Here you can find the most common questions to Bench-Crew.
The official game balls – both from Spalding and Molten – are made of genuine leather, where most other balls are composite leather or rubber. The genuine leather ball needs to be broken in, meaning you have to use them for a while before they perform as you expect. But believe us – it’s worth the effort!
Two answers; first Bench-Crew is just getting started. We add products all the time and expand our offer. At the same time we do not want to wait to provide you with the things you need, so we put it all out there as soon as it is ready. If there is any particular item you are missing, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it for you.
Second, we are very picky about the things we sell. We only want to provide you with high-quality items that will not disappoint you. Therefore we will never have all the items you can find elsewhere. We want to select items for you that we know are good and we know will escalate your game. So we do not have thousands of different basketballs. We will have a couple of superb elite quality (the All-Star Gear) items in each category, a couple in our competitive level (the Starter Gear) and a few more in our price worthy Bench-Crew Gear level.
Currently we work with DIBS Easy and Paypal because they are well known and trusted payment partners. With DIBS Easy you can use credit card or have an invoice sent to you by email. PayPal includes the ability to pay with both your PayPal account and your credit card if you don’t have a Paypal account.
What is the difference between a Genuine Leather basketball and a Composite leather? And which should I buy?
High quality basketballs are made of genuine leather or composite leather (cheap balls are made of rubber). Balls that are made of genuine leather are generally considered to be the best ones and are used in the NBA and WNBA. They are also the most expensive type of balls.
Synthetic or composite leather is an artificial type of material that feels like leather but is cheaper to produce and the balls therefore are not as expensive as the leather balls. The materials are also more versatile and can be used both indoors and outdoors, although outdoor play wears the ball down quicker so we would not recommend it for the better composite balls.
The feel of a genuine leather basketball is completely different to the composite balls. NBA tried in 2006 to replace the leather ball with a composite ball, as the composite has a few advantages such as it does not need a break-in period and thus achieves consistency from ball to ball making the game more about how you play and not the material used. This is because genuine leather match balls used in top level games have been meticulously prepared through a 90-day process to become fully match ready. This also indicates that there may be differences between balls. The NBA, however, needed to reinstate the genuine leather balls in mid-season due to complaints from the players.
When you buy a genuine leather ball, such as the Molten GL7X or Spalding NBA Official basketball, you need to be aware that you need to break in the ball before you get that superior ball you paid for. If you do not want to go through that trouble, a high-quality composite ball such as the Molten GG7X is better for you. It is good enough to be used throughout the Euroleague so you will not be disappointed.
We want to provide a wide range of basketball related products to use both on and off the court. Sometimes it includes things that we are currently not carrying ourselves or items where we are currently out of stock. We still prioritize giving you the things you are looking for so we might point you to other stores where these items can be bought.
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First of all, only use the ball as intended. If it is a ball for indoor use, don’t use it outside. Make sure the air pressure is correct – not only that it “feels good” or have “good bounce”. If unsure we recommend getting a pressure gauge to ensure proper pressure. Always lubricate the needle before inflating the ball. If you are really serious it is a good idea to have several balls and alternate. After use it is a good idea to wipe it off with a damp cloth and then dry it with a dry cloth. For genuine leather balls, you can apply a small amount of oil or grease for leather balls (do not use oil on synthetic leather balls). Store it in a dry area at room temperatures. Always keep the ball with sufficient air pressure. Do not deflate the ball between games or practices. For us hard-core nerds it is ok to sleep with the ball in your bed.
We are located in Sweden and work under Swedish regulations, meaning that you can always return any items for whatever reason within 14 days as long as it is not used and still in original package. Just drop us an email at email@example.com and we will send you a RMA number and then you can return the items to us and we will provide a full refund. For more details, please see our returns policy .
Thanks to our cooperation with PayPal as payment provider, returns are free. The cost of returning the items are covered by PayPal so you can shop safely. All you need to do is activate the service.
Yes we do!
It will however take a few days to get the items there since we are operating out of Sweden. Normal delivery is 7-10 days. Also, due to shipping costs we need to charge a small amount for the shipping – currently $5 (US). If you are based in US or Canada, PayPal is the best payment option for you.