Pants for cloud-lounging.

If 'vertical' is a word that appears in your everyday vocabulary, then the Outdoor Research Women's Cirque Softshell Pants want to catch some altitude with you. Made for days in the mountains when waterproof hard-shell pants would be too stuffy but regular hiking pants wouldn't provide enough protection, the Cirque pants are crafted with a water-resistant, double-weave stretch fabric that shields you from mist and doesn't mind the occasional spring skiing day. The trim fit lies comfortably under a harness during summer alpine missions, and a durable scuff guard adds a layer of defense against crampon points and ski edges. Multiple pockets accommodate your essentials while you move up in the world.

  • Pants for winter hiking, spring skiing, and summer alpinism
  • Made with stretchy, water-resistant, double-weave fabric
  • Trim fit for unrestricted movement and harness-wear
  • Ankle side-zips and kick-panels for use with skis
  • Adjustable elastic tab waist with belt loops
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great comfortable pants

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Recently took these on an 8 day winter trip on mount rainier. These were super comfortable. We encountered it all, rain, snow, cold, and warm in he sun and these pants were great, dry quickly, easy to layer under and over. I also really liked the zippered pockets, kept my phone in the one lower on the thigh, easy to reach especially with a heavy pack on without having to unbuckle the hip belt. I also felt secure keeping my ID in a pocket since it zippered. I highly recommend!

Great Soft Shell Pant

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Great fit! Nice side pocket. Using for winter hiking.

Nice pants, but wish they had more sizes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Size Bought: Small and Medium

These pants are awesome. They are warm, breathable, versatile, and resistant to water. BUT I wish they came in more sizes. I usually wear a size 6, but the medium is too loose with too long of legs and the small is too tight. Very aggravating. If this came in specific sizes (2, 4, 6, etc.), I would have given it 5 stars. *sigh*

Great winter hiking pant!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I love these pants! They are super stretchy, comfortable, and durable and you can wear them for long days in the mountains! I wore them for a weeklong alpine climbing trip and they didn't disappoint! I also wear them for winter or cold hiking, as well as skinning. If you are looking for a great winter/spring hiking pant, look no further!

Thank you Amy! The Cirque is a great pant and I love its versatility. Glad you are using them to their full potential!

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Great Pants for Skinning

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I love these pants. Got them for backcountry and uphill skinning. Great when you are moving but cold when stopped (as expected). I also run cold. My boyfriend has the same ones in the mens and he loves them. Also good for XC skiing too. I love the tabs on the sides which allow the correct fitting around my waist. I often have the problem in womens outdoor gear with bad sizing for athletic women. This feature solves that issue.
I am 5

A great review Nat! And very accurate. Perfect when moving, and colder when stopped. Still, an excellent choice for BC skiing. Enjoy your turns!

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Wierd Sizing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: small & medium

These are great pants, but the sizing is off. Based on reviews I ordered the medium. I'm 5'5', 128 lbs and athletic. The medium was huge even with my thermal weight tights on underneath. So, I ordered the small. They fit trim like pants with little room in the waist to comfortable wear any weight thermal. How there is such a size discrepancy between the two sizes is baffling to me. I generally wear a size 4 and am confused why neither of these fit. So, back they both go.

Hi Rebecca, Thank you for this. I have not heard that feedback, but will pass it on to OR. Thank you for helping to make us better, and I am sorry they did not work for you -

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So awesome I ordered a second pair!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: s

I ordered these pants for winter training in prep for an alpine expedition this summer. I had them with me for a mountain hike in the snow and they kept me toasty warm and dry. Our next stop on the same trip was the CA central coast. I wore them on a 55 degree day hike and they were so breathable that I didn't overheat. I'm 5'3, 117 lbs with a small waist. I have trouble finding pants that fit my behind and thighs without gapping at the waist. The adjustable waist tabs on these pants provided a perfect fit in size small.

Thanks Lori - so glad you love them!

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Nice stretchy pants

    I'm 5'5' 135lb and usually wear medium. So I ordered medium and it's perfect. Very comfortable and gives me a good range of motion. There's enough room for one thick layer for me. Not waterproof but it kept me dry when I used for snowshoeing.

    Hi Kaori,
    Thank you for the review - the Cirque pants are among our best selling pants for winter activity. Glad you mentioned not waterproof... if we did that, they wouldn't be as breathable as they are for cold weather activity! Enjoy your adventures!

    Leta
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    awesome fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small

    Amazing fit for a curvy figure, sits high enough on my waist to feel secure & comfortable. my only complaint is the stiffness of the bottom of the leg, but I think that will be a non-issue with hiking /snow boots on. Super well-made, definitely quality for the price. I'm 5'2

    Thanks for the great review! The stiffness is due to the scuff guard, which is so important for skis! Enjoy your adventures with the Cirque!

    Leta
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    Great pants

      I bought these as a gift for my girlfriend. I have the mens version and I think they are the best soft shell pants around. She ordered the xs (her usual size) and ended up returning them for a s so that she could fit base layers underneath.

      Great feedback, thank you!

      Leta
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      Love these pants

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I ordered XS and S for my upcoming Mt. Rainier climb. Size XS was way too small but the S fit perfectly (I am 5'7" and weight about 135lb. The pants are fantastic, they are warm and very durable . I plan on taking them with me to climb Mt. Denali next year.

      Thanks for the reviews Anna! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

      Hope your climb was successful.

      Love These

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      I have used these snowshoeing and absolutely love them. I did wear a heavy base layer for warmth. These pants are very comfortable with the stretch fabric. The adjustable waistband is great. While they are not completely waterproof, they are resistant enough to have kept me dry. Highly recommend.

      Thank you for taking the time to write, Rebecca. These pants are among our best for women's technical pants, especially for active use like backcountry skiing and snowshoing.

      Enjoy!

      Leta
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      Do these pants have boot gaiters?

      Best Answer

      They don't have an internal gaiter, like some ski pants have. However, the cuffs do have grommets where you can attach a cord and create makeshift gaiters.

      Kristin, if you would like a similar pant with an internal gaiter, look at the Trailbreaker. Otherwise, great solution, Jennifer!

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        I love these pants. They have held up to three years of dog sledding abuse. The pants have sustained a few holes in the fabric over time but considering that they have been exposed to millions of sharp dog nails, real nails and snow hooks I am impressed. The holes also do not grow over time which is great as well. They are more waterproof than many of my rain pants and dry much faster. The only negative comment I have towards these pants is the zipper fly. It splits at the bottom and is always coming open even with the zipper is fully up. I have had the zipper replaced once with a heavier zipper and the same problem arises. My boyfriend also ownes these pants and has the same problem so I know it's not just me and my pair. Other than the zipper issues I practically live in these pants all year long.

        Ibionna, Thank you for taking the time to write. I just sent this feedback to OR so they might be able to address it for future generations. The pant is awesome, I agree! Super durable and weather resistant!

        Thanks again,

        Leta

        Rappelling off pride point

        Circque pants kept me warm for 12 days in the Alaska Range

        Rappelling off pride point

        slim fit

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: xs

        as a paradoxical outdoorsy girl and skinny jeans-wearer, i'm always on a quest to find pants that perform well and are flattering/slim fit. these are a pretty good match. i wear these in an xs, but if i wanted a more relaxed fit, the s would probably work well. i'm perfectly comfortable in the xs, but wouldn't be able to fit a very thick baselayer underneath. they are perfect for snow days with my icebreaker midweight base layer.

        for my wildnerness first responder class, i had to lay in the snow for an extended period of time as a "patient." these kept me warm and dry, even while laying sedentary in fresh snow.

        the bottom of the pant is slightly tight around my snowboard boots, but the zippers make them easy to get on. i docked one star because i did have a zipper fail on my first pair and had to exchange them.

        slim fit

        Never run with ice axes.

        Never run with ice axes.

        Big-Ice Pants

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: Runs large

        So I decided to try ice climbing...yikes! On the recommendation of the San Juan Mountain Guides, after registering for an Intro clinic at the Ouray Ice Festival, I ordered these with 2-day shipping (nothing like last-minute purchases, great planning, yeah, yeah) and excitedly tore open the bag when they arrived. Stepped into these super-cool, wonderfully stretchy pants, hiked them up and...what the what?! These things are crAzy-long! I'm 5'7", so what's going on here? I check the tag - "Did I accidentally order a Tall?" - no, I did not. But what do I know from ice climbing pants. Mayyyybe when I get the demo boots and crampons on, they'll be fine, hmm. Nope. They bunched around my lower legs and ankles. Can you GUESS what happened? That's right, my crampon punched a little hole ABOVE the protective patch on the inside leg. Aarrgh! Was it still awesome? Heck, yes! But my boyfriend tried these pants on later and they FIT him. He's 6'2", for cryin' out loud! He's got his own pants, so he won't be rocking these babies anywhere anytime soon. Has anyone else found these pants to be ridiculously long? On a side note: nice goat on my helmet!

        Big-Ice Pants

        Love them

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        Bought these for hiking ice climbing and backcountry skiing. They have been awesome for all of these things! They have areas of stretchier fabric in the crotch and above the butt so you can move easy and still be comfortable. Have held up well against rock and ice, only wear was from a wayward high crampon step.

        Perfect Pants!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large

        I bought these to use as winter hiking and climbing pants. I was worried that using a softshell wouldn't be windproof/waterproof enough but these are perfect! They are really stretchy and don't hinder movement at all. I wore them in -10 degree temps with 30mph wind with smartwool base and fleece pant midlayer and was comfortable (the next day I forwent the midlayer and was uncomfortably cold) They do run a little big--I typically wear size 6 in pants and ordered a medium and they are a bit baggy. I was originally going to return them but knew that I would want two layers underneath for some upcoming colder climbs and I'm really glad I stayed with the medium. The waist has nifty velcro straps that you can cinch down which negates the need for a belt. I also really like the pocket placement lower on the right leg so that items are easily accessible when wearing a harness. It's obvious that these pants are designed to function well.

        Perfect Pants!