Thursday, August 6, 2015

Full Tack Ho: Lorenzini Stirrup Review


so shiny

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.

love this shot
That said. I bought these without ever trying them back in the spring because they were beautiful and I wanted them, and those are very compelling reasons in my world. The lorenzinis have no flex, but the tread is set on at an angle to accommodate the heels down position we strive for in jump tack.

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.

19 comments:

  1. Those are so so so cool!!! Want!

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  2. I think I like the science behind these and would like to try some, but I just can't get behind colored stirrups overall.

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    1. They also come in silver and black. ;-)

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  3. Sigh. I want navy ones. You're not helping.

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  4. Yea, not helping me avoid buying these!

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  5. They look so cool! Good to know they are awesome to ride in as well. Maybe one day... :)

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  6. So cool, glad they are working out so well on top of being so purrrty.

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  7. Gah. I have achy joints. I need a wider foot bed. But I has no money. And will not until the end of time.

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  8. You dont need to spend a ton of money ;) I got mine for Christmas, yes, bu they were about $40 and provide the EXACT same benefit. Theyre the knock off brand and theyre lovely. No more joint pain!!

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    1. Share your find PLEASE! :) Cheap tack ho's need to know!

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    2. http://www.doversaddlery.com/composite-reflex-stirrup-irons/p/X1-0742/?eid=X18A00U1000&utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=MerchantAdv&zmam=1460880&zmas=1&zmac=114&zmap=0000742000046X1-0742&mkwid=sqUcAEQeQ&crid=75877044247&mp_kw=&mp_mt=&pdv=c&gclid=Cj0KEQjw0ZauBRDOnoGQ2PTb9YoBEiQAQ6m_7I2slHeg09MgwxLDSw3x5I6fv9bEksBaC3Gzxt7rywAaAi9C8P8HAQ

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  9. i love the way they pop in pictures!!

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  10. I want. In that exact color. Ugh, they look wonderful

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  11. The irridescent violet reminds me of the Mystachrome Mustang Cobra color, which I always wanted. Stirrups are cheaper than a car so that's saving money right?... Realistically the aluminum or dark silver (which I'm growing pretty quickly in love with) color could prob skate thru the Hunter shows without being too noticeable.

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  12. Good for knees, huh? I've been using jointed stirrups to manage my ankle pain, but knees are starting to be an issue. I'll just have to get them in silver. The iridescent is beautiful, but the hunter princess in me is sobbing at the thought of those on my saddle.

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  13. What website did you get them from?

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  14. I would love a pair. I like all the pretty colors they come in!

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