Okay fellow hoopers I need your help!
I need to make a change... The hoop that i am using is still too bulky and heavy. I made my hoop out of 3/4" PVC piping and its worked err okay. But now that I am getting more experienced I am finding this hoop very hard to move with and it is keeping me from doing certain tricks. I tried my friends 1/4 or 1/2 in hoop and hers was so light I could hardly keep it moving.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Ideas? If so this would help me alot!
Thanks Hoop City!
just get the thinner tubing.. they should have it at lowes or homedepot
and get the connectors of the same size.. otherwise they should be made the same
also if you're not quite comfortable using a hoop that's that light what i usually do is just use heavier tapes. they really make a lot of difference in weight and how it spins.
heavier tapes like electric tape? I appreciate the help guys!
I think electrical tapes are some of the lightest you can use... when you want to mek it heavier I would recommend gaffer or perhaps one all around layer of electrical one spiral glitter tape and two spirals of gaffer in the other direction... (thinner than the glitter-tape ;)
Or you can go for an all gaff-one... I have some big hoops that I wrapped entirely in two colours of 2 inch gaff and they are the heaviest I have.
what PSI is your 3/4 in hoop? a lot of people prefer the 160 psi, which is on the heavier side and great for waist, beginner tricks and cardio hooping, imo.
The hoops I've been making recently are with 3/4 100psi tubing and it's worked great for me! light enough where it won't prevent you from trying new tricks and like Jennye and others said if you want to play with the weight a bit use some heavier tapes and different tape combinations! (that's what I've been doing with great results)
hope this helps!
Another alternative to a smaller hoop is to get one that is a denser material. HDPE (http://discounthoopsupply.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=HDPE-CUT)
is denser than polypro, which some find it easier to keep up.
And the colored polypro is even denser than the natural one
and it can be used in a hoop up to 42"- which is nice, so you can have the lightness of the thinner hoop without loosing the needed diameter (if you need the larger diameter).
My personal hoop is now the colored pro- when it's sanded it looks and feels just like the vintage hoops from the old days :)
Great ideas everyone! I just started hooping myself and made my hoops of 3/4 dia 160 psi polypropylene. They work great for waist and hand hooping but my bigger one is a little heavy for tricks like neck hooping and isolations. I wrapped them in duck tape which made them heavier too. My next ones will be a lower psi and I think I'm gonna wrap them in gaffers tape for more grip! So hope my experiences help! Good luck! oh and I have found a great website for buying tape in bulk pretty cheap. Check it out!