Outdoor ResearchVoodoo Softshell Pant - Men's

Style and performance for all your projects.

From an exposed rock route on the Tetons to the celebratory bar 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 stretches for complete freedom of movement while the slick jean-style cut is intended to help you send an entirely different (although just as dangerous) type of project when you're done.

  • Nylon double-weave softshell fabric is breathable, quick drying, and weather resistant
  • 12% spandex and articulated knees provide freedom of movement
  • Trim jean-style cut with a button and zipper fly provide ample style for the bar
  • Low-profile waist is designed to fit beneath a harness
  • Zippered thigh and rear pocket keep valuables safely stowed
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Wanted to love these...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 32/Reg

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.

disapointed

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: 32 reg

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.

I'm sorry about this Mark! The Voodoo and Ferrosi and not speced out the same. Sorry the sizing didn't work out - they are great pants!

Leta
OR Rep

Comfy, waist almost too loose

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 38 Regular

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.

Seems to be a consistent theme here, Derek. I will pass on to OR. Thank you!

Leta
OR Rep

Comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 32/M

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

Thank you for the review, Zachary!

Leta
OR Rep

They Work Very Well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 30

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.

Thank you for the feedback, Samuel!

Leta
OR Rep

Great pants for backpacking!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 32/Reg

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!

Thanks for the great review, James! Enjoy!

Leta
OR Rep

great for many uses

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

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.

Thank you for the review, Zach! Sorry I just saw it now!

Leta
OR Rep

Wider and Shorter than expected

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

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.

Too Short, Shallow Pockets

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 30x32

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.

Too short!

    Great pants for climbing and hiking, but just too short. The 32 length used to fit about like a 31, but I ordered a new pair and they got even shorter.

    If you have Ferrosi pants note that these will be easily an inch shorter when on.

    I wish OR would either make a 34 or make these actually 32.

    Saving $$$ by not making and stocking a 34 is probably OK if the 32 was not MUCH too short.

    Fantastic And Versatile Pants

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 30

    I've worn these pants on both long summer forest hikes and cold mountain hikes in driving rain. These pants are very comfortable, breathable, block wind, resist water well, and dry quickly. They'll also stylish enough to wear in more casual conditions.

    I own both the black and charcoal pairs of these, and both of them run a little lighter in color than the pictures here suggest. Not an issue for me, but other people may care.

    The waist does run a little big, despite having ordered the smallest option available (I normally a 30 or 31 for most pants).

    As noted in many other reviews, there's some idiosyncrasies related to the various pockets. The non-zippered) front pockets are a bit too shallow for me to trust that anything I put in them wouldn't fall/bounce out, the zippered rear pocket is also a bit shallow, and the zippered thigh pocket seems a bit too deep, to the point where heavier things placed in it bounce around a bit with every step. I was prepared for this from prior reviews I bought my first pair, and actually bought a second pair despite my slight complaints, but if there's an area these pants can be improved it's probably here.

    Thank you, Bryan! I will pass that solid feedback to the designers at OR!

    Enjoy your Voodoos... I just bought a pair for myself in women's and love them!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    100% satisfied and would buy again

      Bought 2 sets to use for a Kilimanjaro trek, only ended up using one! Wore them every day for 7 days straight, changing out in the evenings at the campsite. Extremely comfortable, water resistant, and wind resistant. Sat on a few sharp rocks and slid down from the summit (yay fun!), and these pants stood up to the abuse. Only thing is the two front pockets are rather shallow, as other reviews have pointed out. However, does not impact my satisfaction at all, and see myself wearing them for normal use too. Great buy. Thanks, Outdoor Research!

      100% satisfied and would buy again

      Which I could show them off more...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: 30

      Great pants and very comfortable...I love the stretch and they've treated me very well for climbing. Pocket placement is insanely perfect to be able to access every one easily while wearing my harness.

      My only complaint is they run too short if you're tall and have a small waist...I would love to wear these out everyday, but only take them climbing. (I am usually a 28/32 waist/inseam and went with the 30, which makes for an inseam too short for me.)

      Perfect pants

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 30

      These are one of the few slim-fit hiking pants out there. They fit extremely well. I've used them up the DC route on Rainier in July and they were warm and water-resistant enough, while at the same time being comfortable in 35C days in Whistler, climbing in Squamish, Yosemite and the Sierras. Apart from some pocket stitching wearing out due to chimneys they have held up great. In fact, I've skinned my knees several times while climbing but the pant itself shows no wear. The waist does expand due to sweat, so I recommend getting the smallest size that will fit you.

      Nikhil, Thank you for taking the time to write about the Voodoo Pants. These pants are so versitile, AND they have a good looking style to them!

      Thanks again,

      Leta
      OR Rep

      Fantastic pant!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 34

      I have worn this pants a ton now. I have even taken them on a climb of Seneca Rocks in WV. I wore the OR feerossi pants, and I let my girlfriend wear these. She is not the most experienced climber, and it was her first multi pitch. Needless to say they got drug scrapped and rubbed all over those rocks for several hours of climbing and came out great. They have plenty of stretch for any activity, and look great on the mountain, or walking down the street. The fit was great for me, I am 5'8" 170lbs. I can't say enough good things about these pants, I'm going to have to buy my girlfriend her own set so she doesn't steal mine anymore!

      Ian - Thank you for taking the time to write up this excellent feedbac on the Voodoo. You are spot on!

      I'll pass it on to OR!

      Leta
      OR Rep

      These Pants Do It All

      I wore these pants on the JMT this summer, have taken them on multiple backpacking and hiking trips, and wear them around town. I love the comfort and fit.

      These Pants Do It All

      Drew - WOW - what a photo! Thank you for taking the time to share about how cool these Voodoo Pants are. I am happy to say that we also have them for women! Great styling, rugged durability and awesome movement with the stretch.

      Thank you again!

      Leta
      OR Rep

      Leta, Thanks! I was distraught when I found out the Outdoor Research Supercharger pants were discontinued. I took those things trekking in Peru and the Alps. I'm so happy to have found the Voodoo.

      Awesome picture Drew !!!

      I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

      Unanswered Question

      Do these pants have a brushed interior wall?

      how water resistant are they in comparison to other soft shell pants?

      I wore these on the JMT through a few thunderstorms and never had a problem.

      Hey, what's the exact Inseam length for a size 30" Waist? I'm 32" Inseam with a 30-31" Waist.

      Hey there - Leta from OR here - The inseam on the 30" is a 31". If you want a 32" inseam, you will need to go up to a 32" waist - not ideal for you! I have the same issue on the women's side! Hope this helped! Leta

      It did! Could I ask you another question? Why did you guys get rid of short and long lengths?

      My Go-To Mountaineering Pants

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

      These things are absolutely flawless. Slim enough to minimize crampon snags and roomy enough for a medium base layer. From the PNW to the Tetons, along with numerous peaks here in Idaho, these pants have performed amazing. They're super lightweight, shed snow/rain, dry quickly, breath well, extremely abrasive resistant, and look good out on the town after a big climb. This is by far the most versatile garment I own, comfortable from -10F(w/ med base) to 80F. For reference, I'm 5' 10, 165lb and I purchased a 32, which is what I wear in regular jeans.