Who is Silverback Basketball?
Silverback basketball systems are from the same manufacturer as Goalrilla basketball hoops. The Silverback line caters to a cheaper price range, but features many of the same general design features as the Goalrilla line. For instance, Goalrilla offers their turn-crank height adjuster on both the Goalrilla basketball hoops and Silverback basketball hoops. Both groups of systems have a square-shaped pole, which provides greater rigidity in the ground. In the Silverback basketball hoop line, there are two models currently available – the B5402W and the B5400W. We will briefly explore the differences between these two basketball systems.
Basketball Backboard Size
The first major difference is in the backboard width. The B5400W has a 54-inch width. The B5402W has a 60-inch width. As a frame of reference, regulation-sized backboards are 72-inches wide; thus, the B5402W gets you the closest to the regulation size for backboards. Both are made of tempered glass of the same thickness. Both have a similarly-sized steel frame. So, the only thing in the backboard that is being upgraded between the two models is the backboard width.
Basketball Pole Structure.
Both of these Silverback systems have a 4×4 steel pole. However, the B5402W is very different from the B5400W in how it mounts in the ground. The B5402W uses an anchor mount, much like the Goalrilla line does. Whereas the B5400W has the lower portion of the pole cemented into the ground. The anchor system amounts to an anchor plate with 4 long J-bolts that dip down in the cement to secure the system.
All other parts of the two systems are the same.
Comparing Silverback to Goalrilla
When making the jump from Silverback to Goalrilla basketball hoops, the easiest way to make this comparison is to simply realize that everything essentially gets bigger. Goalrilla basketball systems are meant to provide a larger, more regulation-like feel to a basketball court. Here are some major differences to consider.
On Goalrilla basketball models, the backboard materials are thicker. The tempered glass thickness on Silverback models is about 0.2 inches thick. Goalrilla models are 0.375 inches thick. Goalrilla backboards also have 1 additional, larger width than Silverback – regulation 72-inches wide. The backboard frame on Goalrilla models are also thicker than Silverback models, which provides better support and durability for the backboard material in the long run.
Main Pole Differences
The first obvious difference between Goalrilla and Silverback poles is the pole sizes. As previously mentioned, Silverback poles are 4×4 inches square. Goalrilla poles start off at 5×5 on their 54-inch model and top off at 6×6 on their 60-inch and 70-inch models. One reason for the larger poles is to support the heavier backboards. However, larger poles also mean a stiffer, more stable feel when you are playing.
A less obvious difference between Goalrilla and Silverback poles is the design of the pole itself. Goalrilla poles are made with a single piece of steel. Silver back poles are made with 2 pieces of steel brought together. The fewer segments in the basketball pole, the less movement will be seen when the basketball goal is being used.
Goalrilla warranties these lines of product differently as well. Silverback goals have a 7-year warranty. Goalrilla warranties their Goalrilla line for the lifetime of the system. Most of this warranty difference is due to the higher quality components and sizes used on the Goalrilla line as we have already outlined.