Lifetime 51544 Portable Basketball Hoops Review

The 51544 basketball goal features a 50-inch polycarbonate backboard framed with powder-coated steel, the Speed Shift height adjuster, and a 34-gallong portable base. The 50-inch backboard size provides ample shooting area for players to practice their layups and bank shots. The steel frame provides a superior rebound. Even young players can begin learning to shoot the ball using the included Speed Shift height adjuster. Lifetime 51544 Portable Basketball Hoops Speed Shift height adjuster allows the rim height to be moved up and down from 8 feet to 10 feet in 6-inch increments. Lastly, the 34-gallon portable base provides nearly 300 lbs. of weight (when filled with water) to offset the weight of the system. This weight allows for more aggressive play, while keeping the basketball system stable.

Lifetime Products warranties this basketball system for 5 years. All steel components of the system are powder coated, which helps the metal resist rusting. Portable basketball systems are useful when you need the flexibility of moving your basketball system around.

Feature and Design :

  • Portable base can be filled with sand or water.
  • Portable base size: 34 gallons.
  • Base footprint: 46.75 inches L x 30 inches W.
  • Pole color: black.
  • Weight of the base when filled with water: about 272 lbs.
  • Typically, filling the base with sand makes the base weigh about 1.5 times more than filling the base with water. This weight factor will change depending on the density of your sand.
  • Shipping weight: 92 lbs.
  • Shipping dimensions: 50.6 inches x 35.5 inches x 9.9 inches.
  • Includes a 5-year warranty on all parts of the system from Lifetime Products for United States and Canada customers.
  • All metal parts are powder coated to help resist rusting.

Specifications :


  • Dimensions: 50 inches W x 33 inches H.
  • Backboard material: Makrolon polycarbonate.
  • Backboard thickness: 3 mm (.1 inches).
  • Backboard frame material: powder-coated steel.
  • Frame thickness: 1 inch.
  • Backboard graphics are fade-resistant.
  • Backboard to pole clearance: 22 inches.

Orange Slam-It Rim

  • Regulation-sized rim, 18-inch diameter.
  • Rim uses a double-spring compression mount.
  • This rim holds up well to aggressive play.
  • Rim color: orange.
  • Includes all-weather, white net.
  • Net is a standard 12-loop net.
  • Net weight: 70 grams.
  • Net attaches to rim via welded metal hooks. No plastic clips.

Pole and Height Adjuster

  • Pole size and shape: 3-piece, 3-inch round pole.
  • Pole color: black.
  • Uses a Speed Shift to adjust the backboard up and down.
  • Comes with a basketball pole pad to help protect players from impact with the pole.
  • The Speed Shift uses a single handle that uses squeeze trigger to activate the mechanism.
  • Rim height adjusts from 8-feet to 10-feet in 6-inch increments.
  • Easily adjusted up and down.

Pros :

  • One of the only low cost hoops that features backboard and support pole padding
  • The base is a step up in quality from previous Lifetime portable basketball system models
  • Height adjustment mechanism is well designed and very easy to operate


  • Polycarbonate backboard may not perform to the standard that more advanced players are accustomed to
  • Vibrations can be significant with three piece support system hoops
  • Rim’s springs may begin to rust over time if not protected during off season

Final Words

Overall if you buy Best portable basket ball hoops the Lifetime 51544 Pro Court is a great option. There are a few excellent features which are necessary.  If you want to purchase a Portable Basketball Hoops which is not expensive with an abundance of features, this one is an excellent choice. Lifetime  51544 Pro’s portable design not only provides the very quality product but the most convenient basketball system out there.

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