Review of Skywalker 8 ft. Trampoline Jump N’ Dunk
One look on this trampoline and you will be certain that this is trampoline which could easily fit into “toddlers & kids” category, as height of trampoline is such that even two-year olds can easily climb on and off it, without any additional ladder. Skywalker 8 ft. trampoline is available in three different colors – green, blue and purple. Regarding quality, as this is tenth Skywalker trampoline we had on review we can confidently say that all materials follow Skywalker quality guidelines, together with US Safety Guidelines. Price? Just right to make it perfect gift for your loved ones.
Weight limit: 175 lbs. (80 kg)
Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Recommended for: Children 3 – 10
Safety & Enclosure
You don’t need to look hard to ascertain this is a kid’s trampoline. That’s why security is of utmost importance. It seems that Skywalker Trampolines did take care in this area, as they have provided a good safety enclosure that should help minimize any possibilities of accidents and injuries from occurring. The enclosure features a patented Stay-Put technology, which eliminates dangerous gaps between the enclosure and the jumping surface that leave the certain areas exposed. This helps prevent injuries to feet and arms, especially fingers and toes.
As said, the trampoline comes in a range of colors – you can choose from blue, green and purple. And they all look nice!
The enclosure itself is also padded and consists of four poles that help with stability. The poles are angled to further prevent the possibility of contact with the safety poles. The enclosure can be closed with dual zippers and a latch, to keep your child safe and prevent any possibility of them falling from the trampoline. We must say we were rather impressed with the range of safety features.
Frame, Springs & Mat
The trampoline frame features reinforced welded T-sockets at each leg. This makes the trampoline more stable and prevents rust from eating out the important joints, as the steel is galvanized. This lengthens the lifespan of your trampoline and is also an important safety feature, as such sensitive points on the trampoline simply should not fail. The frame is 21 inches tall (1,75 foot).
The spring pad is made from UV resistant materials, as is the standard for most trampolines nowadays. The material is thick and there is no chance of your child coming into contact with the springs, as the springs themselves are placed outside the enclosure. It’s a nifty feature that we really liked.
The springs are fairly sturdy and look like they can take a beating. There is a total of 56 springs, and they are 5.5 inches long. The springs are made of 18 gauge steel and won’t rust, as they are coated in golden color. They make for a good bounce – not the best we have ever seen, but considering the price and the class it’s in, the guys from Skywalker have made a great job.
The jumping area has a total surface of 36.6 sq. ft while the total weight capacity of the trampoline is 175 lbs (80kg).
Now, on to the most interesting part of the trampoline – the basketball hoop. The hoop is easy enough to set up – it attaches to a rope between the two enclosure safety poles, and there are additional straps that help keep is tight and secure. The hoop is foam padded, which means there is less risk of injury. An another great safety feature is that the baseball rim will breakaway if sufficient force is applied to it. The danger of getting limbs stuck is therefore reduced to nought. We figure the kids will have a lot of fun with the hoop, and there are a bunch of games they can think of and try out. Definitely recommended if your children are tired of traditional trampolines, for some reason.
Assembly & Warranty
The whole trampoline can be assembled without any outside help. It took us 45 minutes to do so, and it should not take you more than an hour. That’s an another plus in our books. It can be disassembled just as easily. Note that the trampoline comes with a warranty only when bought from an authorized reseller like Amazon. Assembly manual can be downloaded here.
We really liked this Skywalker Jump N’Dunk Trampoline. It has a great safety enclosure and a thoughtfully made basketball hoop. The safety of this trampoline really has to be seen to be believed. We were thrilled with the features, and the bounce is nice too. The only negative is the warranty, which can be difficult to obtain. But in all honesty, we do not think you’ll be needing it in any case, as the trampoline itself is well-made. And when you take the modest price of the trampoline (about 170 – 180 dollars) into account, there is not much left to be said. Happy bouncing!