Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Lightweight, great fit, excellent ventilation
Cons: Not as versatile
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Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365
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|Pros||Lightweight, great fit, excellent ventilation||Highly breathable, comfortable, lightweight, quick drying||Comfortable, fast-drying, breathable||Incredibly soft, great fit, very comfortable, UPF rating||Inexpensive, comfortable stretch, durable, 360º reflective banding|
|Cons||Not as versatile||Taped seams on shoulders less durable than sewn seams||Unnecessary flap of fabric across the back||Slow drying speed, no reflective accents||Heavy, not very breathable|
|Bottom Line||A performance shirt for the runner logging miles in hot climates or hitting the gym||Exceedingly comfortable and fast drying are the two top attributes for the best running shirt you can buy||This shirt outperforms many of the best in terms of comfort and breathability without being cost-prohibitive||The most comfortable shirt we've worn and it has specific features for running||A comfortable running shirt with a full feature set for a fraction of the price|
|Rating Categories||Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365||Patagonia Airchaser||Under Armour UA Str...||Vuori Strato Tech||Baleaf Quick Dry|
|Drying Speed (20%)|
|Features & Versatility (20%)|
|Specs||Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365||Patagonia Airchaser||Under Armour UA Str...||Vuori Strato Tech||Baleaf Quick Dry|
|Weight (size Medium)||3.4 oz||2.6 oz||4.4 oz||4.3 oz||4.8 oz|
|Material||80% polyester, 20% spandex||Recycled polyester||93% polyester, 7% elastarell||96% polyester, 4% elastane||90% polyester, 10% spandex|
|Reflective Areas?||Yes - 2||Yes - 2||Yes - 3||No||Yes - 4|
|Seam Type||Flatlock and Overlock||Flatlock and Taped||Flatlock||Flatlock and Overlock||Flatlock and Overlock|
|UPF?||Not Stated||Not Stated||Not Stated||30+||Not Stated|
|Odor Control?||No||Yes - HeiQ Fresh durable odor control||Yes - Active biocide zinc microbes||Yes - undeclared||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
When we pulled this shirt on, we felt ready to not just jog, but run at a blistering clip. No other shirt made us feel this way. Some shirts we tested are made of comfortable fabric that is nice for lounging — this is not one of those shirts. It wants to perform and wants to be in motion.
This is a shirt we would wear for the entirety of a 24-hour race. It isn't the most comfortable shirt to wear to bed and it certainly doesn't qualify as casual wear, which we like. The Rise 365 is designed for bodies in motion and it wants to stay in motion. It drapes lightly over the torso with just enough room in the fit to draft along the body with each arm swing, but not too much extra material as to cause bunching beneath a hydration vest.
The 80% polyester / 20% spandex gridded weave is not soft to the touch like some of the other poly-blend shirts we tested. We don't love the slight plastic feel of the fabric in hand but can attest that it isn't noticeable when wearing the shirt.
Performance categories are where the Rise 365 outshines most every other shirt we tested. During our first run on a dry 85º day in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we never felt stifled by the fabric. The square gridded weave across the back promotes uniform breathability, which was effective while wearing a hydration pack for three hours of cruising along the trails.
In our subsequent test runs, we found no issues with breathability, but also didn't notice any edge over our other top performers in this category. The Rise 365 effectively breathes, allowing an active runner to thermoregulate, while still offering the protection that a shirt can provide against chafing and sun. That said, some combination of the weight, fabric, and weave make this shirt incredibly airy. Time after time, we would hang up the Rise to take a photo of it and the slightest breeze would blow it away while all of the other shirts remained unaffected.
When analyzing drying speed, two additional factors are good to acknowledge: the saturated weight and the dry weight of the shirt. We ran all of the shirts through the wash and a single spin cycle, then weighed them prior to placing them in the dryer for 5-minute increments. This saturated weight reflects how much water a shirt will absorb and the Rise 365 did not absorb very much thanks to the square gridded weave that lessens the fabric's surface area. The result is that even when wet, this shirt really only feels damp, as was confirmed by numerous field tests on warm days. Dump a cup of water over your head at an aid station and the wet is completely dry within 15 minutes.
As one of the lightest shirts we tested, the Rise 365 returned to its dry weight of 3.4 ounces after three cycles in the dryer. Because we loved so much about this shirt and it was a contender for an award, we stress-tested it extensively in heat, humidity, and cold rain. There was no arguing with the Rise 365 when it came to breathability and drying speed.
Features & Versatility
The Rise features a mesh pocket at the top of the back, which is an interesting decision. We start with this feature because it had us perplexed. We tried to put a couple of gels in the pocket and their combined weight pulled the back of the shirt down, tightening the shirt collar against our neck. Not meant for that. We put a couple of dollars and an ID in that pocket as if going out for a run and ending at a beer garden but had no confidence that the pocket would hold our valuables in place. The verdict: it works as a stuff pocket.
With some great features, including a hi-vis logo on the front that can be seen while wearing a pack, and nice reflective banding on the back shoulders, the Nike Rise 365 is great for running. However, when we consider that this shirt is slippery to the touch and cold to the skin, it loses some ground with the competition.
In previous years, this shirt may have taken home the highest recognition or been a close runner-up, but the quality of the shirts we are testing is constantly improving and very competitive. That said, the Rise 365 is excellent and competes with other excellent shirts at or below the same price range. We see the most value for the runner who is fully committed to running and wants a go-to shirt that is compatible with a hydration pack and stays cool and dry in hot climates.
We love this shirt for its excellent ventilation and airy feel. The fit is spot on for our medium tester who stands 5'10" and weighs 155 pounds. With some light shirts, we expect the material to bunch up behind a pack or bounce excessively. We didn't find that to be a problem with the Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365. If you want performance, this shirt will fit the bill and hopefully, it will help you stay cool on your way to a big PR.
— Jeff Colt