Men's Cirque Pants

Style# 243050OR

OUR MOST DURABLE SOFTSHELL PANTS The Cirque Pants are a durable, heavy-weight technical soft shell pant built for high-energy climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing. The highly breathable, wind and weather-resistant double-weave stretch fabric excels in high-mountain conditions. The zippered thigh pocket ensures energy bars and maps remain easily accessible.
Trim Fit






  • Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant
  • Wind-Resistant
  • Abrasion-Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Movement- Mirroring Stretch Design Features: Zipper Fly with Button
  • Zip Hand Pockets
  • Zip Back Pocket
  • Zip Thigh Pocket
  • YKK® DWR-Treated Zippers
  • Grommets for Instep Lace
  • Boot Lace Hook
  • Drawcord Cuff Adjustments
  • Reinforced Scuff Guards
  • Brushed Tricot-Lined Waistband Functional Details: Articulated Knees
  • Gusseted Ankle Zippers
  • Gusseted Crotch
  • Harness-Compatible Waist
  • Adjustable Tabs at Waist
  • Belt Loops
  • Accepts Accessory Suspenders


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex 90D stretch double weave

Inseam:33” / 84 cm

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

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Customer Reviews

Awesome All Arounders (Review by Collin)

These pants hold up to some pretty brutal conditions and are pretty comfy to boot. The velcro adjustment on the waist precludes the need for a belt, though since the pants are so elastic, they need to be pretty tight to not slip down the hips with a pack on. However, the cheap suspenders help a lot.

(Posted on 2/16/17)

Skinny Legs, Bad zippers (Review by Christopher)

So... I LOVE these pants. Great material. Great design. Made for a chicken legged lower-48er. Im a fit guy. My legs are muscle. These pants bulge like I'm wearing skinny jeans around the thighs. Maybe Seattle boys have little legs, or never walk anywhere.

I bike in these down to -20 in Fairbanks, with long underwear underneath--- I could go colder if they were slightly baggier, and not skin tight.

(Posted on 2/13/17)

Awesome pants but the fit is off (Review by Travis)

These pants are awesome and I love wearing these on warm bluebird days at the resort or in the backcountry for skiing. However, they are way too tight in the thighs. It's as if they are made for someone with chicken legs. I am 6'2" and 200lbs with an athletic build and I have a 33" waist with a 34" inseam. I bought size large pants. These pants barely fit over my thighs and they are stretched to the max when I sit down. This seems to be the case with Outdoor Research though, from what I've experienced and the reviews I've read on other pants they make. I will probably not be buying anymore pants from outdoor research unless they change how they cut the pant legs.

(Posted on 1/30/17)

Fantastic ski touring and ice climbing pants (Review by Callum)

I've been using these pants for two or three years now and I absolutely love them. I use them for both ski touring and ice climbing. I've fitted an elastic instep strap to stop the pants from riding up over my boots when high stepping in deep snow. My only complaint with them is that the pockets are very small which makes putting things in them a little precarious because they don't sit securely before the zippers are closed.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Go to Guide pants (Review by Magilla)

As a guide I use these in summer and winter. They have a professional look and breath very well. I have a pair of Arcteryx in the same material: much more expensive, and the inside pulls on the leg hairs. I always go back to my OR's.

(Posted on 1/26/17)

Perfect winter biking pants (Review by Jonathan T)

I have been using these pants for winter bike commuting and they are perfect! I have used them down to the low 20's without any long johns underneath, but they also have worked well in temps up close to 60 without overheating. The built-in clip on the bottom front of the pants works great to keep the pants from bunching or lifting while riding, and the cordura instep guard is perfect for protecting against the chain ring and chain. These are flexible and super comfortable. I am 6' 175# and the large fits perfect.

(Posted on 1/15/17)

Great ski pant (Review by Ivon)

My go to for cross county, back country and weeklong tours.

(Posted on 12/31/16)

Great Pants (Review by Nuffespresso )

Never hot, never cold! Very durable. Love the cuff hook, in most cases you don't need Gators when wearing these. You could live in these pants for weeks! I have even enjoyed spring skiing in them.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Going strong for years (Review by Clay)

I've used these pants a lot for seasons now and they're great for all sorts of mountain activities. Everything from alpine climbing and ice climbing, to some backcountry skiing on warmer days, these have been good to me. They were even great for multi-day climbs in Patagonia. They are pretty warm on their own but you could add a layer for really cold endeavors.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Excellent for colder weather (Review by Joseph)

I have been using these for the last 2 seasons, and they are wonderful. I've used them for backcountry skiing, technical alpine climbing, ice cragging, and just good old mountaineering. In colder weather, they keep my legs warm but not too warm and breathe well. Surprisingly robust construction, and not too worse for wear even after a fair amount of glissading. Super soft shell pants, highly recommend.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Best backcountry skiing pant I've ever owned (Review by Drew Hardesty)

I've been a snow professional for 25 years and these are the best backcountry ski pant I've ever owned. Bar none.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

I'm SO GLAD I found these! (Review by MATTHEW)

I ride fat bikes. I commute on my fattie, I joyfully puts around the trails by my house allowing my labs to run, and I shred single track! These pants are durable, comfortable, and warm. The pants breath and yet retain heat. I've worn these in -15 degrees thru 34 degrees. In mid teens (and below) I use a base layer. These pants also keep the wind from ripping through.


(Posted on 12/17/16)

Great pants (Review by Nathan)

These pants are outstanding no matter what I've used them for, from backpacking trecks to snow boarding trips. They are very comfortable and the range of motion is incredible as well as warm in low temperatures, while still offering a rugged toughness in adverse conditions. The zippered pockets also come in handy when you're on the move and don't want to lose anything along the route.

(Posted on 11/16/16)

Best Bushwhacking Pants (Review by Scliffy)

These are my favorite bushwhacking/hiking pants. They fit great and have a good amount of stretch. Normally large hiking pants are very bagging on my legs (thin legs) but not with these. I’m 6 feet tall and 170 lbs (with skinny legs) – the large is a perfect fit. I wear them over 3 seasons, they are a little on the warm side for summer bushwhacking/hiking. One item to note is the pockets are small, not an issue for me but if you like to carry a lot of things in your pockets it could be a problem.

(Posted on 7/27/16)

Arctic guide pants (Review by ocnadv)

As an Polar expedition guide I bought these pants to use for work guiding in the Arctic. I love these pants which kept me warm and dry. I used a base layer on extra cold days and an extra water resistant layer when I was driving Zodiacs. I went one size up from what I usually wear and the fit was fine. I was able to easily fine-tune the fit with the velcro tabs on the waist. I look forward to using these pants in Antarctica this winter, too!

(Posted on 7/26/16)

Best Pants Ever (Review by Jeff)

Best pants ever, hands down. I wore these to Mount Rainier and the performance was unreal. The only improvement would be more color options. You won't regret getting these pants.

(Posted on 7/4/16)

Happy Camper (Review by Farfetch)

Super happy with this pant... I was hesitant to go for another softshell, but I've now leave my hardshell behind on almost every mission. Happily wore these pants to over 20,000' in Nepal, and continue to use them on skimo mission in the Rockies. Comfortable enough to wear to breakfast in town...then strait to multiday trips into the backcountry. I can fit a silk layer under them for super cold days...or evenings. I can throw a foray pant over them or neoplume as well for evenings in camp, but that's rarely needed. They breath well and dry quickly. well done OR!

(Posted on 5/16/16)

Canadian Ice to Alaska Bushwacking (Review by Alaska tough)

Pants are a few months old. Wore them nearly everyday through my trip of Canada and Alaska. Tough as nails! Spent a day bushwacking through thorny Devils Club and was pleasantly surprised to have the pants repel the thorns they saved my ass from an otherwise miserable day. During ice climbs they were warm with pockets in the right places. During alpine climbs and deep post holeing the front lace locks the pant to the boot helping keep snow out. The adjustable waist line awesome. Feature rich pant that is breathable, highly water resistant, warm and ready for anything from hiking to alpine ascents to ice climbing.

(Posted on 4/22/16)

Excellent All round pant (Review by Surya)

I have used these pants like crazy. Everywhere from normal hike to endurance hikes to multi-day climbs.

(Posted on 1/31/16)

Perfect (Review by Dtrain)

Wow, this pants fit perfect, I wear a 36/34, the XL fit just right. I have large thighs, still enough room in them. The tabbed waist to expands or contracts the waistline works great. The materiel has a soft hand, but is very flexible with good stretch. The material is thicker than what I was expecting (not a hot weather pant) which is exactly what I was looking for. Enough room to layer my smart wool pants under them for colder conditions. The pockets are form fitting, and rather shallow. These look great in the field, or in town. These are great under my ski pants as well. Favorite pants so far.

(Posted on 1/6/16)

Hawaii Work Pants (Review by JC)

Being a conservation professional in Hawaii, I do not use these pants in the typical alpine or cold weather fashion. I have two pairs and have used them heavily for the past 2 years. They work great in upper-elevation cloud forests where the weather can go from blaring sun to socked in rain in seconds. They work great when rapelling waterfalls, charging through dense vegetation, or scrambling up uluhe slopes. The fabric holds up very well and the foot scuff guards offer excellent protection from tabis or spiked footwear. They do get a little warm on super sunny days but the mesh pockets double as vents, so they never actually get super hot. Plus they keep you dry in light rains, and dry quickly after heavy ones. These are my #1 choice for conservation working pants in Hawaii. Thanks OR!

(Posted on 12/28/15)

Great temperature management, range of motion (Review by Jim)

Bought these for cool weather hiking along the BRPW. Wx turned out to be in mid-70s a week and a half before Christmas. Absolutely acceptable and comfortable pants for this temperature. Plenty of branches, bushes and rocks had opportunity to snag, rip or tear, but pants were unblemished. Also dried rapidly after scrambling up ridgetops. I can see how these would absolutely rock in cooler weather, too and colder weather with a good base layer. Also hauled water from springs, carted and split logs for the wood stove. 6'1" and 220lbs, 38" waist, the XL fit perfectly. Awesome range of motion throu climbing, descents and the whole lumberjack thing.

(Posted on 12/16/15)

Best pants EVER! (Review by Sean)

I originally bought these to use for snowshoeing but I've found them to be perfect for literally any occasion. These pants are hands down the best technical pants on the market. The heavy duty patches on the inside of the ankles prevent ripping and tearing from crampons, snowshoes, skis, etc. The material that the pants are made from (nylon double weave with the perfect amount of stretch) is absolutely bomber. The dwr finish makes rain, snow, and even coffee spills bead up and run right off. They're not waterproof but I've never had any moisture penetrate them in the year plus that I've had them. Fit is perfect and is even adjustable with velcro tabs on the waist which allows you to make room for extra layers underneath. Another fantastic feature are the hooks on the inside of the cuffs which allows you to attach the cuffs to your shoelaces, basically acting as gaiters to keep dirt, snow, cold, and everything else out. The cuffs also have drawstrings and zippers for fine tuning the fit. Most other pants with these features cost at least twice as much and don't fit me as well. These are not only great for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing but also are stylish enough to wear around town or even out to dinner without feeling or looking like you just stumbled out of the wilderness. I've never been so in love with an article of clothing in my life. Buy these pants you will be glad you did! Thanks for yet another awesome piece of technical gear OR, you guys are simply the best.

(Posted on 10/20/15)

Do it all pants (Review by Old Guide)

As an extremely active manager in the outdoor recreation industry these pants have prompted me to write my first review. What don't these pants do? The cirque pant has a natural fit so I can bike to the office on studded tires in wind, snow or rain and go directly to an executive team meeting looking clean, dry and sharp and then go for a quick ski at lunch. These pants are perfect for all of the above and more. There is no pant that takes you more places so well. Seamlessly swap between belt or suspenders. Stow your phone or accessories in 4 well positioned zipper pockets, and stay clean and sharp, ready for the weekend before it arrives.

(Posted on 8/18/15)

Great All Around Pants for Alaska! (Review by TSA)

Have been using my cirque pants for trail and town here in Seward and they meet all the criteria here in this changeable weather of early springtime. Comfortable, easily maintained and they shed the water from wet vegetation and snow very well. I wear 35 x 36 and a size large fits well.

(Posted on 5/13/15)

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 1/16/15)

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 2/13/14)

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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