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Foam Pits vs Airbags

By 12th June 2020August 25th, 2020No Comments

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the question regarding the safety and hygiene of foam pits has been brought to the forefront. American research shows the hazardous effects of foam pits on the human health. With gymnastics facilities and trampoline parks opening foam pits to a wider market, can the health issue of foam pits be ignored any further? 

Comparing foam pits and airbags

In order to keep going forward, this is the right time for indoor facilities to adapt. Therefore, we decided to make a comparison of foam pits and airbags, regarding: maintenance time, annual costs, fire retardancy, lifetime, throughput and hygiene, giving an answer to the question: What is better? A foam pit or an airbag? To form this comparison, we have used a standard size foam pit (6x6m./20x20ft.) as a benchmark.

FOAM PIT               AIRBAG      

FOAM PIT      

AIRBAG  

Lifetime

9-12 months               5-9 years

9-12 months

5-9 years

Investment (MSRP)

€9.720,-               €15.331,-

$11.013,-               $17.371,-

€9.720,-

€15.331,-

$11.013,-

$17.371,-

Annual costs

€4000,-               €700,-

$4500,-               $850,-

€4000,-

€700,-

$4500,-

$850,-

Maintenance time

1 hour/day              25 min/month

At least 1 hour

per day

25 minutes

per month

Employees needed

6              2

At least 6

At least 2

Fire retardancy

No               Yes

No

Yes

Throughput

120/h               360/h

120 per hour

360 per hour

Why choose a Foam Pit BigAirBag?

FOAM PITS vs AIRBAGS

In the last couple of years we have conducted research in several indoor parks and we discovered that airbags are becoming the preferred way to jump safely in trampoline parks, freestyle parks and gymnasiums across the globe. Here is why:

Health effects

  • Over time foam blocks deteriorate and crumble releasing dust particles into the air. Research by Dr Courtney Carigan, focusing on dust caused by foam pits, found hazardous flame retardant concentrations, 4-6 times higher than average! A concerning amount of chemical residues was found in gymnasts’ bodies, including PentaBDE, Chlorinated tris and Firemaster 550, which are all associated with a disturbing list of health dangers, such as thyroid problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), weight gain, infertility and cancers. This health hazard needs public awareness.

The cleaning process

  • Properly cleaning a foam pit has proven to be an impossible task, since all foam pit blocks need to be taken out by a group of staff members and disinfected individually every day. The ease of cleaning a BigAirBag is a major advantage in comparison to a foam pit. Due to the replacable topsheet technology, cleaning an airbag only requires 2 staff members for a maximum of 5 minutes. 

Maintenance 

  • Maintenance plays a big role concerning the monthly costs of indoor facilities. Our newest Antimicrobial Topsheet technology not only features optimal hygiene, safety & user experience and helps with regaining guest trust & confidence, but also reduces the maintenance time of 5 minutes per day to a maximum of 30 minutes per month! 

Throughput 

  • The easy exit of the airbag delivers a throughput up to 10 times higher than regular foam pits. When reopening a park and abiding the new safety regulations, the last thing owners want is cues to be forming for a foam pit. Due to the higher throughput with an average exit time of only 7-10 seconds, owning an airbag means no more cues! 

Costs

  • The initial investment of a BigAirBag is higher than a foam pit. However, due to a reduced amount of workers and maintenance costs, the BigAirBag is cheaper than foam after 18 months! (4-8 years lifetime)

Shape & size of foam pits 

  • Nowadays, gymnastics pits come in every shape and size you can think off. With our lightweight materials and innovative manufacturing techniques, we can replace foam pits of any sizes and shapes within 1 day and work flexible hours, taking the opening hours of your park into account!
FOAM PIT VS FOAM PIT BAB
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Find out more about our Foam Pit BigAirBags! 

Our solutions

Based on all the given information, it is clear that owning a BigAirBag has major advantages in comparison to owning a foam pit, regarding safety, hygiene, maintenance, throughput, product lifetime and annual costs. In order to keep moving forward and adapt to the world we’re currently living in, replacing your foam pit with an airbag is the right choice to make. We offer the following solutions:

Antimicrobial Topsheets 

We have developed an Antimicrobial Topsheet material which helps with providing optimal hygiene, safety and user experience

  • Kills micro-organisms and stops their growth – No need to wash daily
  • ASTM E2149-13a certificate and Fire retardant (Rating B1, DIN 4102)
  • No increased ecological impact
  • No extra costs, same as normal Topsheets
  • Two to three weeks production time
  • Cheaper and easier than cleaning daily
  • We have all previous designs on file
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Complete foam removal service 

We provide a complete Foam Removal Service. Durable & lightweight solutions allow us to place the BigAirBag® in any existing foam pit, also on top of a redundancy bed. We can replace your foam for a BigAirBag® within 1 day and work flexible hours, taking the opening hours of your park into account.

Order now, Pay later 

BigAirBag® is aware of the ecomonic impact of COVID-19 on a lot of our clients. Which means we have changed our payment requirements to support our customers in the reopening process of their park.

  • Pay only 10% first as a downpayment to start production
  • Pay another 30% upon completion of the order
  • Pay the remaining 60% of the payment through monthly payments up to 24 months
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