Got this for my 9 year old daughter who has been playing soccer for 5 years now. She loves that she can kick around when I'm busy, and we've used it together taking turns and even passing off of it at angles.
* Put it together by myself in about 25 minutes, and only needed a little help stretching the net on. Directions were easy to follow and it is well designed and easy to assemble.
One note on assembly - you'll only get 4 bolts with wingnuts and washers, but you'll swear you need 6 screws. That's because the front base screws are already screwed in so you'll just need to unscrew them, line up the pieces, and screw them back in. I panicked for a moment until I looked at the ends of the base pipes.
Another assembly note - don't just start putting it together in part-number order. The parts are numbered, but follow the direction. Really, it's easier that way.
* Durable parts - nothing feels flimsy at all, especially the net once it's stretched on. You might scratch the white enamel on the pipes if you drag it across a driveway, but other than that, it doesn't feel like it'll bend or warp at all.
* Great rebound - the ball really pops off the net. You do need to get the ball up off the ground for it to rebound properly, but that wasn't a problem for my 9-yr old daughter. The rebound snaps off the net, requiring the kicker to really be prepared and on the balls of her feet to get the rebound. No kicking and standing and watching with this! Oh, and you don't have to hit the sweetspot to get a good rebound, it just needs to be off the ground. My daughter loves aiming for the center though.
*Light weight - it's easy enough for my daughter to carry/drag in and out of the garage by herself (just make sure your car is out of the way).
Not Really Cons - Not sure these are really cons, but things to consider
* There's really no undoing of this goal once it's together. I don't plan on taking this to practice, but if I wanted to take it to the park, it would take some effort. It *MIGHT* fit into the back of my crossover, I haven't tried yet.
* You'll want to use the U-hooks to hold the goal in place. This isn't an issue, but I've read some reviews that said it fell over easy with good strikes. It will, so just use the hooks. Using the hooks, I haven't had any trouble with the goal tipping over. And you'll definitely need them if you angle it beyond the 90 degrees, but again, this isn't an issue, just push/pound them in.
OVERALL - I asked my daughter to add to my review, here's what she said:
"I LOVE my new goal. I love that I can play by myself in the yard, and I love that I can get it out of the garage myself (though I prefer my dad to set it up for me). It's great that the ball comes back to me and I don't have to chase it unless I miss the rebound. It really keeps me on my toes!"
So there you have it, straight from the kid's mouth. I couldn't be happier with its durability, the size and quality, and I love that it's got my kid out practicing without me.