What makes the Tarmak R500 and its Magic Jam so special?
The Tarmak R500 basketball is one of a kind.
Some balls are slippery, have a terrible bounce and can't be repaired. We wanted to offer a solution
In addition to its reinforced covering, this ball contains a green gel made of rubber microparticles that get sucked into holes to not only fill, but to also reinforce these areas. This prevents air leaking out so you can keep playing. We called this gel Magic Jam.
Is the R500 really puncture-proof?
The Tarmak R500 ball won't go flat for up to 10 punctures of 2 mm in diameter.
If you find a hole, bounce the ball at least 10 times. This causes the Magic Jam to move around and fill in the hole before hardening on contact with air.
If the ball ever loses too much pressure, remember to reinflate it (to 0.62 bar for the perfect bounce).
What makes the R500 so grippy?
Having a good grip is essential in basketball.
We turned to something else that depends on excellent grip for inspiration: tyres.
The R500 Tarmak basketball comes with a rubber covering that makes it durable and exceptionally grippy.
Its sculpted panels were inspired by how tyres are designed. They are alternating and have thick, basketball-specific pebbles to make grasping the ball a doddle.
What ball size to choose?
The ball size depends on the player's age and sex.
Size 1: From ages 2 and up
Size 3 to size 5: Girls or boys ages 4 to 6 / Baby basket under 7 age group (depending on levels and clubs)
Size 5: Boys and girls ages 7 to 10 / Under 9 and under 11 age groups
Size 6: Boys ages 11 and 12 / Under 13 age group
Size 6: Girls - Women of all ages over 11
Size 7: Boys - Men of all ages over 13
What ball should you use?
If you're looking for a very durable ball, opt for one with a rubber cover. If you want a ball with a good feel, leather or synthetic are what you need.
How much should you inflate your basketball?
A basketball that is overinflated or underinflated doesn't give you the best match experience.
The recommended pressure is clearly marked on the ball by the manufacturer.
Ideally, you should use a pump with a pressure gauge so that you can be more precise.
At Tarmak, we recommend a pressure of 0.62 bar.
Enjoy your match!
What height basket should you choose?
The official height of a basketball basket is 3.05m (rim height).
If you want a basketball basket for your child, you need something that will grow with them.
For younger kids there isn't an official height so you can choose whatever suits them best.
Up to the age of 10, club baskets are set at 2.60m.
After the age of 10, both girls and boys play with 3.05m baskets
Did you know that all TARMAK products are tested in the lab and in match conditions?
The design team behind the TARMAK products is based at Kipstadium in Northern France. It is constantly aiming to make basketball a more enjoyable experience.
All Tarmak products have been tested in real-life situations by actual players for a number of weeks.
These regular tests, along with customer feedback, help us develop our products.
Lab tests are also carried out to check our products' various properties
Who designs the Tarmak basketball products?
Tarmak is a team of keen basketballers who develop products especially for playing basketball. The entire product range is designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding basketball players and to give you maximum enjoyment during training and matches.
What gear to get, how to train: explore our basketball tips!
Tarmak is here for anyone playing basketball, from beginners to regulars. Check out our tips for training, kitting yourself out, and playing alone or with friends.