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.
Last year I reviewed the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot on BestOutdoorBasketball.net. This arcade basketball game from Sportcraft featured an Iphone App that allowed players to compete with one another across the globe. This year I’m taking a closer look at the newer 2-Player Sportcraft Arcade Basketball Hoop Game.
In this review I will breakdown the assembly process, features, and game-modes that come with this basketball arcade system.
The 2-Player Sportcraft Basketball Arcade System is the easiest full-size basketball arcade system to assemble that I’ve reviewed. You don’t need any tools or screws to put this system together. In fact, the 2-Player Sportcraft Basketball Arcade System uses pins that click together so that each piece is easily attached. You can see these pins in the picture below.
Sportcraft claims that it only takes 10 minutes to put this system together. That may be true for someone who is familiar with the system, but for me it took around 20-25 minutes. Either way, compared to the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot, which took me 2 hours, this was lightening fast.
The biggest issue I had with assembly was making sure that I didn’t assemble parts backwards, which happened on a couple occasions. Thankfully, because of the easy to use pins fixing my errors was painless and didn’t cost me much time.
The size of this arcade basketball system is noteworthy. The dimensions are 80″X 46″X 81.5″. For this basketball arcade system to fit in your room you’ll need a ceiling that is at least seven feet tall. Otherwise you risk the top of the system hitting your ceiling.
With the Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System comes two steel rims that are basic, but get the job done. Last year’s Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot rims had poor welding that let to the rims breaking over time. Hopefully, Sportcraft has fixed this issue. Time will tell, and I’ll keep you updated on how the rims hold up after more use.
Between the two rims is a digital scoreboard that keeps track of your score and the time left. There are a set of buttons that hook to the frame of the hoop that allow you to turn on the basketball system, select the game mode, time, and how many players.
Baskets are counted using plastic levers that are triggered when the ball goes through the hoop. These are pretty accurate, but may not count a basket if two balls go through the hoop one right after the other. Overall, it certainly works for the purpose of recreation.
The backboard is a simply plywood materials and nothing special. But it does a fine job to bounce the basketballs off the backboard and into the hoop with velocity.
The scoreboard is well lit so that you can see your scores and the time left.
The Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System comes with eight different game modes included. To be honest I have not played all of them because I have not had time, but I will explain each of them in detail.
This arcade basketball system is very affordable and priced in the $105 range. Compared to other similar arcade basketball systems, such as the Lifetime Double Shot, this price is a steal. Because of this if you are on a tighter budget then be sure to consider the Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System.
Back in the day most recreational basketball hoops were mounted to the garage. Nowadays it is hard to even find a hoop for sale that can be mounted in this way. Thankfully Lifetime makes the Lifetime 73650 backboard and rim combo kit for those who still prefer a wall mounted hoop.
The Lifetime 73650 is also perfect for those who are on a tight budget. At under one hundred dollars, this is a great choice for any family who simply wants to experience the game of basketball in the convenience of their own home.
The backboard on the Lifetime 71650 is 44 inches and made from a combination of both acrylic and polycarbonate components. There certainly is some vibration with this backboard due to its cheaper materials, but gets the job done if you just want to shoot baskets.
The rim is pretty nice considering the affordable price point of the Lifetime 73650. It comes with two exposed springs to offer some protection from dunks. Although the spring is helpful we do not recommend dunking on this basketball hoop as it is not designed to take heavy punishment.
One downside to the Lifetime 73650 is that it does not come with a mounting bracket. If you need a mounting bracket you will need to buy on separately, which can be found here. While we know not including the mounting bracket makes the hoop cheaper, we feel that Lifetime should just include this piece as it is important for most people who buy this hoop.
Every Lifetime basketball hoop is made in the USA, which offers an extra “feel good” bonus to your purchase. Lifetime is a great company and they make solid products all around. You can see more of our Lifetime basketball hoop reviews here.
For those who want a hoop to mount to their garage or another wall without spending a fortune, then the Lifetime 73650 is for you. While it is not perfect, it is priced right and works very well for families and others just looking to shoot some hoops.
If you would like to check out another wall mount basketball hoop then we recommend checking out the Spalding 54-Inch Backboard and Rim Combo.
One of the best days of the year is being able to take the cover off of the pool after a long winter and getting everything set up to have family and friends over for awesome summer get togethers.
If you are basketball buff and a pool owner then a great way to entertain your family or guests is to invest in a pool basketball hoop.
Pool basketball hoops provide hours of fun while allowing you to remain cool in the hot summer weather.
With so many pool basketball hoops available to buy it can be overwhelming deciding on which hoop is right for your pool. That is why we have compiled our top five pool basketball hoops so that you can get a great hoop on any budget. Whether you plan to spend $20 or $200, there are great options that offer loads of fun.
Our first entry in the cheap pool basketball hoop list is the Coop SwimWays Hydro Spring Basketball Hoop.
Coming in under $25 this is great pool basketball hoop for those who just want to have a hoop to play with in the pool and are not looking for a full-size basketball experience.
The Coop SwimWays Hydro Spring Basketball Hoop is inflated so that it floats on top of the water allowing you to shoot from anywhere in the pool.
The Length, width, and height of this pool basketball hoop is 24.4″ x 24.4″ x 20.47″. Basketball and carry bag are included.
Stumptown Sportz has created a great inflatable pool basketball hoop that is a level up from the Coop Swimways Hoop we reviewed above.
The Stumptown Sportz Inflatable Pool Basketball Hoop is 44 inches tall and 40 inches wide, making it a good size. It is inflatable as well and will sit on top of the water while in use.
The Stumptown Sportz Inflatable Pool Basketball Hoop also comes with a lot of extras including two mini basketballs, an air pump with needles, and a carry pouch.
At around $40, the Stumptown Sportz Inflatable Pool Basketball Hoop is more expensive than the Coop Swimways, but you do get a lot more for your money. Overall, you can’t go wrong with this hoop.
Our most expensive pool basketball hoop on the cheap list is the Poolmaster Pro Rebounder. This hoop is right under the $100 mark and perfect for those who want to spend a little more money for a better hooping experience.
The Poolmaster is the first pool basketball hoop on our list that is not inflatable. It actually has a fill base that you fill with water or sand and place on the deck or cement on the side of your pool. If you don’t have a deck or other level area around your pool then this hoop will likely not work.
We consider the Poolmaster Rebounder Pro Pool Basketball Hoop to be the first “real” pool basketball hoop on our list and if you have a little extra to spend it is well worth the price.
Our first entry into the high(er)-end of pool basketball hoops is the Dunnrite PoolSport Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop.
This pool basketball hoop has a water fill base that attaches directly to the backboard. The fill base helps to keep the hoop stable and upright, but we do not recommend dunking on the Dunnrite as it could still tip and cause injury.
On the plus side, the Dunnrite is the first pool basketball hoop entry that has a full size rim. This allows you to use real basketballs in the pool if you choose.
The bottom line is that the Dunnrite Pool Basketball Hoop is a great choice if you want a real basketball experience in your pool without breaking the bank.
We have reviewed many Lifetime basketball hoops on bestbasketballhoops.org over the years. For those that are unfamiliar, Lifetime is a popular manufacturer of recreational basketball hoops that are generally friendly on your wallet.
The Lifetime 1301 Pool Side Basketball System continues this tradition as it costs right around the $150 mark as of this writing.
With the Lifetime 1301 you get a 44 inch backboard and a height adjustment mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of the Lifetime 1301 from 4 feet to 6.5 feet. This makes it a more versatile choice than some of the other pool basketball hoops on this list.
Lifetime also used a rust resistant coating on the metal pieces to help ensure a long lifespan for this basketball hoop. This along with the other features makes the Lifetime 1301 Pool Basketball System a great choice for any pool owner.
Our second entry from Dunnrite is the Splash and Shoot Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop.
This hoop is a more expensive alternative to the Dunnrite Pool Sport is full of features and quality components.
The Splash and Shoot features a 43 inch by 28.5 inch polycarbonate backboard that will not break. It also has a telescoping pole that allows you to adjust the height of the hoop so that it will be a perfect fit in your specific pool setup.
When filled with water the Dunnrite Splash and Shoot weighs in at 200 pounds making it a secure pool basketball hoop.
If you play a lot of basketball outside during the warm months of the year then you know how much a crappy outdoor basketball can take away from a shooting session. Cheap outdoor basketballs tend to be made of rubber which is hard material when inflated. Rubber basketballs also have a tendency to warp over time, which leads to off center bounces.
With summer fast approaching we’ve decided to do some research and give you our picks for the five best outdoor basketballs. This way when you go to the courts you know you’ve got one of the best outdoor basketballs that money can buy.
Each of the basketballs listed below are technically categorized as indoor/outdoor basketballs. For this article any basketball that can be used outdoors is considered an outdoor basketball.
At the top of our list of the five best outdoor basketball is the Spalding Replica Game Basketball. This basketball has received a lot of positive feedback from other review sites as well, and there are plenty of reasons why this basketball is considered one of the best.
First off, the feel of the Spalding Replica is different than any other indoor/outdoor basketball that we’ve used. It is softer and more closely mimics the feel of an indoor basketball.
Due to the extra soft cover of the Spalding Replica the feel of this basketball exceeds many other outdoor basketballs. Also of note is that the Spalding Replica has a very consistent bounce, which is another characteristic not seen in other outdoor basketballs.
Coming in at a price of around $30, the Spalding Replica Game Basketball is affordable. With this combination of quality and affordability, the Spalding Replica Game Basketball finds itself as one of the best outdoor basketballs that one can buy.
Under Armour is the new kid on the block when it comes to basketballs and basketball apparel. UA really hit the scene when Steph Curry ascended into basketball superstardom while wearing Under Armour sneakers.
Within the last few years Under Armour has unveiled several basketballs that are meant for indoor and outdoor use.
The best of the bunch when it comes to Under Armour basketballs is the UA 495 with “Gripskin”.
While we don’t know much about gripskin, we can say that the Under Armour 495 performs well. It does seem to be quite similar to many Spalding basketballs in terms of the feel of the cover.
The channel design of the UA 495 is fairly traditional. They are not too deep or wide, which will probably make this outdoor basketball better for basketball purists.
The price of the UA 495 is similar to the Spalding Replica Game Basketball. While we prefer the Spalding Replica, if you are a fan of Under Armour, or do not care for Spalding products then the 495 will likely be your best choice.
My favorite basketball growing up was the old Spalding TF-1000 indoor basketball. The composite cover on the ball was the softest and it felt great in my hands.
Spalding has continued the tradition of the TF line of basketballs with the indoor/outdoor Spalding TF-500. This basketball brings the quality of the TF-1000 to the playground.
Compared to the TF-1000, the TF-500 has a more durable cover. This also means that the cover on the TF-500 is not as soft as the one found on the TF-1000.
Having used this basketball recently I can say with confidence that it performs very well. The Spalding TF-500 bounces consistently and feels good in your hands.
Baden may be a name that you are not familiar with, but you should be. Baden makes some really good basketballs that are worth you consideration if you are looking to buy a new outdoor basketball.
Their Baden Contender basketball makes our list due to several factors. First, the cover of this basketball is consistent and durable. It may not be the softest, but the cover is made from high quality composite and will last.
The bladder of the Contender is also a strength as this basketball holds air well and will not give any weird bounces. This is one of the most consistent performing outdoor basketballs that can be purchased.
We also like that the air valve for the Contender is recessed so that only the actual hole is visible. This works to eliminate any weird bounces that can sometimes happen when the ball valve hits the ground during a dribble.
Want an outdoor basketball with maximum grip? Then look no further than the Wilson Wave. This basketball actually has extra grip channels that run the entire cover of the basketball. Combine this with deep and extra wide channels and you have an outdoor basketball unlike any other.
I must say that playing with the Wilson Wave is unlike any basketball I’ve experienced.
These extra channels can also make shooting with increased rotation easier.
On the flip side, using the Wilson Wave does take some getting used to as it just feels different compared to other basketballs. Personally, I prefer a more traditional channel design to the radically numerous and wide channels found on the Wilson Wave.
The final basketball to make our list is the Adidas All-Court Basketball.
While Adidas does make basketball shoes and apparel, many do not even know that Adidas makes a basketball. But they do, and it is actually a pretty darn good one.
The All-Court features a cover that is soft but durable. You will be able to get a good feel for this basketball and most will like how it performs.
The only downside to the Adidas All-Court is that it does have some off center bounces. While rare, it can still effect your dribbling.
When buying an outdoor basketball, you can expect that it won’t last as long as a properly cared for indoor basketball. This is because outdoor basketballs are put through a lot more beatings due to being used on asphalt, cement, and even gravel.
But just because you will use your outdoor basketball on many different surfaces doesn’t mean that it can’t last for several years with a few simple steps to prolong your basketball’s life.
Sure, outdoor basketballs can be used on gravel, but we would recommend avoiding doing so if possible. Gravel is a very uneven and rough surface which can warp the badder of a basketball if consistently used on this surface.
Aim to use your outdoor basketball on either cement or asphalt when outdoors.
When using a basketball outdoors things like little pebbles and other debris can easily get stuck in the channels. By rinsing the basketball off after use it ensures that this debris is washed away and doesn’t create permanent damage to the ball.
There is nothing more damaging to a basketball than allowing it to go flat repeatedly. This puts strain on the bladder of the basketball and leads to warping. Be sure to inflate your basketball regularly so that you can avoid these complications.
Assembly (7 / 10)
Rim (8 / 10)
Backboard (8.5 / 10)
Fill Base (10 / 10)
Support Pole (7 / 10)
Overall (8.5 / 10)
Being that I review basketballs, basketball hoops, and other basketball-related products for a living it goes without saying that I take the game seriously. So, when it was time for me to pick up a basketball hoop for my home you can bet I did a fair amount of research.
At the end of the day I ended up buying the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop. In this review I am going to give you insights on why I picked the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop, tips for installation, and my commentary on how this basketball system performs.
Given that I review and research basketball hoops regularly it is fair to ask why I went with this hoop. Going into the buying process I knew I wanted a portable basketball hoop. That alone eliminated all the in-ground basketball hoops that are available for sale.
Next was deciding which portable basketball hoop was right for me and my needs. I went about checking out some portable basketball hoops at the local sports store and at the end of the day it came down to either the Silverback NXT and the Spalding Hybrid. I went with the Spalding because the reviews of those who purchased were exceedingly positive (except for one purchaser), and the Spalding Hybrid has more bulk and heavy-duty features when compared to the NXT.
Lastly, I like the idea of the hybrid base. While it may seem like a gimmick at first, I’ve read many stories of hoop owners who have bases that have leaked over time basically making the hoop useless. With the hybrid base I can always add as much sand as I need even if a leak develops in the future.
I received my Spalding Hybrid Basketball Hoop via home delivery and the guys delivering were nice enough to place the hoop in my garage so that I could begin the assembly process.
When I initially pulled out all the parts and materials I was a bit overwhelmed. Admittedly, I am not the most handy individual, but have improved over the last few years.
Assembly was certainly time consuming but not overly difficult. I will say that you will need at least two people to assemble this hoop. There were probably 3-5 instances where I needed the extra help during assembly, so for the most part you can do it on your own, but some steps will be impossible without the extra hands.
Some of these steps where extra help will be needed include when you fit the three support pole pieces to each other, attaching the backboard to the support braces, and when you install the screw jack lift system.
I do not have an exact time frame for how long the Spalding Hybrid Portable Hoop takes to assemble because I did it over the course of two days. However, I’d say that if you are reasonably handy like me (certainly not exceptional) and don’t make some of the boneheaded mistakes I made, then you should be hooping in no more than four hours.
Having gone through the assembly process with the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball System I have a few tips to use to make your assembly process as painless as possible.
Now that I’ve gone over the good and bad points of the assembly process let’s get into the meat of this review. This includes how the Spalding Hybrid performs, both good and bad. I’ve used the hoop several times now and feel confident that I can offer anyone considering buying this hoop a good idea of what they will get with their purchase.
Overall I’ve been impressed with the rim quality on the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop. I will be the first to admit that the rim on this hoop is not up to par with a gym quality breakaway rim, but you should not expect this when spending $500-$700 on a hoop. If you do have this expectation then I suggest seriously considering a top of the line in-ground basketball hoop that generally start in the $1500 price range.
When shooting the rim performs best on shots that hit the back of the rim, which makes sense because this is closer to where the rim connects to backboard. Shots that hit the front of the rim tend to make the rim perform in a more flimsy manner. Performance on shots as a whole has been slightly better than I expected.
A common question I get is if the rim can handle dunking. I would not recommend hanging on this rim, especially from the front for fear of damaging the rim or potentially tipping the hoop. It can likely handle some dunking but it will probably shorten the life of your hoop if you dunk on it regularly.
That being said the rim on the Spalding Hybrid impresses me when considering the cost. I certainly feel like it meets my needs and will meet the needs of most families.
Spalding offers several different backboard models for the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop. These include 54 inch and 60 inch acrylic backboards which are good mid level backboards. On the expensive end there is a 54 inch tempered glass backboard version that will cost you a couple hundred dollars more.
I picked up the cheapest option, the 54 inch acrylic backboard. I must say that the backboard has surpassed my expectations. The ball comes off the backboard with velocity, with bank shots and layups performing in a similar fashion to tempered glass backboards.
The only thing I will say is that with a 54 inch backboard you don’t have as much room to operate when executing a reverse layup. Sometimes the ball will hit the side of the backboard on the 54 inch version, when on a larger backboard the ball could very well end up in the hoop.
However, this is a small price to pay. If you feel like that would bother you then consider moving up to the 60 inch acrylic backboard. With the quality of the acrylic backboard I don’t see it being worth the extra $200 for the 54 inch tempered glass version.
Most fill bases found on portable basketball hoops are only filled with water. These can range in size from 25 gallons all the way up to 60 gallons for the Spalding Beast Portable Basketball Hoop.
The Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball System really changed the game in terms of the fill base. On the Spalding Hybrid you have two main compartments. The first compartment is the actual base and can be filled with up to 19 gallons of water. The second compartment is actually a space that has been “cut out” of the base so that you can put up to four 50 pound bags of play sand in the base.
At first this didn’t seem like a big deal to me. But now I see the advantages. Most portable basketball hoops are hard to move when the base is full of water. This means you have to empty the base somewhat to be able to transport your hoop to another location.
With the Spalding Hybrid Hoop you only need to remove the bags of sand and the hoop can be moved with the 19 gallons of water still in the base. Having this options makes the Spalding Hybrid more versatile than most other portable hoops.
Featured on the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop is a three piece support pole. Three piece means that there are literally three pieces that are attached together to make the support pole system. Three piece support poles are found on most portable basketball systems.
In fact, I believe the Spalding Beast is the only portable basketball system that has a two-piece support pole. For those who are wondering, one-piece support poles are the best, but they are only found on higher-end in-ground hoops.
I must say that going into the purchase I thought that the three-piece support pole would be the cause of a lot of vibrations with the hoop. Thankfully I’ve found that my worries were unfounded. For having the cheapest support pole design the Spalding Hybrid is a durable basketball system.
Hopefully this review has given you a thorough idea of what it is like to assemble and use the Spalding Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop. I’m really glad I bought this hoop and I am satisfied with the performance.
As I mentioned earlier, I would not spend the extra money for the tempered glass version. I just can’t imagine it making a big enough difference. Not only that but tempered glass is much more likely to break.
Ryval C660 In-Ground Basketball Hoop: (9.5 / 10)
Ryval is quickly building a name for itself in the premium in-ground basketball hoop arena.
We have previously reviewed the C872 model produced by Ryval and found it to be one of the best in-ground basketball hoops that money can buy. Today, we are looking at the C872 little brother, the Ryval C660. But don’t be fooled into thinking this slightly smaller Ryval hoop model doesn’t live up to the performance standard of the larger Ryval hoop. The Ryval C660 is a formidable in-ground hoop in its own right.
The only significant difference between the C872 and the C660 is the size of the backboard. The Ryval C872 features a 60 inch backboard, while the C872 has a 72 inch backboard. But here is the thing, the C660’s 60 inch backboard comes with the same 1/2 inch thickness as the C872, so while smaller, the Ryval C660’s backboard performs just like its larger counterpart.
With a thick tempered glass backboard the Ryval C660 performs just like a gym quality backboard when missed shots come off for rebounding.
Among many other strengths this hoop has the height adjustment is among the most robust. The C660’s height adjusts from 5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments. This allows for young hoopers building their strength to develop proper shooting mechanics.
Speaking of young hoopers, Ryval shows a commitment to safety by including heavy duty padding on the C660 model. Padding can be found completely covering much of the support pole and lining the bottom of the backboard. This coupled with the 3 feet of overhang from rim to the support pole makes this a safer hoop than most.
When it comes to support poles Ryval has it figured out. The absolute best support poles found on recreational basketball hoops are all one-piece. This means that the support pole is a single piece of steel, rather two or three pieces that have to be bolted together, which are found on lower quality hoops.
Having a single piece support pole on your basketball hoop makes it more stable during play. You won’t see the hoop vibrate violently and will handle pretty much all you can dish out with relative ease.
When it comes to the rim on the Ryval C660 you can expect gym quality performance. This means the rim on this hoop will not be too stiff or floppy, providing a great feel when the ball hits the rim. Also, for those wanting to dunk on this hoop the Ryval C660’s rim will be able to take your high flying dunks without issue. This is not something we say for many other hoops we review.
Ryval continues to impress us here at BestBasketballHoops.org. Their hoops are getting rave reviews from customers and the features found on their hoops are unparalleled. Not only are they making quality hoops, but they continue to expand their product lines so that there are more hoops to fit varying budgets.
For most the Ryval C660 is probably a bit more than you need. The C660 is a premium quality in-ground basketball hoop that has a premium price tag.
However, if you are serious about the game or have a child who really wants to commit themselves to the game, then the Ryval C660 is a great option. Rest assured it will not disappoint.
While the Ryval C660 has many great features, there are other similar hoops to consider if you are in the market to buy a hoop. Some other great in-ground hoop options include the Ryval C872, Lifetime Mammoth, and Goalrilla GS-I.
Ryval C872 In-Ground Basketball Hoop: (9.8 / 10)
These days there are many different quality high-end basketball manufacturers to choose from. Some brands are well known like Spalding, Goalrilla, and Lifetime, while others are up and comers such as Hoopstar, Pro Dunk, Goalsetter, and the brand behind the C872, Ryval.
Any review of the Ryval C872 starts with its 72 inch tempered glass backboard that is 1/2 inch thick. This is truly a regulation sized board with the same quality as those found in collegiate gymnasiums.
Due to the quality of the backboard, the Ryval C872’s rebounding performance is spectacular. The basketball comes off the backboard with force and consistency.
Safety is another strength of the Ryval C872. Covering both the anchor base and support pole is heavy-duty padding that comes included with the basketball system. Quality padding also aligns the bottom of the backboard to protect players’ hands and heads.
Height adjustment on the C872 is controlled with the 2 FX Life Assist Cylinders that allow you to raise or lower the hoop from 5 feet to the regulation 10 feet. This is great for families with growing children who will be able to use proper mechanics on a lowered hoop as they build strength.
The rim on the Ryval C872 is also top of the line. It features one horizontal spring and two vertical springs to offer maximum weight support that can handle rim rattling dunks. The springs are covered which works to minimize wear and rusting that can happen to rims exposed to the outdoor elements. When shots hit the rim it performs beautifully, remaining stable without being too rigid like double ring hoops you may remember from the playground.
Make no mistake that this basketball hoop is a behemoth, and as such takes a lot of effort to assemble. If you buy this hoop please plan to have at least three people for the job. For those who are not handy consider hiring a company to do the installation for you. It will save you a lot of headaches in the end.
With the increasing number of basketball hoop brands that are focused on building high-end in-ground basketball hoops it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Ryval has done this with the C872 due to the galvanized parts and awesome safety features that comes standard with this hoop.
If you are serious about the game of basketball, or have a child who has a passion for the game, then it may be time to consider investing in their basketball future by picking up a high-end hoop that will last for years and years. The Ryval C872 is a great choice and would make a fine addition to your driveway or court.
Alright guys, one of the most popular things I get asked about is how to improve your vertical jump in the hopes of being able to dunk. The truth is that we all want to be like our NBA heroes who seem to defy gravity as they levitate through the air with ease. Don’t you want to do that? Well, I know I do.
While you may want to dunk, not all of us can or will. There are several players in the NBA who can’t dunk right now, so dunking is not a must have skill to play at the highest level. At the same time having as high of a vertical jump as you possibly can help your game tremendously as you’ll be able to get more shots off over the extended arms of defenders.
Whether you can touch the rim and want to take your vertical to the next level so you can dunk, or if you just want a better vertical to improve your game the answer may lie in the Vert Shock Program.
Vert Shock is a vertical jumping program that was created by Adam Folker, a former division I collegiate basketball player who now plays professional basketball overseas. The focus of the Vert Shock program is to use plyometric workouts at 100% explosive effort to build your fast twitch muscles fibers and optimize your central nervous system for jumping.
What is nice about the workouts in Vert Shock is that they can be done within the comfort of your home and do not require you go to a gym. What is most important is that you do the workouts faithfully and totally commit to the 8 week long program.
There are plenty of testimonials on YouTube that show the positive results that users of the Vert Shock program have achieved. While I’m always a bit weary of testimonials in general, I think you’ll find that the majority of these testimonials for Vert Shock appear authentic.
Here is one in particular that I feel is genuine.
You can definitely tell it is the same guy. While there is no way to be 100% sure he wasn’t dogging it on the first part of video it does look like he was giving full effort.
As I mentioned previously, Vert Shock was created by Adam Folker as a way for anyone to improve their vertical jumping ability by up to 9 to 15 inches. Within the program there are three main sections: Pre-Shock, Shock, and Post-Shock. Each of these phases has a specific goal and purpose all of which are designed to help you reach your vertical jumping goals.
There are also some valuable bonus materials that Adam includes in your Vert Shock purchase, which include articles on things that can hurt your vertical, as well as an advanced vertical training workout sheet that can be used after you complete the 8-week Vert Shock program. FYI, the advanced vertical training workout does require gym equipment and you’ll likely need to go to the gym to perform the exercises. For most the core Vert Shock program will suffice.
The Pre-Shock phase of Vert Shock really gets things going as you’ll be doing many of the exercises that you’ll get familiar with over the 8-week period. The goal of Pre-Shock is to begin building your fast-twitch muscle fibers while minimizing the risk of injury while your body adapts to the volume of jumping and explosive movements.
Another goal of the Pre-Shock phase is to build your core, which if yours has been neglected will be an important factor in creating a higher vertical jump. You will be working out six of seven days during the Pre-Shock phase of Vert Shock.
After this week you may find that you have added a couple inches to your vertical, which is pretty damn cool for just one week of work.
Welcome to the bulk of the Vert Shock program. The Shock phase consists of 6 weeks of workouts that follow a consistent format. Generally you’ll have 4 to 5 days of working out and 2 to 3 days of recovery and rest. To see optimum results you should follow the program specifically and do not workout on your recovery days. Sore and fatigued muscles require rest so that they can rebuild and become stronger.
We have found that the main focus of the plyometric exercises is to do each one with maximum explosiveness. Go 100% each time. This is why the Vert Shock program gives you ample rest between sets. They want you to be fully recovered so you can give the next set everything you got.
At the beginning, 4th week, and 8th week you will do a vertical test to see your results. We recommend not testing it more than this or you may become discouraged if you don’t see the results that you are hoping for immediately.
The final phase of the Vert Shock program is the Post-Shock phase. This phase is pretty freaking intense as you will work out 6 of 7 days during the 1 week phase period. By this point you should be much stronger in your core and lower body after having completed 7 weeks of Vert Shock.
Post-Shock will max you out so that once you get a chance to recover you will see the maximum amount of increase in your vertical possible.
As part of the Vert Shock program you get a maintenance program that you do once a week after you have finished the Vert Shock program. This maintenance program will help you keep your vertical jumping gains over the long-term so that you don’t lose what you worked hard to get.
You’ll also get short articles or “ebooks” on things that hurt your vertical jump, five secrets to jumping higher, and a nutrition tips sheet. Nutrition in particular is an often overlooked factor in maximizing athletic performance, but it should be in the forefront of your mind as you progress through Vert Shock.
Probably the most valuable extra included in the Vert Shock program is the Complex Training Techniques “Ebook”. This workout program offers vertical training technique using weights, and is best utilized after you’ve completed the 8 week Vert Shock course. Having these complex training techniques allow you to go even further with your vertical training once you are done with the Vert Shock program.
Overall, Vert Shock is a valuable tool for anyone looking to increase their vertical. The exercises and workouts are logically setup and work the muscle groups most needed in maximizing your jumping power.
Being that this is the question asked in the title of this article we feel we should address this thoroughly. Vert Shock is not a scam. It is a legit plyometric program that is designed to enhance your jumping. If you do the program with maximum effort you will no doubt see improvements in your vertical jump.
That being said some of Vert Shock’s marketing and claims in their advertisements may be a bit over the top. Not everyone who uses Vert Shock will be able to dunk. The truth is that we all have different athletic limits and abilities. For example, two people could both have a 20 inch vertical at the beginning of the program. At the end one of Vert Shock, one participant’s vertical may have grown 15 inches and they can now jump 35 inches in the air. On the flip side, the other participant may only gain 5 inches and now has a 25 inch vertical. The first participant can now dunk, while the second participant can only touch the rim.
Our point here is that genetics matter. Work hard and you will certainly see improvement, but don’t expect to be doing 360 jams and you’ll be less likely to be disappointed. By increasing your vertical you will increase your performance on the court, period. You’ll be more explosive and a better finisher when driving to the hoop, dunking or not.
The original price of Vert Shock was $200, which we feel is a bit expensive. Thankfully, this price has been dropped to the much more reasonable $67. At this price almost anyone who wants a quality program to improve their vertical jumping can afford to get Vert Shock.
We don’t have many bad things to say about Vert Shock. We understand the concerns about it being a scam, but thankfully those are unfounded. If you are on the fence about purchasing the program and want to increase your vertical, we say go for it. You’ll no doubt improve your game. And for those who can touch the rim, but can’t dunk, the Vert Shock program will more than likely get you dunking in 8 weeks.
Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop: (8.8 / 10)
The vast majority of portable basketball systems for sale are made by two companies: Lifetime and Spalding. Both of these companies make quality hoops, but it does somewhat limit the variety of basketball hoops that are available to buy. With that said it is encouraging to see Silverback, who specializes in in-ground basketball hoops, jump into the portable basketball hoop market with the Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop.
Another reason we are excited about the Silverback NXT is the numerous unique features that it has not found on any other portable basketball system we’ve seen to date. The most visually obvious of these features is the backboard. The Silverback NXT features what Escalade Sports calls an “infinity backboard”.
Most backboards have a metal frame that the backboard attaches to. In the case of the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop the backboard does not attach to a metal frame and instead wraps around at a ninety degree angle via a technique called flanging. Flanging makes the material stronger and more stable. At each of the four corners of the backboard it attaches to the support system.
Lastly, the infinity backboard just looks freaking cooler than most other backboards out there. The infinity design gives the hoop a clean and sleek look due to the absence of the metal frame.
The Silverback NXT Portable Hoop also has an exclusively designed ErgoMove base. This base has two large wheels made to make transporting the hoop easier. There are also two hand grips on the sides of the base so that you can easily get a stable grip when moving.
Beneath the fill base there are two metal bars that run the length of the base reinforcing the hoop structure and offering enhanced stability. No other portable basketball hoop that we know has this feature on their base.
One of the biggest pain points when it comes to recreational basketball hoops is the amount of time and effort assembly can take. Often times assembly requires several hours and several people to put together a hoop, which is then further complicated by directions that are lacking in clarity.
Thankfully, the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop has you covered if you don’t want to spend hours upon hours assembling. Silverback states that their NXT hoop only takes 90 minutes to assemble, but there have been some buyers that claim it took them longer despite being fairly handy. Either way, this portable basketball hoop should take you less time to put together than most others.
As for the rim on the Silverback NXT it is a pretty simple one spring setup. The spring is exposed to the elements so rust could be a concern over time. However, the bounce and strength of the rim is impressive. We recommend that if possible to bring the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop inside for storage during the winter months.
This portable basketball hoop’s height is adjustable from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in increments of six inches. The actual adjustment range is pretty standard among portable basketball hoops, but many other similarly priced hoops can be adjusted in infinite increments.
The biggest downside to this hoop is the price. The 50 inch version of the NXT will run you about $500, while the 54 inch version will set you back an estimated $600. This is in the mid-range of hoop prices and there are some other basketball hoops at this price that we’d consider a better value.
No doubt that the Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop brings something unique to the table that no other portable basketball hoop can match. We hope to see more portable basketball hoops from Silverback in the future because we feel they can add variety and force other hoop manufacturers to step up their game as well. We wish the pricing of the NXT was more competitive when you consider at the same price you can get a Spalding 60 Inch Acrylic Portable Basketball System.