It's really bright and colorful but to me it seems more like a one-trick pony. It has different settings but they're all just variations of flashing colors. The entire hoop is one color, except for the spot where the battery is, where it's a dark gap. I've only seen it in person, never used it before, but I prefer the look of LED hoops anyway (I like the trails better).
they are cool and all but they go for the same price as the atomic...think i'd rather get the atomic.
I met a girl with one last year at Camp Barefoot. Since I had the Atomic, we traded hoops for a bit one night. The fiber optic had some cool patterns. More than I expected and they looked awesome on vertical planes.It was neat having a completely solid hoop, though I was a little disappointed to see that due to the battery, it wasn't completely solid. Understandable though. Without the battery, it wouldn't work! I found it to be much heavier and less responsive than my Atomic, but it was 2-3 inches larger than mine, so that makes a difference.
I don't need another LED, so I probably wouldn't buy it. I have the Atomic and a PSI. The next time I buy LED's, I plan to get minis. If mini fiber optic's were available, I'd be more interested.
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Here are some pics!
Hey I was there too! It was interesting to be in the middle of the croud as I saw an Atomic hoop to my left and the Fibre optic to my right. Both were really intense.
Here is me with my fiber optic, this is the first pattern setting, rainbow color change, on normal mode where it cycles from slow change to fast (you can pause it anywhere in the cycle).
I received it as a collaborative birthday present from my boyfriend and several friends. The first thing I had to get used to was that it's unbalanced (no counter-weights), which still throws me off once in a while, but I've learned to execute certain moves in certain ways to correct it. As far as I know there is no company that currently makes a polypro fiber optic, but if there was and it were counter balanced it would be beautiful. The button is recessed to a point that it's a little tricky to change the pattern, and several times I've had to turn the thing off because I pressed the button too many times and rather than cycle through everything again, it's easier to turn it off and start at the beginning.
I had to return the battery unit after a couple of months, as the housing was not hoop plastic and cracked with use, causing the patterns to switch all willy-nilly. It took forever for the package to get to the manufacturer in Canada and I thought it was lost in the mail for a couple of months, then suddenly it appeared, new and improved in my mailbox. No problems with that part, except it required a little finagling to get it back together (to line up the leds with the fiber optic cable). I was bummer recently when I did a leg reversal and bent the pipe, I think the weight of the battery unit pulled too hard when I reversed it. No more leg reversals, but everything still works fine.
Overall I love my fiber optic, it's like having a giant hoop glowstick, and is a major crowd pleaser. I wouldn't purchase another one though, and will likely invest in a more durable, less expensive hoop in the future.
Now I'm feeling confused, I thought the Atomic hoops used fiber optics?
Nope Atomics use LEDs. 100 in fact, though smaller hoops may have less.
It's not a two inch gap, there are two pieces connected to each other and to either end of the bulk of the hoop with the fiber optic cable inside. At each of the joined parts the light doesn't go completely through, so there are a couple of dark spots, and actually the light brightens there when it escapes out of the crack. The lighting part is way less of an issue than the fact that it's not counter-balanced, but you can learn to correct it with your hooping, kind of like you learn to work with an oval hoop or a water hoop.
Whoa! Glow hoop junkie!
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