A good stirrup should give the rider's foot good support, stability, comfort and safety. Pioneers of stirrups with safety effect and comfort are the jointed stirrups from Sprenger. Now available in the 3rd generation! They regularly help professionals like Ingrid Klimke or Marcus Ehning to win medals.
But with the plenty of models available on the stirrup market, it is difficult to make the right choice. The subject of safety is of course of particular importance to many riders. But how can the safety of a stirrup be correctly assessed? Is a stirrup safe just because it is called a safety stirrup? We can answer this question can with a clear no, because no stirrup can offer 100% safety. But if you take a few simple things into account, the greatest possible safety can be offered.
This point is relatively difficult to assess. First of all, bear in mind that stirrups have to withstand forces of up to 4 times the body weight. In daily use and under the most varied, sometimes adverse weather conditions. It is advisable to buy stirrups made of stainless material with a breaking strength of at least 800 kg.
A simple indicator of the quality of the material used is the price. Very inexpensive models are often made of inferior materials. These are not resistant to weather and corrosion. Thus they can rust and/or break. Exposed to temperature fluctuations they tend to undergo structural changes or material fatigue. This applies to both metal and plastic hangers. With plastic stirrups, extra attention should be paid to UV resistance. UV radiation also causes the material to fatigue and can make it brittle and break.
The weight of stirrups available on the market varies as well as the variety of models. Here, of course, it depends on the rider's subjective perception. But, if the rider loses the stirrup while riding, it is easier to pick it up again if the stirrup is not too light. Stirrups that are too light can "swing" and are difficult to pick up again.