Hello everybody! I am a relatively new hooper and I'm currently using a 41" diameter, one inch tubing hoop. The hoop was given to me so I'm not sure exactly what the name of the tubing is, but it is hard black plastic and I believe its irrigation tubing. This hoop has been great to use and get basic tricks down (especially chest hooping!), but it's becoming really hard to do off body tricks and weaves with because it is so large and heavy. It has always left bruises on my body but now its starting to really hurt my back when I use it.
I know that I want to scale down to a smaller hoop and began to research what I should get next, but there is so much information out there and so many different options that I feel overwhelmed and very unsure of what to order, or where to order it from for that matter haha. I don't know anybody around me that hoops, so really my only source of information here is the internet.
I definitely want something smaller and lighter, and any recommendations on what size and tubing to scale down are appreciated and welcomed! Also any recommendations on where to purchase a good quality collapsible hoop online for a college students budget would be greatly appreciated too :) thanks and have a great day!!
Hi! I think 1/2 in. poly (irrigation) tubing 125 psi would be a great new hoop for you! It's the lightest kind of irrigation tubing that still gives you enough momentum in your earlier stages of your process. I would say a 36 in. hoop might be good for you because it's still big enough to have enough time and space in the hoop, but not too small. Once you're more comfortable with lighter smaller hoops, I definitely suggest polypro tubing. It's super bouncy, light, and responsive and will teach you so much about the way you move and hoop. HDPE is also good, just not as responsive. Just for reference, I started with a big hoop about 38-40 in. > 36. in 125 psi > 33 in. polypro > 30 in. polypro meow <3 I hope this helps! For the 1/2 in 125 psi hoops, Jenn is awesome! for polypro and hdpe as well as amazing fire hoops, my friend Christina (Mercury Hoops) is awesome as well.
Love Mercury Hoops! Meow!
Depending on the tricks you want to do, use your body as a measuring guide. http://spinmatsuri.com/and-more/calculating-your-ideal-hoop-size/
As for pipe size and weight, lighter is easier for off-body because it requires less grip strength and doesn't bruise your hands as quickly. How light you go will depend on what materials are in your area, the size of the hoop you make, etc.
If you want to experiment with smaller tubing try checking out the $5 wave hoops at walmart and target. Just remove the water and you are good to go. Not sure about the PSI but it's half inch diameter tubing. I say this in case you aren't quite ready to commit to buying your own 100 ft roll of polyethylene irrigation tubing or product off the internet. Otherwise I suggest polypro tubing!!! And you can get that from the seller previously mentioned as well as
Hippie Hoops has some great colored polypro!