Four Popular Rebounders Compared

 

Al Carter's Half-Fold ReboundAIR Rebounder
Patents Pending:
no design duplicates exist

24 years of innovation

Half-Fold Needak brand Rebounder

Half-Folding
Urban
Rebounder

Jump King and Sporting Goods Store Brands


Sale Price, Standard Rebounder

$269.95

NA

 

$29. to 69.

Sale Price, Half-Fold Rebounder

$329.95

NA

 

N/A

Sale Price, Quarter-Fold Rebounder

$349.95

N/A

 

N/A

Lifetime All-Component Warranty

Included.  Our Lifetime Warranty covers ALL components, plus Wear and Tear Replacement (if ever needed) for the life of your ReboundAIR

Not included.  2 years on the springs, leg tips, and spring cover.  5 years on the mat, cleats and spring pins.  Lifetime only on the frame.

Not included.
Urban warranty:
1 year replaced parts + shipping / handling

Perhaps a 90 day warranty.  Most, warranty not included.

Hinges

ReboundAIR™:  Continuous with frame, internally bolted
Small hinge radius, new round design, safe

For more information, please read "Evolution of the Safety Hinge, Exclusive to the Half-Fold ReboundAIR"

Needak and their design copies: Externally welded.( Bulky, jaw-like, may injure fingers, commonly pinches carpet or tears spring cover. Outdated design from 1985. )Al Carter brought this "first generation" hinge back from Hong Kong and the engineers he was working with at that time.

Urban also has a Needak-type, externally welded hinge. Outdated jaw design from the mid 80's.

Store Brands:
N/A

Frame paint

Baked on enamel coat

Spray painted

Spray Painted

Spray

Permatron mat

Y

produced by the very talented Ten Cate Nicolon Co., Pendergrass, GA, USA
(The manager is Al Carter's personal friend and a Certified Reboundologist™)

New "X within the Box" addition to industrial strength stitch rows.
Superior mat retention over long life expectancy

Y
Industrial strength stitch rows

N

Our 180 lb test user stretched the mat within the first week.
Questionable stitch row integrity: We observed mat perimeter has tendency to slide out of circumference bands over time.

N

High resilience, soft bounce springs according to composition and pre-load tests by BYU, Dept. of Engineering and Geneva Steel Corp.

Y
36 high caliber springs,
23 coils per spring, even distribution of stress, uniform shape, no weak bends in the shape of the spring

Y
36 springs,
20 coils per spring, sharp bend at ends creating weak points in shape

Life-Tec's unit, under mild product testing, depressed too far resulting in abrupt "bottoming out".  Our 160 lb participant could hit the floor at will.

Y
36 springs,
bounce started out very resilient and enjoyable...

N
Low grade, coils vary, unacceptable rate of failure

The Bounce

1 G-Force = pressure of your body weight

3 G-Force = weight x 3, measured at the instantaneous bottom of the bounce just as momentum changes direction

The ReboundAIRTM:
High resilience, responsive, just the right amount of softness in the rebound-reaction while jumping, jogging and following the latest Rebound Aerobics routines. ("dynamic weight-and-loading accommodation at a 3 G-Force)

At the same time, perfect firmness while stepping onto or simply standing on the mat. ("static weight-and-loading accommodation at 1 G")

Your body will look forward to the ReboundAIR™. 10 years down the road, your body will still look forward to "The Bounce"... and the same balanced resilience will still be there on a ReboundAIR™.

Needak:
Responsive bounce on the Needak. Another nice ride on the Cellerciser.

However, the ideal balance between dynamic resilience and static firmness is yet to be achieved

Urban:
Excellent first impression on the Urban jumping surface!

We noticed a decrease in resilience as the mat began to sag around the stitch perimeter and after the 36 springs slightly stretched over time.

Springs could not return to "original conformation", or shape & coil tightness after 10 to 14 days.

Sporting Goods Brand:
Tightness, initial undue firmness during the bounce. Later, once the springs stretch/break and the mat sags/frays, "bottoming out" typically occurs.

Can be quite noisy!

Double-sided mat circumference bands

Y
Industrial Permatron bond stitch rows. 9 rows of circumference stitching.
New "X within the Box" pattern over top of stitch rows, preventing the possibility of mat circumference "sliding out" over time which creates a chronic sag in competitor mat designs.

Y
8 rows
outdated stitch and pattern methods

(We are in the process of testing)

N
Variable number of rows. Single sided band

Spring cover

ReboundAIR™:  Leather-like, superior thickness, superior appearance, black

Needak and their design copies: Plastic-like, thin nylon, black, tears are common

(Life-Tec's spring cover, under mild product testing, had an unacceptable rate of failure. We removed it for the remaining tests.)


Leather-like Vinyl that seems to be too thin on the home use Urban model; tears are common

Plastic-like, assorted colors

Leg length

10"

9"

9"

7" or shorter

Spring loaded folding legs

Y

Y

Y

N

Quarter-Fold portable Rebounder

Y
The Ultimate Rebound™ rebounder, a revolutionary new composite Quarter Fold model, custom fitted to an airport dolly

N

N

N

Spring cover designed to allow folding without tearing

Y

N

Spring cover tears, common complaint

N

Spring cover tears, common complaint

N/A

Rubber leg tips

ReboundAIR:
Yes.
Widest diameter (larger surface area), longest length along leg, concave shape at bottom for increased longevity

Needak and their design copies:
Yes.
Medium diameter, 1" shorter along leg, 33% less rubber, flat shape at bottom, difficult to remove for stabilizing bar attachment

(We are in the process of testing)

No.
Plastic tips.

Endorsed by Al Carter, the Pioneer and Innovator of the World Rebound Exercise Industry

Y

N

N

(Al can't figure out why Urban has different gym and home models. Why not offer the same to all clients?)

N

Accessories: Carrying Case

Stabilizing Bar

Weights

Y


Y

Y

Y


Y

N

 

N


N

Y

Supporting educational materials

Unlimited.
This is the source, the "Voice of the Rebound Exercise Industry."  Al Carter has been lecturing since his first book in 1979.
On-going exercise program development and equipment testing. 

Some.
Needak sends our Immune System Video, one of Al Carter's lectures, with every rebounder.

 

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