Price Range: $1000 -$1200. Recommended.
Playability Level- Pro, Intermediate, Beginners.
The review title might suggest that we are talking about any fiction movie, but we are not. Here, we are talking about Spalding “The BEAST” portable hoop vs. all other residential portable hoops. With the strength of the beast and built-quality as good as any premium in-ground hoop, this basketball system beats all its counterparts in every aspect of the game, be it sturdiness, premium-built or stability. Here are three reasons why buying this hoop is a good idea for anyone looking for the portable system under $1100.
1. Break-Away Rim and Hefty Backboard: Welcome to Arena.
The beast offers a 60” tempered glass backboard with the Pro-Image breakaway rim. The thickness of the board is ¼ inch, considering that professional backboard in leagues like NBA is ½ inches thick and made up of same quality tempered glass, this backboard performs at a higher level than its rivals with acrylic or polycarbonate backboards. What sweeten the deal, even more, is that there is no other company which offers same thickness on glass backboard in portable residential hoops.
On the other hand, the Breakaway rim performs as professional rims and absorbs most of the contact while dunking, which in turn increases the life of backboard. Furthermore, the all-weather nylon net is also included in a package and is ready to take on any weather for at least few years.
Overall, this tempered glass backboard is by far the biggest and heaviest you can get in portable hoops and combining it with break-away rim propels its performance to the next level.
Note: Although, the rim and backboard are of top-quality you should never hang on portable hoops rim as a safety measure, plus it can void the warranty too.
2. Stable Pole and Massive Base:
To keep the heavy duty backboard shake free The Beast comes with 5inch two-piece square poles which are screwed at the bottom, on the base cap. Additionally, four struts are incorporated for extra rigidity and system stability. Now, this 5-inch square pole is very rare to see on portable hoops, and The Beast is only portable hoop below $1100 to have one. Likewise, the square poles are also better than round poles in terms of stability.
The base of this portable system is gigantic too that can swallow 50+ gallon of water or sand. It may be of no surprise to you, but YES! This is one of the biggest bases we have seen so far in any portable basketball system. Its closest competitors are Spalding 68454 and Spalding 68562 with 40-gallon base capacity.
3. Cinch Assembly & Portability:
The best thing about portable systems are their assembly which can be done in 3 to 4 hours, and it’s not as work intensive or tedious as in-ground systems. I have to give it to Spalding, it works even on small details with this portable system, right from packaging to the muscular design itself the BEAST is written all over it, literally. For assembly aspect, two adults, spare time of 4 to 5 hours and some household tools like hammer, garden hose, wrench, and support table are needed.
To make assembly easy, the assembly manual is divided into sections. Moreover, the Spalding has done the packaging of hardware in such manner that each hardware package is dedicated to a specific assembly area. For ex- If you are assembling the base, you will find all the hardware you need to assemble it in one package. You don’t have to deal with all parts at the same time, finding out which parts goes where, which bolts to screw and get overwhelmed. I think it is one of the cleanest manual, with well-built diagrams and instructions that save a lot of time and energy assembling the hoop.
Looking at the portability aspect wheels are attached at the base of the hoop for moving it when needed. These rollers come into action as soon as you pull the Grey inset cover, at the front, which acts double as a rebounder during game time and handle for dragging hoop before or after the game. Moving hoop is a cinch as multi-wheels design with castors allows you to drag hoop in any direction.
The Bad Part:
On the flip side of a coin, there are some things we do not like about this hoop.
Faulty Base- The base of the hoop is said to be fragile and starts developing cracks over time in bad weather. Now, if you fill the base with water, it can leak very easily even through small cracks. To overcome this, I recommend filling the base with sand and check for any leakage before playing.
Too big for many driveways- Looking at the size of backboard this hoop may not be a perfect fit for every household.
Wheels not suitable for uneven surface- Undoubtedly, The Beast is the heaviest portable hoop you will encounter in a market, moving the hoop itself isn’t tough but if the surface is little rugged or there is a crack in your driveway there is literally no way to drag hoop over it.
Customers Satisfaction- The Beast is among the best seller hoops on Amazon that received excellent ratings from people who purchased it. As you can see in the screenshot taken on June 22, 2016, there is total of 132 reviews available, out of which 64% of people rated it five stars, 20% people rated it four stars and only 7% people rated it 1 star. Overall, buyers are satisfied with the quality of hoop, and how sturdy it is, some of them complain about how tough it was for them to assemble the hoop. However, one reviewer was lampooning other’s who finds this hoop hard to assemble and claimed that he assembled hoop in 2 hours without any difficulty. Click the Image to check Amazon Customer Reviews.
The Upshot- The Beast is unquestionably the best portable hoop available on the market. The built of this basketball system is unimpeachable; you can expect it to withstand all the hard flushing dunks and still stand strong. The backboard and rim play as good as any hoop you experience at the gym or high school. Plus, the 5-inch pole and massive base give hoop a stability of in-ground hoop. Buy this basketball system if you are looking for a sturdy portable hoop with the touch of sophistication and power of the BEAST.
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