I’d had been looking at my old stirrup irons for quite some time, (which I’d had for more than 10 years) wondering if I should bite the bullet and invest in a new pair. When my birthday came around and my parents weren’t too sure what to get for me, I jumped at the opportunity to get myself a new pair of irons. I had been hearing good things about the Tech Stirrups from some of my friends and most recently my coach had bought herself a pair.
I ordered a silver pair of Aphrodite Dressage Tech Stirrups on the Tuesday morning from Ocean Easy Stables walking into work. They shipped out via regular post and were on my doorstep by Friday afternoon. A turn around time of less than a week is almost unheard of in Australia these days.
I was slightly apprehensive about changing stirrup irons, as I had previously ridden in the ones with rubber and chain inserts down the side, allowing for additional movement in the ankle. The times that I had ridden in anything else, the balls of my feet were numb in no time at all. I needn’t have worried though, as I quickly grew to love these irons. They are a modern take on something which has seen minimal development for a long time.
The Aphrodite Tech Stirrups in action. PC: Pink Lady Photography
What I love about the Aphrodite Tech Stirrups:
- Clean, elegant design which is stylish enough to take you from the dressage ring to the show hack classes. The design includes clever features such as rounded edges on the footbed, which means no scratching or marking on your saddle.
- Super grippy, wide foot bed. Instead of the traditional rubber inserts, the foot bed of the Aphrodite stirrup irons is covered with small bumps which really help you to keep your foot in the iron as well as giving you plenty of support.
- Light weight, meaning that you are not adding additional weight to the saddle. Another clever design feature is that the weight is concentrated in the tread which prevents you loosing your irons.
- Well priced – In Australia these irons retail for $220 through Ocean Easy Stables. And if you’re interested but aren’t sure they’ll suit you, Ocean Easy Stables offer a great ride before you buy option.
Importantly these irons are also legal for competitions under the Equestrian Australia rules.
My rating for these stirrups if 4/5 stars.