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Lifetime Portable Basketball Goals Models 71522, 71523 and 71524

These portable basketball hoop models can cause buyers headaches if the product list is not very comprehensive. On the surface, they all look the same: 54-inch backboard, portable base, 3.5-inch round pole. But there are several factors that make these products quite different from each other. This article will delve into some of these differences.

54-inch backboard

All of these products feature the largest backboard size available on Lifetime portable basketball hoops. The 54-inch mark makes these tailboards just 18 inches short of regulation width. Therefore, any differences between these systems will be important in making your purchase decision. For the 71523 and 71524, the back panel is made of polycarbonate. On the 71522, the back panel is made of acrylic. For most gamers, the playability difference between acrylic and polycarbonate is pretty minimal. What customers and manufacturers of basketball systems report is that acrylic provides superior rebound when the ball hits the backboard. For most beginner and intermediate players, this difference will be almost unnoticeable. For advanced players, you’ll likely start to notice that a polycarbonate backboard material deflects your bank shots a bit. On the other hand, polycarbonate is used because it is considered to be about 30 times stronger than acrylic, which increases the life of your system. You wouldn’t expect your dash to break overnight with an acrylic material, but polycarbonate will last longer with 2 similar systems aged and used.

board frame

In these 3 portable basketball hoops, the thickness of the frame is a big difference. For the 71522 and 71523, the dash steel frame is 1.5 inches wide. On the 71524, the frame is only 1 inch wide. On portable basketball hoops, like these, bounce is greatly improved with a thicker frame. So in terms of rebound, the 71522 (with its acrylic backboard and 1.5-inch frame) will have the best rebound and the 71524 (with its polycarbonate backboard and 1-inch frame) will have the worst rebound. Comparing these two factors, the material of the backboard and the thickness of the frame, the thickness of the frame plays a more important role in improving rebound.


With all of these differences explained, you’d expect the 71522 to be the most expensive; However, this is not the case. On most shopping sites, the 71523 is more expensive than the 71522 and the 71524 is the cheapest. The main reason for this difference is differences in the cost of production. Polycarbonate often has more expensive materials and production procedures than acrylic. As mentioned above, there are several differences in quality, some of which are a poison to choose from. This means that while the 71522 is cheaper than the 71523, the acrylic backboard on the 71522 may not last as long as the polycarbonate backboard on the 71523. On the 71523, we would expect not to see as good a rebound as the 71522 ., but you’ll spend more on the 71523.

Hopefully this description of the differences in these 3 systems hasn’t tripped you up. Have fun shopping.


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