RPM DiscMate Portable Basket - now in stock
It's 2020 and it has been many years since a high-quality, low-cost, PDGA-approved, NZ-designed portable basket has been available, but it has been well worth the wait! RPM has now produced this very solid portable basket with a two-part centre pole so it packs down into a box measuring just 67cm x 67cm x 26.5cm.
At 22 kilograms, it's no lightweight, however! The circular base and heavy-duty centre poles are hot-dipped galvanised while the cage and chain assembly are powder-coated light grey.
RPM has effectively solved the problem of two-piece poles in portable baskets with the use of stainless steel hex bolts, and additional stainless steel grub screws installed on the opposite angle to stiffen the centre pole, as well as secure it firmly in its base, and they also prevent the cage spinning or rocking, and the chain assembly is similarly solidly positioned on the pole.
DiscMate comes with two hex keys and a small spanner to allow for easy assembly and break down - which takes 2 minutes or less.
The galvanised heavy-duty chains are impressive at the price point: a full set of 24, and they're highly effective, as one would expect - but they lack the "necklace" inner chains which the premium RPM Helix permanent basket come standard with. We can supply an RPM DiscMate Necklace upgrade should you wish to make that improvement.
The Hat on top of the chain assembly is slightly reduced in height compared to the Helix, but it is much smoother as a result of the powder coating, and so this basket won't tend to chew up putters the way a new Helix sometimes can. The Hat is wrapped with an attractive RPM vinyl which is a nice touch. It also serves another purpose; to prevent energetic putts skipping from the top of the chain assembly, and flying far away.
Vortica is deeply impressed with the quality of this new Chinese-made, budget-conscious offering from RPM, and we cannot fault its design, its catching ability, its appearance, its fit and finish, overall quality, and more importantly, price!
For those of you familiar with the original RPM portable from around 20 years ago, you will recognise the basic layout of the cage and chain assembly, which have been tweaked: A deeper cage which the chain assembly now fits perfectly inside, and the Hat which also assists in packing.
For those concerned about the sound of the chains, we can assure you of a proper deep chain sound, and not the high and tinny sound you would normally expect from a portable basket. This is due to the heavy centre pole, the heavy-duty chains, and the way the stainless bolts and grub screws hold it all solidly together.
Materials are top-notch and more than up to the task, with the outer rings of the chain assembly and cage being 8mm in diameter, while the inner rings and spokes are 6.5mm. It comes with a full 2-year warranty, but this basket will most likely survive for many decades outside, as its rugged construction, stainless accessories, and anti-rust treatments will stand the test of time.
Here at Vortica, we’re very excited about the DiscMate! This is the 8th iteration of the evolution of the RPM basket, and (we think) the 14th version of the chaining arrangement. This lengthy process of continual refinement has resulted in a superior product which punches far above its weight in terms of price-performance and quality when compared to anything else available - Period!
The DiscMate is NOT a cheaply rebranded basket from another manufacturer, but an entirely independent RPM design, and Simon has used everything learned in 20-plus years of basket experimentation and development, to produce a first-class basket target which is far superior to all other portable baskets, in terms of its ability to replicate the experience of putting into a permanent Helix basket which is twice the price. "We are extremely happy with it and very proud of this product", says RPM's Simon Feasey. And they should be, because this one is a real winner.
At just $385 inc. GST and shipping, this is going to be a fantastic addition to your back yard.
The price includes $40 to ship to any main centre in New Zealand. Shipping rates to Australia and overseas are surprisingly reasonable.
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RPM DiscMate Portable Basket
Place outside, in the weather and leave it there
Do NOT tumble dry
Turn inside out before washing