a mountaineer. They are a burly set of soft shells that easily repel most alpine water and wind, and yet are breathable enough for those hot summer days on the crag. The versatility is exceptional. With the Cirques, my hard shell pants stay at home unless the weather looks quite sketchy.
Like others have said, the thighs are quite tight. I do not have large quads at all and yet they're pretty tight. Not a deal breaker, but with my phone in my front pocket it's almost borderline too tight. Luckily they do have a decent stretch to them. A bit less than some other soft shell pants I have, but still good enough for most pursuits. The bottoms are definitely a boot cut designed to be large enough to fit around ski boots. This could look at bit odd for anything smaller than a mountaineering boot. I was surprised at how much I like the lace loop at the bottoms. They make gaiters seem almost unnecessary unless snowshoeing or glissading.
My biggest gripe is the fact that the "Black" color is not even close to black. It's a dark gray, and that's being a bit generous. In the attached photo I have a pair of Marmot soft shells that are actually black compared to the OR Cirques. Pretty big difference and that's even considering that the Marmots are old and have been washed many many times.
Other than that, the Cirques are excellent if they fit your body type. Definitely recommended, just be aware that the black is not actually black.