Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Polycarbonate Backboard
Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System Review
The Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Polycarbonate Backboard is an excellent portable hoop for those who love playing basketball. The portable Basketball System is made of a heavy duty steel frame that is 50 feet in height. The frame height can be adjusted to 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inch increments which allows for ultimate game playing. The backboard is made of polycarbonate with authentic style board pads. There is also a pro slam breakaway rim so that you can dunk like a pro without worry of damaging the backboard but it doesn’t interfere with your game playing at all. Your ball will land perfect in the hope and if it hits the rim it will bounce off like it would with any stationary basketball hoop. The front cover of the system also acts as a rebounder during play. The Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System allows for the pool to lean away from the base so that when you play you will not end up landing on the base d. The portable basketball system has 2 wheels, 34 gallon base that can be filled with sand or water to provide maximum stability and safety. Assembly is not difficult with the detailed instructions that are provided. The assembly would go much faster if you have someone to help you. After assembly the system is ready to use and will provide fun and enjoyment for family and friends.
Pros: Strength, Portable, adjustable height
Cons: Difficult to assemble. Base sometimes isn’t water-tight
Price: Usually $199
Value for money: 8/10
Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System Review #1: Mike “Pros: Portable, adjustable height, sturdy and strong, 3″ steel pole, 44″ x 30” clear backboard. Instructions are overall good (about 2 hours). Just add 2 gallons of RV antifreeze ($5 ea) if below freezing. Easy to lift and carry when empty (recommend water since it’s easier to empty than sand).
Cons: Can’t move once filled unless it’s on a very hard surface because wheels are only 3.5 inches in diameter) and the approx 350 lb system creates a large pressure on those small wheels (300 lbs of water) and it digs into grass. The fill cap has no rubber seal, so water may leak when it is tilted, moved, or the base stepped on. One important problem with the instructions (read below) will only permit maximum height of 9.5 feet instead of 10 feet.
Instruction problems: This is relative to instructions dated 07/07 (ID M7221242). Page 21 shows bracket 27 and 34 attaching to the two lower holes and instead should be attached to the two higher holes. Using the two higher holes allows the 10 foot height to latch. Another minor problem is that page 24 shows lower elevator tube positioned backwards (that middle hole should be closer to the pole as it is correctly shown on pages 23 and 25). I notified Spalding of these two illustration problems.”
Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System Review #2: Nick K “I saw two meaningful reasons (beyond the superficial NBA logo) to pay a few extra bucks for this over the Lifetime 51550 Courtside Portable Basketball System with 48-Inch Shatterguard Backboard. First, the Spalding lowers to 7.5′, the Lifetime only to 8′ — in fact, the only reason this is a 4-star instead of 3-star review. Second, Amazon says the Spalding has a 37-gallon base versus the Lifetime’s 31-gallon base. However the instructions say it only holds 30 gallons of water. The Spalding box says 38 gallons, so who knows. The Lifetime’s main advantage would appear to be that its “breakaway rim” is supported by two springs, the Spalding only one. Otherwise, the Spalding 72354 seems virtually identical to the Lifetime 51550. The height adjustment mechanism works in the exact same way (despite the lack of photos here on Amazon) and is easy to use. As other reviewers note, the polycarbonate backboard is thin but IMHO it works fine, especially at this price point, and it’s better than plastic or acrylic. The instructions aren’t just poor but also inaccurate. I’d like to think I’m reasonably handy. I had all the tools — a socket wrench is a huge time saver here. All told I probably spent 5-6 hours putting this together, generally by myself but with a little help from the wife and kids. So long as the base doesn’t spring a leak it should be fine. All told I’d probably buy it again, if only for the ability to drop the height to 7.5′ for my 4-year old. But it’s not as much of a slam dunk (no pun intended) as I’d thought.”
Spalding 72351 Portable Basketball System Review #3: J. Cahill (California) “We purchased this for our son two Christmas’s ago or 20 months. The backboard is thin, but worked fine for our 11 year old. He also had no trouble adjusting the height which was great. Moving it around was fairly easy when needed but it pretty much sat in the same place in the backyard. I remember it taking a couple hours to put together. We have enjoyed this basketball hoop….but…
The base of the basketball hoop started to crack about 5 months ago…not a problem then but when the ball would hit the base in the right spot, the base would crack a little more. Now it is cracked all around and doesn’t hold water. We called the company and asked if we could purchase a new one last month. They sold us a new one for a little less than $50 but it is backlogged till November. We must not be the only ones with this problem. Our friends have the same hoop and they are getting cracks in it now, but not as bad as ours yet.
I love reading reviews and appreciate feedback when making a decision on a purchase. This was a good product for the price and we have got much enjoyment out of it. Maybe we just got a bad base and they had a bad mix of plastics. It should have lasted longer than it did and wanted to share that with others.”