Review: Lorenzini stirrups

I asked on my blog facebook page earlier this week what you guys wanted me to review next and Lorenzini won by a landslide, so here we go.

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I have the “Schockemohle” version of these stirrups, which are Lorenzinis that have the Lorenzini logo on one side and the Schockemohle logo on the other side. Exactly the same thing just with some different branding, so don’t be confused if you see both on the internet.

I will be honest here and say that I mostly got these because they’re pretty. And they’re REALLY really pretty. The navy color is subtle but still looks really sharp with the rest of my stuff. I like nice, pretty things… so sue me.

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Lorenzini stirrups in a Schockemohle box

Aside from just being pretty, they also have all of the features I’ve come to require in a stirrup iron.

  • wide footbed
  • cheesegrater pad
  • the right weight

I’ve realized over the years that I really have to have a wide footbed to be comfortable. My ankles are super jacked up, and trying to ride in a regular footbed iron has me in agony within 10 minutes. The footbed of the Lorenzini is nice and wide for sure. The cheesegrater pad is also very secure on your foot and makes it much less likely to move around. The footbed itself is angled ever so slightly on an incline, to help make it easier to put your heel down.

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Heels down does not come naturally to me

I was worried the Lorenzinis might be a little lighter than I prefer (my main complaint with composites) but they actually have a really good weight to them. Not quite as heavy as a traditional steel iron, but certainly nowhere near as light as a composite. The balance of the iron itself is really impeccable, just holding them and looking at them you can see that a lot of thought went into getting it just right.

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When I first used the Lorenzinis I noticed that they seemed to have less “give” than my Royal Riders, which makes sense given that those are Flex and these are not. I still found them comfortable though, and didn’t notice any negative change in my leg position or base of support. That said, I didn’t really notice a huge positive difference either. Sometimes I feel like it’s a little bit easier to have a more solid base of support under me, but I can’t say for sure, and I can’t tell if that’s because of the iron or not. The best I can say is that they certainly don’t hinder and they might be helping. I definitely think they’re light years better (for me at least) than a regular fillis iron or a plastic footbed composite, and really on par with the Royal Rider or MDC.

The only place they really fall short, IMO, is with the durability. I had heard before I bought them that they have a reputation for chipping and I am seeing that to be true. Oddly enough, not in the places I would expect. I whacked the crap out of my stirrup on the gate one time and the mailbox another time and they were left without even a scratch, yet I’m seeing some definite chipping at the top of the stirrup iron where the stirrup leather runs through it. Why here? No idea, it seems like an odd place, but it’s definitely happening on both irons. Luckily it’s really hard to see in that spot and the rest of the surface looks ok so far.


They do have some matte finish ones out now that are supposed to be less susceptible to chipping… I suppose time will tell. Also, the little orange rubber dot above the Schockemohle logo fell off within the first couple weeks I had them. Stronger adhesive needed, perhaps? Minor thing, but still… at this price point it feels a little cheesy for anything to be falling off. They retail at $260ish, but I snagged them on sale for $145, so I’m not as upset about it as I probably would be if I’d paid full price.

Overall I think they’re nice irons. They have the prettiest colors on the market (if you’re into that kind of thing, or regular silver if you’re not), they’re secure, they’re comfortable, the weight is good, and my ankles are happy in them. The chipping is the only real drawback I’ve found.

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30 thoughts on “Review: Lorenzini stirrups

    1. I really haven’t noticed too much difference in feel between the Royal Rider, the MDC, and the Lorenzini. I think that probably just means that for me the key is the wide footbed.

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      1. Amanda, Thanks for keeping MDC in the conversation. Please remember that our patented adjustable top is working for you every minute of every step of your ride in that they are mathematically going to come back to your foot when lost and they are not going to try to catch your foot during a fall as quickly as any stirrup that does not have a forward facing feature. This feature is cheap insurance that the competition is not addressing. I missed seeing you at AETA. MDC

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      2. Dear Hillary, Thank you for your loyalty, but more importantly, thank you for understanding that our stirrups are designed to bring real rider benefits. MDC Stirrups address stirrup issues in the vertical plane (our patented tops), the horizontal plane (flex sides or non-flex sides) and in multiple variations of our tread designs. We design performance stirrups, not fashion products. Colors are not a factor in performance, comfort, security and safety. MDC

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    2. Dear Hillary, Thank you for your loyalty, but more importantly, thank you for understanding that our stirrups are designed to bring real rider benefits. MDC Stirrups address stirrup issues in the vertical plane (our patented tops), the horizontal plane (flex sides or non-flex sides) and in multiple variations of our tread designs. We design performance stirrups, not fashion products. Colors are not a factor in performance, comfort, security and safety. MDC

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  1. do they have purple? Wait I am just kidding. I love my MDCs even if they aren’t pretty as these. I can’t believe how much better the wider stirrups help my aches and pains when riding. Thank you for spending my money as always 🙂 And thanks for a great review. They are very sharp looking and great deal you got on them! 🙂

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  2. I’m still in good ole fillis stirrups. There are some relatively inexpensive options out there now. I’m wondering if someone more sophisticated than the fillis would help with my hip pain (which I think is stemming from my knees). Hmmmm

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    1. I would try a wide footbed (but not the super cheap ones with the plastic “pad”, look for a rubber pad or cheesegrater), they’ve made a big difference for a lot of people with ankle, knee, and hip issues.

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    2. i would def give it a shot if i were you, The MDCs I got made a huge diff in my knee, hip, and ankle pain riding. I had no idea how bad it was till i got these. It was so worth the money in the long run for sure. See if you can find someone nearby who has a pair of a style of stirrup like this that you can borrow, i honestly think one ride will make you want something rather than the Fillis 🙂 Good luck!

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        1. We love Bit of Britain for their trial program. MDC provides this service as well. I am happy to discuss your stirrup needs personally either by phone or email. Most of our vendors will honor our trial ride program, but ask first. SmartPak will accept returns as well. We do not want anyone to purchase our products and not be completely satisfied. MDC 831-393-0588 / mdc@mdcstirrups.com

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    3. Rebecca, Please contact me direct at mdc@mdcstirrups.com or 831-393-0588 to try a pair of MDC Stirrups. We have a proven track record of relieving or eliminating ankle, knee, hip and back pain. We happily refund your money if they do not meet your needs. There is no reason to keep hurting and pain has no price. I look forward to hearing from you. MDC

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    1. Karen, Thanks for your loyalty and for recognizing our design benefits. Your MDC Stirrups are not a fashion statement from Italy. They are designed from all angles to deliver true rider benefits of performance, support, comfort and safety. Colors don’t win medals. ”
      Pretty is as Pretty Does”

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  3. The wide footbed has also helped me tremendously. I have high arches and generally wobbly ankles and its eliminated virtually all of my pain. The Lorenzinis are really pretty and I like that they come in a lot of colors. I had the Sprenger jointed stirrups and after a while they killed all of my joints. So I switched to Royal Riders. I really liked those, unless I dropped them. I then had fillis irons with the comfort wraps pads and those actually weren’t bad. Now the Equipe Aluminum stirrups. I haven’t tried MDC or Lorenzini, but they both seem to get lots of good reviews.

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    1. You are correctly figuring out the differences between stirrups. The wide tread stirrups are the real deal. Four of our top five selling stirrups have wide treads. Colors don’t do one thing for your riding performance, period. The Sprenger flex sides are ‘mushy’ as they are too soft causing them to break over as soon as you step into them. At MDC, we have intentionally tightened our rubber sleeves when we introduced our stirrups in 2003. As a professional rider, I know that a flex stirrup also has to provide support and not just bend. I believe some of today’s stirrups are designed by engineers and not riders. They are focusing on issues not involved with competitive riding and pain relief. You are also noticing that ultra-light stirrups may seem nice to ride, but are more difficult to retrieve. When you are competing for pleasure or for the Olympic Games, you do not ride better without your stirrups. True story: Eric Lamaze lost a stirrup in 2010 and it cost him $675,000.00!!! The story is on his website blog. (At the time of this story, Eric was the Gold Medal Rider from the Olympic Games on the best horse in the world, Hickstead. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.) Please contact me direct to try our stirrups with a guarantee that if you do not LOVE them, we refund your money. You also get a discount via Amanda’s blog. MDC

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  4. I adore mine. Totally bought them because they’re pretty, but they are awesome to ride in. I had flex RR and just couldn’t–they were too flexible and made my leg worse. I mean, I know RR is the ticket for a lot of people, and that’s great, but they weren’t for me.

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  5. these particular stirrups have never really appealed to me, but i love your write ups on the various irons all the same. i suspect wide foot beds are the underlying secret that makes the biggest difference for many riders haha. regardless, i pretty much adore my composites on my jump saddle (tho would prefer a cheese grater foot bed to the rubber pad), but will be looking into replacing my plain fillis irons on the dressage saddle at some point in the next few months. maybe. haha. (i’m so busy spending money i don’t have yet!)

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  6. I have always thought Lorenzini stirrups were the prettiest things! I have composites right now and they are nice, but so very light… I get very stiff through my ankles so a little flex is important, but usually out of my price range, lol! I love your reviews, they’re so thorough and helpful. 🙂

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  7. I love the look of Lorenzini stirrups, but the fact that a stirrup that expensive has a finish that chips is a little off-putting to me. I’d still love to try them someday- they look comfy!

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  8. Thank you so much for reviewing these! It was a lot of money, and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it. Your review was honest, and I absolutely FREAKING LOVE THEM! So comfortable, and I find it hurts my busted up ankles much less during my ride and after. I have the black ones, and since they are new, they haven’t chipped yet. I’ll be checking your reviews before I purchase other big ticket items. Thanks again!

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