“ Brand: Focus / Type: 10 ft trampoline with enclosure net „
Soon after we moved to our house, I went to Focus for all my DIYing needs. Little did I know it would also fulfil all my impulse buying needs. It was a sale, and there was a long-hankered-after trampoline for half-price! Needless to say, it got bought.
I had a bit of a crisis on the way home: a tyre burst and I had to be rescued by a passer-by as I couldn't manage to lift the trampoline box to get the spare out by myself. If I recall correctly, it weighed about 90kg, so I wasn't being *that* wimpy.
At home I had to break it to the Other Half that we were now the proud owners of a massive trampoline and get some help bringing the heavy box into the garden!
We put it together over an hour or two: it is of fairly simple design and the instructions were simple enough to follow, using normal household tools. It's a two-person job, really. Stretching the trampoline and its springs to connect to the frame takes some effort, but has to otherwise there'd be no tension and no boing in the trampoline.
The trampoline comes with an enclosing net and frame for safety. These supporting poles have padding provided, which is easy to fit, and are topped with plastic teddy-bear-like ends, which you thread the net straps through. The net is very firmly attached, so that you can't get a foot trapped under it or between the springs. The entrance has a robust zip, and also has a clip-together strap. The outer edge of the trampoline has a ring of padding to prevent bumps and to make getting in and out comfortable. It comes with rules for safe use attached.
The trampoline needs to be on a flat area, so ours is right at the bottom of the garden. It has been a great buy: the children get so much use out of it, whether it be bouncing or using it as a den. It's great exercise and great fun. They can do seat-drops and other manoeuvers, while when I get up there, I pretty much stick to the simple stuff! Their happy shrieks all over the village have sent a wave of trampoline-buying across the neighbourhood (possibly the sales of ear-plugs also went up!).
The cats also enjoy the trampoline for vantage point and sunning themselves purposes.
If it hadn't been on offer, I'd have probably ended up buying a smaller trampoline than this, but I am extremely pleased with it. Although you're not supposed to have multiple people on it bouncing in case they clash heads, we've had four running round inside, having a whale of time. The recommended maximum weight on it is 100kg (about 15 and a half stone). The trampoline is supposed to be for ages 6 and over, but my boy's been playing on it since he was diddy, under supervision. You obviously have to keep an eye even as they get older, as sometimes the children forget to close the entrance and run the risk of hurtling out.
After around four years, the trampoline is showing some signs of needing to be replaced or needing new parts, as the padding has suffered from sun damage and the net has a small hole where a nasty plant poked through, but that's to be expected. It hasn't been treated as well as it could have been: ideally you should disassemble it for the winter, or at least cover it, but ours has stood out there in the rain and snow. In very strong winds where we first had it, it sailed across the garden! We do still use it in the winter, you see, albeit less - and to cover it you have to remove the safety net & frame, which means the children couldn't just go out and use it on a whim. We also don't really have the room to store it inside, even in pieces. If you were to look after it properly, its life-span would no doubt be longer.
Currently (17/03/11) Focus are selling this trampoline at the reduced price of £99.99. Bargain! Probably best to get it delivered 'though, as it is a very heavy item.
Product details (as available from Focus):
* Weather resistant pads
* Galvanised springs and tubing
* Suitable for 6 years and over
* Maximum User Weight 100kg
* Dimensions (HWD): 3050x3050x2500mm