Shoot some hoops and perfect your technique with help from the Spalding Ultimate Hybrid Portable Basketball System. With the adjustable screw jack, you'll be adjust the height just right as you prepare to play. And thanks to the Ultimate Hybrid™ water and sand base, the hoop stays firmly grounded. Glass backboard.
Features and Benefits
54-inch glass backboard with a steel board frame
Screw jack enables infinite height adjustments between 7.5 feet to 10 feet
Rebounder keeps the ball in play
Ultimate Hybrid™ water and sand base can be filled with 250 lb. of sand or 19 gallons of water
2 bottom wheels for easy mobility
Includes a 4-inch square pole, a front cover and a foam board pad
Adjustable from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
What's in the Box
54-inch glass backboard
Ultimate Hybrid™ sand/water base
Screw jack lift
4-inch square pole
Foam board pad
Rated 3 out of
Good but not grearAssembly was not hard, did by myself in 2 hrs. But the end product is still not as strong as I was expecting. The rim and the whole backboard assembly move considerably with the ball landing on the rim and bouncing off. It's a great set up, but not a great solid system. It works, but should have been a lot better. But this is a starter system and learning curve for me.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of
Very solid hoopFor reference, my previous hoop was an old, rusty in-ground system with 48" fiberglass backboard. The Spalding Ultimate Glass Hybrid is a huge upgrade.
- Assembly: It took about 4 hours by myself. I was very deliberate and checked the instructions very frequently. Mounting the pole to the base and struts was the most challenging part, as the bolt holes don't align perfectly - it takes more than a bit of force to get the bolts secured (that's the reason I deducted a star). One very important note: don't forget to install the metal spacers and foam pad between the rim and backboard mounting plate. Failure to do this will result in a shattered backboard --> that's why it's stated in the instructions in 4 separate places (including on the cover). Overall, no surprises and it went together pretty smoothly.
- Stability: the glass backboard, even at only 1/4 inch thick, is still very solid and gives nice bounce to bank shots. The 4-inch square pole is connected to the base with four struts. If I shake the pole, the backboard will move quite a bit as the mounting arms have to be loose in order to allow for height adjustment. However, it actually doesn't shake very much when hit by just the basketball on missed shots.
- Usage: As mentioned earlier, rebounds off the glass are great. Height adjustment is smooth and simple, though it does take a little muscle to turn the crack. Bounces off the rim are very soft and forgiving, much more than a regulation gym backboard and rim (this could be a plus or minus - I suppose this could be adjusted a little by tightening the spring). I've got the base weighed down with 10 50lb bags off sand, and it's rock solid even with me hanging on the rim (disclaimer: I'm not a large guy @145 lbs).
The main purpose is for shooting practice and playing around with my kids (9 and 12 years old). This hoop is easily sufficient for that. Very satisfied with my purchase.
How do you adjust the height when it seems to be locked in place and won't budge
Asked by: debkblair
What are the dimensions of the portable base?
Asked by: kthorn
Thank you for your inquiry. Currently, we are researching the product. Please feel free to check back for an update.
Answered by: TaraR
Date published: 2017-07-18
How thick is the glass backboard? What is the bounce like on this glass backboard compared to the acrylic backboard?
Asked by: PaBall
The glass is 1/4 inch thick. I had the acrylic backboard on a cheaper Spalding portable system (now broken due to high winds blowing it over), and it was OK at best in regard to the bounce. I am planning to upgrade to this system, so am hoping for a more true bounce with the glass.
Answered by: kthorn
Date published: 2017-07-11
We live in Germany.
Is it possible to send a portable Basketball Hoop to us?
how much would it cost?
Asked by: tim282
Currently, Academy Sports + Outdoors ships within the 50 United States, unless the shipping address is an APO/FPO military address. Please feel free to check back with us at a later date regarding shipping your order internationally.
Answered by: smartinez
Date published: 2017-03-10
Can I pay academy to deliver basketball goal and install
Asked by: Roque saenz
Hello Roque saenz,
All online orders are shipped to a home or business address.
At this time, we do not offer an assembly service, however, we work in conjunction with Assembler's Inc. to have products assembled. You may contact Assembler's Inc. at 888-499-2720 for an assembly quote.