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post #21 of 38 Old 02-05-2010, 12:19 PM
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i had that problem too, i felt like i couldnt put weight in them because if i did they would move. so i would jam my feet into them, which totally defeats the purpose..

thanks for the info on the angled pads, i saw them at the store, but i would have to get new irons because they only sold them in 4 3/4 & my irons are 4 1/2. ive never met anyone who uses them, but if you think about how your foot is in the stirrup it makes sense to have an angled pad, at least to me !

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I tried the angled pads on a friends saddle. OMG, they KILLED me ankles and knees. I liked the way they felt at first, but after 15 minutes I had pain shooting up my legs. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone with sensitive joints.

I am thinking of these Herm Sprenger 4-F System Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery. or these Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery. to ease the pressure on my knees.

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post #23 of 38 Old 02-05-2010, 12:43 PM
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Luvmyperch, do you know someone with a set that you can try?

Like I said in my previous post, some people find they really help, some people find they do not. So instead of spending the money right away see if you can use a set and try them out.

I personally do not shove my feet into mine and I do not feel like they are any where loose enough that my feet will side out if I do not shove them in.
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I like the bowed side Lemetex / Courbette and also the bowed Silver Medal from Libertyville Saddle Shop. The bowed side gives me wiggle room to get my foot out, but the tread doesn't have to be so sloppy wide that my foot rattles around in the iron. I got these used. I just got then, and I can't comment on the grater pads yet. Except to say that they don't seem like they would be really rough on most boot soles.


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post #25 of 38 Old 02-05-2010, 11:30 PM
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I use double jointed herm sprengers. I have knee problems and they help sooo much.
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post #26 of 38 Old 02-05-2010, 11:38 PM
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TackCollector - I've been wanting to get the grator pads, I would love to hear your reviews on them when you get a chance!

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post #27 of 38 Old 02-06-2010, 01:15 AM
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I would love to see these!
Here they are. They do put a strain on your ankles if you are not used to them and ride a long time in them. BUT, I love them on XC.

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post #28 of 38 Old 02-06-2010, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Tack Collector View Post
I can't comment on the grater pads yet. Except to say that they don't seem like they would be really rough on most boot soles.

I think they're pretty rough on soles. And very very sticky. Too sticky for my liking. I've also talked with several people who've had difficulty getting their foot out of the stirrup when they fall off. My favorite so far has been ones that are shaped just like the white (or black) rubber pointy pads but are made of metal. Grippier then sandpaper or rubber, not as grippy as the grators. I've had mine for 2 years and just now needing to replace them. I know a lot of people who love the rubber wraparounds. I may try those next.
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I have the Herm Sprengers and I love them. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't still be riding if I didn't have them as I have bad knees and a bad ankle. When I was shopping for them, I tried a bunch of the others (I didn't really want to spend $200. on stirrups ) and liked none of the others nearly as well. I can't remember the brand, but the type that move in all directions felt unstable and weird.

As for pads, before the Herm Sprengers I always used the sandpaper or tacky pads in my stirrups. I bought a pair of the cheese grater pads for my daughter's saddle. The are a great option for a beginner/intermediate rider that tends to lose their stirrup frequently; I don't know if I would like riding in them myselg.
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Maura, which Sprengers do you have? I'm having minor knee problems and am looking at the two different styles above. My local tack shop is really good about returns. As long as I keep them clean, I can try and return if I need to!

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