So, I've been hooping for a couple months now and I'm picking up some basic tricks like lifts, the vortex, knee hooping, etc. and having a lot of fun with off body work, but I'm starting to wonder if my hoop is too large/heavy. I have a really pretty HoopMamas hoop that's 42" and made out of 3/4 in 110 psi (I think) tubing. I love it but it's really hard to make things like the vortex look good because it's too heavy to hold horizontal for very long (or maybe I'm just wimpy). It's also really hard to do a nice bow because the hoop is so large.
I guess it's time for a new hoop?? I'm not sure what to to get. Should I go polypro and get something like a 38"or 36" or should I get another psi hoop? Or both haha. I feel like I would really benefit from the fluidity of a polypro but everyone says they're "advanced" hoops and I'm anything but.
Oh, and I guess I should mention that I'm fairly tall, like 5'8"ish, which is why my current hoop is so large (I followed the "hoop should be up to your belly button" rule when I bought it).
Suggestions??? Hoop love!
here is a quick way to downsize and spend about $0.75. Go to home depo or lowes. Buy a grey straight connector that is 1/2in. (buy two if oyur hoop has two connection points). Cut your hoop at the connection points, behind the connector already in your hoop. You can do this with an hack saw, pipe cutters etc. Your connector should be about 4 in you will cut off. Now heat tubing and place the new connector in. Now your hoop is downsized with little to no money spent. You don't want to downnsize the hoops inside diameter more than 2-3 in. at a time. It seems like it wont make a big difference but it will. Lowering the hoops diameter will make the hoops rotation spend faster. Also you don't have to have polypro. Polypro just has a faster response time when hit, stopped etc. so advanced hoopers perfer it. It wont turn you into a hooping superstar if you buy it, you wil have to practice and get use to the faster timing which can make learning certain tricks harder/longer process. Hdpe would be the step up from pvc or pex tubing. It's more flexable than polypro so the timing is a little slower making practing easier, but is lighter tubing than pvc or pex. A 42'' hoop is rather large and will make behind back and other tricks hard but with your height using a hoop under 38'' would be a bit too much too soon.
*psi means pounds per sqaure inch. Pvc is the kind of tubing your hoop is made of. If you want different tubing go for hdpe. It;s cheaper than polypro too.
Great idea, thank you!!
Don't be afraid of what people call "advanced," you may surprise yourself! Personally, the thought that I wasn't ready for smaller hoops slowed my learning;
I played with my 42" forever, then when I got a 36", it was as if the heavens had parted and brought me a whole different toy to play with!
Doesn't hurt to try smaller! & poly pro is awesome but i wouldn't buy one until you've settled on a go to hoop size. To me 36" is like an intermediate size, its great for learning new tricks and is good for moderate speed vs. faster paced hooping with my 33".
My advice get a 36" instead of a 38" because if you feel your out growing the 42" you'll probably out grow the 38" sooner rather than later.
You are all so helpful, thank you!!! <3 So maybe I should get a coil of HDPE and just play around with hoop sizes a little bit. I guess my next question is then, what diameter? 3/4" OD looks pretty good to me...
mmmm zis is my faavorite thing! when you start to feel like your hoop is moving slower than you want to and that it's wonking out of flow because of its size and/or weight, size down! I started out with a homemade 38 in. hoop, then down to a 36 in. 125 psi poly tube hoop, and then a 33 in. polypro, and now playing with a 30 in. polypro :D happy hooping! love, light, positive energy <3
also, my feedback is that smaller hoops and especially polypro brought my hooping to a whole new level. handling the the smaller and lighter hoop gives you more confidence and ability to take the chances and try new and sometimes more advanced tricks with more ease. also, the size and weight of ze hoops allows you to move and DANCE the way you want to with your own momentum rather than the hoop's momentum and weight dictating the dance...if that makes any sense
Makes perfect sense! That's definitely what is happening...the weight of the hoop takes over and I can't move!
mmmm so excited for you and this new part of your journey! happy hooping sista :)
Definitely get polypro, its super light weight, and maybe shoot for a diameter of like 34-36"
Here's my two cents' worth. I'm 5'6" and I've been hooping for three months. After two months, using a 3/4" 100 psi at 39", my hoop was feeling way too heavy and clunky. I just had a feeling polypro would be right for me so I got a 38" a month ago. I loved polypro but the 38" still felt too big so I've just bought some 36" ones and they are perfect for me. So please don't feel you need to be "advanced" to use polypro - there is no such rule. Anyone can use it!
Just a couple of things to remember:
+Some people just never take to polypro; they prefer the black tubing and there's nothing wrong with that.
+Your first polypro [at least] will need some good sanding, especially on the inside, to keep it grippy. Either that or a wee bit of tape.
+It's best to buy bigger rather than smaller to begin with. If you buy a friction fit one, such as those from Superhooper, you can always cut the hoop down if its too big. [Superhooper also has amaaaaaazing coloured polypro!]