Skywalker is one of the big players in the trampoline market and a brand that you will come across fairly quickly as soon as you start to look at the different options out there. Even though it is actually quite a recent company (2004), I like Skywalker because they believe in basically the same things as me-that is, trampolines should be safe and fun. After all, if you have got these two things right, what else is there?
This manufacturer produces a lot quality options and you can be confident that you aren’t getting something that will fall part in no time. Now you do have a lot of choice here. If you decide to choose one of the Skywalker models, you are looking at tens of different models, from mini trampolines for toddlers, through indoor exercise versions all the way to 16ft square heavy duty outdoor models.
Don’t panic, help is at hand! I have selected a few of what I consider to be the best options from the range and looked at the good (and sometimes bad) points for each. There is something here for everyone and hopefully this will make your choice a lot easier.
Skywalker Trampolines 15-Feet Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop
I put this one first simply because it is a great fit for most people. why is that, Well, it offers a bit of everything. At 15 feet in diameter it is a pretty big unit but still fits in most gardens comfortably enough.
Like all the Skywalker models (and top of my list of priorities), it has a lot of safety features. Firstly, it is a solid piece of kit. The galvanized connections (what the manufacturer calls T socket construction) is very solid. It is easy to fit together but you never have that horrible feeling that you are one step away from everything falling apart!
There are a couple of little details that work very well too in my opinion. The first is the no gap system. This basically means that it is very hard for little fingers to get caught anywhere. The springs are hidden under overlapping padding for example and this padding is actually outside the safety net meaning that when they fall and put their hands out, the springs are the other side of a barrier. I won’t say that it is impossible to have an accident (anyone who has kids knows what I mean here) but it really is unlikely.
The net is connected to 6 padded poles which are nice and stable. Again though, it is the details that make the difference. These poles are angled away from the jumping surface. Its a small thing, but it goes to show that there is a lot of care taken to provide a safe, quality product.
The basketball hoop is a fun addition. It might seem like a gimmick but it is probably my kids’ favorite thing on their trampoline. The only downfall is that things can get a bit competitive sometimes!
Skywalker Trampolines 60 In. Round Seaside Adventure Bouncer with Enclosure
If you are looking for a first trampoline for a younger child, this might be the perfect option. Obviously, this is a much smaller (and cheaper) model than the previous one, but it is a well-made, well-designed trampoline that is great for a small child who isn’t ready to throw himself or herself about on a much bigger one. For younger children, a 15 foot trampoline can be a little bit scary and it can make sense to try something reassuring first. The other big advantage her is of course that this will fit in a play room or bedroom without too much trouble and will keep a child busy and entertained on a rainy day without sitting goggle-eyed in front of the tv all day.
So just what are you getting for your money here? As usual, the devil is in the details and there are a few little things that make this a friendly and safe choice. as with their other models, this is fitted with gap free technology. This sounds like a gimmick but in my experience, is a good idea. It really does protect those little fingers and toes from getting stuck anywhere near springs or anywhere else that they can get caught. in fact, springs aren’t a problem here. This uses a system of bands instead.
There is a practical 360° handrail and thick padding all round as well as protective netting all the way around.
The recommended age/weight for this model is 3-7 years old, or up to 100 pounds. I would say that’s about right, but by the top end of this range, your child will certainly be looking for something a little bigger. I would think that a child who weighs 100 pounds won’t have too much room to move around on here. in truth though, this isn’t really the market for the Seaside bouncer.
If you have an active youngster, he will spend quite a few happy hours on here and this will stand up to some pretty rough bouncing around from the average five or six year old. It is also good for those three and four year olds who are learning to balance and getting their first taste of trampolining.
This is pretty easy and quick to set up. It should take you no more than an hour or so. Given its relatively small size, you can move it around without taking it down too. Although I think this is a perfect indoor solution, it will stand up to outdoor use just fine if you take the usual precautions and resists the odd rain shower without any problem.
So are there any disadvantages to this model? There is one thing that you perhaps need to consider. for obvious safety reasons when small children are involved, Skywalker uses stretch bands rather than springs. These feel somewhat different than springs and have less ‘pop’ when kids bounce up and down. This is fine for smaller kids but, as the guidelines point out, this isn’t for larger children who are really going to be bouncing hard. They should be looking at a larger model with springs.
If you think that your youngsters might like to take their first steps on a trampoline, the Adventure bouncer is a fine choice.
Skywalker Trampoline 12-Feet Round Trampoline and Enclosure with Spring Pad
Most people looking for a trampoline need something that is going to be big enough and sturdy enough to keep big kids (and even adults) entertained but don’t necessarily have the space (or the budget) for a huge model. Something like this 12 ft model represents a pretty solid choice in these circumstances.
As for the two previous models, you are getting a well-built trampoline that isn’t going to fall apart after a few months use. As always, safety is key and once again, Skywalker doesn’t disappoint. I do really like the spring pad on these models because it not only covers the springs but also overlaps enough to prevent fingers (or even feet) getting caught anywhere. It is nice and thick too, which is good news when over-excited youngsters fall off the jumping surface and towards the edge.
As always, the devil is in the details and there are little touches that makes this a good choice. I particularly like the way that the safety net attaches to the jumping surface and the edge of the frame through a button system. This is easy to install but really does create a nice, solid join that won’t work open over time.
Likewise, the design of the enclosure itself and the quality of the net are good. So is there anything that I didn’t like with this model? Well, as always, it depends on what you are looking for. This is going to be fine for regular use by kids (even bigger kids or adults) but it isn’t designed for really rough play or gymnastics, for example. If your teen is looking to do more serious tricks like somersaults, I would stay away from this. There simply isn’t the space for that sort of stunt. Also, the elastic jumping surface needs to be more resistant if you are looking for maximum height. At this point, you need a professional model. Given the 200lb weight capacity, this should be pretty obvious.
If you are looking for a solid all round option this Skywalker model is perfect.