Hoops Fiend Rating: Molten GM7 Basketball
- 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 manufacturer’s warranty
- The Molten GM7 Basketball is not the official game ball of the Olympics, but is one of the best rated indoor/outdoor basketballs available
Are you ready to bring a little international flair to your game and the playground? If so, it may be time for you to go out and pick up the Molten GM7 Basketball, which is currently the top rated basketball we have reviewed here at Hoops Fiend. As a brand, Molten is best known for producing the basketballs used in international competitions, including the Olympics. While not as well known in the USA as some other brands including Spalding and Wilson, it would be a mistake to sleep on the basketballs put out by this brand.
The Molten GM7 has a composite leather cover that feels and plays at a level that very few indoor/outdoor basketballs can imitate, creating the perfect blend of grip and feel. The bounce on this ball is significantly better than that found with any of the other basketballs we have reviewed.
There is literally no funky bounces off the court with this ball. When you dribble the Molten GM7 it feels good in your hands as if it is a teammate you’ve played with for years who knows your every move and works in synch with your game.
Grip is also a strength for this basketball as it is easily palmed and controlled. Even though it cannot match the grip found with the Wilson Wave, it makes up for this in superior overall performance.
While the two tone color scheme may take some getting used to by some we did not find that it interfered in anyway during testing, and having the extra channels does indeed work to enhance the grip of the basketball.
We have two concerns about this basketball. The first is that it is hard on your budget. It is the most expensive indoor/outdoor basketball we have found and will set you back more than $40. While that may not be much for some, compared to the average price of a solid indoor/outdoor basketball, this is pretty expensive. Because the performance of this basketball can match the price, we give the Molten GM7 Basketball an average value rating.
The second concern is that the Molten GM7 Basketball is slightly smaller than the other basketballs we tested. This is the case despite Molten advertising this ball as an official sized 29.5″. While testing each basketball we used a hoop that had a net that would hold the basketball in the hoop when a shot was made. This was the case for every other basketball we tested except for the GM7, which would fall straight through the net, proving that it is indeed smaller. We would say this is closer to a 29″ based on our observations. Whether this bothers you will be a matter of personal preference.
Durability for this basketball appears to be above average as the basketball has a feel and durability that gives the impression that it can last. While there are no guarantees we feel that you can expect to get many years of performance out of this basketball with regular use and care.
- We like the 12 channel design with the two tone color scheme
- Grip on this basketball is above average and will impress with its balance between grip and feel
- The channel design size is between average and extra wide
- The bounce of the GM7 is by far the best and most consistent out of all the basketballs tested
- This is one of the priciest indoor/outdoor basketballs that are sold today
- The basketball is slightly smaller than other basketballs that are official sized
Having little experience with Molten Basketballs, it is fair to say that this basketball was a pleasant surprise. If you value performance over price, then the Molten GM7 is a no-brainer. However, if you think the smaller size of this basketball will bother you then we would recommend looking at the Spalding Replica Game Ball as a solid alternative at a significantly cheaper price. Once you get this basketball all you’ll have left to learn is the Euro-step, baby!