I think it's time. I've had my Lorenzini iridescent stirrup irons for several months now. I paid way more for them then I ever thought I would for trendy foot platforms and I had never set eyes on a pair in real life. So. How do they measure up? Let's see!
Lorenzini Titanium Stirrups - Limited Edition Irridescent in Blue Sky
Retail price: $278+shipping
What I paid: $208+$12 duty bill
Before we talk about why I need $220 stirrups, let's acknowledge that regular non-flex fillis irons completely cripple me for days at a time, particularly in jump tack. Even in a flex iron, my knees give out after a fairly short span of time when I ride with short stirrups and my leg is mildly destabilized by their mobility. I have the world's most inflexible ankles, so I can't even imagine what flex does to bendy people. I don't have a history of knee problems, and I'm not interested in creating one.
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Because my stirrup needs are so specific, I don't know what drew me to these particular irons. I really love their unique design that sets them apart without being distracting. The color is equally awesome--it's shiny and fabulous and different in different lights, but it doesn't scream "NOTICE ME" the same that that say, red, would.
From the first time I touched these, I was absolutely in love with the engineering behind them. The angled footbed actually works better for me than a jointed stirrup. The wide tread keeps the joints happy. The color is perfect. The grip is wonderful. Every detail has been thought of and adapted for maximum aesthetic and athletic payoff.
I bought them because they're beautiful, but now that I have them, I want another pair for their function. They are really that good.
Whether it's popping over tiny jumps or hacking or flatting or a hard training day, I find that my leg is more stable and my joints are more comfortable. To me, that makes these irons worth every cent.
In conclusion, I adore these stirrups. I would only sometimes advise dropping this much money on novelty items, but if you are struggling with swinging legs in flex stirrups or aching joints, you really ought to give them a look.
Or not. I love being unique.