Lifetime 71281 In Ground Basketball Hoop: (7.5 / 10)
Lifetime makes many models, from cheap portable systems to high-end in-ground basketball units that can handle rim rocking slams. Every Lifetime hoop is built in the USA and comes with a five year warranty providing their customers with great service and support.
The backboard on the Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is 52 inches measured diagonally. This is a medium sized backboard for a recreational in-ground basketball hoop and will meet the needs of most families. It is steel framed, which enhances the stability and durability of the backboard.
Low cost home hoops like the Lifetime 71281 have a backboard that is made of a polycarbonate material. This makes the backboard durable and unlikely to break or shatter. However, polycarbonate backboards are not very responsive and do not perform particularly well during use.
The Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop features the Power Lift Height Adjustment mechanism, which makes adjusting the height of this basketball system a breeze. To adjust the height from the 7.5-10 feet range you simply grip the Power Lift system and lift up to adjust the height down or pull down to lift the height of the hoop higher. The leverage created by the Power Lift System makes it easy so you don’t need to be He-man to get the job done.
Many recreational Lifetime basketball hoops such as the 71281 have an exposed spring breakaway rim setup. This does allow for some light dunking, but we do not recommend hanging on the rim as you could cause damage to the system over time.
Exposed spring breakaway rims have springs that may rust over time due to being exposed to the elements.
Most low-end in-ground basketball hoops have a three-piece support pole and the Lifetime 71281 is no exception. It has a three-piece rounded support pole with powder coating to help protect it from rusting.
Three-piece support poles are good for recreational use but will allow for more vibration than more expensive two and one piece support pole designs.
The value basketball hoop market is dominated by Lifetime. Lifetime makes a great product for a low price that simply is hard to beat. The Lifetime 7182 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is an example of this with its Power Lift Height Adjustment feature and breakaway rim.
If you are truly serious about the game of basketball and don’t just want something to shoot a few baskets on then we suggest you spend a few more bucks on a better basketball hoop. The Lifetime 71281 is best suited for families who are just looking for a fun activity to do together.
Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop: (7.8 / 10)
We are really excited to bring you our review of the Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop. Lifetime is a company with a long history of creating good quality basketball hoops that most families can afford. The Lifetime Crank Adjust is at a price point we find appealing because it is more expensive than most low-cost value hoops, but also less expensive than the premium in-ground systems from Goalrilla and Spalding.
Due to this price point, we feel that this basketball hoop is great for homes where you have a serious basketball player, but don’t want to drop $1,000+ on a hoop. The Lifetime Crank Adjust has two backboard size options: 54 inches and 60 inches. The price of each ranges from about $700 to $800.
A strength of the Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop is that it features a tempered glass backboard on both the 54 inch and 60 inch versions. This is the best material for a backboard that money can buy. However, the tempered glass featured on this hoop is not the most thick that we’ve seen. To get an in-ground basketball hoop with a thick tempered glass backboard you’d need to be looking at a hoop such as the Goalrilla GLS. Either way, for the price we like the backboard on the Lifetime Crank Adjust Hoop.
Another component of this hoop we like is the rim. It is a quality spring loaded breakaway rim that has a cover to protect the springs from rust, and also from injuring any players attempting to dunk. While not as heavy-duty as a breakaway rim in the gym, this basket will meet the needs of the vast majority of recreational basketball hoop buyers.
The crank mechanism of the Lifetime Crank Adjust Basketball System allows owners to adjust the height of the hoop from 10 feet to 7.5 feet in infinite increments. Having a height adjustment mechanism on your hoop allows for younger players to develop proper shooting skills and mechanics so that they don’t resort to throwing the ball at the hoop. Also, lowering the hoop makes for fun activities like dunk contests. Although for this hoop we would not recommend hanging on the rim for extended periods of time due to the potential for long-term wear and damage.
The support pole is a two-piece design that does a really nice job of minimizing excessing shaking. This support pole is 4″ squared, which is a good size to support this unit. Padding also aligns the bottom of the backboard offering enhanced safety during play, however, there is no padding included for the support pole.
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What a unique hoop in terms of price and performance. We are really glad that Lifetime has decided to make a hoop like this because we feel it fills a void in the basketball hoop market. Some other basketball hoop options in a similar price range include the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System and the Silverback SB In-Ground Hoop.
Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System: (7.3 / 10)
As with all Lifetime products, their goal is to bring you a solid product of high quality that is affordable and built for long lasting use. The Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System follows suite by giving you a ton of great features at a family friendly price point. Some other hoops that the Lifetime 71799 hoop is comparable to include the Lifetime 71525 Portable Basketball Hoop and the Spalding Pro Slam Basketball System, which are both priced comparably and have many of the same characteristics as the 71799.
First, let’s take a closer look at some of the features that make the Lifetime 71799 Basketball System special. The rim on this hoop is high quality and has two compression springs to support shots and rim rocking dunks. Unfortunately, there is no cover over these springs which could leave them susceptible to rusting over time. While this is a spring loaded rim that will give when dunking, we would not recommend hanging on the rim of this hoop as it is designed more for recreational play rather than a gym quality system that is heavy-duty.
The action-grip pole for height adjusting is another fantastic innovation from Lifetime to make the game more accessible for youngsters wanting to work on their shooting skills. The six inch height adjustment increments that are available are not as specific as the infinite increments of more expensive units, but it will suffice for the majority of families.
The 71799 Lifetime Basketball Hoop also has a 50 inch backboard made of Makrolon Polycarbonate material. This material is nearly unbreakable, which is great for families with kids who like rough housing and may not always treat the hoop with dignity. On the flip side most polycarbonate backboards simply will not perform at a level even close to that of a tempered glass backboard like the one featured on the Goalsetter All-American Basketball Hoop. The backboard quality simply comes down to how much you are willing to pay for your home basketball system.
To summarize our views on the Lifetime 71799 Hoop, we feel that this system is a great choice for families who are looking for an inexpensive in-ground basketball system that can take reasonable wear and tear. However, for those who are more serious about the game and want their family members to play on top quality hoops we would suggest looking at the Goalsetter All-American or the Silverback SB-60, which are a step above in quality and price.
Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball System: (7.4 / 10)
We see Lifetime as a brand that works to bring quality basketball systems to many homes by making hoops that are a good value and in the price range of the masses (except in the case of their premium Mammoth Hoops). The Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball System continues this tradition as an in-ground unit that gives you good bang for your buck. This is a mid-level hoop in the Lifetime product line and comparable to the Lifetime 71566 Portable Basketball Hoop and the Lifetime 71522 Portable Hoop, which are in a similar price range and have similar features.
Speaking of features, let’s take a moment to dig deeper into the Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball System. The first thing you will notice is that the rim on this hoop is high quality compared to the price of this system. It comes with a double spring rim with a cover over the spring box to reduce rusting. While this is a spring loaded rim that will give when dunking, we would not recommend hanging on the rim of this hoop as it is designed more for recreational play rather than a gym quality system that is heavy-duty.
We see the most prominent feature for the Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Hoop being the Power Lift pole system. Just grip the handle and move the hoop up or down, it really is that simple. This Pro Lift set up surpasses the screw-jack system in simplicity, which is more common in higher priced hoops.
The hoop also includes a 54 inch backboard made of Makrolon Polycarbonate material. The positive of this type of material is that it is extremely durable and is much harder to break than tempered glass or acrylic. However, performance of a backboard made of this material leaves a little to be desired as it tends flex and come off as flimsy. There is also little backboard support as there are two steel attachments to the backboard which are focused on the rim. The main support pole is fairly standard and should suffice for the vast majority of homes looking for a good quality recreational hoop.
To wrap up our review of the Lifetime 71525 Hoop, we feel that this system is perfect for families who are looking for an in-ground hoop that will provide years of recreational level performance. If you are looking for a more premium in ground option we would suggest looking at the Silverback SB-54ig or the Silverback SB-60, which are a step above in quality and price.
Mammoth 98862 In-Ground Basketball Hoop: (8.5 / 10)
Are you ready to take basketball to your home at a professional level? If so you should consider purchasing the Mammoth 98862 In Ground Basketball Hoop. The Mammoth basketball system is a quality designed hoop that is made up of some great materials which will hold up even in those barn burners that come down to the final shot.
The backboard is ready for permanent installation, which means that vibrations from shots are almost not existent. This hoop’s height adjustment system is easily worked with the one handed rapid cam operating system. The adjustment range is seven and a half to the regulation ten feet. There is also a key lock system that will keep the hoop at it’s current height and minimize the chances of your hoop being vandalized.
The Lifetime Mammoth in ground models include an anti vibration/flex system and a bolt system that attaches to the concrete making transporting easier. The hoop is one hundred percent weather resistant, so it will hold up even in the cold winter months giving years of use. The powder coating on the steel components means the hoop will not rust. Excluding the backboard, the hoop itself is backed by a lifetime warranty in both the United States and Canada.
The Mammoth 98862 In-Ground System comes with a Spring Flex rim, which is prepared to handled rim rocking slams. The 5/8-inch solid-steel rim features wraparound bracing and double-compression springs that give way during dunks to protect the player, then spring back once released. The rim is also supported by 1/2-inch braces, with welded-steel net hooks and an all-weather nylon net.