Built to withstand chillier autumnal weather, the Cirque Pant is a highly wind-resistant (but not windproof) and water-resistant trouser with plenty of stretch and a robust feel to the fabric. There are loops for braces on the waist, though no stretch in the waist, but the brushed lining makes this comfier than most. There is a large crotch gusset and articulated knees, and when combined with the close but not overly tight fit, Outdoor Research Cirque Pants feel great for general hill trips. The ankle cuff isn’t too baggy or too close, while a zipped gusset allows this fit to be adjusted. There’s a very tough scuff area inside the ankle cuff as well as a boot lace loop and the facility to attach instep cords to hold the cuff down. The only way to improve this cuff would be a removable internal gaiter. The three waist pockets and single hip pocket are all zipped and a decent size, but if you like to stuff a map into any of them it’s a tight squeeze. Also the zip entry to the thigh pocket is from the front, which makes using it a little too fussy to be ideal. Sadly the women’s Cirque is only available in the USA (the nearest equivalent is the £70 Voodoo, a lighter and less durable pant).
Fabric 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% Spandex double weave stretch
Weight 581g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes none
The Outdoor Research Cirque Pants are good soft shell trousers with a great ankle cuff design and general style for hill activities in cold and wet weather.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013