Updated by Simon Geldner
Traditional stirrups all work on the same principle: They try to establish a mechanical grip based on friction between the stirrups and the boots. Some do that better than others, but the basic principle is the same.
Some stirrup's treads are made from rubber, others from aluminum, others again from various types of plastics. Some promise additional grip through metal spikes, others through certain patterns. But eventually mechanical grip has one main disadvantage: since more grip is achieved through higher friction, we inevitably have higher wear of both stirrups and boots.
Now how is Ophena different? (Spoiler: 🧲)
Ophena's magnetic safety stirrups take a whole new approach to grip. Instead of trying to increase the mechanical connection, Ophena utilises a magnetic connection, which comes with several major advantages:
1. No friction. No wear.
Magnetic stirrups and boots wear less. Since the grip is established through the magnetic connection, there will generally be less friction (the magnetic system takes over here). Thus, boots and magnetic stirrups will survive the journey substantially longer.
And in case you were wondering, our magnets don't wear either. That means, your connection will be just as strong 10 years from now as it is today 💪.
2. Sand ⏳? Rain 🌧? Ice ❄️? No problem.
Many environmental factors like sand, dirt or moisture influence the grip in traditional stirrups. But - you guessed it - the magnetic connection really couldn't care less. It keeps the strength up and works invisibly through air, sand, layers of water or whatever else one tries to throw in their way (except of metals 😬). Brilliant, isn't it?