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Blowmold Plastic backboard.
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2015
I had an "Atlas" backboard, which is older Lifetime brand backboard. It was about 15 years old and plexiglass finally cracked / broke while my son was shooting hoops. I bought this backboard for the replacement, based mostly on it being from the same company, hoping it would fit using the same brackets and the price was fair at $72.
This backboard in Made in the USA, but the entire frame is made of blowmold plastic, the same stuff your outdoor Christmas figures are made out of. The clear portion of the backboard in plexiglass and not very clear, but cloudy. This backboard does not come with any mounting hardware, that is sold separately. It only comes with the hardware to mount the rim to it and two extra screws that can be used to mount it to your own brackets. The directions are pretty clear, but it took my son and I about an hour to swap out the old one with this one. We were able to use all the old mounting brackets and everything lined up. You will need a deep socket 13mm socket to complete bolting the rim on because of a C-channel bracket they use that doesn't allow for a wrench to fit in there or be used. The entire backboard is secured at the top by two simple screws that are driven straight into the hollow plastic. The bottom of the backboard uses the rim hardware to attach it to the pole /brackets. That hardware also passes through a hollow portion of the backboard. This also came with a net for the rim.
My other backboard had a metal frame. This one, being hollow plastic, is much "louder" when a ball hits it. I am not sure how durable it will be over time, but I will update this review should something happen. Just be advised, you will need to use your old brackets and some hardware or purchase their hardware kit to complete the install.
**2019 UPDATE** The backboard has been up now several years and been through the weather and streetball games. It has held up to it all without any problems and still going strong.