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Top 5 Best Outdoor Basketball Hoops Reviews For 2021

The elements are the main enemy of outdoor basketball hoops. With portable hoops this problem is somewhat mitigate by the fact that you can always move them inside the garage should the weather turn sour or simply when they’re not in use, but other hoops don’t have that luxury.

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Nobody wants to make a big investment into a wall-mounted or an in-ground hoop only to watch them slowly be destroyed by the rain, wind, and sunlight exposure. This is exactly why some models of hoops have different types of protective coating that help them resist the elements.

These coatings help prolong the durability of the hoops they are applied to and the hoops ranked on this list will be of interest to those of you who want to find hoops that are sure to resist the elements for years to come.

We will be focusing on wall-mounted and in-ground hoops and the protection against the elements will be the main criteria used to rank them with performance aspects being looked at as well but not as the only deciding factor for the rankings.

 Since the hoops have already been featured in this text, the descriptions will remain the same although we will be adding a special segment discussing durability to each hoop on the following list.


#1: Pro Dunk Platinum

The Pro Dunk Platinum has already been featured in two of our lists and given how this is its third appearance, it should give you a good idea just how good this hoop is. Given how we have talked about this hoop a lot already, you should be familiar with its main features.

If you haven’t seen our previous lists, here is a short overview of the hoop’s main features – a 72’’ tempered glass backboard, a strong breakaway rim, and an 8’’ x 6’’ padded support pole. The performance is top-notch and the durability is as well.

The installation will be a pain and you will need to get some help but, on the other hand, it’s a process that you have to go through only once and never worry about it again afterwards. Overall, a great hoop that I could not recommend more highly.

Durability:

The Pro Dunk Platinum has multiple layers of protection, the first of which is the stainless steel used as the main construction material for the hoop. The metal components are also zinc galvanized for additional protection and everything is covered by an extended corrosion warranty. The protection and the construction quality make this is by far the best protected hoop on the market.

Key Features

  • A regulation 72’’ tempered glass backboard
  • Coated materials for great weather resistance
  • An anchor system for attaching the support pole to the base.
  • High-quality breakaway rim
  • A beefy and padded support pole for superb stability
  • Easily adjustable rim height

Specification

  • Brand: Pro Dunk
  • Weight: 800 bs
  • Dimensions: 108 x 84 x 24 inches
  • Color: black

Pros

  • Top tier performance for any type of basketball activity
  • Very durable and resistant to elements thanks to multiple layers of protection
  • Extremely stable

Cons

  • The installation process is complicated and lengthy
  • Heavy and expensive

#2: Goalrilla GSI 

Goalrilla GSI is the only hoop, aside from the Pro Dunk Platinum, to be featured on three of our lists. A 72’’ tempered glass backboard, a stable 6’’ x 6’’ support pole and a great breakaway rim are the main reasons why this is the hoop’s third appearance on the lists.

The only real knock on the hoop is a lack of protective padding on the support pole but that is easily fixable by buying some padding and putting it on the support pole yourself.

 Just like the performance and the quality of the components, the durability is very good and it is going to last for a long time. This mix of performance, quality, and durability is good enough to land this hoop just behind the Pro Dunk Platinum as our pick for the second best outdoor hoop.

Durability

The Goalrilla GSI is a tough overall hoop with DuPont powder coating on the metal parts of the hoop. This coating will provide top-tier protection against both rust and UV radiation. The overall structural strength is not quite at the level of the Pro Dunk Platinum but it is none the less impressive and more than up to any task you set before it.

Key Features

  • A 72’’ tempered glass backboard
  • Adjustable rim height
  • High-quality breakaway rim
  • 4’ of backboard overhang
  • An anchoring system
  • UV and corrosion-resistant coating

Specification

  • Brand: Goalrilla
  • Weight: 439 lbs
  • Dimensions: 120 x 72 x 12 inches
  • Color: black

Pros

  • Excellent backboard and rim performance
  • Great construction
  • Components are highly resistant to the elements thanks to multiple protective layers
  • Manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty
  • Great stability

Cons

  • Support pole lacks any kind of padding
  • Expensive

#3: Katop 60"72" Wall-Mounted Basketball Goal

The only hoop from Katop to be features on our lists manages to make a second appearance thanks to a large and quality backboard, a sturdy construction, and of course, great durability.

The backboard comes in either 60’’ or 72’’ variations and they have a thickness of 0.5’’ along with a good breakaway rim. All of this means that the hoop itself is going to be very good and offer great performance when it is properly installed.

The installation itself isn’t too big of a challenge and you shouldn’t need to hire any contractors. It’s also important to mention that the height of the rim is adjustable down to 7.5’’ via an actuator and the bottom/sides of the backboard are padded which improves the overall safety of the hoop.

It’s a great hoop for anyone looking for a wall-mounted option that will last for a long time.

Durability

This is one more hoop with a layered protection system similar to that of the Pro Dunk Platinum. The surface is covered with a powder coating that protects against rust and the metal below it is galvanized for additional protection. The fact that this is a wall-mounted hoop means that there is less metal to protect and less potential weak spots in the construction. The most important part of the construction is the mounting frame that is very well built on this hoop.

Key Features

  • High-quality tempered glass backboard and breakaway rim
  • Adjustable rim height
  • Protective coating
  • Multiple backboard size options

Specification

  • Brand: Katop
  • Weight: up to 350 lbs
  • Dimensions: not specified
  • Color: black

Pros

  • High quality, durable materials that come with protective coatings
  • Has padding on the backboard
  • Offers multiple backboard sizes
  • Simple wall anchor mounting system
  • Has a rim height indicator

Cons

  • Lacks UV coating
  • Rim height indicator isn’t easy to read from the ground

#4: Progoal 60"/72" Basketball Hoop 

Just like the Katop hoop we featured at number 3, this hoop also offers a choice between a 60’’ and a 72’’ tempered glass backboard, 0.5’’ thickness. The rim is a good, two-spring breakaway model that will easily handle dunking.

It has a height adjustment mechanism that  lets you adjust the height of the rim between 7.5’ and 10’ without having to use a ladder. The hoop also features a height indicator, although it is a bit difficult to read from the ground.

Arena-style padding is found on the sides of the backboard and the performance is pretty good, as can be expected from a hoop that makes the top outdoor hoops list.

Durability

This hoop doesn’t have galvanized components but it does have the already mentioned DuPont powder coating covering the surface of the metal components. One more things that warrants a mention is the fact that the backboard padding is waterproof. The mounting frame is also identical to that of the Katop hoop at #3 and there are no major structural weaknesses that threated durability.

Key Features

  • High quality tempered glass backboard
  • Adjustable rim height
  • Stainless steel breakaway rim
  • Rim height indicator
  • DUPONT protective coating

Specification

  • Brand: PROGOAL
  • Weight: not specified (estimated up to 350 lbs)
  • Dimensions: not specified
  • Color: black

Pros

  • Simple wall anchor mounting system
  • Has a rim height indicator
  • Waterproof padding on the sides of the backboard
  • High quality, durable materials with DuPont coating

Cons

  • Shipping issues can result in missing parts or mounting instructions
  • Rim height indicator isn’t easy to read from the ground

#5: Silverback 60" In-Ground

The final hoop on this list comes fromSilverback. It is a budget-friendly option for those who want great performance at a relatively low price and don’t want to make  many sacrifices.

The tempered glass backboard on this hoop is 60’’ wide instead of the regulation 72’’ which isn’t nearly as big of a shortcoming as you may think. The support pole is a bit thinner at 4’’ x 4’’ but it is made out of a single piece of steel so stability won’t be affected by much.

There’s also a breakaway rim that will handle anything you throw at it with ease. Overall, it’s a solid option whose only major flaw is an offset of just 2.5’, but I would still recommend it none the less.

Durability

The Silverback 60’’ in-ground hoop features a powder coating on the surface of the steel components that provides protection against rust and UV radiation. The structural strength of the components is far from bad, but a 4’’ x 4’’ support pole is relatively thin which brings down the overall durability rating of this hoop.

Key Features

  • 60’’ tempered glass backboard
  • High-quality breakaway rim
  • Adjustable rim height
  • UV and corrosion-resistant coating
  • Padding on the support pole and the sides of the backboard
  • An anchoring system

Specification

  • Brand: Silverback
  • Weight: 203 lbs
  • Dimensions: 49 x 60 x 120 inches
  • Color: black

Pros

  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
  • Great performance
  • Very stable and resistant to elements
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Breakaway rim has only one spring instead of two
  • Backboard offset should be bigger

Conclusion

Even in situations where your hoop has a warranty, the last thing you want to go through is the process of having to make a claim of your warranty because your hoop is broken. Damage can happen suddenly, in case of something breaking, or slowly over time because of the elements.

This is why it is important not only to look at the protective coatings on the hoop’s materials, but also the materials themselves, the construction, and the customer reviews if they exist. Examining these factors may save you from some unwelcome surprises.

Improper installation can also negatively impact the durability of your hoop, so it might be a good idea to pay a bit extra for expert installation if you don’t feel confident doing it yourself. Finally, you may want to consider periodically re-applying protective coatings or paints yourself.


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