Nathan Rise Short Sleeve - Women's Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
Marketed as Nathan's ultralight running shirt option, we are a bit let down by the lack of breathability and slow drying speed.
There are a few conflicting thoughts about the comfort of the Rise. It is made out of a buttery soft fabric blend of 89% polyester and 11% elastane, but we aren't wild about all the details. We appreciate that they chose a raglan sleeve, which means there are no seams running along the top of the shoulder, but the back is made up of so many panels with seams that can cause chafing over long distances or under a pack. While our testers appreciated the crew neck and slightly longer sleeves that help with sun protection, they were confused by the addition of unnecessary decorative details on the sleeves that could contribute to chafing.
The Rise is a mid-pack performer when it comes to breathability. The looseness of the fit does help with airflow, as the shirt can move away from you when running. The majority of the fabric has a faint grid, with the lines being a bit thinner and therefore more breathable. The panel running down the center of the back is subtly thinner and more pinpricked than the rest of the shirt. While the design intention of this is to provide more ventilation where you'll be sweating the most, in practice, we didn't really notice a difference. With a size small weighing in at 3.99 oz, this is the heaviest shirt we've tested over the past couple of years.
To test drying speed, we thoroughly soak each shirt, wring them out as much as possible by hand, and then hang them to dry with a timer running. The Rise tee was one of the slower ones we tested. This result means that this shirt would not be our top choice for hot summer runs when that wetness will feel sticky and heavy against our skin or for cold winter runs when our sweat may chill us if it doesn't dry soon enough.
Features & Versatility
A feature we always love to see on running clothing is reflective decals, and on this shirt, Nathan came through. With one reflective logo on the right sleeve and another long reflective graphic in the middle of the back, you'll be visible on your pre-dawn runs. The Rise is long enough to stay under a climbing harness and is pretty durable, but it would probably be too warm and loose for a yoga class, and we wouldn't choose it for travel since it's on the heavier side and doesn't pack down that small.
We're not wild about the value of this shirt. Taking into consideration its drawbacks and the fact that we preferred other shirts that sit at the same or a very similar price point, we think you'd be better off with one of those. Unless you're really enamored with this particular fabric or fit, you'll probably find another lighter shirt to be a better value.
The Nathan Rise is made of a super soft fabric, and although it lacks some breathability, if you're looking for a looser fit with plenty of coverage, this may be the right choice for you.
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