Hi-ride means the gun will ride higher above your belt, low-ride is lower below your belt. And horizontal or diagonal depends on comfort of draw, concealability and both are personal choices, different for everyone.
My IWB is adjustable and I've decided I like it with about 1-1/2 finger widths between the bottom of the grip and my belt line. Allows for a positive grip and draw, but keeps the grip near the belt line for good concealment.
I liked the high ride holsters while I was on duty because it was better for gun retention techniques that I had developed. All I had to do to prevent someone from trying to take my gun was place my elbow right on top of my gun at the pistol grip area......by simply doing this allowed me to use my left had to retrieve and deploy my knife that I would keep in my left front pocket.
To me the low-ride holster made it easier for someone to take your gun away and it was harder to defend against. I show the pros and cons of both high and low ride holsters when I do seminars for law enforcement
While high ride is somewhat easier to conceal, I have had no problems concealing a low ride such as Sparks I-BAK or Brommeland's Def-Con. But the downside to high ride is that it is not as easy to get to and draw as low ride.
In addition if one has any sholder problems the high ride makes the shoulders lift more.
Again, I much prefer the low ride, and find it easily concealed with a shirt out and easier to draw.
Your own anatomy should influence your holster selection. The ultra-high-ride holsters put the grip of most handguns too high for me to achieve a good drawing grip quickly, necessitating more of a "chicken wing" arm position than is comfortable. Others with a lower waist or shorter arms may find that style works well for them.
There really is no standard for ride height, and one maker's high-ride might be another's ultra-high ride... and the terminology isn't standard, either. Short of trying a holster on personally, what may guide you when looking at holster catalogs and photos is to see where the pistol's trigger guard sits, relative to the belt line - then compare to where that would be on your own belt.
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