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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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