The middle tier backboard material that is found on many portable basketball hoops today is acrylic. Acrylic backboards are less durable than their polycarbonate counterparts but perform much better. Acrylic backboards are generally featured on middle priced portable basketball systems that offer a greater number of features.
Generally we recommend portable basketball hoops with polycarbonate backboards for families who want to use the basketball hoop for recreational play and for young children learning the game.
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Portable basketball hoops with polycarbonate backboards often tend to have a “dead” feel when the basketball comes off the backboard during shots. This significantly changes the way rebounds play on cheaper polycarbonate backboards compared to top end tempered glass backboards.
If you take the game seriously but live in an area where severe weather, including high winds, can occur then we would suggest considering a portable basketball hoop with an acrylic backboard.