These horseshoes are designed to hold up for commercial and professional use. We ship them daily to clubs and institutions as well as to individuals who all pitch them regularly for extended sessions, which often amount to hours upon hours of continuous daily use. If being purchased for occasional use (a few times a summer in the backyard), they could easily last a lifetime!
The bandit is our entry level tournament quality horseshoe and like every other Thoroughbred shoe, it is jam packed with unique features. It is modeled after one of the most famous forged shoes of all time, the old Ohio "O". Until recently, we had it in the Imperial line of shoes and there it was called the "Classic" and for good reason. It has always been one of those shoes that throws equally well for turn or flip players, making it a classic choice for the last 60 years! If you hold the Bandit on the side blade for one turn or another, the first thing you will notice is that it has the longest and straightest blades of any shoe out there. There is plenty of room to adjust your grip up or down to control the amount of turn on the shoe... something turn players love! The very low and contoured tips are also perfect for those who like to turn the shoe holding it right out on the tip of the blade. When it comes to the flip pitch, this shoe rocks! It has a low thumb cleat in the back but it has just enough of a lip to give you a good flip. The finger grooves help you find and keep the shoe centered during the delivery, giving a nice clean flip every time. The slightly pointed ringer break knocks those dead center hits a bit off center so they catch the hook rather than jump straight back off the stake... Nice! All in all, this is a great shoe and when you look at those prices, well, it's easy to see why it's been so loved for so long amongst horseshoe pitchers nationwide.