Touted as the world’s most comfortable saddle for women, Terry prides itself on designing, testing, and modifying a wide variety of saddles for all levels and types of riders. Just like their male counterparts, female cyclists and multisport athletes can have a hard time finding the saddle that provides just the right fit. And while there are many women-specific saddles on the market, we’ve noticed that Terry’s products consistently come highly recommended from other female cyclists. With that in mind, we decided to take the Terry Falcon X saddle out for a spin to see just how well it performed for the female frame.
According to Terry, the Falcon X is recommended for riders in search of fore/aft comfort and speed. Compared with other Terry saddles, the Falcon X offers a larger and longer cutout. This is where personal preference will come into play since cutouts will only provide relief to those riders having problems with soft-tissue pressure. If you typically have discomfort originating from chafing or pressure points, a saddle with a larger cutout may do little to change things. In our case, we found the Falcon X’s generous cutout to provide very adequate relief for soft tissue numbness—even after rides as long as 50 miles.
While the wide channel was definitely a plus, the Falcon X was a bit more padded than we’d like. Although our female editor does prefer minimalist padding, so there is a good chance others may not mind the extra cushion. After perusing Terry’s website, we did notice that the company offers a few other saddles that provide a stiffer ride. For example, Terry describes its Butterfly Ti Saddle as “bit stiffer in the rear for more power while pedaling.”
The saddle’s cover is made from lorica—a synthetic, man-made leather material. While you might think a synthetic material wouldn’t hold up as well as the real thing (or look quite as good), we can tell you that this material didn’t disappoint. You really can’t tell the difference between lorica and leather from looks alone, and the material has held up extremely well after months of use. In fact, after researching lorica, we discovered that many boot makers are using lorica in their products since the microfiber structure is remarkably similar to the collagen found in natural leather.
Terry also fashioned the Falcon X with an inverted v-wing in the rear to provide a greater degree of flexibility and relief to the tailbone. Having suffered from multiple tailbone injuries in the past, our female editor found this feature especially enjoyable. She was happy to report that the saddle provided excellent support for her sit bones without applying unnecessary tailbone pressure.
While we believe that saddle comfort is definitely not something to skimp on, this saddle is a good value at about $107—especially when compared with other saddles commonly chosen by women. For example, an Adamo Prologue or Road Saddle could set you back about $185. And a Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow Women’s Bicycle Saddle can run about $150.
The Falcon X weighs in at 245 grams. It’s definitely not a lightweight, but it’s still a bit lighter than both the Selle Italia Diva and Adamo (we’ve included full specs below).
Since saddles are such a personal choice, we especially loved Terry’s 30-day satisfaction (“Ride it. Wear it. Love it”) guarantee. If you’re not happy with any of Terry’s saddles you can return it within 30 days of receiving it for a refund or credit toward another product.
Overall, we were generally impressed with the Falcon X’s quality and fit and look forward to testing additional Terry products in the future.
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FALCON X SPECS:
Length x width: 259mm x 152mm
Weight: 245 g / 8.3 oz
Rail material: matte black manganese
Cover: black or white lorica w/ patent leather