How is a magnetic grip different from traditional stirrups?

Simon Geldner Updated by Simon Geldner

Mechanical Grip (friction)

Traditionally, stirrups all work on the same principle: They try to establish a mechanical grip based on friction between stirrups and boots. Some do that better than others, but the basic principle remains the same. Treads offering mechanical grip may be made from rubber, metal or plastic.

If you're looking for a really good mechanical grip, check out our safety stirrups Ophena A, which feature our unique diamond grip.

Magnetic Grip

Ophena's magnetic safety stirrups take a whole new approach to grip. Instead of trying to increase friction, Ophena utilises a magnetic connection, which keeps your feet in the right place and avoids them from slipping. It also has the advantage that both stirrups and boots wear less. Since the grip is established through the magnetic connection, there will generally be less frictional wear.

What's great about magnetic grip is that, although it provides some sort of "fixation" to the stirrups, the magnetic connection still releases very quickly and reliably in case of a fall or if you wish to dismount.

Mechanical + Magnetic Grip

If you're looking for the optimum, why not combine both types of grip? Well, that's exactly what we did when we created the Ophena S Pro! It comes with the same magnetic system as the Ophena S and adds to that the diamond grip of the Ophena A.

Ophena Stirrups and their Grip in Comparison

  • Ophena A: Mechanical Diamond Grip
  • Ophena S: Magnetic Grip
  • Ophena S Pro: Mechanical Diamond Grip + Magnetic Grip

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