The hoop itself is great. However I do have a concern that the person who wrote the instructions was severely intoxicated or perhaps extremely high. I used to build houses for a living, and it was easier to build a house than to follow these instructions. Honestly the person who wrote them must have been extremely high. best of luck if you plan on assembling it.
First, I am gladly to be able to buy an American made product(though the net still Made in china). Second, the quality of this product is excellent. The hardware's are well fitted. The instruction is a little hard to follow at first, but if you take time to read carefully and follow step by step, you will get through easier.
How ever, one thing I wish Lifetime will need to "reinvent" is the way this product is packed. This is a heavy stuff but inside the carton, they are packed so simple with insufficient cushion. If you come to Lifetime warehouse to pick up your order, it should not be any problem, but if it is shipped, like mine did, the outside of the carton had torn off and the carrier put some tape to hold the box together, and the inside was a mess. All the cushion were broken up and everything was rolling around, the poles, specially, have many scratches and the hardware getting loose from the bag. Instead of return and ask for replacement, which I do not think will be much better after going through the shipping ordeal, I bought a can of black paint to spray over the scratches to protect them from rust.
Other than the packing issue, this is a very good thing to spend money for.
Our Lifetime inground goal is 7 years old and now must be removed because of a long split at the base and rust on both the pole and the metal parts of the backboard. It has been used minimally. The 5-year warranty must be the clue that these goals do not have a long life. It will be expensive to have it safely removed. Next time we will get a portable goal.
Nice goal and you cant beat the price. Dug the hole and put the pole in the ground one evening. Let it setup and put the rest together the next night. The kids were shooting baskets that evening. Assembly instructions let a little to be desired. The pictures were not clear enough. I had to assemble and reassemble the adjustment bars 4 times before I finally got everything in the right hole. Overall it wasn't fairly simple.
Very nice basketball goal for the price! Excellent customer service as well.
Bought this to replace a similar goal that was a Lifetime product over 10 years old. Went together easily, however the middle pole section had the warning label installed upside down and this caused quite a delay as we tried to match the directions to the actual objects. Will need to get a new warning label since you need to stand on your head to read the one that came with the product.
awesome product for starters along with fast, fast shipping. I ordered it on Sunday had the hoop by Friday. worth the price
The product was great and was delivered promptly. Very satisfied.
BUT the directions were terrible!
Poorly written and made the assembly much harder than it should have been.
Assembly should have been 2-3 hours and instead it took 5 plus hours.
Please have someone rewrite directions.
Instructions were not very clear - I had to redo several steps. Had to shim the rim with washers in order to make it level. Box was damaged in shipping, but parts appeared ok. Now that it up - were happy. (Updated on 3/16/2012.)
Product came very fast, ordered it on Sunday and arrived by Friday. The picture does not give it justice, it looks very sharp, as several neighbors have commented to me about. The pole assembly is very sturdy, which as a big concern of mine having owned a lesser quality system. The mechanism which raise and lowers it is simple and fast to use with a broom stick. Why pay more for a fancy crank model. Fortunately, the rest of the structure is very sound and offsets that. I priced a lot of systems and for the money this unit is a definite winner!
I would definitely recommend and use your company again. I thank you for your prompt service and outstanding product!
The basketball system is great! The instructions need some help though! Glad my husband understood them! my boys love the basketball hoop!
Product came very fast, ordered it on Sunday and arrived by Friday. The picture does not give it justice, it looks very sharp, as several neighbors have commented to me about. The pole assembly is very sturdy, which as a big concern of mine having owned a lesser quality system. In fact, less than a day after putting it up a severe storm with 60 plus mph winds and hail came through and it survived just fine. The mechanism which raise and lowers it is simple and fast to use with a broom stick. Why pay more for a fancy crank model. If I have any knocks the instructions are not the easiest to follow. It was trial and error on a few steps to finally get it right. The only other item is the backboard could be a bit thicker to give a bit better bounce to the ball. Fortunately, the rest of the structure is very sound and offsets that. I priced a lot of systems and for the money this unit is a definite winner!
Purchased system at a great sales price. I was short a couple of items when I received the basketball system but have the parts on the way to me as I write this review. Very nice people to work with in Utah and am sure my grandchildren will enjoy playing basketball as soon as I get it up. I recommend purchasing the ground sleeve for easy removal at a time later if necessary. The quality of the system is excellent and would recommend this to all who desire making their grandchildren happy when they with their Grandpa.
This goal is a great value and a great item. It is perfect for any family. We have never had any issues with their products. This is our 2nd one as the first one we had to leave behind at our old house. So we immediately purchased a new one for the new house. Competitive Edge Products has great customer service and they are very quick to ship items out. I recommend their products to anyone!
I am so pleased with the product and your company. I received In ground basketball complete system promptly. Thank you Competitive Edge. You have sold me as a lifetime customer of your sports equipment
thank you for your quick response. we received the new backboard before Christmas, and my gift to my 9 year old was a hit, thanks again. I will highly recommend your company to anyone.
Quality product at a very good price. Shipping was very fast
We have a Lifetime in-ground basketball setup that we installed 20 years ago. My 13 year old son still uses it almost every day. My 24 year old son received the new one we just ordered to have at his new home. THE ONLY COMPLAINT WE HAVE WITH THIS NEW ONE is the rim is not a slam it rim like the one we have had for years. I wish the product description would have been specific enough for a gal to catch on so that I could have upgraded the order. Now it would not be cost effective to have 2 rims. It is a great product for the money.
Purchased after seeing all the good reviews. I was not disappointed with the basketball hoop at all. It was pretty easy to put together even though the directions stink. If you take your time and have a set of extra eyes you will be fine. All in all still a good value for a solid rim and backboard.
The process was great I would have liked to see a few more pictures
They are selling a product that has absolutely horrible instructions. When I read some reviews stating such, I thought, "well perhaps they were not handy people like myself". Unfortunately I was wrong. It took me hours to put it together. The instructions consist of virtually worthless pictures. If there was one good picture of the finished product, I may have been able to figure out it a little faster. I had to purchase new nuts and bolts because the sets did not match. It is either that the nuts are metric with American bolts or a different size and they did not fit into the holes on the hardware so I had to make them larger. Finally the upper pieces of the pole do not slide all the way into the lower piece therefore the rim is 101" or one inch too high. This is not a major complaint. I just thought I would mention it. (BTW, the ground dimensions were followed exactly so it is not that the lower piece was not buried in concrete enough.) Yes, now that it is installed, the quality is fairly good, especially for the price. However, knowing what I know now, if I was to do it all over again, I would go to Modell's or Sports Authority and pay $250 for a different one.
Good backboard for intermediate players.
looking for the best deal on an in ground basketball hoop. they had the best quality and price.
High Quality, Low Cost In-Ground Hoop.
Very Impressed With The Durability!
I Thought (Since It Was Very Inexpensive)I Was Buying A Product Id Have To Replace In A Short Time. I Was So Wrong. This High Quality Hoop Will Be Around My House For Years! Looks Like Lifetime Lives Up To Its Name!!!!!
GOOD PRODUCT, JUST WHAT I NEED IT