Buying A Trampoline
If you're planning on buying a trampoline, there are a number of things you need to consider before choosing one. After all, you want your trampoline to last, and it's also important that it's safe for you and anyone else to use. There's no point buying a trampoline that will fall apart after six months outside, or that could be a safety hazard.
Basically, trampolines come in three shapes - rectangular, square and round. They're also available in many sizes, from mini trampolines that you can use indoors for exercising, right through to large trampolines for outdoor use. You need to take a close look at the trampoline before buying it, and pay particular attention to the frame pads, spring, frame and jumping mat.
When it comes to safety, the frame pads are one of the most important parts of the trampoline. Look for thick, wide pads, with good quality material, so that you know the frame pads are well made, and will provide a good level of protection. The frame itself needs to be strong and sturdy, particularly for bigger trampolines, because it's likely that more than one person will use the trampoline at the same time on occasion. The frame should never show signs of bending or bowing when it's set up, and it shouldn’t flex when someone bounces on the trampoline.
The jumping mat needs to be made of strong, quality material, and be properly stitched. The mat needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of at least one adult, and preferably two. Jumping mats come in several grades, and if you want your trampoline to last a long time, then choose one of the better mats. Check out the springs, too, and make sure they're strong and solid. See if they sag, weaken or stretch out of shape after use. Longer springs mean a better bounce, so keep that in mind if you want a particularly bouncy trampoline.
Try asking family and friends if they can recommend a quality supplier of trampolines. Also, look to see if the manufacturer has adhered to international safety standards. You can also visit the International Trampoline Industry Association (ITIA), which is a trade association for manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of trampolines and related equipment.
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