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Poor build quality lets down a nice simple design
on 28 December 2015
I'm reviewing the larger (6x8) net. A slightly disappointing build quality lets down what would otherwise be a nice net for playing in the garden.
It arrives well packaged, in a good box with each piece individually wrapped, with each piece clearly numbered and with easy-to-follow instructions. It can be assembled by one adult, even when being hassled by kids impatient to play with the goal.
However it's as you assemble it that you realise it's not really a premium bit of kit. The pins don't perfectly fit the holes, meaning it's quite a rattley, wobbly structure even when built properly. The fact you have to use velcro straps to keep the net on, rather than it having any kind of proper system of hooks, feels exceptionally cheap and will break far too easily.
You fix the net into the ground using four very ordinary tent pegs, which loop round the poles rather than hooking onto them in any way, which again feels like a bit of lazy design. It's important to note that there is a BIG safety warning on the instructions saying that the bottom of the goal has to be pegged firmly into the ground, otherwise "Unsecured Goal Can Fall Over Causing Serious Injury Or Death". So if you were thinking of using this goal on a patio, or on tarmac, then be VERY warned that that's in breach of the safety instructions and you will have to think about some other secure way of making sure it isn't going to fall over. While it's not exceptionally heavy, it's heavy enough that if it fell on somebody's head, serious injury could happen. It's also not particularly weighted onto the base, which seems like a mistake too.
With the 6x8 size one, the base is actually smaller than the goal itself. You could actually twist it round and get a smaller goal, which you could then turn around again once the kids are ready for a bigger goal- but because of the way the corner pieces are designed, it's not quite as secure that way round, so again, be very very aware of the safety risks if you're thinking of doing that.
I expected better build quality from the Mitre brand, I really did. A Paul Scholes-style volley into this goal would probably break the net, the Velcro ties and the frame in one go. It's lucky I'm not Paul Scholes...