They are a royal pain. I can't stand them. I bought them by mistake but am too cheap to buy new ones until these wear out. I have double ended snaps on my D-rings. When I finish my ride I snap the stirrup up to the D-ring so the irons stay put on the sides of the saddle-otherwise, if your saddle lives on a rack above your head, when you go to take it down, the irons will fall and hit you across the bridge of the nose. This I KNOW.
The other thing you could do would be to get one of these: http://www.doversaddlery.com/dover-s...gjcp45jfwd2255
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.
Had them, got rid of them. My issue is that I am not blessed w/ the long-legged look; in my dressage saddle the buckle that went thru the iron rubbed marks at the very bottom of my saddle flap...UGH. Also hated the "can't run up" which I never thought about until after I bought them
That said, i did use them for maybe 8 months, and the "mono" part was nice. But not nice enough to keep...
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
I'm thinking of buying them used from someone. I told the person I was concerned about not being able to run them up, but she said you can slide the buckle up further, and stirrups will come half way up the flap.
My new close contact doesn't have recessed stirrup bar, so I thought mono leathers might work. The stirrup buckle under my thigh doesn't bother me, but I have to get new leathers anyway (new saddle is black, current leathers are brown), so I thought about mono leathers.
Are there another type of more traditional stirrup leather with a buckle that lies more flat under the thigh?
I have the Bates leather webbers, and you can definitely run them up. I really like them. My only drawback is that I ride in Ansur saddles with weird stirrup bars, and if you aren't careful, the stirrup leathers can come out! I've had it happen only twice, though, over many years. Once I was just walking along, the other time I had just gotten on, so I think if i just check them before mounting it should be fine. With regular stirrup bars, I don't think it'd be an issue.
Have you looked at the Prestige "Ideal" leathers that are similar to Wintec? You can run them up, and I think the quality is better than Bates.
One caution - you'll probably want the "short" size. I'm 5'6", 30" inseam, and I've had to get extra holes for my jumping saddle even on the short ones. The "regular" length must be for basketball players
I think Equus Now carries them in brown. I'd link to it, but I'm having trouble with their website right now.