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Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365 Review

A performance shirt for the runner logging miles in hot climates or hitting the gym
Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365
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Pros:  Lightweight, great fit, excellent ventilation
Cons:  Not as versatile
Manufacturer:   Nike
By Jeff Colt ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 28, 2021
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RANKED
#3 of 10
  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Breathability - 30% 9
  • Drying Speed - 20% 9
  • Features & Versatility - 20% 7

Our Verdict

The Nike Dri-FIT Rise 365 is for runners who seek performance and want a shirt that is lightweight, fast-drying, and feature-rich. What separates this shirt from others we reviewed is the style and cut. We never felt like we were swimming in material nor did we feel confined by fabric. This shirt fits well and looks sharp. Most notably, it performs admirably, as evidenced by high scores across breathability and drying speed. What's more, the reflective accents stand out while wearing a hydration pack. If you're looking for a solid layer for your next big race, this is a great one to consider.

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Pros Lightweight, great fit, excellent ventilationHighly breathable, comfortable, lightweight, quick dryingComfortable, fast-drying, breathableIncredibly soft, great fit, very comfortable, UPF ratingInexpensive, comfortable stretch, durable, 360º reflective banding
Cons Not as versatileTaped seams on shoulders less durable than sewn seamsUnnecessary flap of fabric across the backSlow drying speed, no reflective accentsHeavy, not very breathable
Bottom Line A performance shirt for the runner logging miles in hot climates or hitting the gymExceedingly comfortable and fast drying are the two top attributes for the best running shirt you can buyThis shirt outperforms many of the best in terms of comfort and breathability without being cost-prohibitiveThe most comfortable shirt we've worn and it has specific features for runningA 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
Comfort (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
6.0
Breathability (30%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Drying Speed (20%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
Features & Versatility (20%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
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.

Performance Comparison


Although it wasn't the lightest shirt we tested, it certainly is the...
Although it wasn't the lightest shirt we tested, it certainly is the airiest and feels featherlight when it drafts over your torso. We hung it out on a clothesline and the slightest gust of wind would lift it away when no other shirt hardly moved.
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Comfort


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.

Two different weaves contribute to the fluid form of the front and...
Two different weaves contribute to the fluid form of the front and the highly breathable back.
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Breathability


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.

An airy square gridded weave allows for excess heat to escape, but...
An airy square gridded weave allows for excess heat to escape, but still feels good with a pack tight to the back.
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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.

Sweltering sun yet still breathable to remain quite dry.
Sweltering sun yet still breathable to remain quite dry.
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Drying Speed


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.

Lightweight and designed for running performance. While not as...
Lightweight and designed for running performance. While not as versatile as some other shirts we tested, if running is your every waking minute, you should probably be spending your life in this shirt.
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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.

This mesh works as a great stuff pocket but it doesn't work at...
This mesh works as a great stuff pocket but it doesn't work at holding stuff.
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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.

A sweatband integrated into the collar of the Nike Rise 365 and...
A sweatband integrated into the collar of the Nike Rise 365 and clear reflective banding are features we expect and appreciate. The neck pocket is a feature, but not one we could find much use for.
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Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Rise to the occasion 365 days a year with the Nike Rise 365.
Rise to the occasion 365 days a year with the Nike Rise 365.
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