Basketball Reviews

Best Outdoor Basketballs for 2019: Performance Meets Durability

These basketballs can handle outdoor and indoor environments with ease

Spalding NBA Player Kevin Durant Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating Bounce:      [usr 3.5] Grip:           [usr 4] Style:          [usr 4] Durability: [usr 4] Value:        [usr 4] Overall:   [usr 4.35] Key Features Official NBA size, 29.5 inches Features NBA player graphic of Kevin Durant Painted in Golden State Warriors colors …

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Under Armour Stephen Curry Basketball Review

Full Review Background Under Armour started as a small sports apparel brand and has grown into the ranks as one of the leading sports equipment corporations in the United States. They now sponsor premier athletes such as Stephen Curry, Cam Newton, and Jordan Spieth. With this expansion Under Armour has grown their product lines into …

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Baden Elite Indoor Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Baden Elite Indoor Basketball Bounce: 4.3/5 Grip: 5/5 Feel: 4.3/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 3.8/5 Overall: 4.4/5 Main Features Hidden valve helps to minimize the chance for funky off-center bounces Cover is super tacky and will make it easy for most basketball players to grip or palm the Baden Elite Polarizing channel design that is …

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Spalding TF-500 Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding TF-500 Basketball Review Bounce: 4.5/5 Grip: 4.3/5 Feel: 5/5 Durability: 5/5 Value: 4.5/5 Overall: 4.8/5 Main Features Shares lineage with the legendary Spalding TF-1000 indoor basketball Cover has the perfect balance between durability and feel for an indoor/outdoor basketball Value is decent with a price point around $30, which is common for high …

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Under Armour 295 Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Under Armour 295 Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 4/5 Feel: 2.5/5 Durability: 5/5 Value: 3.5/5 Overall: 3.8/5  Main Features The Under Armour 295 features the UA Gripskin composite for optimal grip and feel Has deeper channel design and extra channels that feature the Under Armour logo Extra durability compared to the Under Armour 495 and 595 …

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Review of The Wilson X Connected Basketball

On the cutting edge of basketball technology is the uprising of sensor embedded basketballs that allow you to track your shooting accuracy and improve your shooting game overall.  The newest edition to this budding technology is the Wilson X Connected Basketball.  A clear response to the successful 94Fifty Basketball, Wilson has used its brand recognition …

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Review of the Under Armour 495 Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

Hoops Fiend Rating: Under Armour 495 Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 5/5 Feel: 4/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4.3/5 Main Features The Under Armour 495 features the UA Gripskin composite leather for optimal grip and feel Has a shallow channel design that is not extra deep but fairly wide Features full pebble design 100% Nylon Windings …

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NBA Street Basketball

Spalding NBA Street Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding NBA Street Basketball Bounce: 4.5/5 Grip: 4.5/5 Feel: 5/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 4.7/5 Main Features As of 6/2/15, the #1 Selling Basketball on Amazon Performance Rubber Cover that is Durable and Designed for Outdoor Play Has a Good Bounce Compared to Other Rubber Basketballs Comes in Three Different Sizes: Youth …

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BOB Review: The Rock Indoor Basketball

Hoops Fiend Rating: The Rock Indoor Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 5/5 Feel: 4.5/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4.4/5 Main Features Unique deep set channels allow for easy handling and a smooth feel Extremely deep pebbled channels for superb grip; unlike other balls in its class Channels are pebbled giving greater universal tact Air tight …

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Wilson Evolution Indoor Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Wilson Evolution Indoor Basketball Bounce: 4.5/5 Grip: 5/5 Feel: 5/5 Durability: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 4.7/5 Main Features The #1 selling high school game basketball in the USA Deep and wide channel design emphasizes grip Channels are pebbled giving greater universal tact Air tight butyl bladder keeps air in Cushion Core technology gives …

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94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball Review

Growing up many of us relied on either a coach or parent to tell us many of the fundamentals of basketball.  From shooting to defense it seems that you often hear different philosophies and opinions on each when developing your game.  The truth is, a lot of the time these parents and coaches have little …

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Spalding Never Flat Basketball Review

 Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding Never Flat Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 4/5 Feel: 3.5/5 Durability: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 3.7/5 Main Features Uses a proprietary membrane and NitroFlate technology that keeps air in and prevents leaking The Never Flat basketball comes inflated and is guaranteed to stay inflated based on Spalding’s warranty Has a cap placed over the …

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Stance Socks NBA Legends Review

Here at Hoops Fiend we like to provide you information on the latest and greatest in the world of basketballs and basketball hoops.  Yet, on occasion there appears a basketball related product that is so outrageously cool that we feel compelled to buy the product and try it out for ourselves.  One such product that …

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Under Armour 595 Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Under Armour 595 Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 3.5/5 Feel: 4.5/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 3.5/5 Overall: 4.4/5   Main Features The Under Armour 595 features the UA Gripskin composite leather for optimal grip and feel Has a traditional channel design that is neither extra deep or wide Features full pebble design 100% Nylon Windings …

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Baden Contender Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Baden Contender Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 2.5/5 Feel: 5/5 Durability: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/5 Main Features Features the total feel technology for enhanced grip and feel during play Designed to have the performance for indoor play while having durability that can handle the outdoor elements Stealth soft valve system hides the air valve …

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Molten GM7 Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Molten GM7 Basketball Bounce: 5/5 Grip: 3/5 Feel: 4.5/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4.2/5 Main Features Features a durable composite leather cover designed to perform indoors and handle the elements of the outdoors Has a 12 channel design with two tone color scheme that is approved by FIBA Features a 2 year …

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Spalding Replica Game Ball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding Replica Game Ball Bounce: 2/5 Grip: 3/5 Feel: 3/5 Durability: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 3/5 Main Features High quality composite leather that works to maximize three things: grip, feel, and control Looks just like the NBA Official Game Ball while providing a durability suitable for indoor/outdoor play One of the softest indoor/outdoor …

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Spalding Zi/O Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding Zi/O Basketball Bounce: 4/5 Grip: 4/5 Feel: 4/5 Durability: 5/5 Value: 4.5/5 Overall: 4.3/5 Main Features The Spalding Zi/O Basketball is an official sized basketball that is designed for indoor/outdoor use Features full ball pebbling that is typical of more premium indoor/outdoor basketballs Has a foam backed design for improved feel and grip The Spalding Zi/O has …

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6 Best Indoor Basketballs in 2019 from Spalding to Wilson

Ready to take the game to the hardwood? Here is a list of the best indoor basketballs money can buy.