Schockemohle Titanio Stirrups – everything stirrups should be

Stirrups form a very important piece of equipment in riding. Without the proper stirrups, there is not much the rider can accomplish. When I say proper, I mean several things. Several key factors can aid the show jumping rider in moving with more grace and agility:

Stirrups are light weight.

The riders’ feet are dangling, so the lighter the stirrup, the less gravity pulls. Additionally, lighter stirrups allow significant freedom of movement.  Any extra weight will hinder the rider’s movement.

Stirrups facilitate easy foot entry

The stirrups must be designed to allow easy foot entry. This enables the rider to quickly mount on and off the saddle.

Stirrups must provide a strong non-slip grip

The traditional stirrups came with rubber pad inserts that helps in a firm grip. Lately though, the newer stirrups have punched metallic spikes, creating a strong non-slip grip. Because these are built-in, they have less wear on them and are also more effective in adding against slippage.

Schockemohle Titanio Stirrups answer the call

Enter the Schockemohle Titanio Stirrups. These stirrups weigh just 1.4 lbs each. That is a total weight of 2.8 lbs for the pair! They deliver on the ultra light weight proposition.

Schockemohle and Lorenzini have taken stirrup technology to the next level by choosing Titanium-Aluminium as the material of choice. This renders the light weight, while at the same time, providing unparalleled strength.

The shape of the stirrups is another improvement over the current offering of stirrups. The softer curves of the stirrups increase the aerodynamic ability.

The foot plate of the stirrups has been designed to be extra-wide. This is important to allow for a firmer grip and better communication between the horse and rider.

Another key improvement of the Schockemohle Titanium Stirrups is the inclined foot plate. This allows the rider to easy slip in to the stirrups.

Schockemohle and Lorenzini have delivered a stellar product that deserves closer attention, so here is some close up shots of these stirrups.

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Notice the smooth finish

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Front View

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Foot Plate Close Up shows the punched titanium

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Black Titanio Stirrup

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Titanio Stirrups come in protective sleeves for easy storage.

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Attractive Box Packaging in the Schockemohle Signature Orange

The stirrups are available at:

http://www.vrtack.com/shop/schockemohle-titanio-stirrups/

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Safety Matters, specially when it comes to riding

We all know the consequences of a fall while riding. With show jumping, the risk is even higher. While the risk comes with the territory,  there is some steps a rider can take to mitigate the risk.

Free Jump System, based in France, has introduced a new kind of safety stirrup, called the Free Jump Soft Up Pro Stirrup. With the emphasis being on safety, the stirrup has an outer branch that is made from a flexible material that bends and reverts back in shape. This branch system is helpful in the unfortunate event of a fall.

Easy to secure to the stirrup leathers.

Easy to secure to the stirrup leathers.

You can see from the closeup picture how this safety stirrup is the most effective. From a safety perspective, this undoubtedly beats the competition.  Ideally, the use of Freejump Stirrup Leathers is recommended when using the Freejump Stirrups. The stirrup leathers are designed to be used almost exclusively with the Freejump Stirrups.

Aesthetically, the look of the Freejump Safety Stirrup screams fashionable and sexy. With its well defined curves and beautiful color choices, this stirrup stands out favorably.  It comes in Black, Chocolate, Vanilla, Purple, Blue and Red. Here is a visual showing all the available colors.

Freejump Stirrups come in Purple, Red, Chocolate, Blue, Black and Vanilla Colors

Freejump Stirrups come in Purple, Red, Chocolate, Blue, Black and Vanilla Colors

To top it all, the Freejump Soft Up Pro Stirrup has a wide footrest with a grippy rubber material and small metallic studs. I presume those are for protection against skidding.

Freejump Soft Up Pro Safety Stirrup

Freejump Stirrups Rubberized Footrest provides better grip and anti-skid protection.

Now, you know why some of the top riders in Europe and the Americas, like Ludger Beerbaum, Kevin Staut and Rodrigo Pessoa rely on the Freejump Stirrups.

The initial response to these stirrups has been very positive in Wellington. They are a bit on the pricey side, but you can not place a price on safety.