The Springfree Trampoline by Springfree is unlike any trampoline before it. Built with a patented rod system, the trampoline completely eradicates the need for potentially dangerous metal springs. The entire frame is assembled beneath the jumping mat, strongly decreasing the chance of injury; the edge of the jumping mat is also the edge of the trampoline. This is a premium quality trampoline that is designed to last, with Springfree providing an 8 year warranty on the frame. As with any revolutionary product, the Springfree Trampoline has also attracted some controversies and criticisms, which we’ll discuss below.
In the Box
While Springfree have various models of trampoline, one of the more popular trampoline models, the 10ft medium round trampoline ships with;
- 1x Mat
- 72x White Mat Rods
- 1x Net
- 2x Wrenches
- 12x Black Net Rods
- 6x Sandbags
- 6x Curved Frame Sections
- 6x Legs
- 6x Center Posts
- 13x Small Nuts & Bolts
- 15x C-clips
- Safety orientated design
- No Springs
- Frame under jumping surface
- All-weather jumping surface
- 194lbs shipping weight
- 250lbs jumping weight
Springfree openly states that this trampoline is the ‘Worlds Safest’ and with specs like these, it’s a hard fact to argue. The combination of having no dangerous springs along with a frame that is built entirely underneath the jumping surface is said to eliminate ‘90% of all product related trampoline injuries’. You can take comfort that with correct parental supervision, your child will be safe on this trampoline. Important to note is that while ‘product related’ injuries are reduced, you must still ensure proper safety measures are implemented, such as limiting the number of bouncers at one time.
As expected with any premium grade product, the raw materials are top notch. UV resistant nets and mats, double powder coated galvanised steel and fibreglass poles are some of the reasons that this trampoline will last a long time in any climate.
A cause for concern with this trampoline is that some users have stated that you don’t get the same quality of bounce from these trampolines that you do from its spring-based alternative.
This model of trampoline is significantly more expensive than a conventional model, with prices starting from around $900 all the way up to $2245. Although it is hard to put a price on safety, it is up to the customer whether the added safety features are worth paying more than double the price of a conventional trampoline.
Another frustrating feature of these trampolines is the difficulty of assembly. The popular medium round Springfree Trampoline is shipped with 72 mat-rods (the spring alternative) and 12 net-rods to support the safety net. As you can imagine installing 72 of anything is going to be a time-consuming task, and this is no exception. Although it is possible to assemble this with two people, we wouldn’t recommend it.
The Springless technology has garnered much praise and support over its time, but some users are reporting knee-injuries as a result of the innovative system. As you bounce on a springless trampoline the mat-rods essentially rotate around and then back into position to create the same ‘spring’ effect. This rotation however translates to a slight rotation of the bouncing mat, which is amplified if you land closer to the edge of the mat. Although it is not widely documented, it is something to note if you have a history of knee issues.
The safety net support poles of the Springfree Trampoline were designed to tackle the problem of injuries due to collision with conventional sturdy metal safety net poles. With this in mind, Springfree made these poles very elastic. While does remove the chance of a dangerous collision, the poles are not sturdy enough to hold the user within the net should they fall directly onto it. When tested, it was possible for a child to completely fall off of the trampoline onto the ground and still be within the net.
The Springfree series of trampoline is an exceptional product that is a safe, reliable alternative to the conventional trampoline. Not without its controversies, the fact remains that this is a quality product that is built to last a long time. This innovative creation sets a new bar for the premium trampoline market and is highly recommended.