A few months ago we started considering that next inevitable stage of parenthood… buying a trampoline. Before children I always wondered why literally every family I knew had one in their garden (even when there was room for nothing but the trampoline) and then I realised that they are practically the only toy you can buy a two year-old that they’ll still be playing with when they are twelve… and beyond.
So we started browsing the internet, checking prices and reading reviews and generally being completely befuddled by why something that seems so simple can vary so much in price. And what size did we want? Jim and I always argue of the size of purchases. I like compact things, he likes to buy as big as he can afford. Our inability to pin down what we wanted meant we delayed our purchase by several months until fate intervened…
I discovered that a company called Rainbow Play were looking for bloggers to try their trampolines on loan for the summer. I googled them and found out that they are the UK retailers of an incredible product called Springfree Trampolines and was fascinated by what I saw.
Up until that point we’d been looking at loads of models of trampolines that were all broadly similar and Springfree were completely different. As the name suggests the design means they have done away with the springs that usually radiate out from the central mat of the trampoline. The springs on the springfree design are located underneath and not only does this remove one of the major hazard points for accidents, but it also wonderfully makes the trampoline entirely silent.
I went to visit Springfree at their show site in Bagshot (where they also sell spectacular climbing frames!) and got to see the trampolines first hand. Being a premium product, Springfree does come with a price to match, but in the couple of hours I was at their office I watched as several families arrived, tried the trampolines, picked their size and ordered. Cara who I spoke to, said she sometimes sees families view them, go away and return a couple of years later having bought a cheap trampoline which rusted and fell apart.
So whilst we were away in France our Springfree 092 (the large oval) miraculously arrived in our garden, a bit like a spaceship landing on our lawn and over the next few months we’ll be testing it out and blogging about our time with it. One thing that has surprised me already about this new addition to our garden is how much I like the look of it. I am very picky about the child related stuff we allow in our house and even more picky about the permanent stuff that gets erected in our garden, but our trampoline looks like a bit of modern architecture and I find myself quite enjoying glancing at the interesting ways its curves contrast with the field behind it…. But you know, maybe that’s just me!
If you’d like to know more about how Springfree differ from regular trampolines and most importantly how there design helps prevent accidents, please watch the short interview I did with Cara from Springfree UK who talks really compellingly about the thought that has gone into their construction…