Outdoor Research Exos Pants - Men's


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These pants will get you through this season, and many more to come; the Men's Outdoor Research Exos Pants feature durable fabric that resists wear from ski edges and crampons. It is brushed on the inside for light warmth in freezing temps. Carefully placed storage pockets keep small items in place without interfering with your stride.


  • Double-weave, stretch Cordura®face/Thermolite®polyester backing
  • Accepts accessory suspenders
  • Integrated belt; snap and zipper fly
  • Two zippered hand pockets
  • Two zippered thigh pockets
  • Gusseted cuffs with ankle zippers
  • Loops for instep lace

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

12 Reviews

  • Build quality: 5
  • Great design: 4
  • Performance: 4
  • Ease of use: 3

  • Cost: 2
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Fit: 4 / 5
Warmth: 3.7 / 5
Water Protection: 2.7 / 5

12 Ratings & Reviews

All in one
January 06, 2009

Great quality pants. Perfect for a cold day Kept me warm during during a day with a gusty wind and an average temperature about 25F. With a good insulation layer under, could be used in even colder climate.

These are some tough pants
July 21, 2010

Bombproof....these pants are super tough. Kept me warm and dry all winter. I've put a ton of miles on em and my first pair is still going strong

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from taos
45-54 yrs

all around cool weather pants
March 24, 2011

My go-to workout pant for just about everything outdoors. Great for cool weather runs, a quick stretch session, and essential equipment for a trip up the diamond in the summer. Get a pair before they're gone!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost

backcountry pants that take a beating
January 13, 2008

Perfect for cool weather cragging and spring touring. These pants hold up well to the punishment of alpine climbing and keep me warm and dry while backcoutry skiing.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

November 30, 2010

I've been wearing an O.R. Mithril softshell jacket for several years and always wanted to try a pair of softshell pants. The Exos by O.R. is a wonderful hiking pant for the shoulder seasons of early spring,fall, and into winter. I christened them on a three day backpacking trip in Linville Gorge last weekend and was suriprised by them. They are lightly insulated and the pair i was wearing was black in color....the surprise came on the third day when it was 60F and we had Shortoff Mountain to climb. Shortoff had burned sometime in the last 5 years and the sun was full on. I expected to roast and wet out with sweat but I didn't! Surprisingly under these conditions of full sun, 60F, and humping a loaded backpack uphill the pants managed the perspiration well. In camp each night the light insulation provided enough until well after dark and only when it got below 30F did I put on the Thermawrap pants (part of the sleep system). When you are stepping over downed trees you will love the stretch and the pockets are enough for what I need while on the move. The hidden cargo pockets are limited but they won't catch on bramble like a full out cargo pocket will when loaded down. I liked these pants so much I'm waiting on a pair in the kaki color! Truth in review, we had no rain on this trip to experiment with but I have put them under the facet and can tell it will take a while for them to wet out....so the wise hiker will have a lower shell like the Golite Reed in the pack. So an overall woohoo to the OR Exos :)

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

One tough pant..
September 22, 2009

I have worn the Exos pants on two sheep hunts, one in the Yukon and one in British Columbia. Riding horse for over 50 miles, sliding down gravel and rock slides on my back and butt, rain, river crossings, cold nights and hot weather. These pants are one tough item. I just ordered a second pair for the when the first pair gets dirty. I don't think you can wear them out.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
from Salt Lake City, UT
55-64 yrs

Exos pants
November 25, 2010

Very light and comfortable. Do not seem overly warm at first, but once you are outside walking, they breathe and you do not get over heated. Having 4 pockets is great, as I like to carry different items in separate ones, to be more organized. I am 5'10" and 170 # and usually wear a 34/30 pant; the large are a generous fit. I have yet to try them xcountry skiiing but that is the plan this winter.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Just what my husband was looking for - great hiking pants!
December 28, 2009

These pants are warm for cold weather hiking and very easy to move around in. They also look great on him. Worth the price - he loved this gift.

Spring Skiing
April 28, 2008

A great back country pant for the spring ski season. Transitions well into summer for backpacking, alpine routes and the pub.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Pittsburgh PA
35-44 yrs

OR Exos Pants
December 23, 2010

After conducting quite a bit of research on soft shell pants, I selected the men's Exos pant. As an avid outdoorsman in Southwestern PA, we have small hills compared to out west, but lake-effect snow and the "Canadian Clipper" still have a tremendous impact. My outdoor activities involve sporting clays, sledding with my kids (standing around whilst waiting to push the next rider), and frequent overnight camping treks in Forbes Forest where the cover can be very thick. With these fairly low aerobic activities in mind, my focus was with wind protection, warmth/breathability, and durability of the fabric in the woods. These pants score perfect marks on all three counts. At 6' and 190 lbs (34" waist) I choose a large. The fit is slightly slimmer compared to khakis, but not clingy or tight. The stretch fabric and gusseted crotch makes striding and climbing very comfortable without the pants riding up or binding. The surface of the exterior is Cordura, and while not of the same denier as that found on upland brush pants, its easy to see that these will take more abuse that other soft shells. Workmanship of the Exos is simply outstanding. Upon close inspection, I could not find any flaws in the stitching, seam irregularity, or loose threads commonly found in garments. If shear strength is a concern, its important to note that most of the seams are double-stitched to aid in longevity. Where these pants really shine is in wind protection and warmth. The temperatures here in PA are currently in the mid twenties with winds around 20 mph (according to the Weather Channel!) The Exos blocked the wind without any of the seepage common to other more basic soft shell pants. They keep their warmth without any retained sweat accumulation. (The durability has yet to be field tested, but I'm confident in the Cordura's performance.) In all, the Exos are well worth the investment, and are backed by Outdoor Research's Infinite Guarantee in case they have an issue. I would highly recommend pants, particularly to someone who also participates in low aerobic winter activities where alot of standing around is to be expected.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, wind blockage
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from las vegas
35-44 yrs

I love it.
May 20, 2011

I love this pants. It's very breathable, waterproof, light, and comfortable. I use this for skiing and cold, rainy or winter mountain biking. Good all purpose outdoor shell for a variety of activity and weather situations.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Excellent all around hiking pant
September 12, 2010

Picked these up for cooler weather hiking, climbing, backpacking in the Cascades. These are excellent all around backcountry pants, and while they cut the wind nicely, and help keep you comfortable in cooler weather, they are not uncomfortable when it heats up a bit either. Definitely the nicest backcountry pants I've owned. Decided to pick up the OR suspenders which fit these and various rain pants made by OR.

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