The following review is about the Lifetime Youth portable basketball hoop with the 32-inch backboard. This setup is smaller than the Pro basketball hoop, but shares the same qualities, except this one has a folding rim. The Pro Court has a wider 44-inch backboard.
Buyer reviews for the Lifetime Youth are very positive. It is a quality basketball hoop for kids and a step above cheap, plastic hoops that don’t last as long. This article discusses the product details and the pros and cons.
The pole for this system is a three-piece made of powder-coated steel for protection against corrosion. The pole is sturdy and adjusts from 5 1/2 feet to 7 1/2 feet, simply by twisting the adjustment knob and lifting the pole. The pole adjusts in increments of 6-inches and has five height settings.
The maximum height of 7 1/2 feet is shorter than the maximum height of the Pro Court, which is 10 feet, but the shorter height makes it much easier for small children to play. It is also lighter in weight, compared to taller hoops, so it is easier to push around when the base is filled with sand.
If your kids play basketball a lot, backboard material is an important consideration. The backboard is made of high-density polyethylene plastic that won’t break. The backboard size is 32-inches as mentioned earlier. The main color is solid black with red graphics.
Like most outdoor basketball hoops, the base should be weighted to keep it from blowing over. The base features a big 10-gallon compartment for adding your choice of sand or water. You can also place bricks in there if you want.
- Break-proof backboard
- Adjustable height with 5 settings (6-inch increments)
- Perfect adjustable heights for kids ages 7 and up
- Portable for easy relocation
- Comes with 5-year warranty
- Steel frame, rim, and pole for maximum durability
- Nylon net lasts longer
- Easy height adjustment, no tools needed
- Portable for easy relocation in the driveway, lightweight
- Folding rim
- No breakaway rim
The Lifetime Youth is overall a quality portable basketball system for kids. The only slight disadvantage is that the rim isn’t designed for slam dunking. If that will be an issue then we recommend upgrading to one of the Pro Court hoops that have a breakaway rim for dunking. If your kids dunk the ball a lot on this rim, it will eventually start to bend downwards. It is designed for shooting the ball, not dunking.
The biggest advantages of this product are the five height adjustment settings, portable base wheels, shatter-proof backboard and the steel parts for durability. Assembly is also said to be easy but requires two people.