New Clearview Backboards

New Clearview Backboards

New Clearview Backboards

One of the great things about working at Lifetime Products is our people. We have a great group of engineers in our Sporting Goods department. Last fall, we were trying to come up with a way to make our basketball system backboards more like the pro boards. With some late nights and a lot of design work, we were able to come up with our new Clearview backboards.

What is Clearview? Well, I am going to tell you. With residential systems it is common in the industry to have a backboard brace behind the square target of your backboard. On these systems we use a clear material called polycarbonate or on the higher end systems tempered-glass to make them look like the pro's. However, the backboard braces were blocking your view through the backboard.

We wanted to remove the braces behind the target so there was a clear view more like a pro-style system. However, the problem was if you remove braces, you sacrifice strength and sturdiness.

Problem solved! Our amazing engineering team was able to design a way for the backboard extension arms to be connected to the backboard out of site. Moving the position of the braces out and removing the brace in front of the shooting target actually made sense. Not only do you have a true clearview backboard that has a nice open feel to it, but you also have a system that has less wobble and is more sturdy.  To see the difference, take a look at these two pictures which show a traditional backboard brace and our new Clearview backboard.

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Lifetime is always trying to improve and make our products the best they can be. It takes hard work and a great team to accomplish this. Look for these new Clearview backboards on our highend Lifetime Mammoth line which has been updated and improved, as well as on our Elite line sold at Dicks Sporting Goods Model # 90227, 90228, 90230, and 90231.

Vince

Vince

Name- Vince

Position at Lifetime Products- Product Marketing Manager for the Sporting Goods and Playground categories
 
How long at Lifetime Products- Since October 2011

My favorite products from Lifetime- Portable Basketball Systems

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