I will be the first person to raise my hand and admit that when all these new stirrups started becoming “the in thing” I was super unimpressed.
Because in all honestly, I had never thought to myself “wow, I am super dissatisfied with my stirrups” whilst riding.
And I wasn’t.
Normal stirrups? No worries
But the more people who bought into them (i.e. the Lorenzinis, the Free Jumps, the Tech stirrups etc.) the more I saw people saying how much it had helped them. Their joint pain, their stability, all of it.
They were swearing by it.
Me at the time
It was at that point I started to become curious, because I have arthritic hips (yes, super annoying at my age but what ya gonna do?) which often impacts my knees and this would show up when I ride.
Especially when jumping.
ESPECIALLY when on cross country.
When I go XC schooling I often walk between fences with my feet out of the stirrups to give my joints a break from being so heavily flexed. Not ideal.
I don’t have a photo of it, enjoy this one
I never really thought this would be something that would change with a new set of stirrups but I bit the bullet and bought myself some PEI Joppolo stirrups at DJWTS in March.
Obviously I have only begun to use them consistently in the last few months, and the review will be coming tomorrow but I think I was wrong to dismiss them so swiftly.
These new style stirrups on the market are super impressive (if somewhat pricey)! Or at least the ones I have are. More details on why in the review post.
I really cannot spot the difference between PEI and Lorenzini considering there’s about a $200 difference
I don’t know if I could see myself shelling out $350+ for FreeJumps, I tried them and they were good but I didn’t notice a huge difference over my PEIs. They also have a super devoted and cult like following that is at times slightly alarming, so I don’t think they’re missing my business. However, there are still so many options these days I’m not sure if I should buy a second set for my new jump saddle or maybe try a new style.
The Acavallo Opera stirrups
With a jump saddle on the way I was thinking of getting a second set of stirrups and leathers because #lazy and don’t want to have to keep swapping between dressage and jumping. I ADORE my PEIs and they are supposed to be designed for jumping, so will reserve judgement (and $$$) until I try them out there in the event swapping is justified, but there don’t seem to be any black PEIs for sale in Australia anywhere right now to double up with. Everyone is out of stock.
The Acavallo Opera stirrups are a similar pricepoint, but not as aesthetically pleasing to me. That being said I have heard wonderful things about them and thought they may be worth a try?
So tell me:
- Are you a believer in the non-traditional stirrups?
- Which ones do you use?
- Do you have different styles for different disciplines?