Good intermediate to advanced portable hoop
Bought for 7 year old grandson, so adjustable height, portability, durability and price were critical. 4'' square post is solid and post pad adds safety and appearance. 54'' polycarbonate backboard is thin (1/8''), so rebound wont compare with glass and there is some vibration and noise when ball hits near edges. Backboard edge pad was also included, but neither photo on web sites nor assembly instructions show it, so Huffy/Spalding e-mailed instructions from another model. Package shipped quickly and had several rips and holes taped over plus tight packing straps slightly dented the aluminum side edge of backboard which I was able to mostly straighten then cover with the board pad. Rear mounting plate for rim was missing, so Huffy also sent replacement. Grandma helped with assembly which took about 6 hours plus another 4 hours to fill 34''x54'' base with 360 of 475 lbs of sand capacity. A second fill hole near front would have been nice for easier sand distribution and be sure to let damp sand dry out first. Ill just throw another bag or two on top of base when high winds are predicted. WD 40 spray on inside of post helped with ''bouncing'' and be sure to measure distance to post labels to ensure proper insertion length. I added rectangular plastic end caps on back of adjusting arms to prevent rain entry and rust when basket is lowered and also taped down the screw jack top cap which kept popping off during adjustments. I further designed a post bottom cowl to keep rain from pooling and rusting base of pole. Competitive Edge price was OUTSTANDING, but also check for 5% discount on Saturdays when their Customer Service is closed. Overall a very SATISFACTORY purchase! (Updated on 5/26/2012.)
Reviewed by: MapMap from Wheeling, WV.