Now it’s time to take a deeper look into the technicalities. At the very least, you’re going to want to look at safety and quality. Some good measures for these are official certificates, like ASTM and EN. Specifically, it’s good to look for:
- EN71-14, EN71-1, EN71-2, EN71-3
What we’d consider to be a high-quality outdoor trampoline, both in terms of the bounce and it’s life cycle should have:
- At least 20 springs per meter of diameter (E.g. 4.3m / 96 springs = 22,3) with spring preloads of 6 kgs / 13 lbs
- A frame which uses bars that are over 48mm of diameter, and 2mm thick galvanized steel
- Galvanized, weather resistant coating on all metal components
- UV-resistant coating on all other components
Atop of this, it’s good to make sure that spare parts will be readily available for the foreseeable future. Regardless of the materials used, some parts will, by time wear – and one of the great tragedies is owning a trampoline that can’t be fixed. When choosing an Acon trampoline, you know this is not an issue, as we guarantee that all spare parts will be available if needed.
When it comes to choosing the right model, it’s good to keep in mind that there’s no “one size fits all” solution. Many factors affect the decision: the age, size and skill of the users. Do you want to use the trampoline throughout the winter? Not wanting to brag here, but all our trampolines can be used in any weather.
If you’re thinking between a rectangular and a round trampoline there are few factors to consider. For true hardcore use, be it training for sport such as parkour, gymnastics, tricking, etc., we’d recommend looking at the top-of-the range rectangular model - the ACON Air 16 Sport HD. It provides unparalleled bounce, safety and longevity in tough use. Due to the rectangular shape you can bounce equally high no matter where your jump is located on the trampoline mat. This is a big difference between a rectangular and a round trampoline - with the rectangular trampoline the springs work separately depending where your jump is located.
If you’re looking for something that would be mainly for recreational use, it might be best to start looking at our circular trampolines. These maximize the benefits of having a slightly smaller, less invasive contraption on your yard, while maintaining fantastic bounce characteristics. The highest bounces are achieved in the center of a round trampoline, because with a round trampoline all the springs work simultaneously and tend to draw jumpers back to the center. This is also a great safety feature, especially for younger children.
The placement of the trampoline plays a role when you’re deciding between a rectangular and a round trampoline. How much space is there available for the trampoline? When thinking about the right spot for the trampoline it’s also good to keep in mind that trampolines should only be placed on flat ground. It might be surprisingly difficult to find a good spot for a round trampoline, where as a rectangular trampoline can also be fitted into more narrow spaces.
Of the circular trampolines, we’ve come to learn that our smaller models (3.0m & 3.7m / 10ft & 12ft) are more popular in settings, where most of the users are smaller children. The 3.7 (12ft) does work well with larger users, too, but many seem to choose the 4.3 (14ft)over it, just to ensure that they don’t run out of space.
Here comes the slightly counterintuitive part, though. We’ve found that larger users may just be able to get a slightly better bounce from the smaller models. This is mainly due to the mechanics of having a smaller area (and thus a smaller mass to move about) for a comparatively larger amount of springs. The effect of this, however, is minimal: the bounce characteristics of our circular trampolines are all very similar. You won’t be sacrificing the bounce by choosing one model over another.
We do recommend our trampolines to be used with enclosures at all times. Perhaps the most important thing to consider with our enclosures is that the Air Enclosure fastens to the inner edge of the safety pad (the v-links of the mat), whereas the Acon enclosure goes all around the trampoline, on the outer edge. Therefore, by choosing the Acon Enclosure, you’re maximizing the sense of space, with the Air Enclosure “coming in” a bit. The Air enclosure may provide a slightly sturdier look, but both are equally safe, thanks to our high-quality safety pads, so it’s really up to preference.
Finally, it’s good to mention that when looking for the right trampoline size, don’t go for the one that barely fits on the spot that you’ve planned it for. Always leave some space around the outer edges of the trampoline, as it does move about slightly in use.
We hope that this answers most questions, but we’ll gladly help with any other inquiries you may have about choosing a trampoline. Feel free to contact our customer care around the clock through our chat, by email, or phone.