The rubber on one of my bendy stirrups tore so I felt the need to go in search of new stirrups. I had heard a lot of good things about Jin Stirrups and the colored ones seem to be all the rage in the jumper ring. This led me to send Rachael at iselltack.com an email asking at a hefty price of $260 what makes these stirrups so great?
Rachael attested that out of all the stirrups that she has ridden in these were the best. When asked why she said basically the quality, weight, feel, and that she never loses her stirrup with these. Ok, I'm intrigued...
Here is the the description from Jin.
Almost hooked... Just to be sure I asked some friends. After hearing more good feedback I was sold. One friend wasn't sure how but felt they gave her more ankle support. And just to persuade me more, Rachael has an offer on her website for demo stirrups priced at $195. Winner winner!
I ordered these Tuesday and they arrived Friday. I went with standard silver. Although I see the colored ones showing up in the jumper ring I am not a fan of the bright colors. And what if I went in the hunter ring? When they arrived I was surprised at how big they are.
I have both hacked and jumped in them and am in love. I am used to the cheese grater bottoms which provide better grip and keep your foot in the stirrup. The wider base made me feel more secure. With the old stirrup I would find they weren't always where I wanted them and would be adjusting them as I'm riding (sort of kicking the stirrup around until I got the spot I liked). I didn't do that at all with these. It was like my foot was glued to them. Husband also made the comment that they looked really nice and good quality (men love shiny metal things). They are extremely light weight. I haven't done any two point position work to see how they help ankle support yet (I will let you know next October).
If you are in the market for new stirrups and can swing the $200 price tag by all means get these! Especially at this reduced price at iselltack.com!