Men's Cirque Pants™

Style# 56410OR

The Cirque Pants are durable, technical soft-shell pants built for high-energy climbing and skiing in alpine environments. The highly-breathable, wind-and weather-resistant double-weave, stretch woven fabric excels in high-mountain conditions, and the zippered thigh pocket ensures energy bars and maps remain easily accessible.
Trim Fit






  • Water Resistant
  • Wind Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Belt Loops
  • Button and Zipper Fly
  • Adjustable Tabs at Waist
  • Low-Profile Waist Fits Under Harness
  • Zippered Pockets
  • Gusseted Crotch
  • Articulated Knees
  • Reinforced Scuff Guards
  • Drawcord Cuff Closures
  • Ankle Zippers
  • Grommets for Instep Lace
  • Boot Lace Hook
  • DWR Coated Zippers
  • Accepts Accessory Suspenders


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex, stretch double weave

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 20.5oz / 581g (L)

Customer Reviews

Awesome (Review by Justin)

These pants are simply awesome. I've used them for 2 years in AK now, they have seen me through anything from -10 to 40 degrees, dry or wet. I've worn them on late season ice where they've gotten soaked, only for them to dry out within an hour keeping me nice and warm. Your baselayer is important with these since there is no insulation. The crampon patch is well designed and has taken a few snags from my crampons and held up. The shock cord holes are a nice touch, allowing me to often dispense with wearing gaiters.
Only con I can think of is it would be nice if the thigh pocket was a horizontal zip instead of vertical.

(Posted on 3/11/15)

Excellent overall! (Review by John)

I purchased these pants specifically for a three day military Sniper competition. Since my teammate and I arrived a day early and chose to camp out, I lived in the Cirque pants for four days. During those days we hiked with 50 pound packs, crawled under barbed wire, ran up obstacles, slid down earthen berms on my backside and a number of other tasks. I was sure that these pants would be trashed when we were done. They held up amazingly. We encountered temps during the mornings around 30°F and up to 50°F in the afternoon. I wore a lightweight set of polypro bottoms most of the time. The pants breathed well enough during the fast hikes that I never got drenched in sweat. When we stopped, they allowed my base layer to dry out quickly. If I needed even more airflow, I just unzipped the legs and pulled them up over my knees. During the occasional drizzle or snow flurry they repelled water well. Thankfully I didn't get a chance to test them in a downpour.

The best part was on the last day. We did a 5 mile ruck march through a crotch deep water crossing. I had ditched my base layer at the start and was only wearing a set of compression briefs. It wasn't fifteen minutes after the water crossing and the Cirque were completely dry.

Once I returned from the competition, I unpacked my dirt-crusted pants and threw them in the washer. After hanging them to dry, I was amazed to see that there was no discernible wear on the knees, seat or anywhere else. I had expected at least a little rash from crawling on my knees on hard Georgia clay. It's hard to believe that material this light can hold up this well.

The Cirque Pants do have a couple of small drawbacks. The pockets are very form fitting. Anything you put in them will print. I forgo carrying a wallet when wearing them. A thin pocket knife and chapstick are about all I try to stuff in there. The pockets do have a mesh liner, so keeping them empty gives you the option to use them as vents.

Overall the OR Cirque have surpassed my expectations. The are light. breathable, weather resistant and very durable. I have since been wearing them in an urban environment to shovel snow and the occasional trips out in the light rain. I can't wait to get them out in the back country again. I am planning some mountaineering courses next year and these will be my go-to soft-shell pants.

Now I am looking forward to trying a set of Ferrosi Pants for the warmer months.

(Posted on 3/4/15)

Great Pants & Great Fit (Review by Alex O)

I am not sure what happened to my review from a couple days ago, so here is another brief review. I am 5'10" 180lbs, 34w, 32l, and ordered a large. The fit is perfect, and the length is better than perfect.

Pant material is a little stretchy which I really like and hope to enjoy.

(Posted on 1/17/15)

Surprised (Review by Alex O)

I am 5' 10" and weight 180lbs, 34 waist, 32 inseam. I ordered a large and couldn't have been happier with the fit. They are soft, light and very well made. I will update this review upon my return from the Alps

BTW as I said in other posts, I wear all things medium with TNF. Just a reference.


(Posted on 1/14/15)

Fantastic multi-use soft-shell pant (Review by TBurke)

This is my favorite soft shell pant. I'm 6' & 165 lbs. (33-34 waist & 34 inseam) I own a size large & they do the trick. The velcro adjustment tabs on the waist are very nice and allow the waist to be adjusted perfectly to your size. (great for me as I often find I'm on the cusp of Med & Large) I've used these pants for everything from Alpine rock and ice climbing, AT & tele skiing, snowshoeing and general mountaineering. They do not have a snow gaiter, but the grommets allow them to be secured down. I wear these on their own or can layer with a light or mid weight base layer & they take me form October to May here in Colorado. These have held up well to hard use. I do wish the thigh pocket zipped at the top vs. the side....I carry my beacon in this pocket and prefer the security of a top zip. I've had no problem with it though. You can purchase these pants with total confidence & know that they will cover you over a wide range of mountain activities.

(Posted on 1/2/15)

If I could only have one pair of pants... (Review by NoCo guy)

These pants are the best pair of pants I own for hiking and climbing in Colorado. I am comfortable with no thermals under them from about 60F down to around zero if I keep moving. With thick thermals, the best thing about them is the fact that they are so easy to move in. At no point do I ever feel like they are making my movement difficult. Even with climbing moves, high steps onto rocks or if I am running. I have never had a pair of pants that are as warm, and yet as easy to move in. They are easier to move in than some of the summer hiking pants I have.

I don't put anything in the side pockets because opening them up really helps cool me down if I start to get hot and there is any kind of breeze or wind.

If I can only take one pair of pants with me outside of summer, this is the pair I take.

(Posted on 2/14/14)

Great lightweight softshell pants (Review by ekb)

I bought these for my husband and he is very happy with them. He is 5'10", 165lbs, 32" waist, and thin athletic build. The Medium fits him perfectly. He wore them for skate skiing and alpine skiing in the same day, when it was 40 and sunny. I was concerned these would be too lightweight but they are perfect for nordic skiing and spring (backcountry) skiing, and could also be used with warm layer underneath for colder days. There is no inner snow gator, however there is a cinch cord on the bottom.

(Posted on 1/26/14)

Great all around pant! (Review by Moboy56)

i wore these while climbing in Ecuador and Colorado. i put two pair of insulating long underwear under these and at no time were my legs ever cold. nice trim fit and moves when you move, never binding. i have the Alibi pant for ice climbing but these would work just fine, highly recomended.

(Posted on 11/29/13)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Moboy56)

i wore these pants while climbing in Ecuador, i wore going up Antisana and Cotopoxi. i really like the slim tapered leg and the stretch and fit of these pants. i wore two mid weight long underwear under these pants and was fine for warmth. i love OR's soft shell pants!

(Posted on 2/8/13)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Va Ki Bo)

Very-very strong, stretchy and warm fabric + functional (=beautiful) cut.Opted for size MEDIUM (65kg/172cm, 29 waist) and very pleased with the fit. Cinch velcros on the waist (half way) and no need for extra belt, no weird wrinkles under the pack's waist-belt etc., smooth like my favorite relaxed chinos: not too baggy but definitely stylish. A bit long with a casual footwear (so fold a little and use draw cord on cuffs), but exactly what I needed for ski/trekking boots. Cuffs fully loaded with features like hidden laces hooks, scuff protection patches, draw cords, riveted grommets to use it as gaiters and zippers to fit over the wider ski-boot cuffs - using all of them permanently!Four mesh lined zippered pockets. My personal favorite - thigh pocket, big&deep and do not restrict freedom of movements when loaded.Not the lightest&packable softshells so be prepared if concerned.One minor thing I'd like to be changed - the front/thigh pockets zippers direction. As the pants are very flexible and stretchy these zippers become partially undone permanently when you are moving, and you have to constantly check-fix it. IMHO, if turned upside down this will not be an issue any more.Anyway, very beautiful and functional pants.

(Posted on 5/11/12)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By PeterDoucette)

The Cirque is a great and highly functional layer. I just mix climbed in it for 3 weeks in the Ruth Gorge and it performed well on all fronts. It's breathable material had just enough weight to keep me warm at belays and breathed well when I was on the move again. A great balance and the cut was great. Crampon patched in the cuff kept them tear free on the post holing descent. Great pants.I tied a stirrup through the eyelet in the cuff to keep the snow out while breaking trail.Peter Doucette IFMGA/AMGA Guide and Outdoor Research Team Member

(Posted on 5/1/12)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Mark Allen)

Its been a long time but the perfect pant is here. I was stoked from the moment I put them on and have been every on ice climb and ski tour. Try them out and see.

(Posted on 11/20/11)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Bodhi1971)

These are the best softshell out there that I have found. Used them for a 3 day alpine mountaineering trip in the tetons, and never took them off once, they handled snow, ice, rock, rain, and sun, and did it perfectly. All of the bells and whistles you want, and nothing you don't - they might make the hardshell extinct (but I love my Mentor pants too!)!

(Posted on 7/17/11)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By northwest native)

I went up Rainier last week. The weather was warm one minute than cold the next. With winds and some light rain at times. The Cirque pants paired with long underwear matched every condition I came across on Rainier. I was warm and dry with these soft shell pants.

(Posted on 7/5/11)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Jonathon Spitzer)

I just used these pants on an 8 day Denali Prep course held on Mt Rainier in April. I was pleasantly surprised with how well these pants performed. I found myself wearing these pants all the time either by them self or layering them with long-under.The pants did an great job of cutting the wind and not absorbing water during intense snowfall storms. I really like the location of the pockets and how the pants feel very trim with no extra random parts. The boot hooks are great for alpine climbing/mountaineering, helping to keep my pants down over my boots.I would recommend black as my pair are the off-white color and got dirty quickly on a multi day trip.I plan on using this pair of pants on Denali and all summer long while in the mountains!

(Posted on 4/23/11)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By Branden M)

I have used these pants primary for climbing. And they have been nothing other than a phenomenal product. Recently in Red Rocks NV on a climbing trip the temp's ranged from as low as 35 at night and 75 during the day and in high or low activity I was really comfortable in them. Which surprised me a lot. We also experienced some 60mph+ winds when up-top one of the faces and the pants preformed great with very little wind penetrating to me. The cut of the pants are very nice as well, all in the right places! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I cannot find anything bad to say about them...

(Posted on 3/28/11)

Men's Cirque Pants™ (Review by By gorper)

Perhaps it's true that none are so holy as the newly converted; if so, than color me guilty for proselytizing the virtues of soft shell pants, and the well-designed Cirques. I just bought a pair and took them on a backcountry hut trip to northeastern B.C. for a week. My worries that I would freeze in the wind were unfounded -- the pants held the breezes at bay, even in single-digit temps (I wore exped. wt. bottoms beneath). I am a skinny, perennially cold person; staying warm is often hard for me.The fit is good, if a bit tight with exped. wt. base layer (I'm 155#, 5'11"), zippers were easy to work (I had to continually zip/unzip the legs in order to open/close boot buckles for ski down/skin up), and the built-in velcro'd waist cinches were nice to have (though not a substitute for suspenders).The value is good as well. I returned a pair of soft shell pants from a competitor that had cost the same, but which had none of the features of the Circue pant, e.g., zippered pockets, thigh pocket, scuff guards, wide belt loops, etc. My $300 Gore-Tex pants stayed in the hut the entire week.

(Posted on 3/5/11)

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