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Hidden Costs of Portable Basketball Hoops

Uncover the hidden costs of owning a portable basketball hoop before making your purchase

  1. First Year
    1. Plastic base cracks
      • Somebody steps on it
      • The water inside freezes and expands
      • UV makes the plastic brittle
      • Car runs over it
    2. The water leaks out
    3. The portable basketball hoop falls over
      • Totals the basketball hoop
      • $$ Damages a vehicle
      • Hurts unsuspecting players
    4. $$ You buy a new rim and backboard and assemble it.
    5. You put solid weight on the back since base will not hold water any longer.

  2. Second Year
    1. Backboard breaks Your children attempt a half-court bank shot on a UV dmaged plastic backboard that’s brittle and break it.
    2. $$ You buy a new backboard and assemble it

  3. Third Year
    1. Adjustment Mechanism & Rim Wears Out Leaving you with a basketball system that will not adjust and a rim that clings on for dear life.
    2. Parts Unavailable Manufacuter has discontinued your model and does not have replacement parts available.
    3. $$ Upgrade To In-Ground You buy a nice in-ground system to replace your portable basketball hoop .. like you should have done in the first place three years ago.

I’ve seen enough. Let’s do this right the first time.

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The adjustable basketball hoop made for everybody that will last a lifetime

I’m still interested in a portable basketball hoop. Where should I go?

Top manufacturers: Spalding, Lifetime

Top Retailers: Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Academy, Sports Authority, Dunhams, Sports Chalet

Performance and Durability vs In-Ground

The overacrching theme here is weight. Heavier equipment is more durable delivering superior performance. Portable basketball hoops are limited because every pound added to the system must be accounted for in the counter balance weighted base. In-ground systems are not hampered by this restriction allowing for heavier materials.

Thin Plastic Backboard

Portable backboards are usually made of thin plastic materials like polycarbonate, polyetholene and acrylic. Plastics give a dead rebound, weather poorly and can become brittle and crack over time. In-ground basketball goals will use thicker, heaver tempered glass which is what’s used in gyms. It’s also the same material used in your car’s winshield. Glass will hold up to the elements staying crystal clear for the life of the basketball system.

Weak Rim

Most portable basketball hoops try to make their rim as light as possible. Light rims do not hold up over time and do not perform like gymnasium rims giving you what’s called a soft bounce.

Not Level

Levelness of the rim and backboard is dictated by the surface the portable basketball hoop is sitting on. There is no adjustment for levelness on the system itself. It’s extremely likely a portable hoop will not be level front to back or left to right.

Stability

The lighter materials used for the backboard, rim, pole and extension arm create a playing experience that’s far from gym quality and more importantly do not hold up well over time.

To get the same level of performance as an in-ground system you'd have to spend $4,000.00 or more on a portable hoop

Big Footprint Required

Many think portables are for small areas when in reality they take up much more space then in in-ground basketball goal. The plastic base takes up a large area that likely could be used as part of your playing area. They also get in the way of cars and foot traffic.

Not Really Portable

How often do you think you’re going to want to spend 20 minutes to move the hoop into place and fill up the base with water? In reality, it doesn’t happen very often. The portable basketball hoop becomes a permannent fixture in your driveway.

Bolt-down in-ground systems are semi-portable allowing you to take the hoop to your new home or move it to a new location.

HOA Approval

Many Home Owner Associations require portable basketball goals that can only be out when being played on. What a lot of people do not realize is that a simple request is all that’s required to be allowed to install an in-ground system that looks better in the long run anyways.

Not As Adjustable As You think

Adjustable no lower than seven feet

Young children can really benefit from having the system go below seven feet. This allows them to work on technique early and dunk like their big brother or sister.

Adjustable In Increments

Many portable basketball hoops require you to take the whole system down remove pins and slide the pole up and down in six inch increments. Adjustment is so difficult that usually parents will have to do it.

Think Twice About Dunking & Hanging

The biggest benefit of an adustable hoop is that you can dunk on it just like the pros. Portable systems are usually not heavy-duty enough and do not have enough ballast for this type of play.

I’ve seen enough. Let’s do this right the first time.

Discover Pro Dunk
The adjustable basketball hoop made for everybody that will last a lifetime

I’m still interested in a portable basketball hoop. Where should I go?

Top manufacturers: Spalding, Lifetime

Top Retailers: Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Academy, Sports Authority, Dunhams, Sports Chalet

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