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Best Outdoor Basketballs

Updated December 2018
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  • 15 Models Considered
  • 5 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 138 Consumers Consulted
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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    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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      Austin
      Writer
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      Production Manager
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      Enid
      Editor
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      Web Producer

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