Which rebound boots are best?
While there are currently many brands of rebound boots on the market, only 3 brands can be serious candidates for comparison in this test. There are no “fake boots” as some people claim, but some brands should be disregarded as cheap low-quality imitations. We will confine this comparison to the 3 top brands currently available.
These 3 brands are Kangoo Jumps, Bounce Boots and Aerower. Each has its strong and weak points. While by no means “the original” as they claim, Kangoo Jumps was the first of these 3 brands to become internationally known, followed relatively recently by Aerower and Bounce Boots. We will take an objective look at each of these brands and give them a score based on quality, comfort, lifespan of springs (the parts that need replacement most often), the extent to which the boots are customizable to one’s weight/athletic abilities, and the overall rebound experience. The scoring for quality is broken down into two parts: the overall quality and the quality of the rebound system (comprising shells and springs)
*Note: Kangoo Jumps, Aerower and Bounce all apply a different terminology to the shells and springs:
Kangoo Jumps: T-springs, Shells
Bounce Boots: Bounce Bands, Bounce Blades
Aerower: Multibands, Arcs
For the sake of simplicity we will keep to the terminology of Kangoo Jumps as this is what most people call these parts.
The scoring system employed is as follows:
Pricing was too complex to add to the scoring, as the pricing models of the companies differ too much. Aerower bases the prices on the strength of the rebound system, Bounce Boots and Kangoo Jumps use the same price for all models. The table below gives the recommended retail price of the boots per company, grouped by the rebound system strength. All 3 brands have “special” models that are more expensive, we used only the prices for the standard models. Shipping prices are not included. The lowest prices per rebound strength are shown in green.
- Note: The default Aerower model comes un-assembled, meaning that the boot and rebound system are packaged separately. For 5,00 € extra you can buy them fully assembled.
- Note October 23 2018: This price table reflects only the initial purchase price. Of course, maintenance costs play a big role as well. To see what maintenance will cost you, per brand, read How Much do Rebound Shoes Cost?
- Update April 12, 2020: Initially Aerower boots came with a very thin liner. They now feature a much thicker and more comfortable liner, the “comfort” score has been adjusted from 1 to 2.
The undisputed market leader for many years, Kangoo Jumps boots have had their ups and downs, mostly in the realm of quality control and logistics. The reason for competitors appearing on the market is clear – often there were quality problems (shells breaking, springs wearing out too soon, White Edition boots breaking) and logistical problems (parts, especially shells, not being available for months, in the case of the Pro model for almost a year). As for customization you can choose between 2 types of shells: Light and Hard. The spring has 3 rectangular bands, so your options for weight customization are limited. (There are different options for customization on the PRO 7 model, but that comes at a hefty price-tag) The XR3 model was launched 2006, and since then no new innovations have taken place.
Quality (boots) 2
Quality (rebound system) 2
Comfort (liner) 2
Lifespan (springs) 1
Weight customization 1
Rebound experience 1
Total score: 9
Bounce Boots offer quite a few innovations and improvements on the Kangoo Jumps XR3 model. Bright fashionable colours, better-quality and longer-lasting springs, a comfortable rebound and an exceptionally comfortable liner. Innovations: Integrated support plate, round instead of rectangular springs. Customization: with 4 round strands per spring, 3 spring hardnesses and 3 shells hardnesses, Bounce Boots can be better customized to weight. They introduced the click-by-click ratchet system to the lower buckles, and have a very comfortable liner. These innovations are somewhat marred by quality issues (the “horns” of the click-by-click ratchet system bend or break very easily, boots crack, spring and shell quality is inconsistent) and logistical problems (late deliveries, wrong colours etc)
Quality (boots) 1
Quality (rebound system) 2
Comfort (liner) 3
Lifespan (springs) 2
Weight customization 2
Rebound experience 3
Total score: 13
With their Jumper1, Aerower presents an entirely new version of the rebound boot, redesigned from the ground up. Precise engineering and high-quality materials coupled with rigorous testing provide a rebound boot of exceptional quality, and the 4 different shell configurations make it perfectly customizable to one’s weight and/or athletic abilities. Innovations: round instead of rectangular springs that last approximately 100% longer than Kangoo Jumps springs, and 30% longer than Bounce springs, improved mechanical characteristics of the rebound system. Customization: with 9 round strands per spring and 4 shell hardnesses, the Aerower Jumper1 offers infinite weight customization options. The range of athletic possibilities per weight range is also larger than in the other brands tested, making Aerower the most versatile of the three brands. The one negative point is the very thin liner. While it doesn’t feel uncomfortable, one can imagine it wearing out faster than the liners of the competitors.
Quality (boots) 3
Quality (rebound system) 3
Comfort (liner) 2
Lifespan (springs) 3
Weight customization 3
Rebound experience 3
Total score: 17
So which rebound boots are best? The hands-down winner is Aerower (17), with Bounce(13) coming in second, followed by Kangoo Jumps(9). While it’s sad for Kangoo Jumps to take the last place after being the market leader for so many years, they take this hit primarily because of inconsistent quality and an inferior rebound experience. As one person put it: “After using Bounce Boots for a while, I put on my Kangoo Jumps again and it felt like I was jumping on bricks instead of springs”.
A hint for Kangoo Jumps owners who feel disappointed after reading this: Consider a hybrid boot. Upgrade your Kangoo Jumps with Aerower springs (or even better, an entire Aerower rebound system of shells and springs), and liners from Bounce Boots. Instantly your Kangoo Jumps boots will have a superior rebound experience and a very comfortable fit! Brand compatibility is a whole other story, and in another blog post we focus on how to upgrade your boots by using a better rebound system on your existing boots.