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Mini Pro I Door Mount Basketball Hoop Set

Product Review (submitted on September 22, 2012):

I first purchased the larger 2.0 version of these top-of-the-line hoops for my 4-year-old son, to replace a cheap plastic Huffy version that broke in short order from simply banging slightly against the closet door when opening the bedroom door it was mounted on. We liked it so much, I wanted to to purchase a second one, so we could have one in my son's upstairs bedroom and another downstairs. While the larger version could (barely) fit on our front door, I was a little worried it might cause some air leakage in the winter, so I pried it off and put it back upstairs, and I purchased the smaller 1.0 version to hang on a small downstairs closet door (that was too small to comfortably hang the 2.0). Since the prices are similar, I would think most buyers would opt for the larger 2.0, but my experience shows that there is still use for the smaller 1.0. It hangs about 4" higher than the 5'7 3/8" for the larger 2.0 on my door, and the rim is 9" vs. 10.25", so it's a little more of a challenge to (dunk and/or) score on the 1.0 --esp. with my low ceilings, making it hard to get much arc from a distance. For older kids (and/or higher ceilings), the smaller 1.0 version can be advantageous in getting the rim 4" higher. I'm 42 now, and I have fond memories of my Nerf hoop when I was a kid. But this is WAY better! A 9" steel break-away rim mounted on a 1/4" thick polycarbonate backboard?! Wow. Go to the manufacturer's/seller's web site to see a video of a 180lb dude doing pull ups on one of these rims, if you're wondering how sturdy it is. And they also offer the choice of a 5" foam vs rubber ball. I prefer the softer/quieter foam balls upstairs, where we can't dribble on carpet anyway, but I also enjoy using the more realistic rubber balls downstairs on the tile and hardwood foors. I'm also very impressed with the door mounting system. The Huffy was scratching the door and frame a bit, and making it slightly difficult to close (quietly). But the JustinTymeSports door mount manages to not only fit my son's bedroom door great but it's even wide enough to (barely) accomodate our front outside door with a very tight fit. Everything about these hoops screams sturdy and well engineered and built. Highly recommended for kids of all ages, as I am enjoying it almost as much as my son. We shoot around in the foyer before bed now, making that transition easier and more fun, and/or we shoot around in his room once I finally get him up there. (Original 11/21/11)