Buyers Guide: Best Selling Inflatable Arches for Fun Runs

Fun runs are a regular feature on a non-profit organization’s calendar, and for a good reason. The stress-free, fun, and exciting atmosphere of a fun run creates a lot of positive energy, which is a real crowd-puller.

Your branding must be on point to take advantage of the huge crowds and raise substantial funds and sponsorships.

As well as custom advertising flags, table cloths, and promotional custom printed banners, you'll need an custom inflatable arch or two—big enough to be seen from afar and sufficiently strong to withstand pushes and shoves and the weather.

In addition, you’ll want an arch that's easy to brand so you can raise awareness for your cause and showcase your sponsors.

To that end, here are the best options to choose from.

PVC-Coated Arches

PVC-coated Iron Arch
PVC-Coated Iron Arch

PVC-coated arches are the best choice for fun runs since they’re hard-wearing and durable.

The material has a high tensile strength and is resistant to tears. As a result, they’re well-suited for the large crowds at fun runs.

In the unlikely event that the arch does get torn, it's easy to patch up. All you have to do is glue a small piece of the PVC-covered material, and voila—the event goes on without a hitch.

In addition, they’re highly weather-resistant, making them suitable for use all year round. They can withstand high and low temperatures (as high as 70 degrees Celcius) without stretching or losing shape.

On top of that, they’re flame retardant, waterproof, and contain stabilizers that prevent UV damage.

The PVC layer also prevents mildew and mold from forming on the fabric, so your arch will be as good as new for a long time.

Fabric Inflatable Arches

fabric angled start and finish arch
Fabric Angled Start and Finish Arch

Fabric arches made from a nylon polyester are another excellent option for fun runs. They boast the following advantages:

  • The arch is lightweight and easy to carry and use.
  • You can mend tears easily with simple fabric glue or stitching.
  • They’re cost-effective, with a significantly lower price compared to PVC-coated arches.
  • They’re strong and sturdy with good wind resistance.

Note: Avoid poor quality fabrics which tear easily and quickly sag. The table below shows the main considerations for choosing the best fabric. 

Factor Best Choice
Type of Material Tightly woven nylon/polyester
Thickness 400+ deniers
Printing Printable through dye sublimation

Key takeaway
: The best arches are made from PVC-coated or high denier fabric. Your choice will ultimately depend on your budget. PVC is the strongest and most durable, but it costs more. 


What Else Should You Consider When Choosing an Arch?

The Shape of the Arch

Once you've decided on the material, you also need to choose an appropriate shape.

Common inflatable arch shapes include:

  • Rounded
  • Angled
  • Squared

The shape you choose will also depend on the size of the arch.

For larger inflatable arches, angled and circular shapes are excellent options, as they offer more stability.

Rectangular arches work best for smaller arch sizes. However, if you must have a large rectangular arch, ensure that you take extra precautions with the arch’s support.

For instance, check that the arch’s accessories, such as D-ring attachments, are reinforced into the seam.

Also, ensure that the arch has a zipper that runs across each leg so you can inconspicuously add weights and sandbags inside for extra support.

The Blower

internal and external blowers
Internal and External Blowers

There are two options for blowers:

  • Freestanding external
  • Internal built-in

Internal vs. external blowers

Shape Internal External
Esthetics Hidden inside for a clean look Looks bulkier
Functionality Can be difficult to replace if it fails You can easily switch to a new one if it breaks down

Key takeaway
: While internal blowers look good, opt for an external one instead to avoid disappointment on your fun run if the blower fails. It’s also a good idea to ensure you have a spare blower. 

Customize Your Inflatable Arch for Your Fun Run

crowd in front of angled inflatable arch
Angled Inflatable Arch

Your arch can be reused every year if you choose replaceable signage.

With each new event, you can easily and inexpensively change the message, logo, or sponsor information.

There are three main options for signage replacement, as shown in the table below:

velcro strips on angled arch
Velcro strips
banner wrapped around arch leg
Wrap around banners
banner hanging on top bar
Hanging Banners

Velcro strips are sewn onto the arch at the time of production so you can easily attach and reorder new banners

Wrap the banner around the leg or top tube for a seamless look

Tie the banners on or under the top tube or on the D-rings

Remember to maintain your brand colors, so well-wishers can easily recognize your cause.

At MVP Visuals, we can help you customize your inflatable arch to best represent your cause.

We offer dye sublimation printing with unlimited color options. We use Pantone color matching to ensure that your arch stays on point with your branding, too - that dark blue won't be unexpectedly printing with a purple hue.

Our arches are available in the standard shapes: squared, rounded, and angled. We can also create a custom shape arches of your design choice.

For the color, theme, and artwork design, you’re welcome to come up with your own or lean on our in-house design team at no extra cost.

Here are our three main product categories:

fabric angled finish arch
fabric angled inflatable arch
Colorscape Air
PVC tarpaulin rounded arch
Iron Arch

600 Denier fabric
5-year warranty

420 Denier fabric
3-year warranty

PVC Tarpaulin
Lifetime warranty

It takes less than 60 seconds to set up any of our inflatable arches. In addition, they come with a blower and anchoring accessories such as stakes. We also include a carry bag to make your life easier.

Our prices are so competitive that if you find the exact product cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match that price. We also have discounts for registered charities.

Talk to us, and let’s work together to make your fun run successful and raise funds for your charity without draining your budget.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a leaf blower to inflate the arch?

No, it’s not a good idea to use a leaf blower for an inflatable arch. You need a blower specifically made for inflatables that pumps just enough air at the right speed.

Excessive speed or too much air will burst the seams, while too little air will make the arch floppy.

How many times can you reuse an inflatable arch?

You can use the inflatable arch countless times over several years. The better you take care of the arch, the longer the useful life you’ll get out of it.

Some care tips include:

  • Clean with warm soapy water (no harsh chemicals) and allow it to completely dry before storage.
  • Store in a cool, dry place in the recommended storage bag.
  • Ensure you clear the area before inflating to prevent scratches and tears on the fabric.
  • Use the recommended blower for setting up.

Do you need special training to inflate the arch?

No, inflating the arch is a simple process. All you have to do is connect the blower, switch it on, and watch the arch inflate. Watch this video to see how to set up and take down the arch.

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