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Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System Review

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Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System:  7.7/10

Main Features

  • Has an Arena Slam Heavy Duty steel rim
  • Stays in place using a 40 gallon tank that can be filled with either sand or water
  • Height on the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System can be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet using a screw jack lift system
  • 60 Inch backboard made from acrylic material

The Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System finds itself marketed as a solid middle priced portable unit between the less expensive Spalding Pro Slam and the premium Spalding The Beast Basketball Hoop.  This is a really nice choice for anyone who wants to have a high quality portable hoop for their home but does not have +$1000 to spend on a system.  We would recommend this hoop for those who take the game seriously or for families who have a child who is into the game and wants to take their interest to the next level.

At this middle level price you will find that the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System has a mix of higher end features with some other cheaper materials as well.  On the higher end side this hoop does feature a professional performing rim that has a quality breakaway mechanism so that it can take on dunks and other rough play.  It also has the added bonus of padding that lines the bottom of the backboard which enhances safety.  Another safety feature found only on high end portable systems is the pole guard that helps to keep players from running into the pole and base.  On the flip side, here are some features of the hoop that tend to be found on cheaper units.  The Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System has a 3 piece pole and support system.  This is generally the least stable design on portable basketball hoops.  Two piece poles are generally more secure, and one-piece poles are the most stable and are featured on the highest quality premium hoops.  The acrylic backboard is better than the polycarbonate found on the cheapest basketball systems, but does not perform at the level seen from basketball hoops that have a tempered glass backboard.  With an acrylic backboard this system will have some mild shaking when the basketball hits the rim or backboard, but it will still be superior to most portable basketball systems out there.

If you purchase this basketball hoop be prepared to find a friend or adult family member to help you with the assembly process.  This will generally take somewhere between 3-5 hours depending on your assembly experience and assuming things go smoothly.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • Pro Style Arena Slam Rim which allows for moderate dunking (we still would not recommend hanging on this rim as over a long period of time it could cause warping and damage).
  • The backboard padding and pole guard are a plus so that you can feel confident about the safety of the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop
  • Two support braces align the back of the backboard which do work to minimize shaking and enhances stability

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • The three piece support pole design leaves this hoop susceptible to shaking.  If you want a hoop with a two or one piece system be prepared to spend more money.
  • The base can hold up to a solid 40 gallons, however, we have never seen a base that is too big.  Making this a 50 gallon base would only work to keep the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System more stable and less likely to tip.

Overall, the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop is a wise investment that should last many years when used responsibly.  While the hoop does have some features that leave a little to be desired, at it’s price point it performs quite nicely.  If you are able to spend more and want a hoop at the next level we would suggest considering the Spalding The Beast Basketball Hoop.

 

Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System Review

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Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System:    8.1/10

Main Features

  • One of the most expensive Lifetime portable basketball systems
  • Power lift height adjustment system allows for the hoop’s height to be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • The Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System has a 54 Inch acrylic backboard that has a steel frame and padding that aligns the bottom of the backboard
  • Has a double compression spring Slam-It breakaway rim that is made of solid steel
  • Manufactured in the USA and comes with a five year warranty

We often suggest Lifetime portable basketball hoops to families who are looking for a decent hoop for their kids to learn the game of basketball on.  However, the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball Hoop is a little different than many of the other Lifetime basketball systems.  This hoop has a slightly higher price point than many Lifetime systems, and has several features that you will not find on the cheaper portable basketball hoops.  Let’s dig a little deeper on some of the things that make the Lifetime 71522 a higher quality portable basketball hoop.

The Lifetime 71522 features a double spring Slam-It rim

When it comes to the Lifetime 71522 it really begins with the Slam-It double compression spring rim made of solid steel.  Many Lifetime hoops come with the two springs but they are left exposed and are more likely to rust over time due to the elements of weather.  On the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System this is not the case as the springs are housed within a metal cover to keep them protected and lasting significantly longer than other breakaway rims.

A rather weak point for this portable basketball hoop is that it relies on a three piece support pole system.  Three piece support pole systems are generally found on lower end portable basketball hoops and are more susceptible to shaking when the basketball hits the system during a shot.  In the future, we would like to see Lifetime upgrade the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System so that it came with a two piece support system to reinforce stability.  However, there are still some nice stability features within the support pole system in an attempt to make up for this.  In particular we love that there are two braces reinforcing the backboard to help offset some of the vibrations you would otherwise get.

The 54 inch acrylic backboard is one of the nicest backboards you will see on a Lifetime portable basketball hoop.  Many of Lifetime’s cheaper systems feature polycarbonate backboards, which while stronger than acrylic, do not offer the same level of performance. We do like how the backboard is steel-framed which should increase the life of the system.  Another nice feature of the Lifetime 71522’s backboard is the padding that lines the bottom of the system.  This is an enhanced safety feature that will help to prevent injuries and cuts that might result from hands and arms hitting the bottom of the backboard.

Portable basketball systems all generally include some sort of base that keeps the basketball hoop in place and stable.  The Lifetime 71522 Basketball System features a 35 gallon polyethylene material base.  Because of the upright design of this system we wish this would be increased to hold 40 gallons or more which would further reduce the risk of tipping.  We do not recommend kids of adults hang on the rim of this system due to this.  For transportation this base works nicely as it features two wheels in the front to allow you to slightly tip the hoop and move it your new preferred location.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • Acrylic backboard material is a step up from the polycarbonate backboards featured on most Lifetime portable basketball systems
  • The wheels on the base of the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System make moving this hoop significantly easier than other portable basketball systems
  • We like the cover over the two compression springs on the Slam-It rim.  This will help prevent rusting over time.
  • The reinforcement braces behind the backboard help to keep the Lifetime 71522 XL resistant to shaking when shots hit the system from deep
  • Power lift height adjustment system is super easy to use and allows for kids of all sizes to get in on the action
  • 5 year limited warranty will help to make you feel even more confident when purchasing this basketball system

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • The 35 gallon base should be increased to 40 gallons to reduce the chance for tipping as the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System has more upright design than other systems
  • Three piece support systems are generally found on cheaper portable basketball systems and are more likely to shake and be less responsive overall
  • We would like to see the support pole redesigned to be at an angle (See the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System for an example) to reduce the chances of running into the pole during a layup or dunk

We have to admit that we are pretty impressed by what Lifetime has been able to accomplish at a reasonable price point with the 71522 Portable Basketball Hoop.  Being one of the higher price portable offerings from Lifetime there are some features on this system that you will not get from the other cheaper basketball hoops.  A great middle road hoop for most this system will meet the needs of the vast majority of users.  Only those who are very serious about the game and are looking for a top performing system such as the Goalsetter All-American may be disappointed with the performance of the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System.

 

Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System Review

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Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System:  8.2/10

Main Features

  • Three piece support pole with 3.5 inch diameter is rust resistant
  • Front cover rebounder feature
  • Screw-jack lift system adjusts in height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • Arena Slam breakaway rim
  • Attaches to 40 gallon plastic base which can be filled with sand or water
  • Portable basketball system for easy movement

In the market for a portable basketball system for your driveway or backyard? Finding the right hoop is important so that you have the features you desire at the price you want, along with a product that is made to last depending on your level and frequency of use. Spalding is a manufacturer of hoops that is time-tested and well-respected, and the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System is a great option if you are looking for something moderately priced, but a solid addition to your yard or driveway with some great features.

The Spalding 68564 hoop offers an array of solid features for the baller in your life, be they young and beginning, or a veteran of the game; the hoop would be best for those looking to play recreationally and practice drills and shots on a regular basis. It features a large 54 inch acrylic backboard made for frequent play and practice. There is a heavy duty steel frame lining the backboard, giving you extra strength and durability as you go up for layups and slam dunks. Acrylic backboards are a great option for those looking for a quality, strong backboard for bank shots and layups, without the high price of tempered glass; a great middle ground option.

When it comes to adjusting the hoop height, the Spalding 68564 Basketball System makes things pretty easy. Thanks to the Screw Jack lift system, the hoop can raise from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in a smooth, one-handed motion. The hoop can lift in infinite increments making it able to be personalized to the height that works best for the player. It also has a removable handle so that once you have found your desired height, it cannot be tampered with. The Spalding 68564 has a 3 piece, 3.5 inch pole, which is set at a 20 degree angle from the base, with a plastic cover on the front gives you a built in rebounder when you play.

The foundation of the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System is one of the larger models on the market, with a 40 gallon plastic base; the large size allows for a sturdy and strong foundation, minimizing shaking that can come with weaker or smaller bases on other models. You can fill the base with water, sand, or a polymer gel product to allow for little movement in your neighborhood basketball games and free throw work. Reviewers of this hoop found the base to be adequate and found it durable enough to withstand cracks and weaknesses in the plastic, where sometimes other hoops do not measure up.

For those players who love to perfect their slam dunk, or even just complete their first one, the Spalding 68564 offers a great platform for such a goal; it features an Arena Slam breakaway rim with solid steel support braces. The smooth spring associated with the rim allows for it to give way when going up for that amazing dunk or layup, and minimizes pressure on the backboard, allowing for a stronger and longer lasting product.

While this hoop has a lot of great points, one thing to consider is assembly. Many reviewers have found the assembly of this hoop to be time-consuming and difficult, with improper instructions or missing pieces. However, other found the hoop easy to assemble and did so with little help or time on their hands.  Assembly can vary, but this is just one factor to consider when purchasing the hoop that is best for your lifestyle.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • Arena Slam rim minimizes pressure on the backboard
  • 54 inch backboard offers great acrylic finish with wide range
  • Steel framed backboard provides strong support for vigorous games
  • Support pole system is coated with a rust resistant material that helps to keep the hoop lasting longer
  • Angled support pole makes tipping less likely
  • Extra-large 40 gallon base provides a solid foundation

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Easier assembly instructions would aide in the time consuming assembly process
  • Further cushioning around the backboard would aide in protection when going up for close to the basket shots
  • Padding on the support pole could be better

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Lifetime 1558 Basketball System Review

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Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System:     7.2/10

Main Features

  • 52 Inch backboard made of Makrolon polycarbonate which is super durable and strong
  • Support system features a powder coated rust resistant finish that will help the hoop last for years
  • The Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System has a 35 gallon base that can be filled with sand or water
  • Comes in at around $250 making the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball Hoop a very affordable system
  • Manufactured in the USA and comes with a five year warranty

With the seemingly countless number of basketball hoops available for sale today it can be difficult to sift through the choices to find what will work for you.  The Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System is a hoop that will likely meet the needs of those hoopers who want a low priced system that can take a beating and keep on ticking.  If you have kids or live in a tough weather environment, then the Lifetime 1558 Basketball System may make a lot of sense to pick up.

The reason we suggest this hoop for these situations is primarily due to the backboard of this Lifetime hoop.  Coming in at 52 inches it is a decent size considering how affordable the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System is.  But the Makrolon polycarbonate material that the backboard is made of really makes it suitable for rough treatment.  Polycarbonate is nearly unbreakable so even if this hoop is mistreated with rim hanging and tipping due to bad weather it should hold up.  Realize however that polycarbonate backboards are not nearly as responsive as acrylic and tempered glass backboards and will not have great performance.

On more affordable hoops like the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System an area that manufactures seem to cut corners on is the base size.  The Lifetime 1558 is no exception to this as it has a 35 gallon base.  While this will certainly keep it upright under normal playing conditions it can still be tipped if you hang on the center of the rim and in inclement weather.  Due to this we would recommend adding a couple cinder blocks and place them on top of the base to weight the basketball hoop down more.  If you want a portable basketball system with a larger base check out the Spalding 54 Inch Portable Basketball System which features a 40 gallon base.

Having double compression springs on the Lifetime 1558’s Slam-It rim is a plus.  This will allow the hoop to take mild to moderate dunking without putting too much pressure on the backboard and support system.  On the downside the springs on the rim are uncovered and thus exposed to the outdoor elements.  Often these springs are the quickest part of portable basketball hoops to rust.  If you purchase the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System be sure to put a little effort into keeping these springs dry.

A great thing about many Lifetime Basketball Hoops is that they often have an easy mechanism to adjust the height of the hoop.  The Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System is no exception to this with its action grip height adjustment mechanism.  With a simple squeeze of the hand the height of the hoop can be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet.  We would say that overall Lifetime makes the best hoops for kids to learn the game of basketball.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • The Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball Hoop is very easy to transport which makes it a good choice for families who move often
  • We like the powder coated finish on the support system that will help to keep the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System from rusting over time
  • For the price the 35 gallon base is a decent size
  • One of the few low priced hoops that has padding on the bottom of the backboard
  • The action grip height adjustment mechanism is easy to utilize and great for making the hoop kid friendly
  • 5 year limited warranty will help to make you feel even more confident when purchasing this basketball system

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • While 35 gallons is usable we would still prefer to see the base size be increased to 40 gallons
  • The three piece support pole system shakes more during use than we would like.  If you want a more stable hoop look for basketball systems with two or one piece support pole designs
  • The Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System has a more upright design which may make it more susceptible to tipping

This hoop comes in a great price point of about $250 and will be best used in a home with kids on a limited budget.  It will certainly do the job in terms of allowing players to work on their games and their shot, however, do not expect a professional hoop experience with the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball Hoop.  The system will shake when shots hit the rim and backboard.  For those wanting to go a step up on their basketball hoop please check out our reviews for the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System and the Spalding 54 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop.  These are a bit more expensive but may have some better features that you are looking for.

 

Lifetime 1529 Basketball System Review

lifetime 1529The Lifetime 1529 Courtside Base Height-Adjustable Potable Basketball Hoop is a top quality hoop that is reasonably priced while retaining many of the features that are included on higher price Lifetime models.

The Lifetime 1529 basketball hoop has a black shatter guard fusion backboard that is 50” and made of extremely durable Makrolon polycarbonate. Good luck trying to break this backboard as it can stand some serious punishment. The Lifetime 1529 basketball system’s backboard is set on a heavy duty 3 inch round speed shift pole mechanism, offering a simple system for adjusting the height of the hoop between 8 to 10 feet in six inch increments. The height adjustment system operates with ease and can be worked with one hand.

This system also has a Slam-It rim with double compression springs for a sturdy but fair bounce, with welded-steel net hooks and an all-weather nylon net. This Lifetime hoop’s rim does feel and sound like a high quality unit, and handles shots well from all over the court.  Overall, this rim is probably one of the best features of this hoop.

The base is 27 gallons and is filled with water or sand providing a stable foundation that comes with wheels for easy portability. The base does do its job, however, the plastic is somewhat cheap and may be subject to wear and tear over time. The Lifetime 1529 Courtside basketball system is in the lower price range, thus other higher price systems may provide stronger materials in some cases.

The assembly of the hoop is fairly easy, and the instructions include diagrams for the materials drawn to actual size so you can identify each necessary piece properly.  For most folks it will take about three hours to put this hoop together, and the instructions are presented more clearly than other assembly-required products. Once erected, everyone will love playing on this hoop. Lastly, if anything does go wrong Lifetime does provide a 5 year warranty on this system.

Spalding Beast Portable Hoop Review: Beast Mode

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Main Features

  • Includes a 50 gallon base that can be filled with either fluid or sand
  • Height of the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System can be easily adjusted from 7 and a half feet to 10 feet using the U-Turn Pro Lift system
  • Features a base cover with a movable handle to make moving the hoop easier and acts as a rebounder during shooting sessions
  • 60 Inch backboard is made of tempered glass and features an aluminum trim
  • Pro-image breakaway rim that is gym quality with all-weather net to handle the elements of the outdoors
  • Features a 5 inch, two-piece square support pole that is angled to minimize the chance for tipping or injury
  • Includes two vertical steel supports to enhance the stability and performance of the backboard

Spalding the Beast Portable Basketball System:   9.5/10

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The Beast features a 50 gallon base

If you are in the market for a premium portable basketball system that can take a beating and perform at a high level, then it may be time to consider picking up the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball Hoop for Your driveway or home court.  This is the top of the line portable basketball system that Spalding produces and is arguably the best portable system that money can buy.  Compared to the Spalding The Beast Basketball Hoop some less expensive portable systems from Spalding include the Spalding 54″ Portable Basketball System and the Spalding Pro Slam.

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Spalding The Beast breakaway rim

Because of the high price of this hoop it should come as no surprise that the features included on this system are immense.  One thing that is obvious is that Spalding emphasized stability when it comes to the design of the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System.  The support pole is a “beastly” 5″ square all steel pole that is angled from the back of the base to the bottom of the backboard.

The angling of the support pole is crucial to maximizing stability and limiting the possibility of the hoop tipping by spreading out the system’s weight.  The base mount includes four struts that work to stabilize the unit and to further reinforce the hoop.  The Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System offers a massive 50+ gallon base that can be filled with sand or fluid.  This is one of the largest bases we have seen on a recreational portable basketball system.  The base comes with rollers that help to make moving the Beast a cinch.

This basketball hoop has a backboard that is 60″ wide and 1/4″ thick, and is made of tempered glass.  The absolute top of the line in-ground systems feature backboards that are 1/2″ thick, however, for a portable system this backboard’s performance is superior to the competition.  Tempered glass is the costliest and highest performing backboard material available.

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The Beast features a handle at the base for easy maneuverability

The breakaway rim is high performing and can withstand monster dunks, although we would never recommend hanging from a rim on a portable basketball system as a safety precaution.  Overall, you will not notice a difference between how this rim performs and the ones found in a high school gyms around the country.

The all-weather net that comes with the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball Hoop is a standard feature on almost all outdoor basketball systems and will last for a few years before needing to be replaced.

We do wish this hoop had support pole and backboard padding.  For most homes this will not be an issue, especially due to the angled design of the support pole.  However, it may be worthwhile to pick up a support pole pad that fits this hoop if you do decid to select the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System for your home.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • Likely the most stable portable basketball hoop that money can buy
  • The wheels and base handle make moving this hoop significantly easier than other portable basketball systems
  • The 60″ tempered glass backboard is one of the most heavy duty boards we have seen on a portable basketball hoop
  • 50+ gallon base is also one of the largest available
  • The rim is awesome and plays very similar to gym quality breakaway rims
  • 5 year limited warranty will help to make you feel even more confident when purchasing this basketball system

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Padding aligning the backboard and support pole would enhance the safety of the Spalding Beast Basketball Hoop
  • The two-piece support pole system is high quality, but is not quite at the level of one-piece pole systems that are featured on the top of the line in-ground hoops like the Mammoth 98862 System
  • This is one of the most expensive portable hoops available and may be hard on your wallet

What can we say, the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System is our pick for the best portable basketball system available.  We have rated it highly due to several factors including design (angled support pole, movable wheels, base handle, etc.), features (tempered glass backboard, breakaway rim, etc.) and the overall stability of the unit.  If you are looking for a hoop that is a little less expensive, but is still of good quality we recommend you take a closer look at the Spalding 60″ Portable Basketball System.

 

 

 

Spalding Pro Slam Basketball System Review

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Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System:    7.0/10

Main Features

  • Pro slam breakaway rim lasts through heavy duty dunks
  • 54-inch acrylic backboard
  • EZ touch lift system allows hoop to be adjusted from 7.5 to 10 feet easily
  • All weather white net stands up through the elements

Spalding is a household name when it comes to many sporting goods, and basketball hoops are no exception. Spalding offers a wide variety of both portable and in ground hoops for players from beginning to advanced. Today we are going to check out one of Spalding’s many portable basketball systems, the Spalding Pro Slam portable basketball system. The Pro Slam portable basketball system is a great option for your backyard or driveway, used for recreational games and practice. The Spalding Pro Slam portable basketball system comes in at a mid-range price point, so for those just starting their basketball hobby or those not wanting to spend many bucks, this is a solid choice.

For starters, the Pro Sla system comes with a 54-inch acrylic backboard framed in steel for premium durability. Acrylic is a great choice for those who don’t want to spend the cash on tempered glass, but want more durability and quality than cheaper alternatives offer. The backboard also features a steel board pad. While this does offer greater strength of the backboard when going up for layups, this model does not have a padded board pad like some other hoops do, so take caution when going up hard for a layup or dunk, or purchase a padded board pad to add on to your hoop.

Moving onward, the Pro Slam basketball hoop system takes its name from its key feature, the solid steel Pro Slam rim. This is a breakaway rim, allowing safe dunks for the young kids to the older players. The rim measures 5/8 of an inch, and comes with an all-weather net, allowing you to feel good leaving the hoop outside through different weather conditions without the net breaking down. With both the net and the pro slam rim, basketballers of all ages can bank on their bank shots, dunks, and layups bringing the heat for a long time.

As for the lower parts of the hoop, the Pro Slam offers some various features, many quite comparable to other mid-priced hoops. It comes with a three piece angled pole that is 3.5 inches in diameter. The angling of the pole helps keep players from running into it during an intense game; however, the 3-piece aspect of the pole means that it has a higher probability of shaking and vibrating than higher end one piece poles do.

Finally, it’s the base that really makes the foundation of any basketball hoop that is portable. With a solid base, you minimize shaking, falling, and other problems. The Pro Slam portable basketball system comes with a 34-gallon base that can be filled with sand or water for extra weight. Multiple reviewers commented that when filled with water, sand, or a combination of both, they felt the hoop was very sturdy and had no problem dunking on. When not filled, the base is easily moveable with included wheels.

Overall, the Spalding Pro Slam hoop is a good choice in the mid to low priced category and as reviewers commented, not too bad to put together. Reviewers of the hoop stated the assembly time ranged from 2-4 hours on average, when doing it alone. Add in a helpful partner to aide you in putting the hoop together, and you’ll likely cut your time down even further. There were rare instances of missing defective parts, but overall this Spalding hoop comes packed as a quality product with the appropriate parts you need.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • The Pro Slam rim is a great feature on a hoop of this price, and will allow for breakaway dunks without rim issues
  • Angled pole prohibits people running into it during intense games or layups
  • Acrylic backboard is high quality and durable

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Three-piece support systems tend to be less responsive and shakier than one piece models, and a one-piece pole would offer more durability
  • A bigger plastic base would offer less risk of tipping, but more difficulty in moving

The Spalding Pro Slam portable basketball system offers a fun, portable, and easy to assemble hoop that will provide hours of enjoyment and recreation for your driveway. From the youngest players just starting out to those who have played for years, this hoop and its features will be pleasing to all. And for a lower end price, your wallet won’t be hurting after such a purchase either. Spalding is a company that has been around for years and has proven itself to be a game player in the portable basketball hoop market.

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