Lifetime 71522

Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball Hoop Review

Lifetime 71522

Lifetime 71522 Hoop Specs

Backboard Size:

54 Inches

Backboard Material:


Rim Type:

Covered Breakaway

Base Size: 

35 Gallons

Support Pole:

3 Piece, 3.5" Diameter

Height Adjustment:

7.5-10 Feet



Total Score
Backboard - 8.5
Rim - 8.5
Support Pole - 7.5 
Value - 8.0 
Features - 8.0

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  • Made in USA
  • Five year warranty is provided by Lifetime for this hoop so that you can buy with confidence
  • Support pole system is coated with a rust resistant material that helps to keep the hoop lasting longer
  • Wheels on the gallon base allow for easy transportation for those who move often


  • Easier assembly instructions would aide in the time consuming assembly process
  • 90 degree support pole angle makes it more likely to tip than competitor hoops with flatter angled poles
  • Padding on the support pole could be better

Full Review

Main Features

  • 5 year warranty
  • Three piece support pole with 3.5 inch diameter is rust resistant
  • Adjusts in height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • Slam-it rim made of solid steel
  • Attaches to 35 gallon XL base which can be filled with sand or water
  • portable basketball system for easy movment

Looking for a portable basketball system that holds up to slam dunks, hard games, and late night shooting sessions that won’t break the bank? The Lifetime 71522 Competition XL portable basketball system is a on the lower end of moderately priced hoops, but there is no sacrifice of quality for this price. The quality you receive in a Lifetime hoop means you’ll get a great hoop that will last your family for years to come.


The Lifetime 71522 Competition offers some good features at an acceptable price, and would make a great addition for a family or individual looking to play with moderate regularity for recreational play and practice. The 54 inch backboard is made of strong acrylic, a better option for strength than the more typical polycarbonate of other hoops.

The acrylic backboard is also steel framed for further support and strength. All 54 inches of backboard are shatterproof and UV protected, so that the hoop won’t crack or lose value outdoors through the elements. The backboard of the Lifetime 71522 is a definite strength of the product.

Height Adjustment

When it comes to adjusting the hoop height, the Lifetime 71522 Portable Basketball System makes things pretty easy. Thanks to a pneumatic lift mechanism, the hoop can raise from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in a smooth, one-handed motion. The three piece power lift pole is 3.5 inches in diameter and along with the lift mechanism, allows you to increase the height by a little as one inch at a time for the perfect height to perfect your slam dunk or let your little one enjoy some shots.

Fill Base

When you have a portable basketball system, a good base is important to minimize shaking and instability while still being able to move the hoop when needed. The Lifetime 71522 XL Competition comes with a 35 gallon plastic base, which offers a solid foundation to minimize shaking.

You can fill the base with water or sand to allow for little movement in your family basketball games and shooting work. Even better, when you want to move the hoop, just empty the base and roll it on its wheels to the location of your choice; just make sure to have someone to help you as the hoop itself is sizeable and weighs in over 100 pounds.


For those players who love to perfect their slam dunk, or even just complete their first one, the Lifetime 71522 offers a great platform for such a goal; it features a Slam-it solid steel rim that attaches to the backboard with durable mounting and double compression springs. There is also a blow-molded backboard frame pad for protection when you go up for your dunks.


While this hoop has a lot of great points, one thing to consider is assembly. Many reviewers have found the assembly of this hoop to be time-consuming and difficult, with improper instructions or missing pieces. If you are looking to receive your hoop and immediately play, this might not be the choice for you. However, with a little help and a few hours of time, you can have a quality hoop to play with for hours of fun.

Lifetime does offer a 5 year warranty and has a great customer service department to help you with any issues that may arise in the assembly process and beyond.

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