Durable soft shell pants with all the weather protection you want for heading out year-round. Heavy-weight fabric is tough and protective without sacrificing breathability and comfort.
Outdoor Research says:
Best-selling alpine climbing pants with breathable, durable, and weather-resistant double weave fabric.
Fresh style meets an old favorite with the Cirque II Pants, a makeover of our best-selling, most reliably durable soft shell pants. Purpose-built for the 4-season athlete, the Cirque II Pants feature a harness-compatible waist and reinforced scuff guards to aid all the objectives on your winter climbing tick list. Plus, the Cirque II Pants feature a waistband that's amplified by ActiveTemp™, the thermo-regulating technology that adjusts to your body temperature to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during high-exertion activities. Everything you loved about the original Cirque Pants is still there - including wind and water resistance, movement-mirroring stretch, and unmatched breathability, making these the perfect choice for high-energy alpine climbing, mountaineering, and ice climbing.
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Outdoor Research's Cirque II Pants use a tough 90D softshell fabric to produce a solid, reliable winter pant. The fabric used provides a great level of protection from the wind and rain while still stretching and moving really well. The tough material is designed to give enough stretch for a wide range of movement without sacrificing the protection. Due to the heavy weight nature of the pants they are a bit too warm for mild days on the hills but work really well when there's a cold wind or temperatures drop.
Practically, these pants have some good sized pockets, harness compatible waist and an avalanche beacon pocket for serious trips out in the winter. Despite some of the more technical features they are also good general hill pants for the cold with ankle zips and boot lace hooks adding to the practical design.
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