Durable, highly breathable and water-resistant, the Outdoor Research Women's Cirque Pant functions well for winter backpacking, snowshoeing, ski touring and winter alpine conditions.
We are taking a look at the Outdoor Research Women’s Cirque pants. These are a soft shell pant that are highly abrasion resistant. They are stretchy so you are going to be able to move in them. They are resistant to water, but they are also highly breathable. So these would be the perfect soft shell pants for alpine conditions, ski touring, anything you can throw at it in the winter that is an activity that you want to be moving fast, that you want a lot of range of motion, but you want pants that are going to give wind resistance, water resistance and a little bit of warmth. We will take a look at all the features from top to bottom.
These pants are extremely comfortable and the fit is great. Starting at the top you have a zippered fly with a button top closure on there. And on the sides here you actually have a Velcro waistband that is adjustable. So I can open that up, make it a little bit bigger or smaller, depending on what you are wearing underneath of them. So if you are wearing a base layer, something like that, you might want to adjust them out that waist band to be a little bit bigger, but if you are wearing these pants by themselves, you can cinch that down and make them a little bit smaller.
You have really wide belt loops all the way around so you can put a belt on to there and there is also attachment points for suspender straps. So in alpine conditions you can definitely attach straps to there. It is not included in the pants, but you can buy them separately.
The height of these pants comes up pretty high. It is assuming that you are going to be wearing these in colder conditions, maybe snow and things like that, so they do come up pretty high. They sit up on top of your hip bones. And then moving down here you have got four pockets. You have two hand level pockets and these are zippered pockets, one nice stretchy pocket here on the side of the leg and then you do have a smaller zippered pocket in the back. You just have one pocket back there for smaller items.
Down here at the knees you have really nicely sewn, articulated knees. So you have got some darts there in the knee. It is going to give you a lot of range of motion. But that material here is a very durable stretch woven fabric. You are going to have a lot of movement with that fabric and all the stretch in there, but those articulated knees really give you more freedom of movement. And then moving down the leg, you do have some extra material here on the inside of the leg on the bottom. So if you are climbing, you know, doing some ice climbing or something like that and you have got crampons on or if you just have extra traction on your shoes, that is really going to be more abrasion resistant. So that material isn’t stretchy. It is very durable, though, so it is more durable than the pants. And that is going to hold up to just long days of hiking and that sort of thing.
There is even two little loops on the bottom there, a grometted metal loops. So you can actually put, you know, string under your shoe or something like that, so you can attach them that way. And then there is a zipper down at the bottom that allows you to open up the bottom of the pants for getting boots on and off.
You also have a stretchy draw cord. So you can really cinch the bottom of the pants down. If you are wearing gators over top of them, you can cinch it down so that it is a little bit more streamlined, but these pants also have a metal hook on the front of them down at the bottom, so almost like a gator, you can attach them there.
So there is a lot of features here. The attentions to detail really stand out to me. So all of the stitch lines, all of the places where, like I said, in the articulated knees and that kind of thing, they are very, very durable. So all in all they fit really great.
I am wearing a size small and in Outdoor Research I wear smalls pretty much all across the board. I am just wearing the pants by themselves right now and they fit really well. You have got plenty of room in the leg. So especially from the knee down they give you a lot of room there for base layers, boots, that kind of a thing. And up through the middle of the leg and in through the top you definitely have some room to put some base layers underneath of it, but it does have a little bit of a trim fit.
They are the perfect pants for any winter outdoor adventure. They are the Outdoor Research Women’s Cirque pants.