Lifetime 90040 Portable Basketball System Review

Lifetime 90040Lifetime 90040 Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System


Lifetime 90040 offers robust features to the savvy generation of basketball players who want a balance of style, function, and performance while playing basketball. This portable basketball system offers numerous benefits and the opportunity to enjoy quality recreation.

This basketball system is suitable for beginners and intermediate players. It allows players to enjoy the game in their own terms given that it comes with an adjustable height. This means that players can adjust the height for fun play, shooting, and serious competitive play. Intermediate players will appreciate the good ball response and the minimal shaking of the backboard.

Basketball Backboard

Lifetime 90040 comes with a high density polyethylene 44-inch backboard which can withstand hard knocks and the impact of competitive play. The ball response is generally good for intermediate play. Also, this material is durable and it can withstand chips and weather elements really well. The screen printed graphics is also UV protected which maintains the good looks of the backboard even after several years of play.

Pole and Lift System

This system has a black 3-piece pole section and, for your convenience, a telescoping mechanism which facilitates quick height adjustment from 7.5 feet to 10 feet. Players can make quick 6-inch increments to match their level of play. Consequently, this means players can play by their own terms and preferences. Also, there is no need to use an extra tool for this purpose, just use the mechanism already provided.

This Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop comes with a black classic rim and it also features a solid steel ring which is supported by braces. It would have offered greater opportunities for robust play (for intermediate player) had it comes with a spring back action, but generally speaking, this is satisfactory. A 50 grams weather resistant nylon net is included in the package which allows players to use it comfortably in any kind of weather.





Assembly is one of the challenging aspects of any hoop, and with the Lifetime 90040 it is no different. The assembly may not be simple, but it is bearable so long as you are good with DIY projects. Instructions are okay, but to get things going, you had better work with a partner who is good with piecing and fixing the components. This may take an average of 2 hours, but this doesn’t override the durability and quality this unit offers once it is assembled.

The 27 gallon portable base is quite small compared to other large basketball systems. Anyway, it can be easily filled with water or sand and then moved to the preferred area of play. Novice players will find the base just fine for their level of play, but it would have been much better if it was larger to facilitate competitive or college level of play for those who want more than having a good time shooting balls. You shouldn’t have problems moving this unit once you assemble it.

Why should you invest in it?

  • 90040 comes with a telescoping mechanism for smooth height adjustment to match the level of play for individuals and groups.
  • It has a 27-gallon base which provides reasonable support for the unit during play.
  • It rolls easily on wheels to and from the desired play area.
  • The net and the hoop, in general, are weather resistant and can be used for robust play all year round.
  • Assembly is quite straightforward and there are no additional tools required for set up.


All in all, Lifetime 90040 is a satisfactory product. It features all the standard features of a modern basketball system and it is sturdy once it is assembled. The height adjustment works fine, its ball response is good and anyone can operate it with ease. So, if you are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend for your kids and the family, or to hone you shooting skills as an intermediate player, then you have every reason to trust this hoop. This product comes with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty that covers everything.

You may also be interested in the Lifetime 1479 Courtside Portable Basketball System.

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