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Herm Sprenger (#14510)

Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups

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Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups ensure improved leg position. Changing the weight ratio on the Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups results in perfect balance and great comfort for the rider. Shock absorbing grip is achieved by a widened tread made of rubber with two types of properties. Bow Balance design provides easy "pick up" upon mounting as they require very little effort on the rider's part - a simple touch of the foot to the stirrups and it gently folds onto the rider's foot. Based on Herm Sprenger's innovative four-link system on the inside of the stirrups, making them extremely comfortable and especially good for helping to prevent joint pain. Feature the patented System 4 joint.

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Favorite Features

• Softens the impact on cartilage & ligaments
• Bow form for a perfect fit
• Superb strength & enhanced security
• Pivoting into 4 directions simultaneously
• Maximum comfort
• Tread with two types of rubber hardness for a better grip
• Wide tread for a perfect balance
Key Specifications
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Tread Material: Rubber
  • Footbed Width: 4.25", 4.75", 5.25"
  • Replacement Pads Available: Yes
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4 1/4", 4 3/4", 5 1/8"
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Specifications
Material Stainless steel
Tread Material Rubber
Footbed Width 4.25", 4.75", 5.25"
Replacement Pads Available Yes
Customizable No
Special Features Ensures improved leg position, shock absorbing grip. Emergency release in case of a fall. Pivots in four directions.
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Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 99.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far! I've ridden with these about 3 times so far, and I really like them. They definitely reduce the pressure on my knees, which is what I was looking for. Even though they're very flexible, they don't feel less supportive or stable than regular irons> I also appreciate that they hang at a better angle to the saddle, so there seems to be less torque on my knees, and I like that they're a bit lighter in weight than my ancient Fillis irons.
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was a bit sceptical, but desperate I purchased these several months ago, replacing earlier version of Herm Sprenger jointed stirrups. I'm old, and my foot hurts after many activities, along with riding. With these stirrups, I no longer get pain in my foot after riding. Now if I can just get my feet to quit hurting after walking on the beach barefoot. Sadly, hasn't improved my riding: too many years playing polocrosse.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought these about 2 years ago and they worked amazingly. I have horribly weak ankles and they did the trick for this long but now my ankles are getting extremely sore again and plus since i’m an eventer, when I would go through water, my foot would slip so easily so it just isn’t a good match for me anymore.
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow - I'm pretty impressed I bought another brand last spring to help with sore knees. Those helped but I now have sore ankles (not sure if related). I saw some reviews on this stirrup and decided to give them a try. They are a bit awkward at first but once you get used to them, they are fantastic. They move with you so you can put your leg where it needs to be (I'm a newer dressage rider) and there is no issue with keeping your leg where you want it during transitions. My last pair seemed to cause my leg to go more forward and my stirrups would be lose when trotting. With these, I haven't had any issues keeping my stirrups at the trot and they bend wonderingly with my ankle and leg. I can also point my toes strait and not make my ankles uncomfortable. I can't speak to durability but I hope they last given the price tag.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secure and great for joint pain Not only do I feel more secure in these stirrups, but my ankle and knee pain has improved tremendously.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I needed better stirrups , I feel more confident n I'm very happy I had the opportunity to purchase my Herm Sprenger Stirrups .
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from impressive comeback! I have been using my new stirrups for about a month and have made great strides in my riding--communicating better with my partner because I am not in severe pain. ankle fusion and age had me thinking I needed to change to trail riding only. today I feel I could canter through fields!!
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really helped my knee pain I bought a pair a couple years ago and have used them regularly since. My knees used to crack walking down stairs and hurt all the time. When I switched over I did feel my leg position get better and in a couple months I noticed my knees mad enough less of a fuss. And now no knee pain and a constantly improving leg position. It did take a couple months for the pain to go away but definitely worth the wait. And they still look new even the trend.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made, comfortable for xc I ended up being in the market for a new pair of stirrups when I decided to replace my standard dressage stirrups with the MDCs I used on my jump saddle. I like the swivel and bend of the MDCs but found the grit and water of xc riding made them a little hard to rotate after a few years and also wanted to try a wider foot bed. However, I wanted to stick with a weightier iron as opposed to the super light titanium stirrups that are gaining popularity. The Herm Sprenger Bow Balance satisfied all my criteria as being solid, well built, and comfortable.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable! Great quality and comfort! Easy on knees and help keep your legs and feet in position. They are worth the money!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent quality!!! I have used the MDC stirrups and I have to say that these work better for me than even those do...and I love the MDC's! My foot positioning is improved and NO PAIN! These are superb quality irons. They are not overly heavy and the wide platform is wonderful. Try these!!!!!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable!!! I bought these over two years ago and I love them! I have massive damage to my knee (from a freak riding accident) and my knee NEVER hurts when I ride. I also have a week ankle, which would turn out when riding---not with these! I fix hunt and for three plus hours and gallop cross country and they are wonderful! Worth every penny!
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE these Irons! These stirrup irons feel like shock absorbers for my entire lower leg. Great design with the twist and movement make these a must have. They are worth every penny!
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item I bought this a month ago and am so happy that I did. These irons help my position and elevate my knee pain.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and safe I bought these irons for the safety value but they are SAFE !!
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Knees I bought these stirrups to help with some knee pain I was having with traditional stirrups and they are amazing. I have two reconstructed knees and these make them feel so much better after riding.
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable I am returning to riding after a 20 year long break and bought these metals for comfort. They are very comfortable and I have not lost a stirrup since I have been riding in them!
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent shock absorption These are wonderful for sore joints. Usually my knees and ankles are on fire after a ride but they no longer are in these! They do have a bit of a learning curve though; I'm used to composite stirrups that were very light and these are like brick heavy so when I have a loose ankle I tend to lose them easier, and then catching them with my foot again is interesting because I'm used to having to find my stirrup and these are naturally in the correct position. If you want something a bit more familiar, get the ones that aren't offset. If you need help with your joints and positioning, get these but expect some getting used to with the shape and weight. Overall I love them, they just weren't what I was expecting.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Product Arrived quickly ! These stirrups are the best! No pain in ankles or knees with these irons! Make better leg contact ! Totally wirth it and they clean up easily!!
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Stirrups Ever My Trainor introduced me to the Herm Spencer Bow Balance Stirrups years ago on her saddle. I loved the way they move with me and confront factor my aging joints. I had to get my own for my saddle.
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Recently purchased after researching stirrups for hours. Previous stirrups were uncomfortable and my knees had a slight discomfort after training and trail rides. I LOVE the HS stirrups...great support and cushion for feet, have not lost a stirrup in training class or riding yet, much easier to keep knees and body in proper alignment. Like I said, I love them!
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best stirrups ever Finally bought these, well worth the price. No sore knees and maintain my leg position beautifully.
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Design!!! Hands-Down! I had recently tried several other types of modern stirrups. All went back as they just did not seem any better than the straight traditional stirrup. I almost did not try these, but I am glad I did. I think the best complement of a design is when they just seem natural and you don't need to think about it. Well these are them! You will have to pry my cold dead hands off them to get me to stop using them. Not to heavy, but not too light, not to tall in construction. Best two features are 1) the offset is perfect and 2) the movement of the foot bet is not too floppy, but not overly stiff. Very nicely balanced. Best product I have tried in a long time. Believe me I am a picky customer. They are expensive put well worth the price.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are AMAZING! i bought these used, as the price is outrageous, but they are incredible! I immediately felt a difference in my joints and position. I was pretty skeptical about these being different than my knock off jointed stirrups, but was pleasantly surprised! I was less sore and just felt better. Worth their price for me!
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Therapeutic Just purchased a second pair of these amazingly comfortable stirrups for my new trail saddle. Bought the first pair 8 years ago for my dressage saddle. After suffering a traumatic calcaneus (heel) fracture which left me with limited range of motion along with pain, I was delighted to experience great relief both during and after the ride. I was recently reminded of how therapeutic these were after riding a friend's horse with all of her own gear which did not have bow balance stirrups. I dismounted with apparent lameness and she immediately inquired about it. I smiled upon realization and promptly purchase my next pair for my new trail saddle that would arrive any day.
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Purchase I bought these stirrups hoping that they would help me keep my feet from turning outward as I am really working on keeping my position correct and using my aids appropriately. These stirrups DO HELP with my
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these irons! After struggling with a problematic left leg (PT says I have "weird bio-mechanics)-- tendonitis in the top of my foot, sore ankle, patellar tendonitis and IT band syndrome--I was ready to try something new after a sore summer of riding that culminated in blowing the left iron during a less-than-stellar attempt by my boy over a fence (he is learning to jump) and my subsequently landing in the dirt. My trainer sneakily called Santa Claus (aka Mom and Dad) and I have had much happier rides since Christmas. My left leg stays much quieter because my ankle isn't fatigued and I LOVE the wide grippy footbed on them. I honestly don't think I would have eaten dirt if I had been using these irons! A word of warning though--I agree with both my trainers that these are not good for beginners. You have to have a leg first as these are much lighter and have a lot more flexion in all directions than standard irons. You have to know where to put your leg first as these do not help you with it.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for knee pain but questioning the "bow"... I have been riding in those for 6-8 months now, and I can say with confidence that I will never ride in regular stirrups again! (actually I do on my trail ride saddle, and hate every minute of the ride and after the ride!). After a hard one hour lesson of flat/jumping, my knees do not hurt anymore! The hinges provide the flexibility to relieve pain, but are firm enough that your lower leg is not flapping around all over the place! My trainer never made a negative comment on my leg position after I started riding in them. Actually I think it helps me drive my ankles deeper and I feel more secure over the jumps... I gave it four stars because to me the bow shape doesnt not help picking up a loose iron, so I feel that I overpaid quite a bit for that feature...
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better...but not great I've been riding for 9 years and have had knee pain since (essentially) the very beginning. After going on several long, painful rides at the beginning of this past season, I decided to try these and see if they helped. I didn't read the box because I was so excited to get them on and I accidentally put them the wrong sides. That being said, I rode in it and it was immediate relief. My knees felt so much more stable and several of my equitation problems (problems that caused a lot of pain) disappeared. After reading the box later I went and checked, and switched them to their correct sides. I found it much harder to get my feet in the stirrups and my good knee hurt more with them on the correct side. I spent several of the next days switching them back and forth and purposely forgetting if they were correct side or not and having them on the opposite side won hands down. The only reason I gave these $240 stirrups a 4 is that these stirrups are not a cure all. Is it easier for me to go on long rides with these stirrups? Yes. Do I still have knee pain? Absolutely. Was it worth the $240 for the improved equitation slightly more relief on long rides? Not too sure. I am glad I bought them, I just wish they worked a little better.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them Knée and ankle pain is all gone. Did a 25 mile ride in them&no problems.
Date published: 2014-10-25
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