FAQ - Springfree
- How does Springfree™ Trampoline work?
Springfree™ is a rod based trampoline . using strong flexible fiber glass rods instead of springs. Imagine a circle of fishing rods standing upright with their handles stuck firmly in the ground. If you bent them all in towards the center and connected the tops of them with a tight material, you would basically have a workable trampoline. If you landed on the edge you would spike yourself on the end of a rod - not a good thing. So instead of the rods standing upright, they have all been leaned over. They still have the ends bent towards the center, so they still keep the mat tight. But if you land on the end of a leaned over rod, you cannot spike yourself. Instead the end of the rod is just pushed down. This gives a relatively soft and safe edge to the mat.
- Is it as bouncy as an ordinary trampoline?
Springfree™ Trampoline is more bouncy than a round trampoline with springs. Rectangular spring trampolines tend to be a little more bouncy than round spring trampolines, but children generally don't notice the difference unless they are specifically asked. The fiberglass rods deliver a performance superior to springs.
- How soft is the edge?
The edge is not as soft as the center. But it has up to 350mm of give in it. Testing to USA ASTM standards shows the Springfree™ Trampoline edge is over 20 times softer than what is required by the standard.
- Is the soft edge bouncy?
The edge is designed as a resilient surface that is safe to land on. It is not really designed as a bouncing surface. It is not as bouncy as the center, but it does have some bounce in it. We recommend that for best bouncing you should stay near the center of the mat, and consider the edge as a safety feature rather than a play area.
- Don't you get splinters in your hands from the fiberglass?
The design team is aware that sometimes fiberglass products cause irritation when handled, as micro glass fibers get into the skin. To prevent this happening, all the hi-tech fiberglass rods in the Springfree™ Trampoline are housed in a light plastic sheath. This not only protects you from skin irritation, but it also protects the plastic in the rods from UV deterioration.
- Why doesn't it have safety pads around the edge?
The Springfree™ Trampoline does not have safety pads around the edge because it doesn't need them. The edge itself has much more give in it than normal safety pads. In fact, the Springfree™ Trampoline edge is nearly equivalent to the 70mm thick padding used at the ends of Olympic gymnastic trampolines. Conventional trampolines require safety pads to protect the jumper from falling on the steel frame, falling through between the springs or getting caught in the springs. The Springfree™ Trampoline design has removed these elements completely, so there is nothing to pad over.
- Other trampolines have enclosures, why is the Springfree Trampoline different?
While some other trampoline companies have added safety enclosures to their products they haven't addressed the dangerous springs and steel frame at the jumping surface. Basic enclosures are also likely to just redirect wayward jumpers back onto the springs and frame. They also use steel rods to create the enclosure skeleton which introduces another impact risk. Springfree™ is the only trampoline that addresses these impact zones, removing them completely from the trampoline design. By incorporating a safe FlexiNet™ that redirects jumpers back to the centre of the trampoline, and removing all hard edges from the jumping surface, Springfree™ Trampoline is the only safe jumping option.
- Is my normal trampoline really that dangerous?
Yes! Recent figures show that over 100,000 North American kids end up in hospital emergency departments after injury on traditional trampolines every year. Independent tests show your child has a 99% chance of suffering a minor injury if they impact the springs and frame of a traditional style trampoline, even if it meets the recommended safety standards. The same tests show your child has a less than 1% chance of the same type of injury on a Springfree™ Trampoline.
- Why do you recommend only one child on the trampoline at a time?
Springfree™ Trampoline has engineered out the dangerous elements that traditionally cause trampoline injuries. Serious collisions can occur if more than one person jumps at a time. To ensure your family avoids injuries enforce the one at a time rule. when using the Springfree™ Trampoline.
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