Product Name: Lifetime 51550 Basketball Hoop.
Price Range: $200-300 approx.
Playability Level- Beginners, Intermediate.
Our Rating: 8.5/10.
If you are searching for the professional looking portable system that doesn’t cost a bomb then Lifetime 51550 is worth spending your money on. The hoop continues the Lifetime’s legacy of creating durable portable hoops at the price that doesn’t worry much buyers. For mere $200 you are getting a 48″ polycarbonate backboard, a robust 3-inch steel pole and a heavy-duty 31-gallon base. Let’s have a close look at what this hoop has to offer.
Polycarbonate Backboard- Imitate Glass Backboard Look.
Unless you play on Lifetime 51550 its hard to tell if the backboard is made of Glass or a polycarbonate material. The 48″ rectangular backboard which is composed of Makrolon polycarbonate material imitate the look of professional Glass backboard by having transparent playing surface.
Also, the Lifetime logo and other graphics at the side of backboard are screen-printed and is made of UV-protected ink so that it doesn’t fade or get scratched over time with intense gaming or harsh weather.
One thing that we haven’t seen mentioned on any online web-store or Lifetime official site is backboard padding. On every online store, you can see the product picture with backboard padding but no one has mentioned if it’s included in the package or you have to buy one.
Durable Rolling Base.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the base of portable systems is Durability; whether or not it can withstand bad weather or at some places, the temperature below freezing point. We’ve seen some cheap portable hoops base started leaking in few days but that’s not the case here.
The Lifetime 51550 31-gallon base– that can store either water or sand– is made of heavy-duty plastic and is ready to take on any weather. In fact, the company is so confident about the built quality that it provides a 5-year warranty which covers all major components.
The hoop also features rollers that sits at the bottom-front of the base. It comes handy when you want to move the hoop; simply tilt the hoop forward and roll it to your desired location. Remember, it’s better to empty the base before moving the system.
Adjustable Height Mechanism.
Lifetime features a Speed Shift height adjustable mechanism that can adjust rim height from 8 feet to 10 feet in 6inch increments. The system is easy-to-use and can be operated using one hand.
The only negative here is that the speed shift system can only adjust rim height from 8-feet to 10-feet. In fact, the Lifetime 1221 Pro Basketball Hoop which is priced way below 51550 can adjust rim height from 7.5 foot to 10 foot.
Efficient 3-piece Pole.
If you had ever read my portable hoop reviews, you probably know how much I hate 3-piece pole because (I think) they can’t support the heavy backboards which in turn make hoop unsteady. However, Lifetime 51550 muscular steel-pole has changed my thinking, this 3-piece 3″ pole looks solid and does justice to the overall built of the hoop. You can see on video the hoop doesn’t shake much when kids are shooting bank shots. In fact, you can see one kid viciously dunking on the rim without having much impact on the backboard or steel pole.
Customers Rating Online: Lifetime 51550 received excellent rating at Amazon and Walmart.Com. Whereas Amazon.com has 280+ customers reviews, Walmart has only 85+ reviews. The one thing that is common on both sites is excellent average rating while amazon.com customers rated it 4.3 out of 5; the Walmart customers has given it an average rating of 4.5/5. Click The Image To Read Customer Reviews At Amazon.Com.
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Our Take: The Focal Points
- Affordable Price
- Stable 3-Piece Pole; Powder Coated To Protect From Rust.
- Robust Professional Looking Backboard
- Superb Rating At Online Stores.
- User-Friendly Height Adjustment System
- Heavy-Duty Slam-It Rim.
- Only Adjust Rim Height From 8 foot to 10 foot.
The Upshot- If we compare Lifetime 51550 portable hoop with other hoops in same price range, it easily outshines the competition. This portable hoop is recommended for anyone who is in the market for a budget-friendly and durable hoop that lasts long.
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