Behind the Bounce: How Do Springfree Trampolines Work?
Jump into the world of Springfree Trampolines! Explore the advanced technology that makes them the industry's top choice for safety and quality.
Springfree Trampolines are known for their innovative design that eliminates the need for traditional springs. But how do Springfree Trampolines work?
Our springless trampolines have proven to be the safest, highest-quality and longest-lasting trampolines in Canada. This is due to progressive technology and intricate construction that took 10+ years to finalize.
Today, we will explain how Springfree Trampolines work so you can better understand what makes them industry-leading. Don’t worry, we won’t get too ‘sciencey’.
How Does a Traditional Trampoline Work?
Before discussing how Springfree Trampolines work, let’s go over how traditional spring trampolines are constructed for context:
- Trampoline Frame: The trampoline's frame forms the structural support and shape of the trampoline. It's usually made of metal and includes legs to keep the trampoline stable.
- Trampoline Springs: Metal springs are attached to the frame and stretched to connect with the trampoline's jumping surface (the mat). This produces the trampoline’s bounce.
- Jumping Mat: The jumping mat is stretched tightly over the frame and connected to the springs. It's the surface that users bounce on.
- Trampoline Safety Features: Most traditional trampolines have safety enclosures or nets around them to prevent jumpers from falling off the trampoline. They will also typically include safety padding for the springs and poles.
Here’s what a traditional trampoline looks like:
Photo courtesy of BJ’s Wholesale Club.
How Does a Springfree Trampoline Work?
Now, that you know about traditional trampolines, you’re ready to dive head-first into the world of Springfree Trampolines.
Springfree Trampolines have five main components: The mat rods, net, net rods, jumping mat and “hidden” frame. Let’s discuss each of them in greater detail:
1. Mat Rods
The first thing you’ll notice about a Springfree Trampoline is likely the white rods that sit underneath the mat:
These patented composite rods are the foundational feature of Springfree Trampolines. They are 3x stronger and 4x more flexible than steel.
The rods are responsible for the Springfree Trampoline bounce. They provide a smooth, soft bounce – making it easy on your joints -- and lie beneath the jumping surface, out of harm’s way. They also don’t make that annoying squeaky noise you sometimes hear from trampoline springs.
The thought process here was to make a safer trampoline by eliminating the metal springs, which are the culprit of up to 20% of trampoline injuries, according to Policygenius.
2. Enclosure Net
The Springfree Trampoline net, called the FlexiNet, is unique in the backyard trampoline world.
Using a lock-stitch knitting method called the Raschel Knit, the FlexiNet is similar to nets you would see deep-sea fishermen use.
It uses a “non-rip” weave, so if the net gets a tear in one cell, it won’t continue tearing down. They are also UV-stabilized – highly important for the durability of trampolines!
It’s also extremely flexible, as the picture above shows. The net is designed to catch jumpers from falling to the ground – which constitutes up to 39% of trampoline injuries (Policygenius).
On traditional trampolines – especially cheap trampolines -- jumping into the net could cause serious injury. On Springfree Trampolines, you could jump into the net with full force and the net would still catch you (assuming you adhered to the trampoline’s weight limit).
3. Enclosure Rods
The enclosure rods, often referred to as net rods, are another one-of-a-kind trampoline feature made for safety.
Using composite material made from high-strength silica glass fibers and a high-performance polymer matrix resin, the enclosure rods replace the hard metal poles on traditional trampolines.
The flexible rods are UV-stabilized and can last in any type of climate – just like all parts of Springfree Trampolines.
Metal poles on traditional trampolines can cause injury to wayward jumpers – especially if they are not padded. The enclosure rods on Springfree Trampolines eliminate that risk.
4. Jumping Mat
The material used for the Springfree Trampoline mat is just like all trampolines. They use a black modulus polypropylene material.
The unique feature of the mat lies in its SoftEdge Technology. The Springfree mat eliminates the hard edges seen on the jumping surfaces of some traditional trampolines.
Not only that, but the mat is 30 times more shock absorbent than the safety padding on traditional trampolines. The mat is also UV-stabilized and tested to three million jumps, more than 500,000 more jumps than any other trampoline.
5. “Hidden” Frame
Finally, we get to the “hidden” trampoline frame. By “hidden,” we mean the trampoline frame is positioned safely away from the jumper underneath the jumping surface. It is “hidden” from the jumper’s point of view.
Made of powder-coated galvanized steel, the Springfree frame includes three layers of rust-preventative coating, helping ensure its structural integrity.
The frame undergoes 3,000 hours of salt spray testing, which helps further prevent corrosion and rust from saltwater exposure.
The rationale behind the hidden frame is that too many jumpers were getting hurt by falling on the hard metal frame on traditional trampolines.
What Is the Advantage of Springfree Trampoline?
Taken altogether, the elaborate construction of Springfree Trampolines is why they are considered the safest, highest-quality and longest-lasting trampoline. In addition to its premium build, Springfree Trampolines are:
- The only type of trampoline to eliminate 90% of product-related injuries.
- Backed by an industry-leading 10-year warranty on ALL parts of the trampoline.
- The only trampoline that offers advanced trampoline customization.
- Manufactured by Springfree Trampoline – the only trampoline company vertically integrated.
- Individually assessed before packaging – the only trampoline company to do this.
- The recipient of many prestigious awards, including, the Parent Tested Parent Approved Top Product Award, Mom’s Choice Award and the TESTED Badge from Canadian Tire.
The advantages of Springfree Trampolines are obvious. But let’s discuss the elephant in the room…
What About the Springfree Trampoline Cost?
Yes, Springfree Trampolines are on the high end in terms of trampoline cost. For a Springfree, you will pay between $999-$4,499, depending on which size of trampoline you purchase.
The reason why they are priced at a premium is because they are top-of-the-line in the trampoline industry. They are the Ferrari of trampolines, you could say.
The value you’re getting is immense IF you’re looking to invest in a safe, long-term trampoline. If your goal is to buy a short-term trampoline on a budget, then a Springfree Trampoline would not be a fit for you.
But if you’re looking for the safest trampoline to last through your kids’ childhood, there is no better option than a Springfree Trampoline.
Have Any Other Questions About Springfree Trampolines?
Now that you know how Springfree Trampolines work, you have a better understanding of what makes Springfree an industry leader.
We’ve addressed some of the common Springfree questions in this article – how they work, advantages, costs – but you may have other pressing questions.
We’ve got you covered. Our goal at Springfree Trampoline is to make sure you are completely confident and informed before deciding on a trampoline purchase.
Check out our article, “Answering Your Most Pressing Questions About Springfree Trampoline,” to shore up any uncertainties about investing in a Springfree!