The Rocket Racer 3 name may imply that it’s the third iteration of this slide. Nope! It has 3 lanes. That’s 3 times as cool!
An indoor facility came to us awhile back with a request for a custom Commercial Inflatable Slide. They had a very popular slide, but it had some safety and quality issues that made them uncomfortable continuing to offer it to the public.
First, it was produced before the Consumer Product Safety Commission implemented guidelines for lead and other contaminants in kids toys. No problem there: Blast Zone Inflatables all comply with these guidelines, and are free of lead, contaminants and phthalates.
Next, they felt that the climbing wall was too steep, and this caused 2 problems. Kids couldn’t safely climb to the top of the slide lanes, without potentially falling backwards onto the platform below. The kids who did fall or slip caused the seams to split on the platform below. To solve this on the Rocket Racer 3, we created a reduced climbing angle, to make it easier for kids to climb, and added a replaceable climbing surface with steps and hand-holds. By making this piece replaceable, the lifespan of the product is greatly increased. We also covered the entire safety platform at the bottom of the climbing wall with a replaceable surface, for the same longevity purposes.
The slide they had was designed with one very wide sliding lane in front. This compelled kids to slide and roll down sideways, and with no dividers, kids rolled, slid and knocked into each other. We solved this by dividing the slide into 3 separate racing lanes. This took the ‘standard” slide style and made it more fun and safer with the racing elements added.
Additionally, the Inflatable Slide they had allowed kids to stand up at the top platform, which is certainly not a great safety practice. Kids could legitimately stand up and fall or jump off the top to the ground, which in that case was nearly 12 feet below. We added net protection up top, so kids are safely enclosed at the high elevation.
Finally the slide they wished to replace was open at the end. They placed a bunch of foam mats down there, because kids often slide off the end onto the ground. We simply added a safety bumper at the end and extended the landing area, so it’s impossible for kids to slide off.
A little investment ended up making for a larger inflatable, but an inflatable that is safe, will last longer, and lo-and-behold, the Rocket Racer 3 is their most popular slide with both kids and parents alike!
With that said, we are pleased to offer the Rocket Racer 3 to our awesome customers!