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    07-21-2010, 03:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
Jointed/Flexible Irons?

I'm thinking about buying a pair of these because I have heard that they are better/easier on your knees and ankles. However, I have never actually ridden with them. So before I shell out the cash for them, I would like to know what do you guys think about them?
     
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    07-21-2010, 03:07 PM
  #2
Showing
I've had 'em for about 10 years. I'll never go back to regular irons again. LOVE THEM!
     
    07-21-2010, 03:09 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I've had 'em for about 10 years. I'll never go back to regular irons again. LOVE THEM!
:) Just wondering, what brand do you have?
     
    07-21-2010, 03:13 PM
  #4
Showing
I currently have Metalab, but I've also used State Line Tack, and a set I got from Dover's one year that I've passed along to someone else.

I'm looking at an all black pair from FES, just because I think they're cool and will look smashing with my black saddle.

You don't need to buy the Herm Sprenger flex stirrups. The knockoffs are just as good and last just as long.
     
    07-21-2010, 03:18 PM
  #5
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I currently have Metalab, but I've also used State Line Tack, and a set I got from Dover's one year that I've passed along to someone else.

I'm looking at an all black pair from FES, just because I think they're cool and will look smashing with my black saddle.

You don't need to buy the Herm Sprenger flex stirrups. The knockoffs are just as good and last just as long.

Lol, that was exactly what I was wondering The H.S. Price is just ridiculous!
I think I'm going to get a pair...
     
    07-21-2010, 03:21 PM
  #6
Showing
Just be aware that some people don't like/can't use flex stirrups.

It's always good to buy a more inexpensive pair to start with anyway, in case you really don't like them or feel too off balance when you use them.

Since I'm older and have put a lot of wear and tear on my joints over the years, the flex stirrups allow me to stay in the saddle for hours longer than I'm able to with hard irons.

Plus, my back, knees, ankles and hips don't sing quite so loudly once I'm off the horse now that I have the flex stirrups.
     
    07-21-2010, 03:26 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Just be aware that some people don't like/can't use flex stirrups.

It's always good to buy a more inexpensive pair to start with anyway, in case you really don't like them or feel too off balance when you use them.

Since I'm older and have put a lot of wear and tear on my joints over the years, the flex stirrups allow me to stay in the saddle for hours longer than I'm able to with hard irons.

Plus, my back, knees, ankles and hips don't sing quite so loudly once I'm off the horse now that I have the flex stirrups.
Yeah, that's a reason I'm interested in the knockoffs

But I think I will like them because I have injured my back and my regular stirrups just don't feel to great
     
    07-21-2010, 05:36 PM
  #8
Foal
I have the MDC Ultimates (flex joints plus rotated eye) and love them. I was recently considering going back to a regular iron w/ just the rotated eye (MDC just came out with a sport version like this with an aluminum footrest for lighter, prettier stirrup) but I was paying attention to how I ride the other day and I DO use the while joint posting. I can see it flexing while in the saddle.

I bought the MDCs several years ago because I had knee issues in the saddle (I had stopped playing soccer because my knees got bad - age 27) Now 35, I ride pain free. I've never used the knockoffs so I can't compare. I DO like my MDCs which I ride with the 90 degree eye as well and I never run up my stirrups anymore.

Oh and I also wonder how much cushion I'm getting from the white rubber foot pad that came w/ my MDCs give as opposed to the new sport design which is a solid aluminum. That could be a factor in your buying process, a solid metal or rubber pad.
     
    07-21-2010, 05:41 PM
  #9
Weanling
I love mine! I was having problems with my ankle getting really sore while posting with regular irons and once I got my jointed irons, that problem went away and it was easier for me to put my heel down! (:

Definitely. Recommend (:
     
    07-21-2010, 06:17 PM
  #10
Trained
Another recommendation here-and mine were about $30 a pair! Loved them! Just too cheap to spend the $4 on the HS!
     

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