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TRAMPOLINE BUYERS GUIDE

Things to consider in buying the right trampoline for your family and home.

Space

It is important to measure the area you are going to put your trampoline. Trampolines come from small to very large. For safety you must maintain a clear space of minimum 2 metres around your trampoline – i.e. free of walls, fences, furniture, trees, hard surfaces, or anything that could harm. You should also have a free space of 7 to 8 metres above the trampoline. Handy Hint –use your garden hose to outline the dimensions of your proposed size of trampoline in the location you wish to install it before purchasing, you will avoid surprises.

Style

Circular Trampolines

Circular trampolines are very popular as they were the first to come out with enclosures (nets) to help keep your child safe. They also have a bounce that guides the user to the middle of the mat. They are also traditionally smaller than a rectangular trampoline and take up less space in the garden.

Circular trampolines are very popular as they were the first to come out with enclosures (nets) to help keep your child safe. They also have a bounce that guides the user to the middle of the mat. They are also traditionally smaller than a rectangular trampoline and take up less space in the garden.

Circular Trampolines

Rectangular Trampolines

Rectangular trampolines are now starting to also come with enclosures. These trampolines have the most powerful bounce and provide greater space to perform certain jumps. They are typically larger than the most popular Circular tramps so take up more space in gardens but they’re shape means they are often a more efficient use of space.

In-ground Trampolines

In Ground trampolines are less intrusive, and do not obstruct views as they do not require enclosures (nets) they are very safe, being low to the ground. Water Drainage from the pit can be an issue, action’s in ground model comes with instructions on building a seep pit to assist with this. We range an in ground trampoline that requires 75% less soil to be excavated than regular in grounds, however even this is a daunting task for one person with manual tools

In Ground trampolines are less intrusive, and do not obstruct views as they do not require enclosures (nets) they are very safe, being low to the ground. Water Drainage from the pit can be an issue, action’s in ground model comes with instructions on building a seep pit to assist with this. We range an in ground trampoline that requires 75% less soil to be excavated than regular in grounds, however even this is a daunting task for one person with manual tools

In-ground Trampolines

Elements

Padding

Your trampoline should come with pads that cover the springs. If there is no padding then the risk of injury increases significantly. Padding should also ideally be secured to the springs and frame, or protected by the enclosure net, to ensure there is no separation between the padding and springs and reduce the chance of contact with the springs.

Springs are the “engine” of the trampoline giving it its bounce. They conventionally come with coiled springs, but can also come with non-conventional springs and elastic straps. Springs give the best bounce, whilst straps provide a less powerful bounce.

Springs

Springs

Springs are the “engine” of the trampoline giving it its bounce. They conventionally come with coiled springs, but can also come with non-conventional springs and elastic straps. Springs give the best bounce, whilst straps provide a less powerful bounce.

Size

Size is important, as the larger the trampoline, the bigger the bounce. Trampoline size is measured by the frame, and not the mat. For example, a 10 foot circular trampoline has a frame diameter of 10 feet in the imperial scale. A rectangular trampoline’s size is the frame’s length and width.

Height of the mat is another size factor. Certain large trampolines are only suitable for children over the age of 6 as the trampoline mat is higher than 50cm from the ground.

The frame should be weather resistant if it is going to last in Australian conditions. As a minimum it should be galvanised to prevent rust. The thickness of the frame is an important factor in trampoline quality and strength; the thicker the frame, the stronger it is.

Frame

Frame

The frame should be weather resistant if it is going to last in Australian conditions. As a minimum it should be galvanised to prevent rust. The thickness of the frame is an important factor in trampoline quality and strength; the thicker the frame, the stronger it is.

Weight limit

This is the maximum allowable weight limit of the heaviest person that is going to use the trampoline. Usually the larger the trampoline, the larger the maximum user weight is. If you have a small child then a smaller trampoline is suitable until they get bigger.

REMEMBER you should only have one person on a trampoline at any one time.

If your trampoline is raised off the ground then for maximum safety it should have an enclosure net. This is an important safety feature to prevent falls. Enclosure nets can start where the mats meet the springs (inner net) meaning there is an additional level of protection between the jumper and springs; or they can start where the springs meet the top frame (outer net). The padding protects the user from the springs and the user enjoys more space to jump in.

Enclosure net

Enclosure net

If your trampoline is raised off the ground then for maximum safety it should have an enclosure net. This is an important safety feature to prevent falls. Enclosure nets can start where the mats meet the springs (inner net) meaning there is an additional level of protection between the jumper and springs; or they can start where the springs meet the top frame (outer net). The padding protects the user from the springs and the user enjoys more space to jump in.

Warranty and Service

All new trampolines come with a warranty by virtue of Australian consumer law and the manufacturer is obliged to supply parts under the warranty, or replacement parts for service, for many years after you buy your trampoline.

Always ensure that the trampoline you buy has an Australian based service centre and will carry replacement parts for at least 5 years after your purchase.

Children with autism typically enjoy trampolining as source of supervised play and fitness. Typically the nature of usage is different, tending to be for longer periods and consistently on the same area of the jumping mat, this can exacerbate wear especially on lower price trampolines. Action Sports recommends high performance trampolines, such as our rectangular range with stronger frames and larger springs for the best longevity and enjoyment outcomes.

Autism Spectrum Children

Autism Spectrum Children

Children with autism typically enjoy trampolining as source of supervised play and fitness. Typically the nature of usage is different, tending to be for longer periods and consistently on the same area of the jumping mat, this can exacerbate wear especially on lower price trampolines. Action Sports recommends high performance trampolines, such as our rectangular range with stronger frames and larger springs for the best longevity and enjoyment outcomes.

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