Manufacturer: Herm Sprenger (View all products by Herm Sprenger)
Model: Bow Balance Stirrup Irons (View all Bow Balance Stirrup reviews)
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I purchased these stirrup irons from The Hitching Post online store for $200. My knees and ankles aren't so great, and regular fillis irons cause me pain after about 20 minutes of riding. A friend recommended these stirrups. Originally I bought a cheaper knockoff, but those weren't so good. Finally, I broke down and bought the Herm Sprenger irons.
Likes: Wonderful irons! They are extremely comfortable for me to ride in. By far the most comfortable English stirrup irons I've ever ridden in, and I've tried several! My knees don't hurt, and my ankles can find a comfortable position. The way the stirrups flex is a bit difficult to describe, but it's actually quite stable. I was worried that I'd have to sacrifice my base of support, but they feel sturdy to ride in. When you put direct downward pressure on the stirrup, they remain rigid and don't move away from you. When you rotate your foot or ankle, they move with you and support your foot. That's the only way I can describe it. Some people didn't like the blue stripe at the base of the joint, but they've taken that off now and the rubber is a uniform black. They've also changed the "left" and "right" stamp to a tiny "L" and "R" directly under the stirrup leather.
Dislikes: The price! I seriously balked at the price tag on these things, but they are completely worth it. I only regret not buying them sooner!
Quality: The quality of these stirrups appears to be excellent. I haven't had them long enough to see how they hold up to hard wear, but they look like they'll last me a long time.
Summary: If you have knee or ankle pain when you ride, I highly recommend these stirrups. Don't be afraid of the price! They are definitely worth $200, and no cheaper version compares.
Usefulness Rating: 2.28571 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
Wembley Kwik-Out Stirrup irons English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Bevel Saddlery, LTD 4400002 / Double Elastic End Australian Nut Panel Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Gatsby Adjustable English Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Exselle Exselle Stirrup leathers English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Mikmar Le Tixerant Comfort Dressage Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads
5 Star Dressage 1/2" wool felt saddle pad English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Ogilvy Ogilvy Jumper Memory Foam Half Pad English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Rittlings Sheepskin Full Pad English Saddle Fittings/Pads
K'Vall K'Vall stirrups and leathers English Saddle Fittings/Pads
MDC MDCUltimate Stirrup Irons English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Thorowgood Airoform Dressage/ Monoflap Girth (brown) English Saddle Fittings/Pads
CWD SA02C / CLASSIC GIRTH English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Barnsby Grip Pad English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Equine Comfort Products Classic Half Pad English Saddle Fittings/Pads
TREADSTONE 70010 / Soft Comfort Dressage Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Union Hill LETTIA Collection Coolmax Lined Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Korsteel Peacock stirrups English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Henri de Rivel Stirrup Leathers English Saddle Fittings/Pads
MDC Stirrups Super Sport Aluminum Base Stirrups English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Ovation ER00639 / Ovation Comfort Gel Dressage Girth English Saddle Fittings/Pads