Flex on Spur and Irons
A WORD FROM THE DESIGNERS
The level of equestrian sports has continued to rise in recent years. The issue of keeping the horse in good physical shape has become a key question in research on horse riding surfaces and protective systems for the legs.
But what about the rider? Just like the horse, the rider also suffers many impacts and his skeleton is put severely to the test. This is evidenced by the many recent injuries to riders (slipped discs, adductor muscle problems, etc.). For this reason, Flex-on now designs products for both horses and their riders.
Innovating to optimize! The Flex-on brand started out as a blend of diverse skills, bringing together technique, research and development, communication and marketing. It offers equestrian sports the very best in terms of stirrups and accessories for horses and riders.
We design, manufacture and market innovative stirrups for equestrian sports, combining design, comfort and performance. With the redesigning of our Aluminium Range, the launch of a Green Composite Range, and a Grand Luxe Range, Flex-on is right in line with the current market trends to meet the needs of all riders.
Each of our products is manufactured in France with care and passion.
Laurent and Caroline Bordes
HOW IT BEGAN
The history of Flex-on is primarily the story of how Laurent Bordes met his wife Caroline, an experienced rider.
The stirrup was created in early May 2011 during the La Baule competition. It resulted from pooling the skills of Laurent Bordes, director of Bordes, a specialist in railway and aerospace subcontracting, and those of his wife Caroline, an experienced CSO rider (gallop 7).
Noting that the equipment available to riders for eventing or jumping was considered "too conventional", the couple began to develop revolutionary shock-absorbing stirrups that are comfortable, accurate and solid. A few months later, Flex-on launched its product: the Flex-on stirrup, the only one on the market with a custom configuration.
Since then, this high-end product has won over Gerco Schröder, Clément Boulanger, Thomas Carlile, Marie Hécart, Marie Demonte and Olivier Robert, eventing or jumping (CSO) champions that have become Flex-on ambassadors.
Our motto is :
« Stirrups serving riders and horses ».
THE FLEX-ON CONCEPT
- A top-of-the-range, "Made in France" stirrup,
- Entirely conceived, designed and built for equestrian sports (eventing: Cross /
Jumping / Dressage, Polo, Horse Ball, Endurance, Trecking, etc.)
This innovative stirrup, with a strong, lightweight design offers:
- A shock-absorbing system (the tread rests on elastomer springs with "gripp" and "ultra-gripp" technologies)
- Ergonomic shapes for the tread and the stirrup leather slot
(both offset and skewed in relation to the stirrup for a better connection with the mount)
- A unique concept for personalization: My Flex-on
(a special location for a personalized sticker, choice of frame colour, etc.)
FOCUS: "Grip" and "Ultra-Grip"These technologies are used on all Flex-on products.
The "Grip" or "Ultra-Grip" technologies used for the tread optimize
adhesion and help provide maximum stability and tightness for the rider.
- Grip tread : made from moulded POM.
Ultra-Grip tread : made from moulded POM
with crimped pins made of hardened steel.
FOCUS: ElastomersOn the Aluminium Range, the rider can choose how hard
the elastomers are for optimum shock absorption.
The choice of elastomer hardness is defined by a colour code:
- Light blue "Soft": recommended for endurance.
Medium blue "Medium": recommended for leisure, hiking,
dressage and junior jumping.
- Dark blue "Hard": recommended for show jumping and Cross.