Silverback SB-54iG In-Ground Basketball System Review

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Silverback SB-54iG Basketball System:  9.5/10

Main Features

  • The all steel height adjustment system provides accurate adjustments ranging from 7.5′ to 10′
  • The DuPont Powder Coated pole is 4″x4″ and is made up of two pieces.  This pole works to mimic the performance of single piece pole basketball hoops
  • Escalade and their Silverback brand has been in the business of making products for home use since 1927, and because of this truly impressive feat, you can count on the highest quality basketball hoop at a decent price point
  • 2.5 Ft Overhang Increased Playing Area Under Board
  • Comes with a 54 inch tempered glass backboard: Glass backboards are the best performing backboards available
  • Mounted with 18″ that also includes Dupont powder coating which protects the pole underground from developing rust and corrosion
  • Breakaway rim provides support and stability when dunking

21EqI3K8cXLThis is our second review of a Silverback hoop, our first being the SB-60.  Today, we take a closer look at the Silverback SB-54iG in-ground basketball system.  The folks at Escalade seem to have a knack for producing great hoops and this system is no different.  The Silverback SB-54iG in-ground basketball system finds its place as the little brother to the SB-60, but that by no means indicates this hoop can’t hold up in its own right.

We like that the hoop provides 2″ of overhang clearance so that it plays more like a gym quality hoop.  This also helps to provides protection and safety making it less likely for players to hit the pole when driving to the hoop or jumping to block a shot.  Speaking of safety, the Silverback SB-54iG in-ground basketball system comes with some great features meant to keep your games safe.  Some of these features include a pole pad, which generally cost $50 to $200 on their own, as well as a backboard pad to keep you from getting hurt by hitting the bottom of the backboard with your hand when going for a layup.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • The included pole and backboard padding are a nice touch
  • We love the Dupont Powder Coating which will allow this hoop to last while its competitors begin to rust out and show wear
  • The high quality breakaway rim imitates that performance of a gym quality basketball hoop
  • While two-piece support poles are not ideal, Silverback manufactures some of the best two-piece support poles available
  • 5 year limited warranty

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • A single piece support pole is always the best option when looking to purchase a basketball system, but this option increases cost
  • For some more particular basketball lovers the backboard may come off as a bit small.  In this case we would recommend hoops with either 60″ or 72″ backboards.

The vast majority of folks looking for a great recreational quality hoop will find the Silverback SB-54iG In-ground Basketball System will certainly meet your expectations.  While the hoop is not quite on par with more expensive hoop options, it is quiet a good value for the money.  The major strength of this hoop is the safety pads that are included as well as the tempered glass backboard material.  Overall, a really nice hoop at the mid range in-ground basketball system price point.

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Nick Daniels

Nick is has been a student of the game of basketball most of his life. He loves writing about all things hoops and basketball gear.