Rab Nucleus Hoody - Women's Review
Cons: Not very warm, no weather resistance
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Rab Nucleus Hoody - Women's
|Price||$97.99 at Amazon||$169.00 at Backcountry|
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|$159 List||$103.73 at REI||$179.00 at REI|
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|Pros||Lightweight, breathable, full-length zipper and a hood||Breathable, durable, helmet compatible hood, awesome thermoregulation, high value||Warm, extremely breathable, cuts the wind, soft and cozy fabrics, stretchy and great mobility||Simple, super light and packable, fits well with harness and pack, breathable, loose but fitted, cute style||Super cozy materials, stylish, lightweight, warm, amenable fit|
|Cons||Not very warm, no weather resistance||Not weather resistant, expensive||Pills after washing, style isn't for everybody, breast pocket is small and seemingly unfunctional||Poorly sized chest pocket, durability issues, expensive||Expensive, zipper slips down, shorter sleeves|
|Bottom Line||A lightweight piece to add to your layering system||The perfect fleece that will take you from the grocery store to the mountain tops||This fleece is best when it comes to thermoregulation||This packable and light fleece is designed for ladies that like to be on the move||A stylish and comfortable fleece best for relaxed hikes and wearing around town|
|Rating Categories||Rab Nucleus Hoody - Women's||R1 Full Zip Hoody||R1 Air Hoody||Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody||Kyanite Hoody|
|Comfort And Fit (20%)|
|Layering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Movement (15%)|
|Weather Resistance (5%)|
|Specs||Rab Nucleus Hoody...||R1 Full Zip Hoody||R1 Air Hoody||Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip...||Kyanite Hoody|
|Main Fabric||Thermic fleece & Power Grid||Polartec PowerGrid(93% recycled polyester/7% spandex)||100% polyester||55% Polypropylene, 45% Polyester||Nylon, polyester|
|Unique Features||Close fitting hood fits under a helmet||Hidden zippered pocket, balaclava hood fits under a helmet, brick-patterned insulation balances breathability and warmth||Ultra breathable and windproof face material that is stretchy and comfortable||3/4 length zipper designed for use with climbing harness||Stretchy, abrasion-resistant fabric, gussets for movement, concealed neck gaiter|
|# of Pockets||2 hand||2 hand, 1 hidden zippered pocket (right hand)||1 small chest, 1 hand||1 chest||2 hand|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rab Nucleus is made with a "Thermic" stretch fleece. Rab calls it a mid-weight fleece, but it feels more like a lightweight option. It's light, breathable, and will get you from your car, high into the mountains without a problem. It's a great option if you're looking for a technical fleece that is inexpensive relative to the competition.
The Nucleus sacrifices warmth for breathability and easy layering. It's one of the thinnest pieces in our test group, and it's made for moving fast in the mountains and not hanging out at camp in cold weather. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as we often need something that will keep us warm on cool days without overheating our bodies.
The Nucleus is a fairly comfortable layer for several reasons. The interior gridded fleece is soft, and it feels nice against your bare skin — not scratchy at all! The hood is form-fitting but not too tight, and the cut is tapered but not too constricting. We like that the hood fits easily underneath a helmet. It's not quite as plush as other hi-loft models, but we don't mind wearing it all day long. It also features two handwarmer pockets that you can access with a backpack or harness on.
This jacket is highly breathable thanks to the gridded fleece. It feels on par with other technical fleeces that are featured as top picks and award winners in this review. We took it hiking, climbing, and running, and it performed well in all seasons, thanks to its fantastic thermoregulation. The fabric features Grid technology that allows moisture to easily vent from the cracks between the islands of insulation. This, in addition to the pockets, offers some level of ventilation, making it a perfect pick for aerobic sports.
Layering Ability & Ease of Movement
The Nucleus is super easy to layer. It works over a thin underlayer, like a sweat-wicking t-shirt or tank top, and then it also layers well under a thicker soft-shell jacket or a windbreaker jacket. The material is stretchy, and there is ample room in the shoulders for climbing or other active pursuits. The full-length zipper is not our favorite option for wearing under a pack or harness, as it can cause pressure points, but the length is long enough so that it doesn't ride up.
Fleece jackets are not known for their weather resistance, and this one scored about how you might expect a thin fleece would — not very well! Water absorbs straight into the material, and the wind rips right through it.
This jacket retails for less than our Editors Choice, making it an attractive pick for the price.
The Rab Nucleus is a lightweight technical fleece that stands out for its great breathability and features. Consider it as a low-priced technical fleece that'll perform for all winter, fall, and spring days. Even wear it on cooler nights in the Summer.
— Amber King & Cam McKenzie Ring