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What’s in a Weight Limit?

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We get it, trampoline weight limits are hard to understand. Especially when you’re browsing through different options, trying to add the weight of all your children, factoring in growth over time, all while accounting for extra desserts, late night fast food runs, and not to mention… what if big uncle Joe ever wants to take a spin on your new trampoline? What then?

No worries, we’ve got you covered.

What’s a Weight Limit?

A weight limit is the maximum amount of recommended weight a trampoline can bear during normal use. Or in other words, if you have a trampoline with a weight limit of 200 lbs., you’re not gonna want to let your 3,000-lb. pet hippo test it out. Trust us.

How is a Weight Limit Calculated?

Now this is where things get interesting. At Skywalker Trampolines, we determine our weight limits based on ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.

And get this… during ASTM testing, the trampoline needs to successfully withstand four times the specified user weight!

Why is that?

  1. Safety.
  2. For when big uncle Joe visits.

The actual process of determining a specific weight limit is called a static load test. This static load test is applied to the trampoline bed, frame, and the base shape.

Basically, you’ve got a loading disk that’s slowly lowered onto the surface. Then, you leave the loading disk in place for five minutes while you check to see if the trampoline frame, jump mat, springs, etc. show signs of deformation or breakage. If not? You pass!

 

 

 

Check out this short clip of a static load test on one of our square trampolines:

Or for a more entertaining “static load test”, check out the Slow Mo Guys on one of our trampolines: (Note: Please don’t try this at home!)

What are the Weight Limits for Skywalker Trampolines Models?

One thing to keep in mind, is that ASTM compliant weight limits are completely optional. That means not every trampoline company is performing static load tests, and not every trampoline company is ensuring their trampolines can withstand four times the recommended weight.

However, you should feel at ease knowing Skywalker Trampolines are tested at a far higher level! Here’s a quick guide of our current weight limits:

So here’s to growing upwards and outwards… because when it concerns weight, we’ve got you covered.


2 Responses to “What’s in a Weight Limit?”

  1. Vince Quest on 25 Oct 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for this information guys. Very detailed info, happy to learn how you calculate the ratings. Had me laughing with the water balloon video at the end 🙂

  2. Rondha Pratt on 15 Nov 2017 at 8:10 am

    Much appreciated for such informative post. Couldn’t be more pleased to know how such ratings are calculated. Not surprised to come across skywalker trampolines being put into effect at a higher level as their performance has been quite impressive. On the other hand, I’m actually too eager to get crushed by a water balloon. =P

    I’d really appreciate if you could kindly please share your views. 🙂