Sturdy, small footprint, adjustable, overhang, price
A Portable type Basketball hoop that is actually inground, backboard size and thickness, pole design, size, and shape, cement installation. Problems with installation. Maybe a little wobbly.
The Lifetime 71799 is an entry-level model that features a 50 inch backboard that can be adjusted from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6 inch increments. The rim has double compression springs to allow for dunking. The pole comes in 3 sections with a diameter of 3.5 inches. The backboard is made out of Makrolon, which is a strong form of polycarbonate. A UV coating has been applied in order to prevent yellowing. The hoop adjusts with the use of a handle. The 71799 is backed by a 5-year warranty. Dimensions: 54 x 34 x 6 inches ; 88 pounds.
What To Like
- Sturdy. The main benefit of installing an in-ground basketball hoop is stability. Basketball enthusiasts love this, as not only does it look more professional, but you don’t have to worry about it moving during play. The hoop in general will be more rigid and durable compared to similar portable models.
- Small footprint. While portable models in this price range are small as well, the difference is that they have a base that takes up more space. Of course, an in-ground model doesn’t have this.
- Adjustable. With height adjustment down to 7.5 feet, children can benefit from shooting on a lower hoop. They can also have fun dunking if they are old enough. The adjustment is very easy, it’s simply a matter of grabbing the handle and moving it up or down.
- Overhang. Because it has no base, this model allows for play underneath the hoop. You also don’t have to worry as much about bumping into the pole. In general, it allows for more realistic play.
- Polycarbonate backboard. This material is pretty strong, and should hold up long-term. I wouldn’t recommend adults dunking and hanging on the rim though.
- Price. For just under $250, the Lifetime 71799 is priced very affordable.
What Not To Like
- Not portable. The downside with an in-ground model is that it can’t be moved around like a portable model could. You can’t remove it unless you dig up the concrete.
- Backboard size & thickness. While 50″ is respectable, it’s still small for a backboard. The bigger the backboard, the better. 54″ is the minimum I look for. 50″ is too small for a 2-car driveway. The backboard is also thin and therefore not as rigid.
- Pole design, size, and shape. This pole comes in sections of 3, which is fine for casual players. But it’s not going to be as strong as one pole. The square poles are better because they are more stable. The size is 3.5 inches, which once again makes it less rigid.
- Adjustable in increments. Some of the more expensive models allow for infinite adjustment. This means that you can make micro-adjustments, while this model adjusts every 6 inches only.
- Cement installation. The pole will have to be directly cemented into the ground. This will require some work on your end.
Reviews from Around the Web
Amazon.com: (13) 5 Stars – ‘Great for the Price…’
Amazon.com: (10) 4 Stars – ‘The directions could have been a little more clear…’
Amazon.com: (6) 3 Stars – ‘It does seem to wobble a bit…’
The Lifetime 71799 is designed primarily for children and casual play. The backboard is a bit small, and it’s not very rigid. Plus, you will have to go through the trouble of pouring cement. However, being cemented in-ground will make it more sturdy and allow for more realistic play. It’s also adjustable and it’s very affordable for most families. To us this is more of a portable hoop quality and is one of our lower rated inground hoops.
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