Hi I really enjoy traveling and love to bring my hoop.
I have a Hoopnotica travel hoop but it is noisy and tears apart my thumbnail every time I take it apart. It is also a bit heavy. I also have a Betty Hoops travel hoops, but the push button segments are hard to take apart and this hoop is really heavy and good for a fitness jam for me.
There are some others out there, like 3-6 segments push button in different types of tubing including polypro as well the bungee style.
Any one of you lovely ladies have any experience with either of these styles or a certain hoop shop's travel hoop that you would ecstatically recommend?
I am looking for that elusive quality and quiet, light and grippy hoop! Hahaha!
Well, I'm not a "lovely lady" but I'll chime in here. If it's light weight you want, polypro is pretty much the way to go. I've been hooping for a few years with polypro and have developed a segmented collapsible that I've tweaked and gotten to the point where I find it's perfect for me. Many others love them too.
Instead of metal connectors I use polypro connectors (with aluminum rivets and metal pushbuttons). This not only keeps them as light as possible, but it distributes the weight evenly as opposed to a non-collapsible or coil-down style. I can't personally feel the imbalance, but some of my customers have mentioned that they can and love my collapsibles for that reason.
And due to the added weight of the connectors, it makes polypro just a tiny bit easier. I actually prefer to use the collapsible over a one-piece polypro.
I've tried to make coil-downs as well, but the polypro really doesn't like to be coiled that tightly (and can tend to kink), so I either add an extension piece so it doesn't have to coil so tight, or some people buy twins and then snap them together and coil them in a triple coil so it's only coiling down 2/3 as tight.
Anyway, I guess this is coming off as a sales pitch, but it wasn't intended to be. Just info. You can see my hoops at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rkspinburne .