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Old 05-10-2014, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been looking for a trampoline on craigslist for awhile, and was hoping for some recommendations.

Will be used primarily with either a snowboard or skate deck in an attempt to reconnect with the feeling of grabs with a tweak - something I have been inconsistent with in my return to snowboarding in my old age (43). Had no problems with this in my younger years when more flexible and less of a fatass. The cardio workout using the trampoline is also a huge plus as well.

Round 15' trampolines seem in abundance on craigslist for about $100. Worried it won't be enough bounce to get enough air time to do what I want - which is essentially dial in consistently having a solid kick out of my back leg on methods.

The rectangular 14' x 6' ones seem to be around $400+ avg price used, and are much less common it seems. Are they really that much better than the 15' round ones for what I want to use it for?

Searched here and found some older trampoline post where a friend of a friend or something got hurt really bad on a trampoline. All the trampolines I used 20 years ago to practice grabs/flips etc with a board attached never had a safety net. Does the net really help prevent injury within my intended use?

Any advice is appreciated. If this was the wrong sub forum to post this, let me know please. Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I was a kid...had a friend with a big old rectangular one that was in ground with mats around it...seems that would safer than a net.
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Try to find something a step up from the bottom tier jump king/walmart 15' round tramps. They'll be okay for height, but won't have a very sturdy frame and most of them won't have UV-proof spring protectors (which will rot in the sun super fast.)

As far as bounce goes, I have a 15' aero bounce (retail ~ $900, so a modest step above a wall mart tramp,) and don't have any problems getting enough air for any kind of single flip, but doubles are pretty much out of the question. I'd say it's enough to tweak a grab, but not enough to hold it for any serious length of time.

Also, a net isn't really necessary unless you want to learn inversions of any sort. I don't find I have any trouble controlling bounces well enough to stay on the tramp with any sort of straight bounce or spin, but all bets are off when you're learning backflips. I bailed off mine and chipped a bone once, and that was enough for me to go out and buy a net.
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I need to pick one up again. Love those damn things and they're great exercise. Fucking injury waiting to happen though. I've only had one major bone break in my life (knock on wood) and it was when I snapped my arm like a toothpick on a trampoline.
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make sure you use an old board and take off the edges... when i was younger my cousin was messing around on mine and tore right through it.
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I bought an old trampoline for Seb a couple of weeks ago, we simply used pipe lagging on the board he used this season, and taped it on with tape...

The end result is probably the closest to being on a board, we did consider using something like a bounce board, but extra cost, and was told while it is a very useful aid, the muscle memory is nor the same, not is the weight on your feet.

So we decided the cheaper option was probably better, we have vid on Facebook, and please remember, when i filmed this, Seb had been on the trampoline for about an hour already and was tired...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=548196291959985
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taped it on with tape
Good strategy. When I tape things, I generally find it to be most successful when I use tape.
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I meant to say i taped it on with DuckTape but forgot what i was doing and went onto autopilot... Hehe

I knew there was a reason i should read things back more carefully...
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Good strategy. When I tape things, I generally find it to be most successful when I use tape.
I find taping things with red loctite works best. But i red loctite everything.
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Been looking for a trampoline on craigslist for awhile, and was hoping for some recommendations.

Will be used primarily with either a snowboard or skate deck in an attempt to reconnect with the feeling of grabs with a tweak - something I have been inconsistent with in my return to snowboarding in my old age (43). Had no problems with this in my younger years when more flexible and less of a fatass. The cardio workout using the trampoline is also a huge plus as well.

A tramp isn't going to help you much. You'll develop a teeny bit of air awareness with almost no context in an actual riding situation.

Also, you stand a very good chance of busting your ass wiiiiide open (tramps are dangerous).

Your time would be better spent by buying a lot of pads/armor, a ton of Ben Gay and making regular visits to a skate park (two times a week should do it) or indoor snowboard facility with a foam pit.
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