Tempered glass, crank adjustment, 4″ square pole, 2 foot overhang. A good to great value for this hoop system.
Better for kids than adults.
The Silverback SB-54iG features a 54″ tempered glass backboard and a 4-inch two piece square pole. It adjusts in height from 7.5 to 10 inches with the use of a crank. The overhang is 2 ft, which is the distance from the pole to the bottom of the backboard. The system is powder coated from the bottom up to prevent rust and corrosion. The installation is direct burial, and it’s backed by a 7-year warranty that includes the tempered glass. Dimensions: 71.4 x 35.9 x 6.4 inches; 152 pounds.
What To Like
- Stable. The primary advantage of an in-ground basketball hoop is their stability. They can’t be moved, which makes the backboard that much more rigid. They also are also more durable compared to similarly priced portable models.
- Crank/infinite adjustment. The height adjusts with the turn of a handle. This type of adjustment is the most reliable and durable. It has infinite adjustment, which allows you to choose any height between 7.5 and 10 feet.
- Tempered glass backboard. The best feature of this hoop. Tempered glass is the best material you get for a basketball hoop. It’s heavy, rigid, and is resistance to scratches. This provides the best performance compared to the other types. At 54″, it’s big enough for a 2 car driveway.
- 4″ square pole. Square poles are preferred over round ones because they limit vibration. The diameter is also bigger than the Spalding 68562, which is round and 3.5 inches.
- 2 foot overhang. This provides enough space for players to play behind the backboard, and is more safe since they aren’t as likely to bump into the pole. The overhang on regulation hoops is 5 feet, but 2 is enough particular for a basket this price range.
- Pole padding. This gives some cushion in case a player bumps into the pole.
What Not To Like
- Backboard thickness. While tempered glass is a big plus, 3/16 isn’t very thick for a backboard. The thickest are 1/2, and these are the ones used in the NBA. I would at least like to see 3/8 for this hoop. A few customers did say that the basket does shake a bit when shooting. The brackets could have something to do with this as well.
- Cement installation. This is a direct bury installation, meaning it goes straight into the ground. The one downside with this is that it can’t be taken out unless you tear up the concrete. This will require some work and some additional funds to get the concrete.
- 2-piece pole. The Spalding 68562, which is more expensive, actually has three sections. Two is certainly better than three, but one-piece is still the best.
Reviews from Around the Web
Amazon.com: 5 Stars – ‘Excellent hoop for the money….’
Amazon.com: 4 Stars – ‘Very Good System, some hiccup with installation’
Amazon.com: 3 Stars – ‘Good for Youth, not for teens or adults’
The one feature that stands out above all else is the tempered glass backboard. This is the best you can get in terms of durability and performance. The pole is square and a solid 4-inches, while the 2-foot overhang allows for play under the backboard. Cement installations are work, and the backboard could be a bit thicker. At the end of the day, there is a lot to like about the Silverback SB-54iG.
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