WHAT MAKES A TRAMPOLINE BOUNCY?
Trampolines are meant to be bouncy. That is the whole reason why they are so much fun. A trampoline that doesn't bounce is like a car that doesn't drive. In other words, a trampoline with no bounce is useless.
The biggest indicator of the trampoline's jumping properties are:
- The number of springs
- The length of springs
- The pre-stress of a spring
Overall, it's all about the springs. There are many springs in the market and there are many companies that sell springs separately, and the springs also vary in quality material that contributes to the trampoline's weight capacity and longevity. Good springs can stretch long and have high resiliency and pre-stress. Longer springs and higher pre-stress mean bigger, comfortable bounces.
Springs that are over 8 inches typically give a great bounce. For example, a trampolines with an average of 96 springs should give you a great bounce for a 14 FT trampoline.
The jumping mat is also a contributor to the bouncing experience. The material, thickness and durability of the mat contribute to the overall landing, jumping and bouncing experience.