Comes in youth, teen, and adult sizes (size 5 to 7). Ball's surface has a more textured, pebble feel for better control during play. Ball does a good job of retaining shape after a lot of use.
Requires some time to break in for the best feel and results.
Can buy multiple basketballs for less. Heavy leather and stitching make the ball appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Ball is easy to inflate with the appropriate needle and hand or electric pump.
Will last longer with indoor play versus outdoor use.
Smaller size fits well into the hands of younger children (ages 5 to 8) to help develop a better feel and control over the ball at an early age. Will survive the abuse of outdoor play.
Basketball can run on the small side.
The heavy-duty leather and stitching is supported with a cushioned core for more comfortable play. Basketball is the right size for medium-sized hands and can be used as a women's practice ball.
Ball tends to deflate after some repeated use or play.
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Outdoor basketballs are made to stand up to the rough court conditions you may find. Outdoor basketball courts often consist of concrete, so the ball needs a tough exterior. Many outdoor basketballs consist of either rubber or synthetic materials. Rubber basketballs will have a bit of extra bounce versus other basketball materials. If you’re looking for an outdoor basketball that’s more like what the NBA uses, you’ll want a synthetic basketball. It’s durable and has a nice look and feel. Synthetic balls may scuff a little bit when used on concrete, whereas rubber will not scuff. You certainly can use outdoor basketballs on indoor courts, but better quality indoor-only balls exist. Leather indoor basketballs are the highest quality balls, but they don’t stand up well to concrete courts.
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