Based on the reviews outside of Amazon and some of the ones here, this was supposed to be the best outdoor basketball. I go to the courts early in the morning to shoot around for exercise and I use the ball weekly for about a hour. In two months, it has lost a lot of its grip, I constantly have to wash the ball because it sticks to all dirt and dust. It's also heavier when compared to other basketballs I've tried. If you're a serious baller, I would look elsewhere. This Summer, I'll try another ball out in hopes it performs better than this one.