Centaur Grated Stirrup Pads
Cheap import item
I bought these pads in spite of the many negative reviews because I needed cheese grator pads in a hurry. These are NOT "pop in" pads. The metal pieces that hold the pads into the irons are not pre-bent, they are perfectly straight. Upside is that they go into the iron easily. Downside is there is nothing to hold them in the irons because the side pieces are perfectly straight. I had my husband install them - he slid the pads in, then used pliers to bend the steel at a 90 degree angle underneath the iron to hold the pad in. It did not take hurculean strength, but it was a pain in the rear to bend the steel without scratching the irons or scratching knuckles on the cheese grater surface. My husband's comment was "if you ever want to replace these, you're on your own!" I would not buy these again - these are cheap, and definitely a case of "get what you pay for"!
April 10, 2013
Both my kids have these graters and really like them...keep their feet in place esp. in 2-pt and jumping. No slipping and readjusting. One pair scraped her saddle and needed to be grinded down so they would not stick out over edge of stirrups. Dad needed to insert them.
August 2, 2012
Impossible to fit in irons
I bought these because my trainer recommended the cheese grater style. The rubber ones and sandpaper ones wear out after less than 4 months for me. I thought these would be a deal and knew they would be hard to get into my irons, but figured it was worth it to try. Well I have had them for a couple weeks now and I was able to get one of them to stay in my irons. The other fell out after i banged and bent them to try and fit. The one that is in isn't flush with the iron and squeaks when I ride. The grip is good, so I am going to keep trying to get the other in and add some WD40 to the one that is in. I may upgrade to a more expensive version though if I can't get these both in and to stop squeaking.
July 31, 2012
I have a pair of these on every stirrup in the barn- the grip is superb, and allows you to relax your foot in the stirrup, as the pad keeps your foot from slipping. These can be a bit tricky putting in the stirrup, but they will fit.
May 15, 2012
I have these and am very impressed with the grip offered by them. Super grippy! Downside? The other reviewers are correct; they are a challange to fit correctly. I am lucky to have a very strong, and strong-minded, husband who manhandled them onto my irons. Yes, they squeaked. Solution was a dot or two of clear caulking. Kept them secure, squeakless and yet easily removable. Oh, and I'm careful with my leather around them knowing the potential for scrapes.
January 6, 2012
Grated Stirrup Pads
The Centaur Grated Stirrup Pads are awesome. Although they look like a cheese grater and are a little hard to put in the stirrups, they really lock your foot in place. No slipping at all.
December 14, 2011