Trampoline buyers guide

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Bouncing on a trampoline is both great fun and good for you. It helps develop balance, strength and confidence. A trampoline is always a big hit with the kids, but don’t get one just for them. You will love it too!
Choosing a Trampoline can be confusing. With so many to choose from, understanding the difference is not easy. That's why Big Game hunters have produced this Buyers Guide - It aims to help you choose the right trampoline for you and your family.

Step 1 - Choosing Your Trampoline Shape.

Round & rectangular trampolines are very different in their performance.
 
A rectangular trampoline provides a more powerful rebound. This enables a competent trampolinist to gain enough height to perform gymnastic manoeuvres. It is never safe to have more than one bouncer on a rectangular trampoline at a time, and 2 people should supervise anyone performing gymnastics, one on either side of the trampoline. (Supervising a trampolinist is called “spotting”) The larger, high performance rectangular trampolines are available with the option of a “2 string” bed, which provides more power and less wind resistance, but it will need to be sent for re coating every few years.
Safety enclosures and tents are not available for rectangular trampolines.
Rectangular trampolines, because of their more specialist nature, tend to be the higher cost option.

A round trampoline gives a gentler rebound and can be used by more than 1 person. The stronger, larger models can accommodate up to 3 (similar sized) bouncers at the same time!
Because all the springs are extended at the same time, even if they don’t land in the centre of the bed, bouncers tend to be “pushed” back towards the centre of the trampoline, making round trampolines the safer option.
Safety enclosures and tents are available to fit round trampolines, and because they are more readily available round trampolines offer great value for money.

In summary, unless you will be performing gymnastics, choose a round trampoline.

Step 2 - Choose Your Trampoline Size

Round trampolines are available in four size options, 8,10, 12 and 14 foot overall diameter. All these sizes will give you a rewarding bouncing experience.
Rectangular trampolines are available in a range from 1.2m x 2.3m for kids under the age of 7. Up to the massive “Boomer” which is 3 x 5.2m. High performance rectangular trampolines, which have the option of a 2 string bed start with the Supertramp Wallaby which is 2.5 x 3.8m
Available space and budget will influence your choice here, but with a trampoline…. bigger is better.

Step 3 – Which brand?

Different trampoline manufacturers offer differing frame strengths, pad thickness, number of springs, frame finish, pad covering, galvanised wire springs. Recommending a specific brand of trampoline is outside the scope of this guide. At Big Game Hunters we stock and are familiar with trampolines from different manufacturers, and we can give you specific advice and help choosing the right one for you.

Step 4 – Which accessories do I need?

Tents – Lots of fun, put the tent up on top of your trampoline and turn it into a fantastic play area.
Anchor kits – If your trampoline is in a windy exposed position, it would be wise to secure it to the ground.
Ladder – Make it easier for the little kids to climb on board
Covers – Leave your trampoline out all year and keep it clean and dry ready for use at a moments notice.
Safety nets – Make it impossible to fall off with a safety net. Padded steel uprights bolt on to your trampoline legs. The netting totally encloses the bouncing bed and is held inside the frame pads for extra safety.
Bungee Boucer – Training Aid for all the Trampoline Gymnasts out there who would like to train with a safety harness, or to just have some serious fun on a Trampoline.

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