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  # 1429820 17-Nov-2015 17:43
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Geektastic: What is an 'old kiwi trampoline' and how does it differ from other trampolines?


here we go took a bit of google searching.  

Jump to the side a bit and end up through the springs, then the springs would bite you.  Brings back memories of childhood


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  # 1429824 17-Nov-2015 17:50
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This is what you should do


 
 
 
 




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  # 1430240 18-Nov-2015 10:45
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I only I had the space... That looks mint!

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  # 1430297 18-Nov-2015 12:23
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  # 1430622 18-Nov-2015 20:10
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gcorgnet: Hey guys,

I used the search feature but couldn't believe Geekzone doesn't have at least one threads where people have debated the goods and bad of the old kiwi trampoline as well as giving reviews of best brands/models.

There we are, the wife (and to some extent kids) are putting the pressure on and I am toying with the idea but a few things I wouldn't mind opinions on:

- Do they typically get used (even after a while)?
- Am I really going to have that massive thing right in the middle of my backyard for the next 5+ years?
- I understand SpringFree are cool but their price is basically a joke. Looks like Jumpflex are pretty good and at a more reasonable price (still not cheap). Any other brand worth looking at?

Anything else I've missed?

Kids are 3y and 8mth so there's no rush but I know this will be coming up...

Thanks,

Guillaume


Ideally, you never buy one. They are injury machines.....sometimes lifetime injury machines (necks, joints, limbs, skulls). 

Don't get a trampoline until they are about 8 years old. Otherwise they are just too underdeveloped mentally to use it safely. Their bones are also quite fragile when small. If you do get one, it must have the pads covvering the springs and the netting around it to about 2 metres high. 

I told my daughter to stay off the things and she secretly went on a neighbour's trampoline and broke her arm within the first 10 days. 

 

If two kids go on at the same time expect head injuries, broken bones and teeth knocked out. 

 

 




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  # 1430653 18-Nov-2015 20:44
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We just have a big Warehouse one, the netting is a bit torn and the pads got destroyed after a few years.
One great tip I got off some website (Lifehacker I think) was to cut up pool noodles and slip them over the springs.
Works perfect

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  # 1430704 18-Nov-2015 21:35
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I told my daughter to stay off the things and she secretly went on a neighbour's trampoline and broke her arm within the first 10 days.  If two kids go on at the same time expect head injuries, broken bones and teeth knocked out.   

See that's just a difference in parenting style. Within three days we said to our kids "time to get off!"They obliged, no broken bones. But by then they were getting a bit hungry. 

Our tally is. Trampoline = 1 wiggly tooth. Football one broken leg, handball one broken and dislocated thumb. scooter one broken wrist.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1431058 19-Nov-2015 11:56
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And to think, I managed to survive my childhood without pads on any trampolines, let alone nets and so on.
Currently have an 8' round trampoline in my backyard that was scored from a friend who couldn't take it to her new house.
It came with pads but they got obliterated by a hail storm a few years back.  Since then it's been used by a 5-8 year old with no safety equipment on it.  About the only issue was getting zapped when going from the mat to the frame.  But that's character building or something.
Now gets used for sunbathing mostly.







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  # 1431114 19-Nov-2015 13:47
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Thanks guys for putting in your experiences. I am a bit torn between the safety/security issue and the "let kids be kids attitude".
I certainly wouldn't want to get my kids a trampoline and years down the track find out that this contributed to them having health issues, regardless of whether any noticeable injury actually occurs.

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  # 1431129 19-Nov-2015 14:04
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Some kids do get seriously hurt by trampolines - also stairs, baths the list goes on.  On the plus side trampolines encourage physical activity.

My biggest objection to a trampoline was always that they are a PITA when mowing the lawn.

I put ours on a raised bark bed.  The wooden edges of the bark bed were just wider than the legs. This meant they were narrower than the main-frame and if you fell off you didn't land on the wooden edge.







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  # 1440013 3-Dec-2015 17:15
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we got a jump flex tramp for the kids. they were pretty good to deal with as we had a few questions for them before we brought one.
if you want to buy one from them use this link to get $40 off
http://jumpflex.refr.cc/Z9Q62BG


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  # 1440023 3-Dec-2015 17:50
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gcorgnet: Thanks guys for putting in your experiences. I am a bit torn between the safety/security issue and the "let kids be kids attitude".
I certainly wouldn't want to get my kids a trampoline and years down the track find out that this contributed to them having health issues, regardless of whether any noticeable injury actually occurs.


I have been through the same process last year wink

Pros for springfree:
1 - it utilizes the whole size. 10ft normal trampoline equals to 7.5ft of jumping space only.
2 - no outside platform that kids can play - which can leads to fall etc.
3 - good quality

Cons:
1 - price
2 - heavy
3 - it looks difficult and time consuming to assemble/disassemble them (but i think you can pay someone to do it for you for a flat fee)

Most trampoline-related injuries:
1 - fell/bounced off the trampoline (top of the list) - hence the safety net and ladde
2 - trapped between the spring - minimized with pad above the spring
3 - fell onto the frame - minimized with pad above the frame

We decided not to go ahead with springfree because of the perceived difficulty if we are wanting to move etc. With cheap trampoline I probably don't feel guilty of just chuckin them in the bin! If you can afford them and want something to just set and forget for years - get the springree. It will last for sometime without the need to inspect it regularly.

We bought one on trademe - look for 'skydancer' on trademe. - http://www.skydancertrampoline.com/ 

One year now, it is still fine with 2 adults jumping in them!

I for once do not believe that jumping on the trampoline can somehow affect the spine! No way. I would have think the opposite is true!





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  # 1440055 3-Dec-2015 18:09
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Sorry but had to put this in.





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  # 1440059 3-Dec-2015 18:20
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We bought a jumpflex in October, the kids are 2, 5 & 7. Kids are on it 2-3 times a day. We also have the sprinkler attachment, great buy. If you are near Hamilton you can go to jumpflex and try their trampolines on their free trampoline park.

We are happy with the tramp.

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  # 1440066 3-Dec-2015 18:33
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Kiwifruta: We bought a jumpflex in October, the kids are 2, 5 & 7. Kids are on it 2-3 times a day. We also have the sprinkler attachment, great buy. If you are near Hamilton you can go to jumpflex and try their trampolines on their free trampoline park.

We are happy with the tramp.


what size did you get? we got the sprinter things as well, good to hear that's it's useful.

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