Portable Basketball Backboards
Well, the boys want a basketball hoop. Another great example of how trying a sport like B-ball creates a lifelong interest. Anyway, we don’t have room for a full hoop (although I tried lobbying for that!). Instead, a portable one seems like the ticket, but which one to buy?
* “Gart Sports Guide”:http://www.gartsports.com/info/index.jsp?categoryId=222829&backTo=686679&savePath=711651.726616&infoType=infosport. Gart is a big retailer in our area. They have a pretty good guide to what to look for. Main things are to look for something portable. Looks like we’ll want something with a rectangular backboard (easier shots) and that is adjustable.
* “Garts Portable Backboard”:http://www.gartsports.com/family/index.jsp?filter=yes&fCat=726616&categoryId=726616&cp=711651.&fgender=&fbrandid=&fpricesort=priceAscending. They have a huge selection online. Not super pratical as shipping charges are $40-100.
* “Lifetime 1594 Acrylic 42 inch”:http://www.gartsports.com/product/index.jsp?productId=686679&cp=711651..726616&fCat=726616&fpricesort=priceAscending&filter=yes&parentPage=family. This seems to be the least expensive portable that has adjustment. Also a clear acrylic hoop as well. $230.
* “Lifetime 71552 44 inch”:http://www.gartsports.com/product/index.jsp?productId=966017&cp=711651..726616&fCat=726616&fpricesort=priceAscending&filter=yes&parentPage=family. This is also $230, but is a fan shaped backboard. The adjustment is a nicer counterbalanced one so you don’t need a broom to adjust.
* “Lifetime 42531 44 inch acrylic”:http://www.gartsports.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1025134&cp=711651..726616&fCat=726616&filter=yes&fpricesort=priceAscending&page=2&pageBucket=0&parentPage=family. This one is $250, but has a slam-it rim so that it breaks instead of the backboard.
As a quick comparison, google search for portable basketball system or portable basketball hoop got me:
* “Hit Run Score”:http://www.hitrunscore.com/67748-sure-shot-portable-basketball-systems.html. They sell a Sure Shot 67749 for $225 with $100 shipping. It is 48″ backboard, so bigger, High adjusts as well.
* “Sports Unlimited Inc”:http://www.sportsunlimitedinc.com/lifetimeport.html. They have a Lifetime 71935 for $280. Also 44 inch. Quikclift tile and a 3.5″ pole plus a breakaway rim, so comparable to the Lifetime 71552