Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball Hoop Review

spalding 68564 549.00The Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System with 54 inch Aluminum Trim Acrylic Backboard is a high quality, durable system. Designed perfectly to sit in any drive way, backyard, or any other open space where you would like a basketball goal. This basketball system comes with a 54-inch acrylic backboard, a steel frame with pole, and Arena Slam breakaway rim.

A three piece, 3.5 inch pole is set at a 20 degree angle providing a stable structure to mount the acrylic backboard.The 40-gallon base helps provide the system with stability and safety, featuring two base-mounted wheels for ease of movement when relocating the system. The jack screw lift system features a handle to prevent tampering once the goal height is set. The system is adjustable from 7.5 to 10 feet in infinite increments.

Spalding, the manufacturer of the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball system, is one on the oldest and best-know sporting good brands in the world. The Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System with 54 inch Aluminum Trim Acrylic Backboard is constructed with high quality components and is moderately priced.  This means that those looking for a hoop but do not want to shell out the $1,000 for the Spalding Beast may find this hoop to be their best choice.

Directions for assembly are not the easiest to follow, and the basketball system assembly can be challenging at times. The pieces are not simply identified, causing potential confusion during assembly. Plan a full day for assembly, as it can take up to seven hours. Complex, hard-to-follow assembly instructions is the top negative feature of the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System.

Other than the challenging assembly process, the basketball system is a great hoop. The system is excellent for the cost. It is a top quality product, durable and heavy, and has classic, high quality styling that will look good in a driveway. If you are a passionate basketball player, you will enjoy this portable basketball system that looks and performs just like pro-style glass backboards.

Other Key Features with this Hoop Include:

  • 40 gallon base is larger than most portable basketball hoop bases and can be filled with sand or water to enhance stability of the system
  • The front cover on the base helps to make the basketball hoop more safe by keeping players from running into the support pole
  • Comes in options of either 54 or 60 inch backboard sizes made of acrylic
    • Acrylic is a mid range backboard material which will suite the majority of players’ needs
  • Arena Slam It breakaway rim does a nice job of handling moderate dunks and rough play
    • While the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System can be dunked on we strongly recommend avoiding any hanging on the unit as it could tip or become damaged over time
  • Three piece support unit does have some mild to moderate shaking when shooting, but will not be an issue for all but the most serious basketball players

Hoops Fiend Rating

Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball Hoop: 3.8/5

FYI, if you want the step up from the Spalding 68564 Portable Basketball System then be sure to read our review of the Spalding The Beast Portable Basketball System.