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.
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.
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.