Re: Giant balloons
I don't have a lot of experience with bigger balloons, but I've tried a few.
Qualatex 36" are very durable, but they're quite firm to begin with. After being inflated a couple of times (and after being played with a bit), they soften up a bit. I have one I've inflated about ten times that's really nice and soft now, even when it's close to its rated size.
Cattex 36" are nice and soft from the start, but don't feel as durable (though some claim they are). I've only tried one of these and it was an amazing feeling to just sink into it.
Cattex GLs are amazing balloons to just lie on (or get a bit naughty with). I have yet to try a GL1200, but the GL500 and GL700 are both wonderful balloons. They're also quite form to begin with, but will soften up after a few inflations and gets nice and soft.
I'm considering buying some 36" Tuf-Tex and Sempertex next time I order. Does anyone have any experience with either of these?