Lifetime 71566 Basketball Hoop Review

Lifetime 71566 Hoop Specs

Backboard Size:

50 Inches

Backboard Material:


Rim Type:

Covered Breakaway

Base Size: 

35 Gallons

Support Pole:

3 Piece, 3.5″ Diameter

Height Adjustment:7.5-10 Feet


Where To Buy:

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  • Polycarbonate shatter-proof backboard features fade-resistant graphics
  • The wheels in the base of the Lifetime 71566 Portable Basketball System make moving this hoop significantly easier than other basketball systems
  • 3 inch Round Action Grip pole is easy to adjust and allows for players of all sizes to enjoy this hoop
  • Lifetime’s 5 year limited warranty allows you to feel confident when purchasing this portable basketball system
  • The cover over the two compression springs on the Slam-It rim inhibits rust formation over time in the elements


  • The assembly instructions need to be more clear and concise to allow for better installation
  • Three piece support systems are usually found on cheaper portable basketball systems and are more likely to shake and be less responsive to players overall
  • We would like to see the support pole redesigned to be at an angle to reduce chances of running into the pole during a dunk or layup

Main Features

  • A solid, mid-price range hoop from Lifetime
  • Round Action Grip pole allows for the hoop’s height to be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • The Lifetime 71566 XL Adjustable Portable Basketball System has a 50 inch shatter-proof backboard with a steel frame
  • Features a double compression spring Slam-It breakaway rim made of solid steel
  • Manufactured in the USA and comes with a 5 year warranty

lifetime 71566The Lifetime 71566 XL Height Adjustable Portable Basketball system with 50-inch shatterproof backboard comes with a durable 35 gallon polyethylene base that can be filled with water or sand for stability, as well as moved to the location of your choice for your next game or shooting session.

The 50-inch shatterproof backboard is made from polycarbonate, an excellent material for durability, and features fade-resistant red and white graphics. The Makrolon® backboard will last through the seasons outdoors, making it useful for a long time. It’s mounted on a 3 piece Round Action Grip pole capable of heights between 7.5 feet to 10 feet.

This portable basketball system feautres a clear 50” x 33” x 1” square Shatter Guard fusion backboard printed with fade-resistant inks for lasting color and graphics. The Slam-It steel rim is mounted to the backboard with double-compression springs for a solid fit. The rim offers an all-weather nylon net and welded steel net hooks. Additionally, the system comes with a steel-framed backboard for protection and durability- it can outlast all of your late night practice sessions, hardcore slam dunks, and friendly neighborhood pickup games.

The Lifetime 71566 XL Basketball System is built from high quality materials, and the system is fairly easy to set up. Reading the directions carefully and having the correct tools at hand will make things go easier from the start. System packaging and shipping is average quality, and assembly instructions are known to be slightly difficult to read. However, in the event of defective or poorly packaged equipment, Lifetime’s customer service department comes to the rescue to correct the problem. The customer service department at Lifetime is one of the top in the sports equipment industry, and they will do their best to make sure your problem is solved. Additionally, the 5 year warranty that comes with the 71566 XL covers everything on the basketball system so if an issue occurs with the hoop, you can rest assured that it will be remedied.

If you’re in search of a durable, long-lasting basketball system, Lifetime’s 71566 XL Adjustable Portable System will meet your expectations perfectly. If you want an adjustable height system with a shatter-proof backboard and sturdy base, this system will be perfect for your home. The system’s low cost, high quality durable materials, and helpful customer service makes this hoop a great choice for any home.


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