We would describe the two types of pads by saying that Fun pads are our great value entry level pads and Skyhigh are the deluxe premium model. Quite simply, you get what you pay for with both ranges of pads. The Fun pads are very good quality pads in their price range and beat any competitior on the quality vs the price, but with the Skyhigh pads you get that little bit more for paying more.
We would say it depends on your budget, how much you use the trampoline (how much it is covered up when not in use) and the environment your trampoline is kept in.
If your trampoline is covered up a lot of the time and is only used occasionally - for exmaple it is for your grandchildren when they visit, or your children board at school so it is only used on occaisonal weekends and holidays then the fun pads will do the job. We would highly recommend getting a trampoline cover for your trampoline either way to make sure it is protected when not in use and especially throughout the winter months.
If your trampoline in under trees or in a particular area where you get a lot of high winds and rain then the Skyhigh pads would be recommended. The Fun pads will not withstand as much weather or bird droppings as the Skyhigh pads so this is one thing to take into consideration when buying your pads.
Below we have set out the technical specifications and how the pads match up against eachother.
Skyhigh Pads: 0.35mm Green PVC
Fun Pads: top layer PVC 0.35mm & bottom layer PE 100g/m²
Skyhigh Pads have a soft touch PVC all over and Fun Pads have a rougher PVC of the same thickness with a PE bottom. This means that Skyhigh Pads are more comfortable to sit on and also will stand up to more punishment in the bad weather.
Skyhigh Pads: 27mm thick foam
Fun Pads: 21mm Foam (12mm on 8ft)
Inside the pads you will find sealed EPE foam which won't let water in so mould won't grow. The thickness of the two varies and Skyhigh Pads are thicker. This offers better protection from the user coming into contact with the springs or frame of the trampoline.
Fun Pads offer adequate protection with 21mm from 10ft up. It is important that larger trampolines have pads with which offer the required level of protection.
Skyhigh Pads: 33cm wide (30cm on 8ft)
Fun Pads: 30cm wide
Another distinguishing feature between the two products is the width. Skyhighs are wide which offers better coverage between the edge of the frame and the springs. It also makes the pads suitable for trampolines with long springs such as 210mm.