Lifetime Portable Basketball Goals Models 71522, 71523 and 71524
These portable basketball hoop models can give buyers a headache if the product list is not very comprehensive. On the surface, they all look the same: 54 inch panel, portable base, 3.5 inch round post. But several factors make these products very different from each other. This article will expand on some of these differences.
54 inch back panel
All of these products feature the largest backboard size available on the Lifetime portable basketball hoops. The 54-inch mark makes these rear panels just 18 inches of a regulation width. Any difference between these systems will therefore be important in your purchasing decision. For the 71523 and 71524, the back panel is polycarbonate. On the 71522, the back panel is acrylic. For most players, the difference in playability between acrylic and polycarbonate is pretty minimal. What customers and manufacturers of basketball systems report is that acrylic provides superior bounce when the ball hits the backboard. For most beginner to intermediate level players, this difference will be almost imperceptible. For advanced players, they’ll probably start to notice that a polycarbonate panel material is messing up their bank shots a bit. On the other hand, polycarbonate is used because it is considered to be about 30 times stronger than acrylic, thus increasing the life of your system. Your back panel is not expected to break overnight with an acrylic material, but this polycarbonate will last longer given 2 comparatively aged and used systems.
Rear panel frame
Of these 3 portable basketball hoops, the thickness of the frame is a major difference. For the 71522 and 71523, the steel back panel frame is 1.5 inches wide. On the 71524, the frame is only 1 inch wide. On portable basketball hoops, like these, rebound is greatly improved with a thicker frame. So in terms of rebound, the 71522 (with its acrylic panel and 1.5 inch frame) will have the best rebound and the 71524 (with its polycarbonate panel and 1 inch frame) will have the worst rebound. When comparing these two factors, the back panel material and the frame thickness, the frame thickness plays a bigger role in improving rebound.
With all of these differences explained, you might expect the 71522 to be the most expensive; However, this is not the case. On most commercial sites, the 71523 is more expensive than the 71522 and the 71524 is the cheapest. The main reason for this difference is the differences in production cost. Polycarbonate often has more expensive materials and production procedures than acrylic. As mentioned above, there are several differences in quality, some of which are poison to choose from. This means that while the 71522 is cheaper than the 71523, the acrylic panel of the 71522 probably won’t last as long as the polycarbonate panel of the 71523. On the 71523, we would expect not to see a bounce as good as the 71522., but you will spend more for the 71523.
Hope this description of the differences between these 3 systems has not tripped you. Have fun shopping.