>>>>> "DiaComm" == DiaComm <DiaComm@aol.com> writes:
> IMHO........ I've ridden with Flex-Ride Stirrups (formerly
> Hi-Tech) with toe-guards and vibram pads for many years and I
> would not want to go back to any other type of stirrup on a
> regular basis. The things I've found about these stirrups are
> the following: they reduce the shock on my knees; I can ride in
> almost any running/tennis shoe and my foot stays securely in the
> stirrup and I don't have to worry about my foot sliding forward
> through the stirrup; the toe-guard is very effective at fending
> off branches and stumps on narrow trails; getting whacked by one
> of these plastic stirrups beats getting hit by irons or big
> western stirrups any day; they're interchangeable between
> english and western-style saddles; they need minimal care (just
> wash them off occasionally) and they still look great.
> After looking around, I bought them from Sportack
> (1.800.248.8225) and they are offered in the 1995 catalog for
> $67.95 with guards/pads.
> I have an extra set that I've loaned out to friends and they
> have subsequently bought their own. Without exception, everyone
> that I've told about the stirrups have ended up buying them and
> love them.