I got my Vikan Trampoline in 1983, and 20 years later it’s still going strong.
As a former 6-year member of the Canadian National Trampoline Team and now a professional stunt performer, I have a longstanding relationship with Freedom Sports. Back when I was competing for Canada, the team I belonged to, the Shasta Trampoline Team, based out of New Westminster, was approached by both of the local manufacturers of backyard trampolines. Our coach assessed both products and determined that the Vikan Round Trampoline was the safest on the market. Well, in the last 20 years more and more manufacturers have discovered the added safety benefit of having the round design, however not all rounds are created equal.
As I mentioned, I have been the happy owner of a Vikan Trampoline for 20 years, but what I didn’t say earlier was that aside from coming apart for the numerous times I’ve moved, my Vikan has been set up outside everyday of that 20 years. Winter, spring, summer and fall. Everyday since 1983! In 1998 I finally replaced the bed, springs and pads, but that gave me 15 years of uninterrupted fun on my Vikan. Okay, maybe I wasn’t out there everyday. In the early years it was my brothers and I, but there have been a slew of nieces and nephews jumping on it until my own kids were born. Now they practically live on it. Almost everyday after school they are out there for at least 20 minutes, and in the summer it’s nonstop. We even have a tent that Freedom Sports sells to fit on to the trampoline so the kids can sleep out there.
How is that different than other rounds? Well, because the Vikan has only 8 pieces in total to it’s frame, there’s less chance of water getting into it and rusting. Plus, the frame itself is made of a thicker gauge of steel than most of the rounds out there. Even though it’s not recommended, we had 6 adults bouncing on a Vikan during our Shasta shows with no major concern about the frame strength. And when you look at the size of most of the boxes other round trampolines come in, you’ll see that the pads of the Vikan alone take up almost the same space. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, if you were to buy a Vikan Trampoline from Freedom Sports I’m sure you will have years and years of maintenance free bouncing.
Have fun jumping!
Canadian Stuntmen’s Association