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ReboundAIR™ vs. Treadmill**

  ReboundAIR™ rebounder mini-trampoline Treadmill
Price: $299.95 (Standard) to $449.95 (Quarter-Fold) $499.95 (Proform 385RP) to $7,995.00 (Cybex 900T)
Claim to fame #1: "Fun way to get fit!" and "Low level of stress to the joints." "Good alternative to outdoor jogging."
Claim to fame #2: "Lymphatic stimulation" and "Improved balance / coordination." "Variable speeds and inclines."
Possible movements: Unlimited variety following "Rebound Aerobics" videos or your own favorite steps. Rebound to music or during your favorite TV show, on the deck or in the family room. Only walk, jog or run in a straight line.
Hazards: The use of a ReboundAIR™ poses no pattern of harm. High-end rebound exercise equipment is commonly used in physical therapy clinics and recommended for patient in-home use. People of all ages, from the toddler to the elderly, absolutely love to exercise on a ReboundAIR™. "Safe and effective." -Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. Bad falls resulting in skin abrasions and contusions. Shin splints, chronic joint problems also common. Not for children. Children should not be allowed near the treadmill while in use! Not for many people with disabilities.
Common complaint #1: "Where can I find a model that holds up?" "My treadmill motor burned out (or is 'slipping')... What now?"
Common complaint #2: Complaints are rare. "Boring."
Common complaint #3: Complaints are rare. $$ Expensive repairs. $$
Common complaint #4: Complaints are rare. Not portable.
Common complaint #5: Complaints are rare. Complicated troubleshooting.
Upper Body Workout Encouraged. This is called "Aerobic Resistive Rebounding." Inexpensive hand held weights are an effective way to improve upper body tone. Most treadmills do not come with upper body workout attachments. The use of hand held weights while exercising on a treadmill is possible but discouraged. Hands must remain free to grab the cross bar to prevent falling.
Pace / Caloric expenditure: Rebounding allows you to set your own pace according to your physical condition. Following the "Keep on Rebounding!" video, approximately 300-350 Calories are burned. Varies. 8 mph to 12 mph maximum preset speeds. 300-350 Calories per 5K (3.17 miles).
Bottom line: Save some money and purchase a top quality ReboundAIR™.  In order to get a satisfactory product in the treadmill industry, spend no less than $1,000. In order to get a satisfactory product in the treadmill industry, spend no less than $1,000.

If you decide to purchase a treadmill, be sure to purchase an extended warranty covering parts, labor, and preferably "on-site service"

 

 

Specification Comparative Chart **

 

 

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

Half-Fold Needak brand & common design copies, such as Cellersizer

Half-Folding
Urban
Rebounder

Jump King and Sporting Goods Store Brands*

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
Needak warranty: 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.
*If you weigh more than 100 pounds, save your money!

Hinges

ReboundAIR™: Continuous with frame, internally bolted,
small hinge radius, new round design, safe, indestructible.

For a VISUAL hinge comparison, please click "Evolution of the Safety Hinge, Exclusive to the Half-Fold The ReboundAIRTM"


 

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
 

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 wide-belly springs,
20 coils per spring, even distribution of stress, uniform shape, no weak bends in the shape of the spring
***Ankle pronation problems are prevented by our tapered spring design and spring tuning. The most innovative springs on the planet, "2V" pairing pattern connecting the 36 springs to the mat AND the tuned tapered shape of the spring itself insures a soft, even, safe jumping surface. Your feet, joints, mind and body will LOVE the ReboundAIR for LIFE.
NOTES: We were the first to recognize ankle pronation and the first to design the wide-belly tapered-end springs, frame pins, closed and protected mat connections and the "2V Pairing Pattern" to prevent ankle problems.

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, small diameter coils vary, unacceptable rate of failure

"The Bounce"

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")

The mat and 36 spring combination has been tested, enhanced and modified to provide the safest, most effective soft bounce.
Superior body alignment is achieved by our tapered spring design and "2V Pairing Pattern" securing the springs to the mat.

 

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!

Safe Spring-to-Mat Connection

4 out of 5 feet prefer the The ReboundAIRTM

 

Out-dated "Bullhorn" design 

Out-dated "Bullhorn" design-- rough cut open ends

Double-Sided Mat Circumfrance 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

Now available in NeoPrene Red

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 Lloaded Folding Legs

Y

Y

Y

N

Quarter-Fold portable model

Y
The Ultimate ReboundAIR™, 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™:
Y
Widest diameter (larger surface area), longest length along leg, concave shape at bottom for increased longevity

Needak and their design copies:
Y
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)

N
Plastic tips.

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

Y

N

N

N

Accessories:


Carrying Case
Stabilizing Bar
Weights

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Support Educational Materials

Unlimited.

Books, CDs, DVDs, etc...

On-going exercise program development and equipment testing.

 

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

Effectively borrowed, copied and utilized for the health and wellness of many!

None

Same-Day or Next Day Shipping

Y
Only 4 to 6 business days to destination via UPS, fast, guaranteed mint arrival condition

N
Often required to order through a distributor, additional third party steps in the shipping process, unregulated and variable shipping outcomes

N
Often required to order through a distributor, additional third party steps in the shipping process, unregulated and variable shipping outcomes

N/A
purchase at local store

Retail Price, Standard

ReboundAIR:
$249.95 - $329.00

plus extras and gifts
 

Needak:
$199.95

N/A

$29 to 69

Retail Price, Half-Fold Model

$299.95 - $389.00

plus extras and gifts
 

$249.95
Life-Tec and Life-Tec Half-Fold copies sell at around
$150

Varies $99 to $149.

N/A

Retail Price, Quarter-Fold Model

$349.95 -$449.00
plus extras and gifts

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

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