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Trampoline with a Safety Net

Looking for a trampoline with a safety net? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide the best products available on the market. We only sell products that we’re confident we can stand by. That’s why we only stock EXIT and Berg trampolines. These are the best products on the market, with plenty of options to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a regular configuration, a flatground or inground trampoline, we have everything you need. Here are some of the best trampolines which include safety net options.

The Berg Grand Favorit Trampoline with Safety Net

The Grand Favorit comes in at 17ft x 11.5ft and includes a safety net. Despite its size and quality, it has a very reasonable price of €799. This system uses protective edges and a rustproof frame to keep it in good functioning order all year round. Rather than being round, the Berg Grand Favorit is ovular, which gives you the strength of a round trampoline while allowing a great bouncing surface across its diameter. It uses Berg’s “Goldspring Solo” springs which are gold coated to provide year-round protection against the elements, while also providing extreme bounce and durability. It has a thick PVC protective edge around the perimeter to increase safety, and it’s easy to unpack and assemble. This model comes with free delivery in Ireland.

The EXIT PeakPro

The EXIT PeakPro Rectangular is 15ft x 9ft in size. Circular shaped trampolines can somehow appear incongruous in some gardens.  With its rectangular shape, this PeakPro is better suited for some gardens where it can be tucked away into a corner. This trampoline is best suited for kids who are already experienced with trampolines as it can allow for very high jumps. The spacious surface area of the trampolines allows for some real acrobatics, which is why the safety net is so important. On the net is a jump measuring scale so your kids can measure their performance and compete with their friends.
This is a sturdy trampoline which won’t fail you easily. Its legs and top rail have an extra-thick 76mm diameter so it can handle a serious beating — as well as our Irish weather. It comes with free delivery when you order online (though please be aware that we have a backlog due to high demand. Contact us directly if it’s currently unavailable. 

For further information or inquiries, call us today on 021 4965 132

What's the Difference Between All These Trampolines

What’s the Difference Between All These Trampolines?

What’s the difference between all these trampolines? There are so many trampolines available in Ireland that sometimes making a decision can feel a bit overwhelming. You might be worried that the one you choose isn’t the right match or isn’t good enough. You probably want one that will last for years rather than weeks, but it can be hard to figure out which one that is when you’re just looking at the box or a few images online. You probably don’t want to fork out money on high-end models if it doesn’t necessarily provide any additional value. To make things simple, we won’t mention the difference between inground, flat ground or regular trampolines. Instead will describe the different ranges in terms of their price range, value, size. With regards to quality, we don’t stock anything that we don’t trust. We find a brand that we use ourselves and trust, and we stick with it. 

Smaller Gardens

If you have a smaller outdoor space, or perhaps you just plan to use this trampoline for your young kids, then a smaller form factor is probably best suited for your needs. For this, the Berg Talent range is excellent.  This range comes in three smaller-than-average sizes, with the widest being 10 foot and the smallest being 6 foot. 

Good Quality TrampolinesWhat's the Difference Between All These Trampolines?

The Berg Favorit range is great if you want a regular-sized trampoline, but you don’t need to spend extra cash on ‘nice but not essential’ features. The Favorit range has good 20mm padding that tapers out to 10mm around the further edges. This is enough for kids and amateurs who won’t be achieving great jumping heights. It has good quality springs and a durable design that will last years. It can take a lot of weight: 46 stone (290kg) in total.  The Favorit range is available in four sizes: 9ft, 11ft, 12.5 and 14ft.

Higher End Trampolines

The Berg Champion range takes everything good about the Favorit range and makes it better. It has 30mm thick padding for extra safety, can take a jumping load of 64 stone (406kg).  The greater strength and elasticity means larger people can achieve greater jumping heights with this model.

Professional-Level Trampolines

The Berg Elite range is for serious professionals or those who really want the best of the best. It has the same jumping load of the Champion range but has extra thick padding of 45mm, which is available with different textures to maximise safety for those who are able to achieve the great jumping heights. 

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Choosing a Go-Kart For Your Kids

If you’re looking for help choosing a Go-Kart for your kid, we have a few ideas that can help steer you on the right track. We exclusively stock Berg Go-Karts because they are everything you would want. They’re well-known for their sturdy construction and longevity, not just in terms of the build but in terms of the fun they can provide for kids aged 6+. 

Choosing a Go-Kart for Toddlers

Berg has Go-Karts for everyone aged ten months onward. The Berg GO²  range comes in different colours and is specially designed for toddlers aged 10-30 months. It grows as your child grows. At first, the pedals can be folded away so that your child can scoot along, developing and improving their balance and motor skills. And when they’re ready, you can fold out the pedals and let them take things to the next level. 

Go-Karts for 2 to 5-Year-Oldschoosing a go-kart

Berg built the Buzzy range especially for two to five-year-olds. As the kids get older, their interests start to become apparent, and the Buzzy range comes in all shapes and colours to allow your child’s imagination to run wild. Examples include a “Jeep” model and a John Deere Tractor model. 

Karts for kids aged 3-8

The Berg Buddy range is perfect for kids aged from three to eight. With a two-year warranty on the frame, these will grow up with alongside your child and provide countless hours of fun and exploration. These come in a range of styles, such as the Choppy, designed to look like a chopper bike. Or the Berg Lua, with mint and pink colours, adjustable steering wheel and seat. 

Choosing a Go-Kart: The Rally Range

The Rally Range is designed for kids aged from 4-12 years and comes in four main styles. These have a tight turning circle making them very manoeuvrable. They also have BFR pedals (Brake, Forward, Reverse). This means the pedals act as breaks and help you come to a full stop; you can then reverse quickly. The Pearl comes in a fun colour combination with the frame on four pneumatic tyres to provide comfort and suspension. The Rally Force comes in a hot green colour with a front spoiler. 

Accessories

Most of the Berg Go-Karts for older kids (not toddlers) also work with the Berg Go-Kart Accessories. This includes trailers, sirens and other fun add-ons to let your child’s imagination run wild!  If you’d like to find out more about our range or would like to make an order (with free shipping) for Go-Karts, give us a call on 021 4965 132.

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Choosing a Trampoline

It’s no wonder people find choosing a trampoline to be tricky. There are so many options on the market, so many sizes and types. But one thing is for sure, no matter what type you buy, you’re going to be providing an excellent opportunity for you and your kids to have fun while staying fit and active. We have a vast range of EXIT and Berg Trampolines with Free Shipping in Ireland

Choosing a Trampoline: How Much Space Do You Have?

Trampolines range in diameter from about 2 metres to up to 5 metres. They also need at least one metre of space around the sides to prevent injury or harm when getting on and off the trampoline. Trees, poles and walls need to be kept a fair distance from the trampoline. Make sure you keep that in mind when making a decision. 

Budget

The price range can vary, with the Berg Favorit range offering the best in terms of quality and price. But for kids, especially, we recommend any model that includes a safety net. This enclosure removes the risk of someone falling off the edges. Be aware also that with the lower-end trampolines on the market, the springs may be close to physical contact with the trampoline user. This is potentially dangerous, so we recommend you seek out models that have a covering over the springs. All Berg and EXIT models have a protective cover over these springs. 

Regular, Inground and Flatground

There are many different arrangements for your trampoline. A regular trampoline is raised from the ground on legs and is the easiest in terms of setup. Flatground and Inground Trampolines require more work on your part as you will need to dig a trench in your yard to accommodate the trampoline. These models are more aesthetically pleasing as they take up less visible space in the garden. Inground models are more flush with the ground, whereas Flatground models tend to be slightly more raised. Both have a smaller profile in your garden.  Another advantage of the inground and flatground models is that they’re less prone to taking off when the wind kicks in – provided you anchor them properly.  But in general, they tend to be slightly less springy than regular trampolines. The Berg and Exit range have aerated jumping surfaces which help improve the springiness. This also applies to Flatground Trampolines

If you have any questions about our free shipping on online orders, call us today on 021 4965 132

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Best Berg Electric Go-Kart: Which One Is It?

What’s the best Berg Electric Go-Kart? That depends on the style you want. BERG provides some of the best outdoor toys available, and their range of Go-Karts are no exception. They have a full range of karts for kids aged from 10 month-olds to adults kids. Many in their range have different features and options. Their Electric offering, the E-BFR, is no different. 

Best Berg Electric Go-Kart: The Berg Hybrid E-BFRbest electric go-kart

Not everyone wants to go full-electric. While your hybrid car might switch to diesel once you get going, the E-BFR Hybrid Go-Kart increases the juice when you increase the leg power. It uses a torque sensor to gauge how hard you’re peddling and provides power assistance to match your efforts.  It has four power levels. At the lowest is Eco, followed by Tour, Sport and finally TURBO and has three braking systems, a coaster brake, a handbrake and a parking brake.

The Berg X-Plore Electric  Go-Kart

With sturdy off-road pneumatic tyres and a swing axle, the Berg X-Plore can handle the rough and tumble around a yard or uneven lawn. As with the other karts in the range, the seat is adjustable so that as you grow, it can continue to accommodate you. The X-Plore models come in three types: The E-BFR which has an electric assist. The X-Plore BFR and BFR-3, which have similar dimensions to each other and are not electrical in design but have off-road capabilities.

Berg Extra Sport E-BFR

The Extra Sport E-BFR comes in two striking colours: Red and blue. With a classic design, these two karts have mudguards and a front spoiler, and as with all Berg Karts, they are compatible with the range of Berg Go-Kart Accessories. These include trailers, sirens, and other cool add-ons which can add to the fun. As with the other E-BFRs, the kart is guaranteed for two years and is built to last for many more after that.

Berg Black Edition E-BFR

To some, the Best Berg Electric Go-Kart is the Black Edition. It has a unique design on the tyres and the spoilers. The Berg frames are robust enough to handle professional use, and the standard size for the E-BFR range is 165cm length x 81cm width x 86cm height, with a max user weight of 100kg.

If you’d like to find out more about our range or have questions about our free delivery to anywhere in Ireland, give us a call today on 021 4965 132

Best Inground Trampolines

What Are The Best Inground Trampolines?

Which are the best inground trampolines? That depends on what you want it for, who will be using it and for what purposes. We have the full range of Berg and EXIT in-ground trampolines which have something for everyone. With an Inground trampoline, you’ll need to dig a pit beneath the trampoline. The depth you’ll need for this pit will depend on the size of the jumping surface. Details of this are in each item description.

The Best Inground Trampolines in Terms Of Cost

The best value options by EXIT and Berg are the EXIT InTerra and the Berg Inground Favorit.  Each option comes in different sizes, with the same basic setup. The EXIT InTerra comes in 10, 12 and 14-foot options with a price range between €449.00 – €649.00. The Berg Inground comes in 6.5, 9, 11, 12.5 and 14-foot options. The prices range between €229.00 and €679.00 for the largest option. The two smaller options are perfectly priced and sized for kids, or for adults who have space restrictions or prefer to use this solely for the workout or health benefits.  Berg’s offering also has an option for a safety net which we recommend, especially for children. 

Size and QualityBest Inground Trampolines

If you’re looking for a more extensive setup, this is going to provide two crucial benefits; A more substantial area means it’s safer to perform stunts. It also provides a greater area with more springs and more potential energy, allowing for greater jumping heights. The higher-end models also have the best quality in terms of padding. While the full range has excellent durability, the top end models take the extra step of coating all metal springs in gold to prevent corrosion and increase longevity. The two contenders in this space are the EXIT Supreme which comes in one size at 14ft x 8ft, this costs €1049, and the Berg Inground Grand Elite which ranges between €1,199.00 – €1,549.00. The padding in both options is protected against wear and tear as well as the effects of UV light, which can deteriorate the materials and typically bleaches the materials over time when left outdoors.

View our full range of trampolines (including free shipping anywhere in Ireland). If due to high demand you cannot order online, you can reserve yours by calling today on 021-4965011.

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Inground Trampolines

Inground Trampolines offer an excellent compromise for those who want to keep a tidy outdoor space but want to maximise the fun and enjoyment. In-ground trampolines are also much easier to step onto than their regular counterparts. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a range of BERG trampolines which are well-known for being one of the world’s best manufacturers of trampolines. Built to last, this range can put up with our Irish weather without much difficulty. Here a few of BERG’s best Inground trampolines starting with the lowest in cost.

BERG Inground Trampolines: The Favoritinground trampolines

The Favorit comes in five different sizes with an optional safety net, and so its price ranges from €229 to €679. While being the entry-level model, it’s still equipped with BERG’s GoldSpring Solo springs which are weather-resistant and incredibly robust. It has thick protective padding along its edge. Made from PVC on the upper and under layer, it’s built to last years. The optional safety net has a self-closing entrance to prevent people from stumbling through it accidentally. Though of course, as with any trampoline, children must be supervised at all times.  As with all the other models, BERG’s trampolines are UV resistant so that the sun doesn’t bleach or damage them as you typically get with other trampolines left outdoors for long periods. 

The BERG Champion

Ranging in price from €459 to €1,089, The Champion is a higher-end offering. Coming in four different sizes (9,11,12.5 and 14 feet) with the option of comfort or deluxe safety net, as well as BERG’s higher-end “Twinspring” gold weatherproof springing system, AirFlow jumping mat which reduces air pressure allowing for much higher jumping height and sturdy steel construction. Its PVC Padding is also thicker for extra safety.

The BERG Elite 

The Elite is a much bigger sized trampoline. Ranging from €839.00 – €1,409 and coming in 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft, an arrangement of colours and two safety-net options (as well as a no safety net option). As with the Champion, the Elite has extra-thick PVC padding, the option for a higher quality safety net with self-closing entrance, and its TwinSpring GoldSpring technology is placed at an angle so that the increased area of the jumping mat doesn’t reduce its springiness.  The springs are also extra long to accommodate the larger jumping surface. 

If you’d like to find out more about our inground trampolines, feel free to call us today on 021 4965 132

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BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue

BERG Electric Go-Karts are known for their incredible durability and re-usability. BERG’s line of outdoor toys and equipment are unparalleled, we’re also proud carriers of their world-renowned trampolines, and we also stock their range of non-electric Go-Karts. When it comes to Go-Karts, BERG has almost three decades’ worth of experience under their belt. They recently began producing Electric Go-karts under the BFR Range, and the Extra Blue is their newest in this range. Here’s what makes the BERG Extra Blue E-BFR a great choice.

BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue E-BFRBERG Electric Go-Karts

The Extra Blue comes with a two-year warranty and is suitable for kids from ages five and up. Though of course, it’s recommended that an adult accompanies kids under 12 at all times. As with most of BERG’s range, it has a smooth riding experience with pneumatic tyres. The tyres are attached to a swing axel, a type of independent suspension which reacts to irregularities, bumps and cracks on a surface so that you can experience a smoother ride. 

BERG’s full range of Go-Karts can accommodate children of all ages and sizes. The BERG XXL Frame is suitable for tall people to allow for years of fun. As your kid grows, they can continue using the Go-Kart. You can adjust the seat into eight different positions. Find the ideal position for you in the go-kart so you can reach the pedals at all time, then get back to tearing around without a care in the world! 

It also uses coaster brakes. Like the old school bicycles, you can stop simply by reversing slightly on the pedals.  This provides a much more effective and comfortable method for braking. It also includes a parking brake. In terms of appearance, it has reflector mudguards which protect you from mud and water splashes.  It can also attach to BERG Go-Kart accessories, including a trailer, second seat or flashing lights.

Like all BERG Electric Go-Karts, this should not be used on public roads or in public spaces. The BERG E-Go-kart also comes with an electric motor for pedal support. The 24V/240Wh battery is removable so that it’s easy to charge.

If you’d like to order the BERG Big Blue E-BRF (or try it out), call us today on 021 4965 132

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Best Compact Trampolines

If you’re looking for the best compact trampolines to suit your garden space or yard, we have a few ideas. We only stock BERG trampolines for the simple fact that they set the industry standard. Strong, durable, built to last, with excellent attention to detail, if you’re looking for a trampoline that will stick with you for years to come, these are the ones to choose.

Best Compact Trampolines: What Are the Options

BERG provides a range of compact trampolines in various styles to suit different setups. BERG’s standard range comes in 9ft, 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft diameters at the larger end of the range. They also have larger options for much larger spaces, but that’s for another post!

The entry-level is the BERG Favorit. These are excellent, high-quality trampolines that are built to last while skipping on a few features to provide value over frills. These come with a safety net, but of course, as with all trampolines, you must supervise children and teens as misuse of the trampoline can result in injuries.

The BERG Champion range provides everything that the Favorit does. It also has the option for a deluxe safety net. It uses an “Airflow” mat, which reduces air resistance which can enable up to 50% more airflow and therefore more spring. The Champion also uses a different springing system which makes them longer and more supple without reducing the surface area of the mat. Key areas of the Champion are also coated in extra-thick PVC, which gives them a longer lifespan. 

In-Ground Trampolines

The Berg Inground Favorit offers everything the standard Favorit range does. It also creates a lower profile by integrating with the lawn. This may be ideal for some people interested in finding the best compact trampolines for their space. But a sunken trampoline might not be suitable for all areas as it requires digging a pit beneath the mat surface. This makes it ideal for permanent setups. But if you intend on putting the trampoline away when it’s not in use, then this is not going to be ideal and you may prefer a standard setup.

If you don’t see something you’re interested in this post, be sure to check out our full range of trampolines. And if you have any questions, you can call us any time on 021 4965 132

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Go Karts for Toddlers

Are you looking for Go Karts for Toddlers aged between 10-30 months? BERG has a massive selection of Go Karts for Sale for kids and adults of all ages. Most of our products come with free shipping to your door anywhere in Ireland.

Go Karts for Toddlers: The Go2go karts for toddlers

BERG’s Go2 range is made especially for toddlers and they come in three colours, blue, pink and mint green. As long as your tike weighs under 20kg this is suitable for them. All three versions come in the same dimensions, 65 x 45 x 44cm and weighs in at a light yet sturdy 3.85kg.

The BERG GO² is BERG’s smallest go-kart. It’s designed to ‘grow up’ with your toddler, starting with when they can scoot and continuing with them until they can learn to pedal. Its peddles are fold-up, so for the earlier months, your child can scoot around like a push car. Its wheels are spaced nicely away from the seat so that your toddler won’t squish their toes, and the wheelbase is extra-wide to give them plenty of stability. When your child is old enough, you can fold down the pedals so they can use it just like a grown-up go-kart.

With a little bit of basic assembly, this toy will be ready to be your child’s companion for the next two years of their life. Of course, it goes without saying, but since these Go-Karts don’t have brakes (and your young one would be too young to know how to use it properly anyway), these are not suitable for use without adult supervision. And as with any Go Kart for toddlers, they are unsuitable for public roads, slopes, driveways, or near water. 

Go Karts for Older Children

To keep the Go2 light and easy to use for toddlers as they learn to scoot, they’re constructed lightly. This makes them perfect for younger children, but it also means they’re unsuitable for children over 36 months. If your toddler has older siblings who might want to have a go (or get a bit jealous) it’s best to provide them with their own Go Kart. For example the Buzzy range for kids aged 2-5  years old.

If you have any questions about our range or would like to order the Go2, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965132

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Garden Toy Ideas: 3 Ideas for Spring

If you’re looking for garden toy ideas, we have a few solid suggestions. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we offer free shipping for Garden Toys in Ireland. Here are three ideas for your kids as we start the new year and creep swiftly towards Spring!

Trampolines

It’s still a bit rainy and windy, and so there hasn’t been much trampoline-related activity in Ireland.  But it’s an excellent time to buy as the best deals are available off-season. We have the full range of BERG trampolines with robust anchoring systems that won’t let your trampoline take off. The Berg Favorit is appropriately named as it’s the most popular of the full BERG trampoline range. It comes in four different sizes, ranging from 9ft, 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft diameters. These are great for older kids 6+, with supervision. These come with durable, weatherproof padding and safety nets which will last five years. The trampoline itself can last much longer if kept well, making these an excellent investment.

Go Karts for All Ages

For kids under six years of age, a Berg Go-Kart can be a great source of fun and adventure. We have a full range suitable for kids as young as ten months and into the teens.  The Berg Reppy range is great for kids between 2-6 years old. They come in three great-looking colours and garden toy ideashave a light (9kg) frame, which makes carriage easy. The kids love the soundbox built into the steering wheel, which includes sound effects like revving, braking, a motor start and a horn.

Garden Toy Ideas: Playhouses

Who didn’t dream of having a playhouse when they were a kid? EXIT’s range of cedarwood playhouses is both aesthetically pleasing and fun for kids, which make them a win-win to have in the garden. They come in different configurations depending on the kind of child you have. If they’re (hyper) active, then a set with a swing and slide might be ideal, such as the Aksent Wooden Play Tower. This also comes with a space beneath the house for a sandpit, which can provide endless fun for kids aged 3+.

If you didn’t find what you’re looking for in this article we may have something more suitable available. Feel free to contact us any time on 021 4965 132.

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The Most Popular Trampoline (With Free Shipping to Dublin and Ireland)

What’s the most popular trampoline? It really depends on a few factors, including who is using it: what age, what experience? Where they’re using it: will this be at home, how much space is available? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we only stock BERG trampolines. This is for the simple reason that these are by far, the best in terms of quality, durability and longevity. The range is suitable for all types of environments, from domestic to sports clubs. See our range of trampolines for Dublin and Ireland. If you’re looking for some insights, here is a list of the three most popular trampolines based on usage.

The Most Popular Trampoline based on Value and Portability

The BERG Champion comes in four different sizes ranging from 9ft – 14ft. The price range varies depending on the size, ranging from €639.00 – €1,089.00. the Champion is also available with two different safety nets depending on your needs (the Deluxe and Comfort). The Comfort is strong and durable, while the Deluxe offers additional protection. It has a reinforced top edge that is always tight and the supporting posts are curved for additional strength and durability. The netting in the deluxe is also of a higher quality built to last years. 

The Berg Talent is BERG’s entry-level model. This is a regular trampoline, supported on legs and available with a net enclosure for safety. The Talent comes in at €299 and is built for smaller garden spaces. As with most BERG trampolines, it has GoldSpring tech which helps make it more weatherproof. It has a thick PVC protective edge, and the safety net has a self-closing entrance. 

Popular In-ground Trampolines

In-ground trampolines are far more popular today as they take up less most popular trampolinespace and have a tidier appearance compared to a regular trampoline. Another advantage is that they’re more accessible since there’s no need to climb up before entering.  The most popular model in this range is the Berg Inground Elite. This comes in different sizes ranging from 11-14ft. The price range is between €839 – €1,409. While some sunken trampolines have inferior performance due to air pockets collecting underneath and causing a ‘cushion’ effect that dampens the springiness, BERG uses their ‘AirFlow’ jumping mat, which reduces cushioning and allows for much better jumping. In-Ground Trampolines can be fitted with a safety net making them more suitable for younger jumpers.

The Best Flatground Trampolines

Flatground trampolines differ from in-ground trampolines in that they’re not fitted with a safety net. These are more suitable for experienced trampolinists. BERG offers a few in their range. The Berg Flatground Champion comes in 4 sizes ranging from 11ft to 14ft, with a price ranging from €739 – €909 depending on the size. Finally, for clubs and indoor centres, the most popular model is the Berg Flatground Ultim Elite + Aerowall. Priced at €2,748, this 5×3 metres with an ‘AeroWall’ for jumping off and performing advanced tricks. This is definitely one for more experienced jumpers!

We hope this gives you an idea of our range. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can reach us on 021 4965132.

 

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The Best Electric Go-Kart This Christmas?

“What’s the best Electric Go-Kart?” Every kid wants the latest and greatest toy and gadget on Christmas, and Go-Karts are no exception. Thankfully, our range of BERG Electric Go-Karts are all based on the same chassis and have similar features, which makes the preference down to a few key areas. Namely how they look, what accessories they offer and their battery life. Here are a few of the best options we have this Christmas.

The Berg E-BFR Range: What You Need To Know

BERGs electric go-karts come in six versions. All are suitable for kids aged six plus. They have similar weight (ranging from roughly 48-60 kilos). They’re all also roughly the same size. Though each model is different they are all roughly sized a little under or over 168 x 85 x 87.5 cm. They will require assembly by Santa Clause the night before Christmas, and these can go to quite high speeds, up to 16kmph, so they require adult supervision and should not be used on public roads. 

The Best Electric Go-Kart For Those That Want To Peddle: The Berg Hybrid E-BFR

Berg’s Hybrid E-BFR combines full automation with good old fashioned exercise. This means it’s healthier for your kids, it’s also able to last longer on a single charge. With this model, the harder you pedal, the more the motor will kick in to propel you thanks to its built-in torque sensor. The 250-watt motor is connected to a 24-volt battery, which can provide up to two hours of propulsion. The Hybrid has four settings: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo, so the battery life will vary depending on how much you work you want the motor to take on. The Hybrid also has an LCD display which includes a speedometer, current battery capacity and distance travelled. 

The Best Electric Go-Kart for Off-Road Adventures: The Berg X-Plore E-BFR

The Berg X-Plore E-BFR is both themed and outfitted for more “off-road” adventures around your garden and yard. It is equipped with sturdy off-road pneumatic tyres which are built to handle rough terrain and pathways without any problem. You can also equip it with some of BERG’s great Go-Kart accessories, such as sirens, lights, or rollbars.  

Of course, the best model for your kid really depends on their personality, interests and temperament. So it’s always best to ask them what they’re after before having Santa Clause pull the trigger. If you have any questions about our range (or about our free shipping offer to anywhere in Ireland), please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 021 4965 132

 

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Kids Go-Kart Sale: 4 Deals For Kids Aged 3+

Our Kids Go-Kart Sale is just in time for Christmas. Go-Karts never go out of style. And with the holidays approaching, you may see your kids mention one of these on their Christmas list. If you are looking for a discount, we stock BERG Go-Karts, which are well known for their durability, longevity, and capacity for good fun. Here are a few notable models currently on sale.

The Berg Buddy Range (Suitable for 3-8 years)

The Berg Buddy range has a great selection of Go-Karts for kids aged 3-8 years. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some with a fun twist that kids love (such as the BERG ‘Choppy’, made to look like a Chopper Motorcycle). There are two models in their selection that are currently on sale.

The Berg Buddy Lua 279.00 259.00kids go-kart sale

The Lua is all about style. This striking Go-Kart combines pink, mint and cool graphics that kids love. It has all of Berg Go-Karts features, including forward and reverse peddling, as well as peddle-braking.

Berg Buddy B-Orange Go Kart 279.00 259.00
The B-Orange is the same as the Lua but with a metallic orange colour. The swing axle gives the Go-Kart stability and will provide your kids with hours of fun over the Christmas and New Year.

Kids Go-Kart Sale: The Berg Farm Range (Suitable for Ages 5+)

The Berg Farm Range takes all the core features that BERG are well-known for, and add in some cool themes that let your kids go wild in their imaginations. The Farm Range currently has five models on sale. Each of the discounted models has the same pricing, we reduced them from the standard €789 to €669 for a great saving of €120. The Farm Range have a tyre and exhaust look to make them appear like a tractor. Whether it’s a John Deere or a New Holland, your kids will love this. Here are two highlight models:

Berg Fendt BFR Go Kart + Free Passenger Seat 

The Fendt is very popular, with deep-tread tyres combined with the swing axle, these have a solid grip in the mud and works well even on uneven terrain. As with all other models, it has a back-pedal brake and also allows you to easily pedal both forwards and backwards. 

Berg Claas BFR Go Kart + Free Passenger Seat

The Claas has a cool ‘exhaust’ along its side which kids love. This looks especially well when you add in one of the available accessories, such as a lift bucket, pallet fork or rollbar with flashing light.

If you have any questions about our Kids Go-Kart Sale, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965132

benefits of outdoor play

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

The benefits of outdoor play are becoming more necessary. Today, as technology is becoming increasingly the default, we’re seeing an increase in various childhood issues. Many people are pointing fingers at technology for the rise in obesity, ADD/ADHD and other issues. An argument can be made that technology is addictive to young children, and its negative effects can be sobering. A 2018 study by Cyber Safe Ireland showed that 92% of Irish children aged between 9 and 13 own a smart device. Now, more than ever, we need creative ways to encourage activity in younger people. Thankfully, kids tend to be drawn to outdoor toys. Here are a few reasons why it’s essential to encourage them as much as possible.

Benefits of Outdoor Play: Neurological Development

The growing trend of kids spending time indoors on their devices is very new. We do not know with certainty how this can affect a child’s development. But what we do know is that the brain is plastic. It can change and adapt depending on what we do in our day. “Exercising your brain” is a thing. Your kids need plenty of stimulation to create new neural connections so they become smarter, abler, healthier adults. Physical activity and interaction with the environment is a huge source of new stimulation that is impossible to gain from a smart device.benefits of outdoor play

The benefits of outdoor play also extend to your child’s physiology. Active outdoor play increases flexibility (and crucially, prevents inflexibility), and helps to refine their motor skills beyond the thumb and index finger, to incorporate the whole body in a wide array of movements that are essential for development, muscular strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. 

We all have a natural need for physical exercise and activity. When we run, climb on the playhouse swing, jump, skate, or ride a bike in the fresh air and sunshine. They like to use their whole body when they play outdoors (so make sure your kid is dressed for the weather) and find such physical activities interesting and challenging.

When children are climbing, pushing or swinging, the fine and gross motor movements required to balance and coordinate their body is bathing their brain in neural activity. It’s stimulating muscle fibres to strengthen and lengthen. It’s stimulating bone density and strength, and most of all…it’s fun! When it comes to outdoor play, the benefits cannot be underestimated.  So get them out there having fun!

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Trampoline Safety Tips

Keep these trampoline safety tips in mind before you order your trampoline. While Trampolines can be safe for adults and kids and injuries are rare, most trips to the hospital caused by trampolines in Dublin were a result of one jumper colliding with another, individuals falling off the edge of the trampoline, or individuals attempting stunts.

Trampoline Safety Tips: Be aware of these trampoline injury statistics

One report estimated that 75% of all trampoline injuries occurred to children under 15 years of age. About 15% of those were injuries to children under 6 years of age. In extreme cases, where misuse of the trampoline caused severe injuries or even death, most victims were teenagers aged between 12 to 19. 

These are sobering statistics which highlight the importance of trampoline safety. So with all of that in mind, don’t let that stop you or your kids from enjoying yourselves. Provided there’s proper supervision and real rules in place, a trampoline is a fun and safe way to exercise, get outdoors and have fun. To help keep it that way, here are a few trampoline safety tips to keep in mind.

Seven Trampoline Safety Tips

  • Have adult supervision at all time, and a spotter next to the trampoline in case they lose their footing.
  • For safety reasons, children under 5 shouldn’t be allowed to use the trampoline.  To stop the younger kids from climbing on unsupervised, keep chairs and ladders stored away. 
  • Never allow more than one person to jump at a time. Collisions can easily happen when people share a trampoline and this is one of the most common causes of injury.
  • Keep the trampoline away from fences, lamp posts, trees or other potentially dangerous objects.
  • Somersaults, flips and other stunts should not be allowed. It’s easy for people without experience to try these stunts, and easier still for them to give themselves an injury in the process.
  • Never allow children to jump off the trampoline. Kids should be encouraged to stop jumping, move to the edge and slide off safely. A common injury with trampolines are broken or sprained ankles from jumping off the trampoline onto the ground. 
  • Wet trampolines are dangerous. Don’t allow kids to play on wet days and ensure it’s dry and provides safe footing before each use.

If you have any other questions, or you’re looking for further trampoline safety tips with regards to the placement or other factors, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965 132

kids go karts for sale

Kids Go Karts for Sale

We currently have some kids Go Karts for sale. As winter descends upon us, some activities become less appealing even for kids. Some equipment gets put away in storage, some, unfortunately, some goes in the bin. But others continue to provide value, year in and year out. BERG’s range of Go Karts are hardy and durable, and as far as outdoor activities go, Go Karting remains fun even during the winter months. While we have a whole range of Go Karts for sale, today we want to focus on two areas that are very popular.

Themed Kids Go Karts for Salekids go karts for sale

Go Karts are easily one of the top-rated outdoor sports toys for active children. If your child is interested in playing pretend, there are themed Go Karts which, when combined with accessories, can add weeks of additional value to the Go Kart. For example, the Farm Range includes a John Deere ‘Tractor’ Go Kart for ages 5+. It has three gears and is modelled to resemble everyone’s favourite farming equipment, including a faux ‘exhaust’. Some of the accessories available include a working lift bucket, a pallet fork and a rollbar with a flashing light. The lift bucket and pallet fork work using a winch and pulley system which is great fun.

The Specials range also have different themes and configurations which can be a lot of fun. These include the BERG ‘Chopper’ Go Kart, built to resemble the motorbike. This also comes with a two-seater “sidecar” configuration.

Self-Propelled Kids Go Karts for Sale

While this post focuses solely on Go Karts for Kids, it’s worth mentioning that these models are also suitable for adults, since you’ll almost be tempted to have a go yourself. Go Karting as a professional sport for adults can handle incredible speeds, with the fastest models accelerating from 0-60mph in 1.5 seconds. BERG found this to be a little excessive for kids, so they have capped their speed at 16kmph! The E-BFR range of electric go-karts still move at relatively significant speeds. While they’re for kids aged 6+, we recommend supervision at all times. It’s worth noting that the E-BFR range is considerably more expensive, ranging from €1,799, so it’s not going going to be suitable for everyone.

Have any further questions or thoughts? Feel free to contact us today on 021 496 5132

How To Secure Your Trampoline

How To Secure Your Trampoline in High Winds

In Ireland, you didn’t often have to worry about how to secure your trampoline. But these past few years have seen increasingly extreme weather. While Dublin trampolines may have escaped this current round, the recent hurricane along the west coast has taken many of Ireland’s trampolines on unnecessary journeys. When the weather gets extreme, we have to make sure we’re not adding to dangerous debris that can get swept up and cause damage or injury. Not to mention the fact that we’ll lose some expensive pieces of outdoor equipment.  Here are a few tips to help avoid that.

How To Secure Your Trampoline in High Winds: Keep It Indoors

When possible, it’s always best to take the trampoline indoors when more extreme weather hits. We’ve all seen Twister — even cows are fair game! Unless you have a sunken trampoline, which has its underside sheltered and as it’s surrounded on all sides, it’s easier to hold down with weights, putting it at less of a risk of being lifted. If you don’t have a sunken trampoline and you don’t have the space to store it fully assembled, consider disassembling and keeping it in storage for a few days. 

Keep It In Shelter

If you can’t take your trampoline indoors, secure the trampoline in an area in your outdoor space that’s best sheltered from the wind. When the weather gets extreme, the surface area of your trampoline acts like a “wing”. It only takes so much wind force to lift the trampoline out of your garden and deliver it swiftly through the window of your neighbour’s greenhouse. Not fun.

Get a Trampoline Tie-Down Kit

In situations where the trampoline must stay indoors, the best solution is to secure it to get a trampoline tie-down kit. You can purchase a trampoline tie-down kit that is suitable for the size, make and model of your trampoline. Our BERG anchor kit is €45 and is compatible with all BERG models.

A tie-down kit uses large stakes with a corkscrew design. These are screwed into the ground, increasing the grip on the ground. Straps attach from the corkscrew stakes to the trampoline. Once set up, they’re hardly noticeable and can be left all-year-round.  When the weather gets extreme, you could also consider using sandbags on top of and around the legs of the trampoline.  

Have any questions or concerns? You can reach us today on 021 496 5132

best kids toys in 2019

The Best Kids Toys in 2019

The best kids toys in 2019 are those that get kids away from screens and outdoors. Kids need to be active, with fresh air and active play. Child obesity is becoming an epidemic worldwide, with obesity rates doubling between 1982 and 2008. There is a worrying correlation with the rise of computer games and the ease and accessibility of “convenience foods”. With that in mind, here are some kids toys in 2019 that’ll give them the best chance of a healthy, happy childhood.

The Best Kids Toys in 2019: Go-Kartsbest kids toys in 2019

In recent years there’s been a massive influx of electrically assisted transportation. Devices such as E-scooters have taken over the scene. Unfortunately, kids want the electrically assisted models. This means that a great chance to promote healthy activity for your kids could be taken away.  To help combat this, Berg has a whole range of Go-Karts available, whether you have a younger child or in the older age brackets up to 12 years of age. And we also stock Berg’s fully electric and hybrid models. We recommend a hybrid model as a good compromise if your child is adamant on the electrically assisted version.

Berg Trampolines

Trampolining is an ageless outdoor activity that’s just good enough to be an Olympic Sport. Kids absolutely love trampolines, and once there’s suitable caution and parently oversight, they can be an excellent way to encourage healthy activity in your kids. In addition to promoting flexibility and strength, children tend to exercise their creativity, developing their own imaginative games. Whether you’re looking for a trampoline in Dublin or anywhere else in Ireland, we provide free delivery to your door.

Basketball

While typically team sports tend to repel the quiet, introverted kids, many still get enjoyment out of basketball. Your kids can hone their skills dunking, jumping and throwing as a solo activity; Flexing their joints in the fresh air as nature intended. Of course, just one basketball ring is enough for a group to get a game going, making it extremely flexible, and one of the reasons why decades later, basketball is still up there as one of the best kids toys in 2019.

Most of our If you’d like more ideas for your kids, or you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact us on 021 4965 132

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Can You Leave Your Trampoline Outdoors All Winter?

As the summer is coming to an end and we offer free delivery of trampolines in Dublin, we’ve been asked once or twice whether it’s okay to keep a trampoline outside in the rain. We stock BERG trampolines because they’re hardy, long-lasting and able to take a beating outside for years. And they’ll definitely put up with poor Irish weather for sustained periods. If you’re planning to use your trampoline, by all means, keep it outdoors (though never use the trampoline when it’s stormy).

Leaving Your Trampoline Outdoors

Make sure to give regular sprays of oil to the steel parts. And bear in mind that even with a BERG trampoline, harsh weather will accelerate the deterioration of the materials. If you’re using the trampoline it’ll be worth it, but if you’re not using your trampoline, we’d recommend you keep it indoors or dismantle it if there’s a lack of storage space. In between uses, it’s best to consider using a trampoline cover to keep the materials protected and clean. It’ll also prevent a buildup of debris on the surface which can cause issues.

Trampolines Can Be Slippery When Wettrampoline outdoors

If you or your kids use the trampoline while wet, make sure to check the surface isn’t slippery. Especially if you leave it outdoors for a long period without use; It can develop a slippery layer from fallen leaves and other organic materials. Of course, you should always inspect the trampoline before each use (especially the padding).

Trampolines Can Also Be Bouncier When Wet

It’s true that a trampoline can have more ‘bounce’ when soaked. In sunnier climates, trampoline users sometimes intentionally hose down their trampoline to add weight and bounce. Very reminiscent of that Hollywood “summer water sprinkler vibe”. In Ireland, we usually have a slightly different view on getting wet outdoors. But if you go out with the intention of getting soaked it can be good fun (as long as you’ve your warm clothes ready for when you come back inside). Still, we’d always recommend you fully read the safety instructions on your trampoline and follow their guidelines. Even if someone on YouTube is doing something that looks fun, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to copy them so always check first.

We hope this answers some questions you might have. If you’re looking to order trampolines in Ireland, give us a call today on 021 4965132