Product Type: Samba Ball Sport
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Get it up in under 5 minutes ................ the goal that is!!
Samba Fun Goal
Member Name: Randal
Samba Fun Goal
Advantages: Durable, tough and easy assemble
Disadvantages: No storage bag
I bought this for the family a while back because we enjoy playing the odd garden football game together when the weather is nice on those rare occasions. From what I could see at the time, there were a variety of sizes available, from a full size 16' x 7', through more manageable sizes of 8' x 6', and down to 5' x 4', which I thought would be a more manageable for moving around the garden as required, and hence, was the one I went for for £50 from Amazon.
For the price, what you get is a PVC tubing frame that is made up from white 67mm diameter hollow tubing that interlocks together to form the goal frame. The frame has everything you need to support the net, in that it has a front, sides and base so that it can remain free standing wherever you put it. The goal also comes with a net which you then clip to the back of the frame with the supplied net clips, and for additional security, the goal is also supplied with a couple of ground pegs to hold the goal in position.
Once assembled, it is quite lightweight, meaning that it can be easily moved around the garden as required, normally I find, when the grass gets worn out in the goal mouth area and you want to give the area a rest for the grass to recover. You can normally do it with one person, but size wise, you are probably better off with 2. As mentioned, you do have the option to peg it down to the ground with the supplied pegs, but I've never really done that because it seems to stand ok on its own, and only occasionally has fallen over after someone has really blasted a shot into the net.
Durability wise it seems to weather well and is quite tough. We have had it out in all weathers, even when there has been an overnight frost and snow, and after about 18 months of use thus far, it still looks good. None of the PVC framework is damaged or cracked, and the net has held well with no fraying or holes. The tubes have also taken a few knocks over time, but nothing has appeared to damage them in any way.
One of the really good things about this goal is that you can quickly assemble and disassemble it, meaning that you can quickly set it up for an afternoon game perhaps if you suddenly get a good spot of weather. Overall, the manufactures claim that you should be able to assemble the goal in about 5 minutes, and I can pretty much vouch for that claim to be true because my son manages to assemble it in under that time. Similarly, you can take it apart just as quick, which means that you can then easily store it away again when not in use.
Negative points? Nothing specifically with the goal itself, but it would have been nice if it came in some sort of storage bag in which you could store everything to keep all the bits together. We currently store it back in its original box when not in use, but that starting to fray and get damaged a bit. So for perhaps a few pounds more, it would have been nice if the company provided a bag.
In summary, you can get cheaper goals than this in markets and on eBay. But when you pay a little more, you get a very durable goal frame that is easy assemble, and lasts well against all the elements that you can throw (or kick) at it to provide the family with hours of fun. Hence, a 5 star recommendation.
Summary: For £50 you get a good looking, easy assemble goal to provide the family with hours of fun.