In the world of trampolines, there are lots of things used to distinguish between them, but the general public mostly uses two terms when talking about trampolines: the soft bounce trampoline and the staged bounce trampoline. Let’s see what the differences between them are.
The Soft Bounce Kind
Essentially, a soft bounce trampoline is the name given to any trampoline that can absorb quite a bit of shock. Today, there are items on the market that can absorb 85 percent or more shock, thus making the stress bones have to put up with quite negligible.
Before moving on, a clarification is needed. Some might be under the impression that the bounce mat is the one who sends a jumper flying. That idea is wrong. The mat is just a relatively soft surface designed to hold weight and protect its occupants as best as it can. The ones doing all the work, really the most important parts of a trampoline, are the springs. It is thanks to them that we continue rebounding in a safe manner because that is where all the energy from our jumps is stored.
Depending on how well they are made, the springs can absorb the larger part of the shock, sending just enough force to put you in the air again. Now, as previously mentioned, the ones that absorb most of the shock are the soft bounce types of trampolines.
You can say that this is a large category of trampolines under which everything else can be filed, in our case the stage bounce trampoline.
Stage Bounce Technology
This is an evolution of the previous concept. It uses special technology that makes landing easier on the body, while not compromising any bounce performance. So, what is the magic behind this kind of StagedBounce trampoline? Well…
- The usual springs used to attach the mat to the springs have a special shape. Made from steel V-rings and shaped like a triangle, they come in two different sizes, both fulfilling the same purposes, but with a slight delay in the action phase. Half of the springs are attached to short V-rings, while the rest are obviously attached to the longer ones.
- When someone bounces and hits the mat, only 50 percent of the springs will engage in the first phase, with the remaining 50 percent having to wait a fraction of a second to do the same. This way, most of the shock goes to the strings and not your feet, making your landing a lot smoother and safer.
Thanks to this system, a lot of injuries have been avoided, because, statistically speaking, more than half of trampoline accidents happen on the mat. Just image a child jumping on a mat that makes him seem like he is flying; the fun potential is outstanding, but the well being of the child might be at stake if the trampoline is not well built. He might jump too high and hit hard because the surface mat did not absorb enough of the shock, thus sustaining injuries.
Are They Really Worth It?
From a safety point of view, a soft bounce or a stage bounce trampoline are definitively worth the investment. You might want a large one, say 14 feet, or a small one, but in either case there should be adequate protection.
On the other hand, we have the price department. The more protective and shock absorbing large the trampoline is, the higher the price gets. In some cases, that can reach sizable amounts of cash. This is when the natural tendency to go for what’s cheaper comes to play. And you should fight it.
Cheap trampolines may be as fun as the expensive ones, but they are very low on safety features and lifespan. A good trampoline will last for years without any noticeable changes in performance and aspect, while a lower priced item will not perform similarly, quite the opposite. Many of the reported accidents happened when kids or even adults were jumping around on low tier trampolines. In the end, you can make the most profitable choice for your family, but do carefully consider if saving a few dollars is worth a broken leg.
So, we have seen that, on a fundamental level, the soft bounce trampoline and the staged bounce trampoline are quite similar terms, with minor differences. The former term denominates a large category of trampolines, while the later being a sub-category. There is another type of trampolines, called the power bounce, in whose case the user can adjust several parameters so that the jumping experience will be finely tuned according to the weight, age and skill level of the one who is bouncing on it.
Lastly, keep this in mind: the more springs there are, the better the overall performance of a trampoline.Be Sociable, Share!