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Terry Bicycles Hi-Rise Holster Review

You like to ride, but you also like life. If your daily routine involves a bike ride, a yoga class, meeting friends or clients for lunch, well, then this might be your short.
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $109 List | $108.95 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Comfortable, casual vibe, long length
Cons:  Extra loose, side pockets, fabric shows wear
Manufacturer:   Terry Bicycles
By Rebecca Eckland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 20, 2018
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The Skinny

If your kids have ever complained: "Mom, please don't pick me up in spandex," then try on the Terry Hi-Rise Holster, which offers comfort, style, and coverage while also being a decent short for short to medium road rides. The added length is a much-welcomed feature for taller riders or those looking for more coverage. The "holster" side pockets keep cell phone, keys, and other necessary odds and ends just a grab away. Mom-jokes aside, any woman looking for a more discrete option will likely appreciate this modest model.

Because of its unique style, loose, more casual fit, and long length, we gave this short Top Pick Award as a commuter comfort short. Although all cycling shorts have a chamois (which limits, somewhat, their versatility), the Terry Hi-Rise Holster dresses "down" the fact that it's a bike short more than, say, the Castelli Free Aero, which screams bike with its half-dozen logos and tight fit. This short recognizes and appreciates the cyclist who also plays multiple roles in life — the working professional, the mother, the yoga enthusiast - the woman, in other words, who rides a bike and does a million other things in her day, too.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Terry was among the first companies to begin designing cycling clothing for women. The Terry Hi-Rise Holster is evidence of this long-time commitment with details unique from other brands included in this review. The long length will appeal to riders frustrated with cycling shorts that fall to the upper/middle thigh, and the wide waistband flatters most figures, keeping the tummy in place.

Performance Comparison


This is your go-to short for quick trips to your local coffee kiosk when you need that extra jolt of espresso between your Pilates class and your next important meeting at work. Who knows? The shorts are comfortable enough that you might just ditch the meeting and spend the rest of the day on your bike. A girl can dream  right?
This is your go-to short for quick trips to your local coffee kiosk when you need that extra jolt of espresso between your Pilates class and your next important meeting at work. Who knows? The shorts are comfortable enough that you might just ditch the meeting and spend the rest of the day on your bike. A girl can dream, right?

Comfort & Fit


If you're tired of the nightmare of feeling like a sausage in your cycling clothes (and feeling embarrassed to be seen in public while wearing them), the Hi-Rise Holster has come to the rescue. The short reminds several of our testers of the Lululemon "Fast and Free Crop II" with its easy-to-access side pockets that keep your phone, keys, and other essentials just a grab away. Taller riders may especially appreciate the added length of this short as well riders concerned with showing a little too much skin.


This short is also noticeably looser than all other shorts included in this review. For some riders looking for a commute short, or something to wear in public, this might be a fantastic attribute. For racers or endurance riders, however, the looseness of the short (especially in the crotch area) could lead to unwanted chafing as the miles accumulate.


Padding & Protection


If you compare your chamois to a pillow, the Flex-Air Chamois is like your favorite one that, after half the night, is the shape of a pancake. Don't get us wrong: it's a comfortable pancake, but one that doesn't quite elevate your head very far off the mattress anymore. For rides less than two hours, the short performs brilliantly, and the lack of extra bulk avoids the dreaded "dumpy butt" that is sometimes a necessary evil that comes along with long-distance cycling shorts. So here's the bottom line: if you are a cyclist who competes in criteriums, road races or who wants to do longer rides, we recommend that you keep this short handy for those social rides when you're not going to get serious miles in, but rather, some seriously good times.


If you want a longer, more performance-focused short, check out the Sugoi RS Pro Bib or Castelli Aero Short whose designs lend themselves to a more aggressive form of riding. These Terry shorts, however, offer a seamless transition from ride to the grocery store, from ride to a coffee date, or even from ride to a casual work environment.


Breathability/Fabric


The Hi-Rise Holster has a soft feel to it and, similar to the Louis Garneau Fit Sensor, reinforced/folded seams to ensure that the edges (especially around the legs) will not fray with wear.


In soak-tests, the Holster and its Flex Air Chamois performed exceptionally well, wicking and drying faster than other shorts in this review. If you get caught in a rainstorm, keep riding confidently: you'll be dry in less than an hour and ready for more adventure!


Durability


With reinforced seams and specific instructions for washing the chamois on the Terry website, there is no reason this short will not survive season after season. Additionally, Terry guarantees the quality of its products for up to a year if you feel your short is not what you expected. After spin classes, soak tests, and windy rides, we confirm this short is sure to withstand the elements, taking you to your destination in one piece.


Some of our testers felt that the fabric used on the side pockets of the shorts started to show wear as the testing progressed (they said it was "pilling"—but we think they were being a little too picky). In any case, the body of the short and chamois remained firmly in place and brand-spanking new despite the rigors of our testing process.

These areas around the chamois show wear where the short encountered the saddle.
These areas around the chamois show wear where the short encountered the saddle.

Style


Although the short is basic black all over, the Hi-Rise Holster adds style to the traditional road short and guarantees you won't feel embarrassed when you're wearing them off the bike. If you are looking for a short that can go a fair distance AND join you at the dinner table/coffee shop, this is the short you are looking for.


Granted, it doesn't offer unique color and pattern options like the Shebeest Petunia Bib, but it does offer a cut that seems ready for social occasions just as much as it is ready for the saddle, which is different from all other shorts included in this review.


Best Applications


If you're a cyclist who squeezes her workouts in when she can, or you are looking for a short with more coverage than most on the market, then the Hi-Rise Holster is a fantastic choice. Its longer length, side pockets, and casual cut accommodate lifestyle riders or cyclists interested in short to medium rides.

This short also performed exceptionally well in the soak test where it was among the fastest drying shorts in the nine included in this review. Because of its unique style and cut, it differed from other shorts; however, if you are looking for a longer short, you may also want to check out the Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit and the Co-Op 9" Cycles Road Short.

Value


At $109, the Terry Hi-Rise Holster is a little on the pricey side; however, with its year-long guarantee, soft fabric, and high breathability, this could be the short you're looking for.

Keep your options open for the day in the Hi-Rise Holster. If cycling is part of  and not entirely  your lifestyle  these shorts might be your new favorites.
Keep your options open for the day in the Hi-Rise Holster. If cycling is part of, and not entirely, your lifestyle, these shorts might be your new favorites.

Conclusion


While this short will not accommodate those interested in racing or long endurance events, the Terry Hi-Rise Holster speaks to another side of the cycling world that is about enjoying the journey just as much as the finish line. While not intended for a podium finish, the short wins a shout-out for its casual design that will flatter taller riders and (maybe) win the approval of the kids who might not complain so loudly when Mom comes to pick them up in the Hi-Rise Holster.


Rebecca Eckland