There are many discussions and points of view about jumps and what they should include or exclude. The top of the list should always be safety for the agility team members (you and your dog). It’s important that when a dog or person come in contact with the jump that the component parts fall away dismantling the structure. We also feel that the lighter in weight the materials, that the jumps are made of, the more likely they are to fall out of the way. Our jumps only weigh 4 lbs. Some PVC jumps are very heavy and rigid and can present just as many issues as the older model jumps made from steel. Being light weight is also an advantage when it is time to move the jumps to create a new course, store or transport. It is also important that the exposed ends have plastic end caps creating a blunt end. Plastic jump cup strips are practical and provide a soft impact when brushed up against or when contact occurs. Some agility enthusiasts also feel that the bottom bar is unnecessary. If you feel this way we also offer free standing single jumps that will fit your need.
The features you need to look for are: 1. Rubberized surface 2. Performance is predictable and consistent 3. Reduced friction providing smooth decent and return. 4. Reduced flex 5. The base needs to disperse any movement. 6. Easy to assemble and transport 7. Plank falls within 3 seconds when a 3 lbs weight is placed 1′ from the end. 8.It should have an adjustable stand with a telescoping rod, not a chain, making it easy to train at different levels and also competition ready 9. Durability and strength!