PONY'TUDE Approved: Composti Reflex Stirrup Irons
|I can't believe it, but I actually LIKE these things!|
After my second unfortunate parting of ways from Dino during the Lainey clinic, I ended up being dragged when my foot got stuck in my stirrup iron.
I'd been riding in these same consignment bargain-basement, slightly smaller than average, basic steel Fillis irons forever, and never had an issue. Until I got dragged. The rider who got on to school Dino afterwards declared the irons too small and "grippy in a bad way", and suggested that I get new ones.
Not wanting to have the frightening experience of my foot getting caught ever again, I took her suggestion to heart.
Now, let it also be known that I was formerly a strict traditionalist when it comes to stirrup irons. I loathe the "bendy" jointed irons with every fiber of my being, and plastic stirrups seemed cheap and flimsy. While I can appreciate the quality of trendy European irons like the Jin or Lorenzini irons, they are just way too out there for my traditional hunter princess sensibilities. And let's face it, ain't nobody got that kind of money to spend on stirrups. However, I did really like the feel and stability of a wide-tread stirrup iron when I rode in friends' saddles, and was leaning towards trying something new. After all, if I needed new irons anyway, why not test out some of this newfangled technology instead of just going with a bigger Fillis iron?
|Stainless Steel Fillis Irons: The ONLY Way To Go...... OR ARE THEY?!|
But at well over $150 retail, the MDC's were WAY out of my budget. I was looking to spend half that price - or less.
Eventually I realized that the only way I would be able to affordably branch out from plain stainless steel stirrups was going to be trying out some of these trendy lightweight "composite" irons. AKA, plastic stirrups.
My inner tack snob (she's in there, deep inside) was put off at first. Wouldn't plastic irons break? Would they be easy to pick up if and when I lost them? Would they look horribly cheap on my lovely saddle?
These are the important questions, people.
|"How do you guys feel about black plastic stirrups?"|
When my Composti stirrups arrived, I found myself pleasantly surprised and impressed by the weight and construction. While yes, they were plastic, they didn't feel cheap and brittle. They had a good weight to them, and seemed solid. The stirrup pads also have a little bit of a shock-absorbing quality, and squish down just a few fractions of an inch when you press them.
Despite my original aversion to black plastic stirrups, I think they actually look pretty cool on my saddle.
My first ride in the Composti irons left me uninspired. While I liked the weight, the traction, and the wide-track style, I was iffy on the shock-absorber pads. The stirrups just felt bouncy, and I felt myself wanting to push off of my toe more often than usual. But, considering I was a lifelong plain Fillis girl just switching over, I decided to give them a few more rides.
|Composite stirrups: not as heinous as I thought they'd be.|
And that, friends, is the story of how this staunch stirrup traditionalist made the switch to the plastic stirrups all the kids are riding in these days. If you, too, are looking to branch out from plain Fillis irons in an affordable way, I highly recommend the Composti Reflex Stirrup Irons. They're understated, comfortable, and do their job the way they're supposed to. Even if they ARE plastic.