What to look for when buying a trampoline
Surprisingly when it comes to buying a trampoline the options can vary greatly. Most would think that all trampolines are pretty much the same, but the trampoline has come a long way. Trampolines can even be bought without the very component that originally made them work, springs. Yes, that’s right, spring-less trampolines now exist. As you can tell the options for buying trampolines are vast, so there are a few factors to consider before making your purchase.
Springs vs. No Springs
The traditional trampoline uses a canvas center attached to numerous springs which are then attached to an outer metal frame. This is what older generations are used to experiencing with a trampoline. However, the springs and metal frame are one of the most dangerous parts to a trampoline. Most people who have spent any time on a trampoline can remember falling through, or coming really close to falling through, the spring holes on the outer edge of a trampoline. As time passed, and more children were injured due to falling through the springs, padding to cover the holes/springs were introduced. This was can excellent way to help reduce the risks associated with trampolines.
As originally noted, trampolines have come a long way! Currently, spring-less trampolines exists which eliminate the risk of spring hole related injuries. Of course, trampolines possess other risk outside of spring holes, but the spring-less trampoline reduces at least one component of risk. The first consideration when debating which trampoline to purchase should be springs vs. no springs.
Shape and Size
Next to consider when purchasing a trampoline is shape and size. Trampolines predominantly come in two shapes; rectangular and circular. Recreational trampolines have historically been circular with the commercial/competitive trampolines being the rectangle trampoline. The trampoline industry is now seeing a hybrid trampoline enter the market, which tend to be rectangular and springier than the traditional recreational trampoline. These hybrid trampolines are being used by snowboarders/wakeboarders to practice when they are not on the slope or in the water.
Trampolines can be had in all sizes, from small children’s trampolines all the way up to industrial gymnastics trampolines. Most recreational trampolines are going to be in the 8 foot to 14 foot in diameter. Workout and children’s trampolines will be smaller, around the 3 foot to 5 foot in diameter.
Trampolines are steadily being offered with more and more accessories. These accessories help you to make your trampoline the best trampoline. There is a latest trend that seems to be taking the trampoline industry by storm in which trampolines are being offered standard with a safety net. The safety net is an excellent accessory for anyone who has children that will be using the trampoline. To make the safety net more appealing to children, many companies are adding a basketball hoop to the top of a safety net. This is a great tradeoff for children and parents. The kids get the added bonus of a basketball hoop, and the parents get the added safety of the net. Many replacement springs and canvases are now available to keep your trampoline in top shape.
These are the top considerations to make when purchasing a new trampoline. Whether you are practicing your wakeboarding skills in the off-season or just want to exercise in a more enjoyable fashion, a trampoline exist for your needs.