Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
QH, I use the jointed stirrups and love 'em.
I have the 2-way, but they're now making 4 and even 6-way jointed. I'm a little skeptical about the additional joints, because I'm wary of a stirrup that's too flexible.
The 2-way flexes downward, so your knees and ankles aren't taking a pounding like you do with a regular iron. Riding with regular irons, I could only stay in the saddle several hours before the pain became unendurable. With the flexible ones, I can ride much longer.
I've even seen young riders with the flexible irons, and I applaud their decision. Their joints will thank them, and they're less likely to have knee and ankle pain later on in their lives. I wish the jointed stirrups had been around when I first started riding.
I won't ever go back to hard irons, and I'm even reluctant to ride in anyone else's tack unless I can put my stirrups on their saddle.
As far as price, HS aren't the only ones out there, and you can find others for more reasonable amounts. No way am I paying $200.00 for a pair of stirrups!
I tend to stick with Metalab, but Dover and even State Line Tack have their own brands. I've tried them all, including the HS, and haven't really found there to be a significant difference in the high dollar versus the more reasonably priced ones.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 05-20-2010 at 09:28 AM.