Choosing the best portable basketball hoop takes some research. You need a portable system that’s packed with all the right features, and one with a reputation for durability. There are several different makes and models to choose from, which can make shopping around for the right fit seem a little daunting. But the Pro Slam by Spalding is one model that’s designed to last.
Overview and Features
Spalding is a major player in the game, from their NBA quality balls and gear to their high-quality portable hoop systems designed for kids and adults.
Want to enjoy a challenging game of ball right in your own driveway? Then check out this latest affordable model from Spalding and be prepared to be blown away.
We’re going to start off by checking out this model’s backboard. This hoop system comes with a three-and-a-half-millimeter thick acrylic backboard that’s lined with a steel frame for improved durability. In terms of width, the backboard measures in at fifty-four inches, which is more than enough space to knock out a layup.
The acrylic provides excellent bounce when the ball comes off the backboard, and it’s a better choice than the polycarbonate backboards found on other models in this price range. This is heavy-duty acrylic, so it can easily handle a rough game.
You’ll also find some padding running along the bottom of the board for extra protection.
This model comes with the popular Pro Slam breakaway rim. The rim is designed to handle dunking; however, the manufacturer does not recommend it.
As you know, breakaway rims are built tough, so you don’t have to worry about any aggressive dunkers causing any serious damage.
The hoop’s extra height lift system will allow you to adjust the model’s height from seven and a half feet up to ten feet, using six-inch increments. This allows the hoop to grow with younger players. It also makes the hoop a great choice for large families. Dad can enjoy a tough game of one-on-one with a friend, then lower the height of the hoop for the kids.
Now, on to the base. This model features a thirty-four-gallon base that can be filled with sand or liquid for durability and stability throughout the year. The hoop’s plastic wheels will allow users to move the system once the base is emptied out, in order to store the hoop during the winter months. However, the angled pole can make moving the hoop difficult because the angle causes uneven weight distribution during transport.
In terms of ease of assembly, this hoop is moderately difficult, taking an average of two hours. The included instructions are very detailed and easy to follow. You can also find videos of the assembly process on YouTube if you run into any issues. If you don’t have much experience with portable basketball system assembly, then we recommend getting some help from someone who does. While all of the pieces and components in this set are clearly labeled, it can be a very time-consuming, difficult process for beginners.
As we briefly touched on, the Pro Slam is tough enough to handle dunking, but should you? Portable basketball hoop owners are always tempted to dunk, but the only problem with this model and others like it is the lower base weight. Because the base is only thirty-four gallons, heavier players may be at risk of serious injury, which occurs when a portable basketball system tips over. So, if you have to dunk on the Pro Slam, go easy.
The pole is made out of thick gauge steel that’s designed to handle the elements. There is no padding on the pole so expect it to obtain a fair amount of scratches from normal use. In terms of durability, this model rated well.
However, many players stated that the angled pole can take some getting used to, especially for players over six feet tall. Taller players will need to remain highly aware of the pole when they’re playing under the basket in order to avoid hitting their head.
One of the things we love most about Spalding is the fact that they design a variety of products that can work with any budget. If you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a new portable basketball system, then the Pro Slam is your best option. Rated as the top model in this price range, you’ll get a portable basketball hoop that’s designed with quality materials and a model that’s offered at a reasonable price.
- Solidly built
- Easy to move
- Breakaway rim
- Thick acrylic backboard
- The angle of the pole can be an issue for taller players
- The lower capacity base can cause the system to tip during a dunk.