I've been getting pretty serious about my hooping group lately and was thinking how it might be a good investment to turn one of my practice hoops into a performance hoop.
So for those of you out there who use polypro...did you just bite the bullet and add deco tape to the whole thing? Wouldn't that weigh down my polypro hoops A LOT? I really want to look professional but at the same time I don't want to compromise the lightness of my hoops because obviously that's the reason I use poly. I know they sell that tubing now in pretty much every color and I was thinking about possibly just getting a colored hoop. Although all that sparkly silver tape is soo pretty!
Words of advice?
Tape it however you want to...the metallic, mirror, glitter holographic tape will not weigh your hoop down to the point it effects your hooping. Even if you completely cover the hoop with that kind of tape. However, if your using grip tape, vinyl and holographic tape then it would add like 8-10 grams of more weight (guessing on the grams.) The thicker the tape the more weight it will add so grip tapes (hockey,gaffer) and vinly tapes weigh much more than the holographic/mirror tapes you are planning to use. If your still really worried about it just tape your hoop in a design that adds color but not lots of tape like a single spiral or bands of deco tape.
posted this in another thread but still may help you
*Every hooper needs to know this and keep this in mind when buying collapsible hoops with non-stretch tape like mirror,metallic, or holographic tapes. it WILL CRINKLE WHEN COILED DOWN. Ahaha this is not the person that made the hoops fault. So when you receive a coiled down hoop that has been taped with these kinds of tape, in the mail and the tape is crinkled, that's is normal. For a simply example look at your finger while it's straight then bend it, does the skin crinkle or does it move perfectly around the muscle/ bone and keeps that smooth look like it did straight..no it does not, hula hoops are similar that the tape will not stretch when coiled so it crinkles, once uncoiled it will go back to it's normal look, it may or may not need smoothly with your hand. Is is mainly a problem for collapsible isolation hoops that are completely covered in this kind of non-stretch tape."
It adds a tiny bit of weight, but you'll get used to it. It doesn't affect the responsiveness of the tubing.
I covered my polypro in gold metallic tape and at first I was a little worried that I'd ruined it with the extra weight... but now that I got used to it, it's my favorite hoop. I have an untaped colored polypro and I do love how light it is and how there's no tape to get damaged, but the gold hoop is my favorite for performance by far.
tape it up girrrrrrlllll
i have a small 29" polypro hoop that i taped in silver mirror tape and shiny green tape, i consider it my performance hoop. Just dont use them on cement and stuff, it'll tear those tapes right off. Forgiving surfaces only!
Thanks ladies for all the responses!! I feel much better now being equipped with knowledge :) Now how to decide WHICH deco tape to order.... <3