Air tracks have emerged to rival traditional tumble tracks as a popular addition for indoor parks. Park owners can offer their customers a surface that is safe, durable and also useful for many different activities.

Part of the attraction of air tracks is the flexibility. A high quality air track can serve as a perfect area for gymnastics and tumbling. But both air tracks and an air court provide a surface that is perfect for multiple purposes. It provides a safe and cost effective option for operators of indoor parks who want to expand what they offer.

To get an idea of what an air track can provide for an indoor park, here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about air tracks.

What Is an Air Track?

An air track is a type of inflatable mat or track that is typically used for gymnastics, acrobatics, and other types of physical activity. It is made from a durable and lightweight material, and is inflated with air to create a cushioned surface that can help absorb shock and reduce the risk of injury. Air tracks are often found in indoor parks or recreational facilities where people can participate in activities such as tumbling and gymnastics. They come in various shapes and sizes, from small mats to larger tracks that can be used for longer runs or more complex movements.

What Is an Air Track Made Of?

Air tracks are made of strong and durable material that is flexible and able to inflate with air, creating a cushioned surface. The thickness of the material varies depending on the intended use of the air track, with thicker materials more suitable for higher impact activities. The surface of the air track is often covered with a non-slip material to help ensure safety and prevent slips and falls.

Galaxy Multi Rides makes a unique air court from double wall drop stitch vinyl. It consists of hundreds of thousands of threads looped and bonded in-between premium high performance vinyl. Drop stitch vinyl inflatable products are strong, with the standard size able to carry 390 pounds per square foot (1900 kilograms per square meter). The idea is to blend the best features of trampolines, inflatables and safety mats in one product. Galaxy Multi Rides, which specializes in creating inflatable indoor parks, also can build air courts to meet the specific dimensions needed for a business.

What are air tracks used for?

Air tracks are popular for a wide range of activities. They include the following.

  • Tumbling. Air tracks are ideal for tumbling exercises, including cartwheels, round-offs, and handsprings.
  • Gymnastics. Air tracks can be used for a variety of gymnastics exercises, including floor routines.
  • Martial arts. Air tracks can be used for practicing martial arts moves, including rolls, flips, and falls.
  • Cheerleading. Air tracks are commonly used in cheerleading for tumbling and stunting.
  • Parkour. Air tracks are used in parkour training for practicing jumps, rolls, and other movements.
  • Dance. Air tracks are used in dance training to practice floor routines and tumbling moves.

What Are the Benefits of Air Tracks to Indoor Park Owners?

Indoor park owners benefit from investing in an air track or air court in many different ways. First, they offer a safe attraction for customers that provides a soft, safe landing for people attempting gymnastics or other acrobatic moves.

Air tracks also offer a great deal of versatility. Customers of all ages and skill levels enjoy using an air track. Air tracks are a lot of fun to use and add a new element of excitement to an indoor park. Customers also are more likely to return to the park if they know they can try out new moves on an air track.

What is the difference between air tracks and a tumble track?

An air track is inflated with air, while a tumble track is a steel-framed trampoline. A tumble track is the traditional way for gymnasts to practice flips, somersaults, and other maneuvers. They are typically made of thick, heavy duty material (reinforced vinyl is often used).

There are other key differences between air tracks and tumble tracks. Air tracks tend to offer more bounce for high-flying movements, while tumble tracks have less bounce and are better suited for athletes training in low-to-the-ground tumbling and gymnastics. Air tracks are also  generally more portable than tumble tracks. They also are less expensive than tumble tracks and offer more convenience in cleaning, storing, and durability.

Another advantage of air courts and air tracks is that by adjusting air pressure settings, it’s possible to set up the air court for different activities by changing the firmness and bounciness of the surface.

How do you inflate an air track?

Businesses can use an electric pump for an air track. Air courts have adjustable air pressure settings, allowing business owners to set the firmness or bounciness at the appropriate level for the intended use.

How do you clean an air track?

Air tracks are easy to clean and maintain. The best approach is to use a mop with a solvent free cleaner disinfectant such as Odorbahn or Hepastat 256. It’s worth noting that an air track can be used both in an indoor park, but also outside for special events. In either case, they are easy to clean.

How long does an air track last?

If maintained properly, an air track can last many years, even with frequent use.

An air track provides a great addition to an indoor park, giving business owners a new attraction, as well as a safe, versatile surface for customers to enjoy.