The ergonomic footplate of the Balance Stirrup is set at 5º with a cross-track grip surface and mounted on an impact absorbing cushion layer of dynamic polymer with a 70% compression rating. Impact and vibrations are absorbed at the point of landing when jumping which reduces the fatigue to the knee and ankle and lowers the stress on leg muscles and tendons. The embedded hardened steel pins provide maximum security of the boot.
The footplate is supported by a twin balance arch system that distributes the weight evenly across the base of the stirrup frame. The apex of the frame is recessed and off-set, encouraging a 45º outward orientation which makes it easier for the rider to locate the optimum angle for the foot and regain a lost stirrup.
An integrated safety arm has a two-stage release system, preventing unintentional opening. The spring loaded safety arm locks into the base of the main frame meaning that when under maximum pressure, such as landing over a fence, the rider's weight is spread evenly across the stirrup, preventing the outside dropping and flexing. When pressure is put onto the arm of the stirrup, such as if the rider falls, the arm releases allowing the foot to come out of the stirrup and preventing it getting stuck. The stirrup arm breakout force = 36N (equivalent to 3.62kg) in testing meaning enough resistance to stop it opening unintentionally but will safely release in the event of a rider falling