Nucleus Pull-On Fleece Jacket
When you've got one hand in a crack of cold granite and the other reaching for the next, the last thing you want is for your clothes to hold you back. When you're done reaching for the crux, reach for the Rab Nucleus Pull-On Fleece Jacket. This midweight fleece has plenty of stretch for chilly fall climbing routes and comfortable layering on the ski hill. Its oval-grid design manages moisture to keep you dry through your layers while enhancing breathability and temperature regulation. When you really need to shed some heat, you can open up the deep front zipper to let cool air into your system, then get back to playing in the mountains with comfortable warmth.
- This fleece midlayer packs plenty of stretch and comfortable warmth
- Thermic stretch fleece moves with you on cold multi-pitch routes
- Wicks moisture and allows air flow for dry and breathable comfort
- Half-zip design allows for effective venting when you really heat up
- Single chest pocket offers quick access to smaller pieces of gear
- Item #RAB00J9
- Q & A
Decent fleece minelayer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 200lbs
I bought the first of these last year from a little shop in Cambridge while on a UK trip. I liked it well enough to look for a second here in the States. This review covers both of them.
Fabric. The new pullover seems to be a slightly different fabric from the one I bought in the UK. Both are grid fleeces, more or less the same thickness, both have worked well in use - warm, quick to dry, a little stretch... I don't see a practical difference in performance, and haven't had either long enough to assess durability of the fabric.
Cut. I like the high collar for those damp, blowing days where I want to conserve every calorie of heat. Good chest pocket positioning for me, and the pocket is big enough to swallow my phone, or a couple energy bars, or a hat... Plain sleeve ends with no thumb loops. I like that, since I wear this pullover as a casual sweater as well as for outdoors use. Deep chest zipper, which vents well and makes it easy to put on or take off. The overall cut allows for movement without binding or riding up. Nice... Both garments appear well sewn by the way.
Fit. I called it "True to size", with the caveat that I'm probably a bit, uh, bulkier than the typical high-energy Rab user. Or it could be that I'm sort of between sizes. Large goes to 43" chest, where mine is 44". Thus, my Large Nucleus is snug; only the great action cut makes this one usable for me. My XL has much better body fit, but both the torso length and sleeve length are excessive - workable but excessive. I have the same problem with Arc'teryx gear, and for the same reason.
The Nucleus pullover strikes me as an alternative to Patagonia's R1 Flash pullover, except the Patagonia garment fits me perfectly where Rab is less good for me. Try it on - if it fits you you'll like it. On any comparison except fit this Rab pullover is as good as the R1, which to me is the standard for the type.