Polyethlene is the standared tubing used then to make hoops?
Wow, this is old information, before I did a study on all this. No, there is not a "standard" tubing for hoops. Because most home hoop makers were using PSI (pounds per square inch) as the measurement of value between the various tubes, most of them never knew if they were using PVC, PPE, LDPE PEX, or whatever.
All the polyethylenes, polypropylenes and pvcs have the same weight per similar volume. HDPE is the stiffest of the polyethylenes and the most heat resistant. PEX and PVC have wildly different colors, densities, PSI, etc. PPE is the new star in the hoop world because it's stiffer at smaller sizes. So you can get a thin walled, small diameter hoop that feels as stiff and springy as a much heavier one. the result is faster tricks. The down sides are reports of shattering, and lower heat resistance.
I'm interested in this discussion a lot...I just ordered a new LED and I thought, HEY what the heck I'll try polypro (I have an HDPE LED hoop already and the tubing doesn't feel much different than PE tubing. No adjustment to the feeling like going from 3/4" PE to 1/2" PE that I experienced last year. It is slightly more rigid though. I can't really comment on the weight difference since it's an LED it's a bit heavier anyway.)
Now I feel like I might be going a little crazy thinking I can handle poly pro...like I'll be WAY in over my head with it going super fast and I won't be able to control it or something. I'm kind of scared now...haha. But I know I still have plenty of time to change what tubing I want so I think I'm going to stalk this thread until I decide 100%. Of course at the same time, I totally hate the feeling of "growing" out of hoops with natural progression, especially when I think about LEDs.
Anyway, I'm totally taking over this thread...sorry! From what I understand polypro is super fast, super light, super responsive. I wish I knew what it felt like though!