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What are the Best Stirrups? - Saddles Direct

What are the Best Stirrups?

Welcome to our complete guide to stirrups, irons, and leathers! Whether you're a beginner rider or an experienced equestrian, we are only too aware how important it is for both the riders and the horse to have reliable and suitable stirrups as part of your tack. Not only do they provide stability and support, but if chosen correctly, they also help to improve your riding position and balance.

In this guide, we will be covering everything you need to know about stirrups, irons, and leathers. We'll be discussing the best stirrup irons and leathers on the market, how to determine the correct length for your stirrups, and what size stirrup you should be using. Additionally, we'll be diving into what stirrups are commonly used in eventing disciplines.

We understand that choosing the right stirrup can be overwhelming, but we're here to help. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about your equipment, ultimately leading to a more comfortable and successful ride.

So, whether you're looking to upgrade your current stirrup setup or simply want to learn more about what's available, sit back, relax, and let us guide you through the world of stirrups, irons, and leathers to help you discover what products are most suited to your discipline and riding style.

The Best types of Stirrup Irons

1. Flexible Stirrups

Flexible for flexi-stirrups are a popular choice for many riders, and for good reason. As the name suggests, these stirrups are designed with flexibility in mind, which can improve your riding position and help you feel more balanced in the saddle.

One of the main benefits of flexible stirrups is that they allow freedom of movement, meaning you can move your feet more freely and put more weight into your heels. This can be particularly helpful when you're jumping or hacking out over uneven terrain.

What stirrups help with joint pain?

The flexibility of these stirrups can also reduce pressure on your joints from the hip to the ankle. This can be a game-changer for riders with joint issues who may have previously struggled with discomfort while riding or are recovering from injury.

Another advantage of flexible stirrups is that they can help promote a good, cross-country position, as they encourage riders to sink their weight down through the knee and ankle. This can improve your riding effectiveness, balance, and security in the saddle.

Overall, we're big fans of flexible stirrups, and we think they're definitely worth considering if you're looking for a more comfortable, secure, and effective ride.

2. Aluminium Stirrups

The most popular and traditional type of stirrups are Aluminium Stirrups. Another one of our best selling stirrups at Saddles Direct includes the Jin Stirrup aluminium stirrup, with its revolutionary design and solid titanium material. The grip on this stirrup is without comparisons and thanks to the shape and bench of support, there is a generous surface area for riders to take advantage of.

3. Bent Leg Safety Stirrups

One of our firm favourite safety stirrups is manufactured by Sheldon. The stainless steel bent leg safety stirrup is reasonably priced and will allow the foot to be released from the stirrup much more easily than a classic stirrup. If you have safety in mind, then the Bent Leg safety stirrups is sure to be the right choice for you.

4. Equi-Wing Nylon Stirrups

The one size Hyper Nylon Stirrups from Equi-Wing are super lightweight at 198g and feature a replaceable anti-slip rubber pad. The wide foot pad provides riders with ultimate comfort and is suitable for all riding disciplines.

5. Equipe Aluminium Stirrups

The most popular of our iron stirrup range is the Equipe Aluminium Stirrups. With a specialist non-slip tread, this stirrup type often sells out fast at Saddles Direct.


The Best Stirrup Leathers

1. Albion Wrapped Stirrup Leathers

Not only is the Albion Wrapped Stirrup Leathers our most popular stirrup leather, but they’re also the most popular of the Albion range. The super-soft, calf non-stretch leathers, are lined with Biothane for extra strength and are suitable for any discipline. Ultimate comfort under your leg is guaranteed to be provided by these slim-line leathers.

2. Passier Calfskin Stirrup Leathers

The Passier Calfskin Stirrup Leather combines all the advantages of modern stirrups, featuring nylon inserts to ensure the stirrups can’t be stretched. If well maintained the stylish look of the stirrups will be long lasting and a real equestrian investment. The stirrups boast 25 closely positioned holes, ensuring they are easily adjusted. Get more details on the Passier Calfskin Stirrup Leathers.

3. Saddles Direct Calfskin Wrapped Stirrup Leathers

A Saddles Direct original – the Calfskin Wrapped Stirrup Leather, is one of our most sought after stirrup leather products. The beautifully soft leather stirrups are easily adjusted with ¾” holes and incredibly comfortable and durable.

4. Saddles Direct Calfskin Wrapped T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Another favourite stirrup leather is our very own Calfskin Wrapped T-Bar Stirrup Leathers, which has been expertly crafted to reduce bulk under the skirt and rider’s thigh. As a popular choice amongst riders, this stirrup leather provides comfort and strength for all riding disciplines.

How do you know if your stirrups are the right length?


Select Your Ideal Stirrups with Saddles Direct

Thanks to our vast selection of stirrup irons and leathers, Saddles Direct is sure to have the perfect stirrup options for everyone. Browse our stirrup leathers and irons or alternatively, you can contact us about your queries on 01282 471911.

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