Well worth the investment!
It took some time (3 1/2 +/- hours)to assemble, yes. Follow the directions and its simple. The hardest was part was filling with sand (my choice) because you had to stand it up every 50 # to get it to slide to the other end. When we passed 400 pounds it took 3 people to get it to tilt over, at 600 it took 5 people. My thoughts were if it were to blow over, it will make one hell of a mess as the glass will shatter, so why not fill with the heaviest possible.If your intent was to create a stiff (not wobbly) and realistic portable hoop/backboard, then this is it. It is truly portable within some realistic boundaries. In other words, it will not be able to go four wheeling without sinking. The unit weighs over 1,000 pounds now and will roll on a hard surface but its not going to go real far without a relatively flat hard surface and with several people to assist. Love the pivoting front wheels.Bounce from the glass is very realistic, unlike the previous composite backboard system we had. The rim has very little shake after impact due to the 6" square tube and 4 braces that hold the backboard. I wanted to give both my kids (both play year round and are either currently a varsity or will be a varsity HS player) the opportunity to play on a realistic hoop. I have achieved what I wanted. I was worried about The $1,000 purchase price at first, but now that I have it, I am very happy with my selection.
Reviewed by: Swooo from New Hampshire.