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Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System Review

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Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System:  (8.9 / 10)

Main Features

  • Breakaway rim with double springs that recreates look and feel of indoor quality rim
  • Features a 2′ offset from the backboard to the support pole offering space for reverse layups
  • Comes with a ground sleeve anchor system which makes installation easier than other in-ground systems
  • 60″ tempered glass backboard that features aluminum trim to keep the board intact and performing optimally
  • U-Turn Lift setup to allow for the most minute height adjustments

Spalding has been a leader in the game of basketball for many decades and continues to set a course which many other basketball brands follow.  They arguably offer the greatest variety of basketball hoops at different price points, features, and quality.  The Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is a mid-priced hoop that finds itself positioned between less expensive portable hoops like the Pro Slam and higher-end in-ground systems like the Spalding 888 system.  So, if you want to take a step up from some of the more common value hoops but may not have the budget for a hoop that will set you back one or two grand, then the Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is likely to be right up your alley.

The value of this hoop cannot be understated.  It features a 60″ tempered glass backboard while keeping a price point under $600, a rare feat in the basketball hoop market.  Tempered glass offers the best rebounding experience when compared to backboards made of acrylic or polycarbonate.  The backboard also has a better more supportive design than what is more commonly seen with lower priced hoops.  The rim that comes with this hoop is also a step up from other systems and is more capable of handling dunks and competitive game play.  Installation of this hoop is made more simple with the ground sleeve anchor system that is included with this hoop.

We see the Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System as a good entry into the premium hoop game without some of the bells and whistles that are included with more expensive systems.  Most notably, this hoop comes with no padding on either the support pole or the backboard.  While the 2″ offset from the backboard to pole does help to keep players from getting injured, it may be worthwhile to invest in a pole pad if you decide to purchase this hoop.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • One of the best values if you are specifically looking for a backboard that is made of tempered glass.  The performance of this backboard off of rebounds will blow away other boards made of acrylic and polycarbonate
  • Two vertical steel supports make sure the hoop is stable and minimizes vibrations
  • Breakaway rim is high quality and will impress with it’s performance
  • The ground sleeve will save you from any angry out bursts that may scare your neighbors during the installation process

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • While only a concern during intense game situations, the lack of support pole and backboard padding could be an issue for safety conscious buyers
  • A 2 foot offset from the backboard to the pole is less than the 4 foot offset seen featured on more premium basketball systems

The Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is a great value that comes with features not matched by many hoops at its price point.  This characteristic is what helped drive our rating of this hoop.  We would generally recommend this hoop for families as well as those who are serious about the game of basketball and their budget.  For those wanting the features of a higher priced hoop (padding, larger backboard, etc.) we suggest looking into the Goalrilla GLR GS-I and the Spalding Arena View Hoop.


Spalding Arena View Basketball System Review

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Spalding Arena View Basketball System Review:  (9.7 / 10)

Main Features

  • Breakaway rim that is of professional quality
  • Hoop has a 4 foot offset from the support pole providing maximum space under the hoop as seen on indoor regulation hoops
  • Has a one piece 8 inch square steel support system which provides the greatest stability available
  • Comes with a ground tube anchor kit with hinging base plate to simplify assembly
  • Regulation sized 72″ steel framed acrylic or glass backboard with aluminum trim
  • U-Turn Pro lift system allows for easy and custom height adjustments ranging from 7 feet to 10 feet
  • Stadium quality padding included on the support pole and backboard for maximum safety

Wow, if you are crazy serious about the game of basketball and want to own the ultimate recreational basketball system for your home then look no further than the hoop we are reviewing today, the Spalding Arena View Basketball System.  Spalding pulled out all the stops with this premium priced hoop and it is easy to see why this beast will put you back more than two grand.  The Arena View is the top basketball hoop option from Spalding and places itself at the top of the mountain compared to some other basketball systems from Spalding such as The Beast and the 60″ portable basketball system.arena view rim

This hoop comes with many different options. Spalding offers Arena View hoops with either acrylic or tempered glass.  While acrylic will be more durable than tempered glass, we recommend the superior performing tempered glass when investing this much in a hoop as the performance simply cannot be matched.  Stability is a primary focus for the Arena View as it features Z-arms that extend from the support pole to the edges of the backboard which minimize vibrations and work to prevent the backboard from breaking.  The four foot offset between the hoop and the support pole is important to keep players safe as well as recreating the feel of playing in a gym environment.  The padding provided by the Arena View Basketball System is by far the best and most supportive of all the hoops we have reviewed.  The support pole padding extends from the bottom of the unit while high quality padding lines the bottom of the backboard.  If you put a high value on safety then you may want to take a closer look at this hoop as an option for you home.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • The Spalding Arena View Basketball System is one of the few outdoor hoops that can match up in quality to regulation gym systems.
  • We like that you have the choice between a 60″ or 72″ backboard made of either acrylic or tempered glass.  It allows the buyer to pick and choose the features that they value most.
  • Padding on this hoop is awesome and will allow parents to feel good about allowing their little ones play on this system
  • One-piece steel support poles like the one featured on the Arena View are the best option for minimizing vibrations and maximizing performance
  • The rim on this hoop is of high quality and allows for hanging on the rim during dunks and consistent bounces off the rim from three point land

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • The cost of this hoop will put it outside of the price range of many buyers
  • Installation will require three or four people and significant time due to the sheer size of this basketball system.  For most, this will be more than a one day job.

To summarize, if you are a basketball fanatic or an advanced player looking for optimum performance in a hoop then the high price tag should not scare you away.  You will get your money’s worth with the Arena View Basketball System.  However, if you want a hoop for the kids to play on or for regular recreational games then we suggest looking at hoops like the Silverback SB-60 and the Spalding Beast that are less expensive yet still provide high quality performance.